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Commercial salmon fisheries delayed for Bella Coola area

Commercial salmon fisheries delayed for Bella Coola area

DFO notice says Area C gill net fisheries in Area 8 have been delayed until June 15

Commercial salmon fisheries delayed for Bella Coola area
Cow Moose Sign Project founder Dan Simmons said he is proud of the work done and the relationships built through the campaign. Angie Mindus photo
Cow Moose Sign Project founder Dan Simmons said he is proud of the work done and the relationships built through the campaign. Angie Mindus photo
Benny William a former Xeni Gwet’in Chief takes a photograph of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in July 2018. (Loretta Williams photo)
Benny William a former Xeni Gwet’in Chief takes a photograph of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in July 2018. (Loretta Williams photo)
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Williams Lake paths, rink
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Vancouver police officers caught posing near dead body on Third Beach in Stanley Park
B.C. readies plans for mass vaccination clinics
An endangered American white pelican found near death on a lake in B.C.’s southern Okanagan last fall is to be reunited with its flock on May 19, 2020. (Wildlife Rescue photo)

Injured pelican found near death in B.C. heads to Williams Lake after rehab

The bird, found near Oliver, underwent seven months of rehabilitation

An endangered American white pelican found near death on a lake in B.C.’s southern Okanagan last fall is to be reunited with its flock on May 19, 2020. (Wildlife Rescue photo)
Taseko Mines Limited application to appeal the rejection of the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) has been denied (Photo submitted)
Taseko Mines Limited application to appeal the rejection of the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) has been denied (Photo submitted)
Local farmer Rick Ratcliff plows his field. The Ratcliff’s roadside vegetable stand is popular with locals and a great place to purchase farm fresh local food. (Michael Wigle photo)

COVID-19 highlights challenges with local food security

The fragility of food supply chains is not new to Bella Coola Valley residents

  • May 13, 2020
Local farmer Rick Ratcliff plows his field. The Ratcliff’s roadside vegetable stand is popular with locals and a great place to purchase farm fresh local food. (Michael Wigle photo)
Nuxalk hereditary leadership, supported by council, are enforcing a community lockdown a the base of the hill on Highway 20. (photo taken March 28, 2020)

Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola asking non-essential travellers to stay away

The remote coastal first nation is concerned about COVID-19 with increased summer tourism

Nuxalk hereditary leadership, supported by council, are enforcing a community lockdown a the base of the hill on Highway 20. (photo taken March 28, 2020)
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Guidelines for recreational fishing expected this week

Travel bans will challenge businesses in fisheries already hurt by low stocks

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have agreed to sign a memorandum on rights and title with B.C. and Ottawa, but elected chiefs are demanding it be called off over lack of consultation. (Thom Barker photo)

Wet’suwet’en elected chiefs call for withdrawal of ‘premature’ agreement on rights and title

The elected chiefs claim negotiation process ignored them and many clan members

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have agreed to sign a memorandum on rights and title with B.C. and Ottawa, but elected chiefs are demanding it be called off over lack of consultation. (Thom Barker photo)
Columbia River Treaty public consultation meetings are being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo

Columbia River Treaty talks impacted by COVID-19 crisis

Public engagement sessions planned to be held this spring on the negotiations have been delayed

Columbia River Treaty public consultation meetings are being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo
Map of B.C. showing Tahltan traditional territory in red. (File photo)

Tahltan ask visitors to stay away from their territory during COVID-19

Both Red Chris and Brucejack mines continue to operate under strict pandemic measures

Map of B.C. showing Tahltan traditional territory in red. (File photo)
Released inmate tests positive for COVID-19, exposes Tl’etinqox First Nations community to virus

Released inmate tests positive for COVID-19, exposes Tl’etinqox First Nations community to virus

Chief Joe Alphonse asks residents of rural community to stay within their homes and self-isolate

Released inmate tests positive for COVID-19, exposes Tl’etinqox First Nations community to virus
A bird’s eye view of the Nazko area April 18, 2020. (Teresa Sharp photo)

BREAKING: Spring flooding wreaking havoc on Cariboo Chilcotin roads

Washouts have closed Nazko Road, Spokin Lake Road and Little Greeny Road

A bird’s eye view of the Nazko area April 18, 2020. (Teresa Sharp photo)
Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )

Subsequent mayors’ resignations leaves Island village with a governance vacuum in perilous times

Sayward council will confer to elect an interim mayor almost a month after previous resignation as it continues to tackle COVID-19 with an emergency response team

Despite the political disruptions that have taken place in Sayward, a special emergency response team has been appointed to tackle COVID-19 challenges. (Submitted photo )
Howard La Fortune did what he knows best when he heard about people wanting masks for COVID-19. (File contributed/ Howard La Fortune)

Vancouver Island Indigenous artist takes unique approach to COVID-19 masks

Howard La Fortune thought he’d have some fun in designing a homemade mask

Howard La Fortune did what he knows best when he heard about people wanting masks for COVID-19. (File contributed/ Howard La Fortune)
Wayne, a truck driver passing through Williams Lake Friday morning, said people have been very generous to truckers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

VIDEO: B.C. long haul trucker grateful for public support and improved services

“(People will) come up in their lunch wagons or cars and offer services and food. It’s very nice.”

Wayne, a truck driver passing through Williams Lake Friday morning, said people have been very generous to truckers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) has made a $10,000 donation to Food Banks BC. (Black Press File)

BC Nurses’ Union donates $10,000 to Food Banks BC during COVID-19 crisis

Support comes as pandemic brings increased need for food banks, cutbacks in charitable donations

The BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) has made a $10,000 donation to Food Banks BC. (Black Press File)
COVID19: 94th Williams Lake Stampede officially cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic

COVID19: 94th Williams Lake Stampede officially cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic

Stampede directors hope to host a community event in the fall if possible

COVID19: 94th Williams Lake Stampede officially cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic
‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies

Bryan Reid Sr. of Williams Lake said they received a call of thanks from Canada’s Chrystia Freeland

‘It’s job No. 1 right now’: B.C.’s Harmac Pacific providing pulp for critical medical supplies
Taylor Bachrach speaks at the Honouring our Elders event held Oct. 11 at SSS in Smithers. Bachrach is currently calling for a halt on issuing sports fishing licenses to out-of-province fishers until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Skeena Bulkley Valley MP calling for halt on sport fishing licenses to out-of-province fishers

Bachrach and Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns co-signed the letter to the Minister of Fisheries

Taylor Bachrach speaks at the Honouring our Elders event held Oct. 11 at SSS in Smithers. Bachrach is currently calling for a halt on issuing sports fishing licenses to out-of-province fishers until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Trevor Hewitt photo)