Caitlin Thompson

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available by appointment only from March 10 to 12 and March 15 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bella Coola General Hospital (file photo)

COVID vaccinations open to Valley residents as of March 10

Starting today all residents of the Bella Coola Valley 18+ can book their vaccination appointments

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available by appointment only from March 10 to 12 and March 15 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bella Coola General Hospital (file photo)
Jovin Walkus and Alayah Mack enjoy the Centennial Pool in summer 2020. (Geneva Walkus photo)

CCRD receives more funding for Centennial Pool project

The total funding for the project is now over $4 million

Jovin Walkus and Alayah Mack enjoy the Centennial Pool in summer 2020. (Geneva Walkus photo)
The school is very proud of these students (pictured, left to right): Halim Demir (holding Grace Valdez’ gold certificate); Lauren McIlwain, Shayleen Mack, Jaymen Schieck, Kyle Doiron, and Finn Carlson (photo submitted)

SAMS students excel in international competition

The SAMS team swept their category this year; all six participants received awards

The school is very proud of these students (pictured, left to right): Halim Demir (holding Grace Valdez’ gold certificate); Lauren McIlwain, Shayleen Mack, Jaymen Schieck, Kyle Doiron, and Finn Carlson (photo submitted)
The avalanche came down on the highway sometime Sunday evening (Feb. 21) (Dawson photo)

Road to Bella Coola wharf reopens after large avalanche

The road was closed after a large avalanche covered a significant portion of the highway

The avalanche came down on the highway sometime Sunday evening (Feb. 21) (Dawson photo)
Jenni Mueller lives near the wharf on the other side of the avalanche. She took this photo and thinks the avalanche happened around 8 p.m. last night (February 21). (Jenni Mueller photo)

Avalanche closes road to wharf at Bella Coola

A day and night of heavy rain resulted in avalanches across the region

Jenni Mueller lives near the wharf on the other side of the avalanche. She took this photo and thinks the avalanche happened around 8 p.m. last night (February 21). (Jenni Mueller photo)
This unfinished, one bedroom home on just under 30 acres is listed for $300,000 and the riverfront property is also prone to "occasional flooding" according to the website description. The assessed value is $188,000 (Caitlin Thompson photo)

Affordable housing a challenge in Bella Coola

The average selling price of a home in the Valley is between $300,000 - $350,000

This unfinished, one bedroom home on just under 30 acres is listed for $300,000 and the riverfront property is also prone to "occasional flooding" according to the website description. The assessed value is $188,000 (Caitlin Thompson photo)
Bella Bella Community School was also selected (file photo)

Two central coast schools to participate in the Active School Travel Pilot Program

SAMS and Bella Bella Community schools will both receive funding under the program

Bella Bella Community School was also selected (file photo)
Cold Arctic air currently over the northern BC interior will continue to filter southwards and towards the BC coast (file photo)

Cold weather coming for Bella Coola this week

Arctic air is moving across central and northern B.C.

Cold Arctic air currently over the northern BC interior will continue to filter southwards and towards the BC coast (file photo)
The program has provided many kids the opportunities to discover the wonderful world of horses (photo submitted)

Local program uses horses to heal, learn and inspire

The program is called “Iixsanaw wa Alhxapaliikw” in Nuxalk, “Horses are Medicine”

The program has provided many kids the opportunities to discover the wonderful world of horses (photo submitted)
Jenni and Karl Mueller are the proud owners of El Con Enterprises (Caitlin Thompson photo)

New owners, new name at El Con Enterprises

The Muellers are the proud owners of El Con Enterprises, formerly Belco Service

Jenni and Karl Mueller are the proud owners of El Con Enterprises (Caitlin Thompson photo)
Nedeea Siwallace and her partner, Carlos Andy, with their children Shakira 14, Dre 10, and Tamacia 4 (photo submitted)

Local family shares their experience of COVID-19

Nedeea Siwallace and her partner decided that being honest was the best way to keep everyone safe

Nedeea Siwallace and her partner, Carlos Andy, with their children Shakira 14, Dre 10, and Tamacia 4 (photo submitted)
COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)

Active COVID cases drop to four; schools re-open for face-to-face instruction

A total of 63 cases were recorded with 59 now out of isolation

COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)
Nuxalk Public Health Nurse Sophie Mack is all smiles as she vaccinates her dad, hereditary chief James Mack Sr., with his first dose of the Moderna vaccine (photo submitted)

Cases drop as vaccine continues to roll out in Bella Coola

Seniors at Mountain View Lodge, Nuxalk elders, hospital staff and long-term care residents have all started to receive their vaccines so far

Nuxalk Public Health Nurse Sophie Mack is all smiles as she vaccinates her dad, hereditary chief James Mack Sr., with his first dose of the Moderna vaccine (photo submitted)
Nuxalk elder Caroline Mack, 85, receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 19, at the Nuxalk Hall. (Caitlin Thompson photo)

First vaccines roll out for Nuxalk elders, hospital staff and long-term care residents

The Moderna vaccine arrived in Bella Coola on Sunday, Jan. 17

Nuxalk elder Caroline Mack, 85, receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 19, at the Nuxalk Hall. (Caitlin Thompson photo)
The ski hill is clearly marked as a no snowmobiling zone, but that hasn’t deterred sledders from ruining it for the second time this season (Patrick Gunderson photo)

Tweedsmuir Ski Hill wrecked by sledders for second time this season

The Club is respectfully requesting snowmobilers stay off the ski hill

The ski hill is clearly marked as a no snowmobiling zone, but that hasn’t deterred sledders from ruining it for the second time this season (Patrick Gunderson photo)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19 cases climb to 52 as first vaccinations to begin Jan. 19

VCH has indicated vaccines will be available for off-reserve elders, but has not provided specifics

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
NES hosts grades 5 - 7 in Hagensborg (file photo)

COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Nusatsum Elementary School

The exposure was in grade 5 and took place Jan. 6, 2021

NES hosts grades 5 - 7 in Hagensborg (file photo)
Jeffery Snow has been our community paramedic for the past three years and has worked as a paramedic for over three decades. He is now certified to offer COVID-19 testing to clients (Caitlin Thompson photo)

Bella Coola’s community paramedic can now test people for COVID-19

Jeffery Snow became certified to offer COVID-19 testing on Jan. 13, 2021

Jeffery Snow has been our community paramedic for the past three years and has worked as a paramedic for over three decades. He is now certified to offer COVID-19 testing to clients (Caitlin Thompson photo)
The first cases were reported by the Nuxalk EOC on Jan. 7 (file photo)

COVID-19 cases climb to 25 in Bella Coola

The first cases were reported by the Nuxalk EOC on Jan. 7

The first cases were reported by the Nuxalk EOC on Jan. 7 (file photo)
This is the third incident of COVID in Bella Coola since the start of the pandemic (file photo)

COVID cases now at 16 in Bella Coola

Cases have been rising daily in the community

This is the third incident of COVID in Bella Coola since the start of the pandemic (file photo)