Andrew Kurjata

CBC Prince George | @akurjata

Andrew Kurjata is an award-winning journalist covering Northern British Columbia for CBC Radio and, situated in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh in Prince George. You can email him at

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New records broken as extreme cold and snowfall warnings persist across B.C. Interior and north

Schools are open in most of the B.C. Interior, but many bus runs have been cancelled as frigid temperatures set new records throughout the region.

Tiny train and new jobs lead to tax increase in Prince George, but not without debate

A tiny train dominated budget discussions in Prince George this week, with some councillors questioning price tag to build a new storage shed for a 107-year-old steam engine — and wondering whether the city should be preserving historic items.

Hackers attack City of Dawson Creek's computer systems

Mayor says attack was isolated quickly and no data appears to be lost.

B.C.'s midsize cities look to hire more police officers in 2020

From Kelowna to Prince George to Terrace, municipal leaders are being asked to hire more RCMP to respond to rising public safety concerns, as well as bylaw officers to tackle problems associated with the province's addictions and housing crises.

'Crazy busy': Boom from $40B LNG plant in northwestern B.C. leaves communities scrambling to keep up

The construction of a $40-billion LNG Canada export facility and work camp in northwestern B.C. is creating new opportunities, but it's also creating challenges for small businesses and local governments attempting to keep up.

'Pinhead' spreading Vancouver pinball culture to northern B.C. with a high-score challenge

Marli Bodhi plans to set up machines and tournaments in Prince George, Smithers and Terrace, but first she's offering a reward to someone who can beat her high score.

B.C.'s Bloom the badger dips her paws into art world

The B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops is auctioning off the bold piece of animal art to help build a new enclosure for a rescued flying squirrel.

B.C.'s Indigenous court system continues to grow with new location in Williams Lake

Judges in Indigenous courts work with lawyers, community elders and often victims to come up with a "healing plan" for the offender, with an aim of rehabilitating them back into society while serving their sentence.

'Snow-bot' automated plow rolls into service for the 1st time in Canada

The T3-1000 "snow-bot" is responsible for sweeping and sanding a seven-kilometre walking trail in a city park as part of a pilot project aimed at keeping costs down by employing automated technology.

Prince George municipal report suggests looking back a century for answers to current social issues

A financial report from the City of Prince George suggests looking to the establishment of municipal fire departments for guidance on how to handle the current addiction and housing crises facing Canadian communities.

Former Burns Lake mayor sentenced to 2 years less a day for sex crimes against youth

Former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold pleaded guilty to 4 sexual offences against youth under the age of 16. Some of the offences took place while Strimbold was in office.

45-year-old man found dead inside ATM entrance in Quesnel

The man was discovered inside a local bank by two members of the public at around 6:40 am PT.

After 235 encounters with RCMP in 1 year, compassion helped end this man's life of crime

Now two years sober and working at the Salvation Army centre where he once tried to rob, Daniel Roy hopes his story will serve as an example of how compassion can be used to tackle crime and social problems throughout B.C.

'I don't really sleep': Surviving a freezing B.C. winter when you have no home

With temperatures expected to continue to drop well below freezing, this is what some people are doing to survive the sub-zero temperatures while living without a home.

Picket lines coming down and students can return to class, but job action continues at UNBC

UNBC's faculty association is filing a complaint with B.C.'s Labour Relations Board, but picket lines that have kept students out of class since Nov. 7 are coming down.