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Organizers of B.C. Remembrance Day project search for families of fallen soldiers

The project is a visual memorial with 240 white crosses which are installed in the park before Remembrance Day to commemorate members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty. Project leaders want to personalize the memorial by recognizing the relatives of those who have died.

B.C. family sets up cameras to watch 12 bears that visit its property

Peter Rowbottom and his family have been on bear watch since last year, watching them play and eat all across their property just outside of Malakwa, B.C., in the Shuswap.

Liberal appeal for strategic votes in B.C. Interior is 'fear-mongering,' Green candidate says

The Liberal candidate for Cariboo–Prince George is making a direct appeal to NDP and Green supporters to vote strategically in an effort to flip the longtime Conservative riding, a move the local Green Party candidate has denounced as "fear-mongering."

Vandals wreak havoc on Aquatic Centre in Fernie, B.C.

RCMP are investigating after vandals smashed windows with rocks and bricks at the Fernie Aquatic Centre leaving "extensive damage" in the East Kootenay city.

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion and fire at house linked to drug trade

A 40-year-old man and a dog died Saturday night in an explosion and fire at a Prince George house linked to the drug trade, RCMP say. Three other men were also taken to hospital after the house on Chilako Drive was engulfed in flames within minutes.

Libraries push back against publishing house decision to limit their access to e-books

Macmillan Publishers, one of the Big Five publishing companies in North America, will only allow libraries to buy one copy of a new e-book in the first eight weeks the book is on the market in an effort to protect author profits.

20 years after millennium bug fears, B.C. city plans to repeal Y2K policy

Fort St. John's policy to prepare for the year 2000 has 'slipped through the cracks' for 20 years, the city spokesperson says.

'We have a home': Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association finds new space after long search

Although the group received $250,000 from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant and more than $100,000 in donations, it struggled to find somewhere affordable  in Kelowna's hot real estate market. 

Free lockers, public bathrooms and outreach workers: How Prince George, B.C., hopes to tackle poverty

The city of Prince George is trying some new strategies to help people dealing with poverty and homelessness in the community, including providing free storage space and opening public washrooms staffed by outreach workers.

Cabin owners lose B.C. Supreme Court fight to rent properties to vacationers

Friends and business partners Chris Cade and Paul Patton have lost their nearly year-long battle with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to have short-term rentals at the cabins they own together on Red Lake, about 50 kilometres northwest of Kamloops.

Elderly residents must seek housing when Kamloops care home shuts special unit

The Brio unit provides around-the-clock care by licensed nurses and professional care aids for 28 seniors in the southern Interior city, helping them with medications and personal care.

A year after Prince George pipeline blast, B.C. First Nation wants answers

It was Oct. 9, 2018, when an orange fireball was seen shooting into the air near Prince George, rocking homes on nearby Lheidli T'enneh reserve land. A year later, that First Nation is pursuing legal action while waiting for a full report on what went wrong.

'I'm at my wits' end': Widow tries for months to get money from dead husband's PayPal account

After 73-year-old Wendy Pelech’s husband died nine months ago, she began to cancel all his online accounts, including PayPal, assuming the online payment system would send her the balance.

Dancers in red protest Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Seven dancers dressed in crimson robes with their faces painted white, theatrically protested the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline outside of a storage facility containing some of the pipe in Kamloops on Monday. 

Coyotes likely responsible for farm animals with missing genitals, livestock experts say

Fort St. John RCMP warned livestock owners to keep tabs on their animals after a horse and bull were found dead with their genitals missing, just nine days apart.

Husky finds buyer for Prince George, B.C., oil refinery

Husky Energy Inc. has reached a deal to sell its 12,000 barrel-a-day oil refinery in Prince George, B.C., to Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure for $215-million up front, followed by up to $60 million over the next two years.

As more seniors retire in Prince George, new job created to help find age-appropriate housing

The Prince George Council of Seniors has hired a housing information co-ordinator to help deal with the growing number of people looking for age-appropriate homes in the city.

Brain cancer patient turned away from Kamloops hospital to be remembered with a room in his name

When Darrin Yusishen first went to the emergency room in 2017 with a severe migraine, he was sent away because the hospital was over-capacity with people who had been evacuated from Williams Lake due to wildfires. He was later diagnosed with brain cancer.

'Instruments are meant to last': Vernon school collecting used instruments to start a band

After Alexis Park Elementary School teacher Tobi Huggins received a donation of an old drum set for the school's music class, she started to wonder who else had old instruments from their school days collecting dust at home.
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B.C. actor voicing the villain in Lego Jurassic World animated mini-series

Prince George actor William Kuklis will be the voice of bad guy Denis Nedry in the new cartoon series based on Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster film.

University students folding 1,000 origami ravens as part of 'wish' for reconciliation

In the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes to get their greatest wish, staff and students at the University of Northern B.C. in Prince George are folding 1,000 origami ravens to support their wish for reconciliation.

New animal sanctuary opens in B.C. — and it's already full

Jaye Dueck has been dreaming of having her own farm and animal sanctuary for five years, and now she's made that a reality with the newly opened Eden's Farm and Recovery Sanctuary near Kamloops. 

Amidst rural funding controversy, John Horgan turns to struggling forestry towns for support

Some forestry-dependent communities applaud the relief money, but other towns in the B.C. Interior are asking the government to reconsider — saying the crisis in forestry makes the Rural Dividend Fund even more critical.

'It's been a hell of a ride': North Okanagan music venue closing after 24 years

The walls of Lorenzo's Cafe in Enderby have heard the music of over 1,000 bands over the past 24 years. Corb Lund, Powder Blues Band, Jerry Doucette and Sherry Aldridge have all played there, to name a few.

From forest fires to pipeline jobs, politics of climate hit home for northern B.C. residents

Northern British Columbia is projected to be one of the regions hardest hit by climate change in Canada, but it's also one of the areas most dependent on resource-based jobs.

Northern B.C. comic and cosplay festival relying on early ticket sales to survive into 2020

A Prince George celebration of comics, movies and cosplay says it needs to sell $100,000 worth of tickets and convention packages in order to remain viable for 2020.

Northern B.C. mayor calls on provincial government to help communities access 911 services

Gary Foster, mayor of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, submitted a resolution at this year's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention asking the province to help make 911 services available across the province. 

RCMP arrest groom for allegedly stealing bike en route to wedding reception

Kamloops RCMP's crime reduction unit arrested eight people over four days for stealing bikes they had put out as bait to catch thieves. However, there was one arrest that stood out to them in particular — a 41-year-old groom who was caught stealing a bike while on his way to his wedding reception.

'A devastating blow': Rural community mayors react to cancellation of rural grant program

Mayors of small towns, villages and communities in rural B.C. have expressed disappointment over the indefinite suspension of the Rural Dividend Fund, which helps smaller communities with projects ranging from skills training to infrastructure.

Body found near Prince George playground

Prince George RCMP are investigating after a body was found in Duchess Park on Tuesday morning.

Police retrieve stolen mascot costume after sightings of cycling canine

RCMP have collared a suspect after retrieving a large dog mascot costume stolen from the Prince George Humane Society. 

$45K cleanup project relieves fire risk at B.C.'s only fully accessible campground

A $45,000 fire risk reduction project is underway at B.C.'s only fully accessible campground for people with disabilities and their caregivers. Agur Lake Camp, 20 kilometres west of Summerland, was identified in 2015 as having a high to extreme fire threat.

'Robbing Peter to pay Paul': B.C. government funds $69M forestry support program by cancelling rural grants

The B.C. government is redirecting money earmarked to help rural communities across the province into a new forest worker support program in the province's Interior, leaving some small-town leaders wondering if the decision is more about optics than actually supporting B.C.'s resource communities.

NDP puts forward 3rd candidate for federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

The NDP put forward its third candidate Monday for the federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, family justice counsellor Cynthia Egli.

Inmates 'riot' at Prince George jail, take over elevator and damage building: union

Inmates at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre were placed in segregation following an incident that left one injured and the building damaged, according to the union representing jail guards.

Northern B.C. mayor wants province to act now to squash spruce beetle infestation

Telkwa Mayor Brad Layton says the province must do more to save spruce trees from a beetle infestation he compares to the late 1990s pine beetle epidemic that killed millions of hectares of pine forest in British Columbia.

New washer, dryer could be difference between life or death for Terrace firefighters

Firefighters in Terrace, B.C. can now wash their gear at the fire hall which gets rid of dangerous carcinogens and reduces the risk of exposing themselves, and others, to cancer.

'I'd rather put the money into myself': University student converts delivery truck into home

Tired of paying rent and living with lots of roommates, fourth year Thompson Rivers University student Chris Marr-Laing decided to move into a delivery truck and make it his home.

'Extremely dangerous': Man allegedly steals trail race markers, head-butts race director

Race organizer Dawna Jodoin said she and a fellow volunteer noticed as they were setting up the courses for the 10K, 25K, 50K and 100K trail races, that many of the flags they had put up were missing over a 20 to 30 kilometre stretch.

Fort Nelson residents want grizzly bear gone but conservation officer says it's 'not too much of a concern'

Social media in the northern Interior community has been abuzz with bear sightings.

'Total destruction': B.C. firefighter describes challenging search for hurricane survivors in Bahamas

A team of B.C. firefighters witnessed "total destruction" in parts of the Bahamas as it helped rescue crews there deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. 

Singer-songwriter Amy Blanding goes Down the Line for solo debut

Singer-songwriter Amy Blanding won over audiences as a member of Prince George musical favourites Black Spruce Bog. Now she's making her solo debut, informed by that group's breakup and life in northern B.C.

'We're tremendously excited': New rec centre opens in Hazelton years after old one condemned

A new $20 million recreation centre opened its doors to the public Saturday in the northern Interior community. It includes an NHL-sized ice rink, multi-purpose gym, a fitness centre, a walking area and community room.
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It's been the 'mushroom season of the century' in northern B.C.

From truffles to toadstools, there seems to be more mushrooms than usual in northern B.C.

After the Gold Rush: 160 years later, Barkerville includes First Nations' stories at living museum

For the first time, a First Nations interpreter at Barkerville Historic Town and Park is sharing a First Nations' perspective of the Cariboo Gold Rush to tens of thousands of tourists at B.C.'s biggest living history museum.

Exhibit at new B.C. art space showcases artist's portrayal of mental health

Behind a nondescript door in downtown Kamloops, the foyer of an office building has been transformed into a new open space art gallery. An exhibit currently being showcased by a local artist takes a deep dive into mental health and what it looks like on the inside.

First year results are in and West Kelowna wants out of speculation tax

B.C.'s finance minister may be touting the success of the speculation tax, but not all of the mayors in affected cities are on board.

To save endangered salmon, scientists use 20-year-old frozen sperm

In an effort to restore dwindling salmon stocks, the Spruce City Wildlife Association has partnered with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council in Prince George to use 20-year-old cryogenically frozen salmon sperm to fertilize salmon eggs.

Housing with health services for homeless proposed for Prince George

The project is a partnership between the city, B.C. Housing and Northern Health.

'Sold out': Limited cremation space at Prince George cemetery prompts city bylaw change

The mausoleum at Memorial Park Cemetery is almost full, prompting city council to approve the creation of a designated area for people to scatter cremated remains.

How a driftwood moose named after a country music star helped raise thousands for arts in northern B.C.

"Sturgill" was created in 2017 to be part of a temporary exhibit at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John, but he proved so popular the centre mounted a successful fundraising campaign for $5,000 to put him on permanent display.

2nd NDP candidate for federal riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo steps down

Dock Currie said he agreed to withdraw his candidacy because of comments he made on social media two years ago.

'It's devastating': Prince Rupert resident fears impact of Alaska ferry cancellation on family

Prince Rupert resident Nikki Humpherville was one of many locals whose heart sank last week when she heard the ferry service to Alaska would be cancelled Oct. 1. Her family has been using the ferry for years to visit family members, including her mother, in Metlakatla, Alaska.

'We're just very grateful': District finds new home for Kamloops students after school fire

After a devastating fire burned down Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops last Thursday, officials announced the 350 students along with staff at the school will continue the school year at the nearby George Hilliard Elementary School starting Sept. 16. 

Why this B.C. couple chose virtual bike racing over outdoor activities

Every night at 8 p.m., Stephanie and Björn Ossenbrink train for bike racing competitions in places like New York, London or the fictional town of Watopia, from the comfort of their own basement.

'Part of the solution': Haida Gwaii students turn trash into fuel

A teacher in Masset, B.C. is teaching students how non-recyclable plastic can be turned into diesel fuel by bringing new technology into the classroom.

Residents in Okanagan municipality fined for meddling with water meters to save money

Four people in Oliver, B.C., have been issued tickets in the past six months for tampering with water meters or installing bypasses in order to save money on water - by making it look like they aren't using very much.

Quesnel to fine people for sitting on sidewalks, sleeping on grass downtown

Anyone caught sitting on sidewalks or sleeping on the grass in downtown Quesnel will face a stiff fine after the city’s nuisance bylaw was amended this week. 

'A lot of memories there': Community reacts to loss of Kamloops school after fire

A day after a fire destroyed Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops, students, parents and grandparents gathered to take in the new reality — and pay tribute to the school and its staff.

Prince George man survives being chased by bear into lake and attacked

Twenty-seven-year-old Brandon Lattie and a friend were walking on the trail around the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve Wednesday evening when they had an encounter with a black bear that Lattie says left him scared for his life.

'It's extra rank, extra smelly': Too many flushing tourists causing Osoyoos sewage stench

More than 120 residents signed a petition in Osoyoos asking council to do something about the "disgusting" scent of sewage in town. 

Kelowna man confessed to killing wife and 2 girls, Crown tells court

Murder suspect Jacob Forman confessed to killing his wife and two daughters during conversations with RCMP investigators in late December 2017, a Kelowna court has heard.

'Start doing something': More than 200 Terrace residents attend forum on homelessness

More than 200 locals packed into the Sportsplex in Terrace on Tuesday night to voice their concerns and give suggestions at a forum organized by the city to address homelessness.

Former B.C. Mountie charged with breach of trust following sexual misconduct allegations

Breach of trust charges brought against a former RCMP officer in Kelowna, B.C., are related to allegations of sexual misconduct involving seven different women, according to court documents filed July 19.

Accused murderer and wife sued by daughter of Penticton shooting victims

The daughter of a Penticton couple allegedly murdered by one of their neighbours is suing both the accused killer and his wife.

'The fish can't get through': Tsilhqot'in issues salmon closure notice after Big Bar landslide

The Tsilhqot'in National Government has issued a salmon closure notice effective immediately due to extremely low levels of sockeye, chinook and coho salmon in the Chilcotin, Chilko and Taseko rivers. 

Canadian ride-hailing service TappCar applies to operate in B.C.

Edmonton-based ride-hailing company TappCar has announced its application to operate in B.C. So far, the company has its sights set on Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver.

Federal court orders man who supported ISIS on social media released from detention

The Federal court of Canada ruled on Tuesday a man who praised ISIS on social media should be released after being detained for four years.

Salmon can now be transported around Fraser River landslide by truck, officials say

The B.C. government says salmon stuck at a massive landslide on the Fraser River north of Lilooet can now be transported upstream by truck, as crews conducted a successful trial run on Sunday.

De-feeted: Valemount takes step back from installing giant foot sculpture

A 12-foot foot made of laminated pine beams with copper insets for toenails nearly became Valemount's first major piece of public art — but the B.C. village's council voted it down.

How a Kamloops carver is turning a spirit bear into a 300-kg rock star

Kamloops, B.C., carver Dave Court is currently more than 60 hours into working on a replica of a Kermode bear that lives at a local zoo.

Kamloops street artists and at-risk youth team up to paint garbage bins

Local street artists, the business associations and at-risk youth in Kamloops are working together to turn the city's trash bins into artistic treasure.

Seven-year-old gets serious about fun, helps design new playground in Prince George, B.C.

The City of Prince George listened to an expert when designing its newest playground. That expert? An enthusiastic seven-year-old.

The B.C. wildfire season that wasn't — but likely will be again

Air filters have gone unused this summer as unexpectedly mild weather dampened the prospect of wildfires. Despite the short-term respite, experts say long-term data indicates that wildfires are likely to make a strong comeback. 

Efforts to rescue trapped salmon continue, 10 weeks after Big Bar landslide

A "fish wheel" has been brought in as efforts continue to rescue hundreds of thousands of salmon trapped by a landslide near Kamloops, B.C.

'The thing is our lifeline': Interior B.C. ferry strike imminent

Barring a last minute settlement, the largest freshwater ferry in the Interior will not be running this long weekend — and likely beyond that.
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Brewery credited with revival of Prince George's historic George Street

CrossRoads brewing co-owner Bjorn Butow and Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall speak about the revival of downtown Prince George, and what they hope comes next.

Researchers may have discovered a way to predict fracking-caused earthquakes

Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered a precursor to earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing, which they say may be able to predict those quakes well before they happen.

Site of proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort in southeastern B.C. to get federal protection

The federal Liberal government will offer the Ktunaxa First Nation more than $16 million to protect the Jumbo Valley in southeast B.C., the CBC has learned.

Uber aims to launch in Lower Mainland by late 2019, but uncertainty remains over rest of B.C.

The ride-hailing service says it will likely operate only in Metro Vancouver at first.

Experienced hiker, former Amazing Race Canada contestant dies in 250-metre fall from popular B.C. peak

An experienced hiker and former Amazing Race Canada contestant has died after falling more than 250 metres from the peak of a popular mountain near Slocan, B.C.

Man arrested after death of woman found unresponsive beside B.C. highway

RCMP have launched a homicide investigation after a woman was found unresponsive by a highway near Kimberley, B.C., and later died.

Legal online weed sales brisk in small-town B.C., not big cities, provincial figures show

Who's buying legal pot online in B.C.? People in Chemainus, Gold River and Smithers — but Vancouver, not so much.

Kelowna bachelorette party ends in 'nightmare' as Swoop cancels flight

A Winnipeg woman who spent the weekend in Kelowna, B.C., for a bachelorette party says the trip turned sour when the group's flight home was cancelled and Swoop airline left her frustrated over poor customer service.

B.C. man who fed Timbits to bear along Alaska Highway fined $2,000

A B.C. man who posted photos of himself feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C. has been fined $2,000 and ordered to stay 50 metres away from bears for six months.

'They trust us': New homeless outreach team formed in Vernon

A group of volunteers has banded together in the North Okanagan to form the Vernon Homeless Outreach Team Association. Every Thursday night, they pull carts around the the city carrying food, hygiene products, Narcan and other supplies, offering assistance to people who are homeless.

First Nations renew legal fight against Site C dam after talks end with B.C. government

Talks between the West Moberly First Nations and the province over the Site C hydroelectric dam have ended without a resolution. The First Nations are moving forward with legal action aimed at ending construction of the multi-billion dollar project.

South Okanagan sees triple amount of birds at start of migration season

The Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory, about 20 kilometres south of Penticton, counted nearly three times the average amount of birds it usually gets in the first week of August. The 19-year-old observatory usually counts around 208 birds in the first week. This year, they counted 596.

Feds recognize Tse'K'wa, ancient cave north of Fort St. John, with national historic designation

The archaeological site and spiritual centre has greatly contributed to understanding the lives of early Canadians from as early as 12,500 years ago.

'It's very emotional': Memorial sculpture of B.C. bull rider finds permanent home

The sculpture by Alberta artist Marina Cole, was was made to honour the Merritt-born cowboy after he took his own life in January 2017. Doctors later confirmed Pozzobon was the first confirmed case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a professional bull rider.

Hidden camera found in winery washroom, Kelowna man arrested

A Summerhill Pyramid Winery employee could be facing charges of voyeurism after police found a hidden camera inside a staff washroom at the winery.

Kelowna neighbourhood gets colourful revamp with 7 new murals

Putting art on buildings shows people in the community that you care about them, says project director.

Explorers returning to B.C. to probe more of Canada's deepest cave

The Bisaro Anima cave, located in a remote mountain plateau north of Fernie, in southeastern B.C. has been measured to be 673 metres deep, but expedition lead Katherine Graham, from Calgary, says there is farther to go.

Totem pole raising 50 years ago sparked 'reawakening,' Haida artist says

Acclaimed artist Robert Davidson recalls how he and his brother decided to carve a Haida totem pole at a scale not seen for a century.

In her own moccasins: Author Helen Knott explores pain, healing and resilience in debut novel

Fort St. John, B.C. author and activist Helen Knott is receiving critical acclaim for her debut novel In My Own Moccasins, which examines the pain that comes from addiction, intergenerational trauma and sexual violence, as well as her own path to healing. 

'Hug the tree and wait': Search and rescue teaches kids what to do if they get lost in the woods

"It sounds so counterintuitive," admits search manager Dave Merritt with Prince George Search and Rescue, but the best thing a kid can do when they get lost in the woods is stay put.
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Burns Lakes' oldest building is turning 90, and efforts are underway to preserve it

St. John's Heritage Church is the oldest building in Burns Lake, but it's not clear if it will last another 90.
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Listen to Daybreak North with Carolina de Ryk

Daybreak North connects, challenges and champions Northern British Columbia. Host Carolina de Ryk presents memorable interviews and original journalism from Prince George to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii to the Robson Valley, and the Cariboo to the Peace and Fort Nelson.

'We want to stay': Locals rally in Mackenzie, B.C., after mill closures

Nearly 1,000 people marched at a rally in Mackenzie, B.C. to draw attention to the devastating effects the downturn in the forestry sector have had on the community. 

Sockeye returns plunge in B.C., official calls 2019 'extremely challenging'

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's first State of Canadian Pacific Salmon report shows salmon and their ecosystems are already being hurt by climate change.