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A third stepping stone workshop — hosted by the Spences Bridge Community Club with funding from a New Horizons for Seniors grant — was held last week, with several people taking part to create their own decorative stones. (from l) Illana Fortin, Paulet Rice, Dorothy Miller, Selena Kerr, Marg Oram, Carol Madden, Dorothy Boragno, and (centre front) Gail Neidig. Stormy — Carol’s dog — is also pictured, but did not take an active part in the workshop. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Planned power outage in Ashcroft in early morning of Sept. 5

Outage will begin just after midnight on Sept. 5 and continue until approximately 6 a.m.

A third stepping stone workshop — hosted by the Spences Bridge Community Club with funding from a New Horizons for Seniors grant — was held last week, with several people taking part to create their own decorative stones. (from l) Illana Fortin, Paulet Rice, Dorothy Miller, Selena Kerr, Marg Oram, Carol Madden, Dorothy Boragno, and (centre front) Gail Neidig. Stormy — Carol’s dog — is also pictured, but did not take an active part in the workshop. (Photo credit: Submitted)
We shouldn’t try to dictate who children are friends with, but we can help them navigate peer pressure so they can make their own informed decisions. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Helping children navigate the difficulties of peer pressure

Over time, and with our help, children develop the resilience needed to stand by their beliefs

  • Aug 30, 2023
We shouldn’t try to dictate who children are friends with, but we can help them navigate peer pressure so they can make their own informed decisions. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Cache Creek flowing over the culvert at Quartz Road in May 2023. Restoring a crossing at Quartz Road is one of 25 projects identified in the village’s Flood Recovery Plan, but what that will look like — and the cost — has yet to be determined. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cache Creek looking at flood recovery costs of $5 to $7 million

Village’s flood recovery plan includes 25 projects that will take ‘multiple years’ to complete

Cache Creek flowing over the culvert at Quartz Road in May 2023. Restoring a crossing at Quartz Road is one of 25 projects identified in the village’s Flood Recovery Plan, but what that will look like — and the cost — has yet to be determined. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Conservation Officer Service is once again reminding residents to manage bear attractants to avoid human-wildlife conflict. (Bob Vinek photo)

Trouble bruin in Quesnel

Bears are busy inside the city, this year, looking for food

The Conservation Officer Service is once again reminding residents to manage bear attractants to avoid human-wildlife conflict. (Bob Vinek photo)
A wildfire at Siwash has grown to 50 hectares in size after starting Aug. 28. Photo taken at Million Dollar hill. (Melanie and Charles Johnny photo)

UPDATE: New wildfire in Chilcotin spreads to 1,120 hectares in 24 hours

Airtankers, helicopters, crews responding to the Siwash fire

A wildfire at Siwash has grown to 50 hectares in size after starting Aug. 28. Photo taken at Million Dollar hill. (Melanie and Charles Johnny photo)
Sami Delegation visits Xeni Gwet’in’s Traditional Village. (Tsilhqot’in National Government photo)

Two nations collaborate on culture, environment at Chilcotin meet-up

Tsilhqot’in, Swedish reindeer herders gather in Nemiah Valley in exchange of ideas

Sami Delegation visits Xeni Gwet’in’s Traditional Village. (Tsilhqot’in National Government photo)
RCMP have closed Highway 97 between Quesnel and Prince George due to a motor vehicle incident. (Black Press file photo)

Logging truck, SUV crash closes Highway 97 north of Quesnel

Emergency crews have closed the highway due to the incident

RCMP have closed Highway 97 between Quesnel and Prince George due to a motor vehicle incident. (Black Press file photo)
Preventative maintenance work to prevent damage from spring freshets takes place on West Fraser Road in early December. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure expects this work to continue until mid-March. The ministry has issued a tender for the project to rebuild and realign West Fraser Road, and that construction is expected to begin in spring 2021. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

West Fraser Road near Quesnel reopens 5 years after major flood damage

Washout in 2018 finally repaired, permanent traffic flows restored

Preventative maintenance work to prevent damage from spring freshets takes place on West Fraser Road in early December. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure expects this work to continue until mid-March. The ministry has issued a tender for the project to rebuild and realign West Fraser Road, and that construction is expected to begin in spring 2021. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
In natural habitats, black bears are active during the day. However, they often become nocturnal to avoid contact in areas with high human activity, such as dumps and campsites. (Samantha Holomay--Black Press)

Don’t leave the fruits of your labours for bears to forage

Keeping fruit trees bare is just one of many ways to mitigate human-bear conflict

In natural habitats, black bears are active during the day. However, they often become nocturnal to avoid contact in areas with high human activity, such as dumps and campsites. (Samantha Holomay--Black Press)
Clay Haywood-Farmer. (Photo credit: National Roper’s Supply)

Savona youth wins model search

Clay Haywood-Farmer top male in National Roper’s Supply contest

  • Aug 23, 2023
Clay Haywood-Farmer. (Photo credit: National Roper’s Supply)
Wildfire evacuees at the reception centre at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna on Aug. 19, 2023. (Photo credit: Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Devastating wildfires can take a toll on mental well-being

We need to understand the impact of wildfires on individuals and communities

  • Aug 23, 2023
Wildfire evacuees at the reception centre at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna on Aug. 19, 2023. (Photo credit: Brittany Webster/Capital News)
‘Shooting Incident At Cache Creek’ (Aug. 23, 1973): ‘R.C.M.P. (circled) lower right try to persuade Joseph Degagne (in window at centre) to surrender. A third officer is out of picture at extreme left.’ (Photo credit: Journal archives)

In 1973, rumours of a rail line between Clinton and Ashcroft

Proposed rail connection would ‘certainly create a lot of needed jobs in the district’

‘Shooting Incident At Cache Creek’ (Aug. 23, 1973): ‘R.C.M.P. (circled) lower right try to persuade Joseph Degagne (in window at centre) to surrender. A third officer is out of picture at extreme left.’ (Photo credit: Journal archives)
(from l) Lilly Krantz, Ava Rose Krantz, and Suzanna Lee Krantz with artwork they created at the Spences Bridge Lookout with the help of Neighbourhood Small Grants funding. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Special meeting will discuss Cache Creek Flood Recovery Plan

Plus Neighbourhood Small Grants, pick a planter, a first aid course, hockey registration, and more

(from l) Lilly Krantz, Ava Rose Krantz, and Suzanna Lee Krantz with artwork they created at the Spences Bridge Lookout with the help of Neighbourhood Small Grants funding. (Photo credit: Submitted)
A three-vehicle crash disrupted traffic, Aug. 22 at Maple Drive and Highway 97, but the occupants were reportedly not seriously hurt. (Karen Powell photo)

Crash complicates commute in Quesnel

Evening MVI involved three vehicles, but only minor injuries reported

A three-vehicle crash disrupted traffic, Aug. 22 at Maple Drive and Highway 97, but the occupants were reportedly not seriously hurt. (Karen Powell photo)
Image of the Bush Creek East wildfire. (Cory Erlandson)
Image of the Bush Creek East wildfire. (Cory Erlandson)
Photo of the Nahatlatch Fire Lookout tower near Boston Bar in May 2023. (Photo credit: Dennis Kapitan/BC Forest Fire Lookouts Facebook page)

Kookipi Creek fire destroys Nahatlatch Fire Lookout tower

Original tower, built in 1957, collapsed in 2011 and was rebuilt in 2012

Photo of the Nahatlatch Fire Lookout tower near Boston Bar in May 2023. (Photo credit: Dennis Kapitan/BC Forest Fire Lookouts Facebook page)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
RDKB Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor hopes to lead by example. She participated in the Christina Lake Fire Rescue sprinkler program and installed a WASP gutter-mounted sprinkler system on her own Christina Lake home. Homes that observe FireSmart principles and install sprinkler systems are more likely to withstand wildfire. Photo: Submitted

Don’t turn on roof sprinklers in wildfire fight: Vernon fire chief

If evacuating from a wildfire, do not turn on your sprinklers

RDKB Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor hopes to lead by example. She participated in the Christina Lake Fire Rescue sprinkler program and installed a WASP gutter-mounted sprinkler system on her own Christina Lake home. Homes that observe FireSmart principles and install sprinkler systems are more likely to withstand wildfire. Photo: Submitted
Persistent flames leapt out of the rubble of what was once Prince George's most popular Greek restaurant, after the long abandoned building exploded at about 7 a.m. Aug. 22. (Frank Peebles photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Morning blast destroys abandoned Prince George restaurant

Many other nearby structures damaged, three people injured

Persistent flames leapt out of the rubble of what was once Prince George's most popular Greek restaurant, after the long abandoned building exploded at about 7 a.m. Aug. 22. (Frank Peebles photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Alfred Joseph and Mara Nelson lead the Ktunaxa language course. CBEEN image

“We cannot reconcile without speaking the same words”: Ktunaxa language course offered

The Ktunaxa language is traditionally spoken by the peoples of of the…

Alfred Joseph and Mara Nelson lead the Ktunaxa language course. CBEEN image