Melanie Law

Softwood lumber is pictured at Tolko Industries in Heffley Creek, B.C., April, 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

No strike action yet for Northern B.C. forestry workers

Union heads into talks in southern Interior, with hopes they could inform northern agreement

Softwood lumber is pictured at Tolko Industries in Heffley Creek, B.C., April, 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix. Photo: Contributed

New hospital approved for Fort St. James

Northern Health concept plan has been approved

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix. Photo: Contributed
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International company buys 50% stake in Quesnel pulp mill

Quesnel’s Cariboo Pulp & Paper will remain partially owned by West Fraser Mills

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Steelworkers union issues strike notice affecting 1,500 mill workers in northern B.C.

Forestry workers across region would be affected if strike goes ahead

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The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is seeking input on a potential connector from Anahim Lake to Highway 16. Google maps image

Public asked for feedback on proposed Anahim Lake/Highway 16 connector

Comments must be provided by the end of the month

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is seeking input on a potential connector from Anahim Lake to Highway 16. Google maps image
RCMP outside the Gold Pan Motel in Quesnel on Oct. 1 2017. File photo

Two charged in relation to 2017 Quesnel homicide

Nathan Doucette and Dawn Gunanoot have been charged with assault, B&E

RCMP outside the Gold Pan Motel in Quesnel on Oct. 1 2017. File photo
Scientists and forestry experts met in Quesnel this week to look for solutions for the future of the sector. From left: Brion Salter, U.S. Forest Service geographer; Dr. Susan Pritchard, U.S. Forest Service forest ecologist; Dr. Nick Povak, U.S. Forest Service ecologist; Dr. Robin Gregory, UBC senior research scientist; Dr. Paul Hessberg, U.S. Forest Service landscape ecologist; Robert Gray, forest fire ecologist, Gray Consulting; and Erin Robinson, Fraser Basin Council regional manager.                                Melanie Law photo

Ecologists, industry experts look at solutions for forestry sector in face ‘new normal’

Scientists met with forestry bigwigs in Quesnel to brainstorm restructuring forest management

Scientists and forestry experts met in Quesnel this week to look for solutions for the future of the sector. From left: Brion Salter, U.S. Forest Service geographer; Dr. Susan Pritchard, U.S. Forest Service forest ecologist; Dr. Nick Povak, U.S. Forest Service ecologist; Dr. Robin Gregory, UBC senior research scientist; Dr. Paul Hessberg, U.S. Forest Service landscape ecologist; Robert Gray, forest fire ecologist, Gray Consulting; and Erin Robinson, Fraser Basin Council regional manager.                                Melanie Law photo
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Some evacuation orders, alerts lifted in northwest Cariboo

916 properties have been downgraded, or had evacuation orders or alerts lifted completely

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Quesnel RCMP seize gun, drugs after stopping man cycling without a helmet

The man had a warrant out for his arrest and was carrying illegal items in a backpack

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CRD issues evacuation order for Dean River North and Ulkatcho First Nation

The order includes 57 properties in the CRD and five properties on Ulkatcho First Nation

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B.C. woman set for trial in Alberta as animal cruelty investigation continues in home province

Karin Adams was discovered with eight dogs in Alberta weeks after having 16 dogs seized in Quesnel

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Chris Elden owns property in the Ten Mile Lake area and is using a unique system to log it selectively.                                Melanie Law photo

‘Treed in perpetuity’: How to log without clearcutting

Thinning treed areas can make properties less vulnerable to fire and still make money

Chris Elden owns property in the Ten Mile Lake area and is using a unique system to log it selectively.                                Melanie Law photo
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RCMP brings in members; patrols evacuation zones near Quesnel

Members from the Lower Mainland are aiding local RCMP with 24/7 patrols in evacuation zones

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A local specimen enjoying sunflower nectar.                                Karen Powell photo

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

A local specimen enjoying sunflower nectar.                                Karen Powell photo
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More than 1,500 forestry workers vote to strike if needed in Northern B.C.

Union representing 1,629 forestry workers in northern and central B.C. supports strike mandate

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The Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department’s duty truck. File photo

Quesnel deploys firefighters, water tender to aid Burns Lake

Two members are headed to support firefighters working in the area tonight

The Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department’s duty truck. File photo
The Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Aug. 9, as seen from the 1400A Road, which is accessed via Marsh Road west of Quesnel. Danica Marie Freel photo

BREAKING: Evacuation alert issued for parts of Quesnel and areas west

Alert includes West Fraser Road, West Quesnel, Bouchie Lake, Milburn Lake and Puntchesakut Lake

The Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Aug. 9, as seen from the 1400A Road, which is accessed via Marsh Road west of Quesnel. Danica Marie Freel photo
An evacuation order was issued for the Shag Creek area this afternoon. CRD map

Shag Creek area under evacuation order, area expanded

93 properties are being told to evacuate immediately

An evacuation order was issued for the Shag Creek area this afternoon. CRD map
Shag Creek area evacuation alert. Cariboo Regional District image

UPDATED: Evacuation alerts due to Chutanli Lake Fire expanded; Shag Creek area put on alert

40 properties on alert due to Chutanli Lake Fire; 17 due to Shag Creek

Shag Creek area evacuation alert. Cariboo Regional District image
The Monte Lake wildfire approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Kamloops. Facebook/BC Wildfire Service photo

200 out-of-province firefighters, support staff to arrive in B.C. in next week

Firefighters will arrive from across Canada as well as New Zealand, Mexico and Australia

The Monte Lake wildfire approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Kamloops. Facebook/BC Wildfire Service photo