Andrew Kurjata

CBC Prince George | @akurjata

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

Thomas Dominic Price 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.

Prince George Roll-A-Dome — used for weddings, flea markets and more — needs new operators to survive COVID-19

The operator of the Prince George Roll-A-Dome, a multipurpose recreational building, says he will not be renewing his lease due to financial problems caused by COVID-19.

'I have a brother who's an addict': Emotional mayor highlights personal toll of northern B.C. overdose crisis

Northern British Columbia now has the province's highest overdose death rate per capita, leading to calls for more services such as safe consumption and overdose prevention sites.

Large parts of B.C. have had low COVID-19 infection rates for weeks — but outbreaks can happen fast

Prince George, the Kootenays and Vancouver Island are among the areas that have had "minuscule infection rates since June, but travel, house parties and a false sense of security all pose risks.

They don't wanna live with a cinnamon bear: Colour morph black bear with cubs sparks curiosity, concern

Singer-songwriter writer Neil Young once sang "I wanna live with a cinnamon girl," but while the colour is certainly eye-catching, residents of a Fort St. John neighbourhood don't quite share the same attraction for the cinnamon-coloured black bear that's been dropping around lately.

Visitors crowd out locals at small-town pool, prompting call for priority swim times

Residents of the small community of Hudson's Hope in northeastern B.C. are calling for "locals only" swim times as visitors flock to one of the region's few pools still operating amidst COVID-19 shutdowns.