Andrew Kurjata

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

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How the pandemic helped B.C. tree planters have one of their 'healthiest years ever'

It might sound counterintuitive, but COVID-19 led B.C.'s tree planters to have one of their "healthiest years ever," according to an industry representative.

76 years after his death, WW II soldier honoured with plaque placed at summit of B.C. mountain named after him

A plaque honouring the life of Canadian Second World War Cpl. Keith Warren Merrick has been placed atop the mountain bearing his name in northeastern British Columbia, and the climber who put it there is hoping to find Merrick's family.

Retired couple out thousands of dollars after tenants skip out on paying rent during COVID-19

Now Clive Callaway, 76, and Cathryn Rankin, 70, say the province needs to do more to protect low-income landlords who rely on rent to make ends meet.

Booking health appointments by phone no longer possible, Shuswap residents say, raising fear of digital divide

Interior Health says patients being told phone bookings no longer available was a 'misunderstanding'.

A royal mix-up: B.C. couple gets letter from the Queen meant for someone else

When Hennie and Gerald Cook received an anniversary message from Queen Elizabeth II, they were surprised. They were even more surprised when they discovered the message was meant for someone else.

Family of 79-year-old lost in remote woods of northwestern B.C. call for volunteer searchers

Thomas Dominic Dennis was last seen Sept. 16 in wooded, hilly area north of Highway 16 between Smithers and Terrace.

Prince George, B.C., city manager leaves job following increased scrutiny over cost overruns, pay

In a release late Friday, the city said council and Kathleen Soltis had reached a "mutual agreement" to end her employment contract.

Prince George parents upset some students being moved to new classrooms due to sharp decrease in enrolment

Many parents in Prince George's School District 57 are upset that, starting Monday, some of their children will be transferred to new classrooms in a move officials say is necessary after a sharp decrease in enrolment due to COVID-19.

Fort St. John, Downtown Eastside health regions saw biggest COVID-19 surges in August

The health service delivery areas containing Fort St. John and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside had the highest proportionate jumps in positive cases of COVID-19 for the month of August, according to new numbers from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Bannock doughnuts win fans at new First Nation-owned café

Oreo, maple bacon and huckleberry are just a few of the flavours on offer at a new café owned by the Lheidli T'enneh Nation in Prince George, B.C.

Totem pole to be raised on B.C.'s Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

The pole, being raised Friday near Terrace, B.C., honours the many women who have gone missing along a stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert since 1969. Carver Mike Dangeli hopes it provides a sense of healing.

Calls for change at Prince George city hall as more than $10M lost to ballooning construction costs

Four projects have cost Prince George, B.C., taxpayers a combined $13 million more than expected over the past three years.

Rare cinnamon black bear with cubs captured and moved out of Fort St. John, B.C.

A family of black bears that was generating hourly calls to the conservation officer service in Fort St. John, B.C., has been tranquilized and relocated, wildlife officials say.

Here's what it will be like returning to pools in some B.C. municipalities this fall

You will have to pre-register for a dip but you probably won't have to fight for space in a swim lane.

Northern Health issues COVID-19 alert for rural community of Prespatou, B.C.

Health authorities say anyone who attended events or gatherings of any size in the area in the month of August may have been exposed to the virus if physical distancing and masking guidelines were not being followed.