Rebecca Dyok

People had a chance to interact with different animals at the petting zoo, participate in mutton busting, and buy everything local during the Fall Fair held in 2019. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

55th Fall Fair in Vanderhoof cancelled

Alternative events eyed once again

People had a chance to interact with different animals at the petting zoo, participate in mutton busting, and buy everything local during the Fall Fair held in 2019. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Eileen Malchow (left) with Ardelle Thake and 93-year-old May Reid enjoy strawberry shortcake at Autumn Services on Tuesday, June 15. The day not only marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day but the reopening of Autumn Services that had been closed for the past seven months due to COVID-19. (Elaine Storey photo)
Eileen Malchow (left) with Ardelle Thake and 93-year-old May Reid enjoy strawberry shortcake at Autumn Services on Tuesday, June 15. The day not only marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day but the reopening of Autumn Services that had been closed for the past seven months due to COVID-19. (Elaine Storey photo)
The Central Interior Hockey League could have eight teams playing this fall. (Nechako North Stars Senior AA)
The Central Interior Hockey League could have eight teams playing this fall. (Nechako North Stars Senior AA)
Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative selected Ts’eketi as the name for the largest Nechako white sturgeon in recent history. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative/Facebook)

Indigenous name chosen for largest sturgeon captured by Vanderhoof hatchery

Ts’eketi means very respected female elder

Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative selected Ts’eketi as the name for the largest Nechako white sturgeon in recent history. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative/Facebook)
Emergency crews responded to the scene of a suspicious fire at the southeast corner of the OK Café in Vanderhoof Friday, June 11. The historic building is 101-years-old. (BC RCMP photo)

OK Café in Vanderhoof alright after suspicious fire

Damage kept to a minimum by firefighters

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a suspicious fire at the southeast corner of the OK Café in Vanderhoof Friday, June 11. The historic building is 101-years-old. (BC RCMP photo)
Nechako Valley Search and Rescue search manager Chris Mushumanski (left) and president Christopher Walker recently accepted a $1,200 cheque from Vanderhoof Community Foundation president Kathie LaForge. (Nechako Valley Search and Rescue Facebook)
Nechako Valley Search and Rescue search manager Chris Mushumanski (left) and president Christopher Walker recently accepted a $1,200 cheque from Vanderhoof Community Foundation president Kathie LaForge. (Nechako Valley Search and Rescue Facebook)
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Northern Health confirmed it has the lowest vaccination rates amongst the province’s five regional health authorities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Vaccination rates in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Fort St James well below provincial average

COVID-19 immunization clinics for youth 12+ coming up in Fort St. James

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. Northern Health confirmed it has the lowest vaccination rates amongst the province’s five regional health authorities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Steve McAdam (left) is studying substrate conditions in the Nechako River and how they impact sturgeon eggs. The work will help design habitat restoration measures, said McAdam. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Sturgeon egg studies to help inform future habitat restoration

“It’s an interesting, challenging issue,” says Steve McAdam

Steve McAdam (left) is studying substrate conditions in the Nechako River and how they impact sturgeon eggs. The work will help design habitat restoration measures, said McAdam. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Singing and drumming was also held at the outdoor gathering on Friday, June 4. Hundreds of people attended from around the region. (Aman Parhar/Caledonia Courier)

Nak’azdli Whut’en sings for stolen children

Vigil held in honour of children at Kamloops residential school

Singing and drumming was also held at the outdoor gathering on Friday, June 4. Hundreds of people attended from around the region. (Aman Parhar/Caledonia Courier)
District of Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
District of Vanderhoof municipal office. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
This female weighing 152.7 kilograms or 335.9 pounds had spawned this year at the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Centre. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative Facebook page)
This female weighing 152.7 kilograms or 335.9 pounds had spawned this year at the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Centre. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative Facebook page)
Shown is a T-6 Harvard flown by Bud Granley, who has performed at the Vanderhoof Airshow “more times than any other performer,” said Anne Stevens. (Anne Stevens - Vanderhoof International Airshow Society)

Vanderhoof International Airshow a no-go for 2021

Airport open day planned for September

Shown is a T-6 Harvard flown by Bud Granley, who has performed at the Vanderhoof Airshow “more times than any other performer,” said Anne Stevens. (Anne Stevens - Vanderhoof International Airshow Society)
Paving work being completed on Burrard Avenue on June 3. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Milling and paving to begin on Victoria Street in Vanderhoof

Work to be completed by Lafarge Canada Inc.

Paving work being completed on Burrard Avenue on June 3. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
This female weighing 152.7 kilograms or 335.9 pounds had spawned this year at the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Centre. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative Facebook page)
This female weighing 152.7 kilograms or 335.9 pounds had spawned this year at the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Centre. (Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initative Facebook page)
Mayor for the District of Vanderhoof, Gerry Thiessen gave thanks to Bulkley Nechako Regional District Area F director, Jerry Petersen who he said had agreed to provide some gas tax funds to assist with the Riverside Park project. Work still needs to be completed on the washhouse as well as landscaping. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Work on Vanderhoof’s Riverside Park nearing completion

“It’s a pretty exciting project,” says mayor Gerry Thiessen

Mayor for the District of Vanderhoof, Gerry Thiessen gave thanks to Bulkley Nechako Regional District Area F director, Jerry Petersen who he said had agreed to provide some gas tax funds to assist with the Riverside Park project. Work still needs to be completed on the washhouse as well as landscaping. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. To date, the BC Government estimates more than 60 per cent of adults across the province have received their first shot. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. To date, the BC Government estimates more than 60 per cent of adults across the province have received their first shot. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
About 3,500 Canfor employees in B.C. are eligible for a gift or donation to charity once fully vaccinated. Canfor operates its Plateau mill west of Vanderhoof on Highway 16 where spruce-pine-fir (SPF) dimension lumber is produced. (Black Press files)

Vaccinations at Canfor to support not-for-profits

Canfor encouraging employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

About 3,500 Canfor employees in B.C. are eligible for a gift or donation to charity once fully vaccinated. Canfor operates its Plateau mill west of Vanderhoof on Highway 16 where spruce-pine-fir (SPF) dimension lumber is produced. (Black Press files)
Five rehabilitated grizzly bears were released this month into the Bella Coola area. The Northern Lights Wildlife Society will also be delivering 36 black bears to areas across the province where they were previously found. “They’re ready to go and they’re already trying to get out,” says Angelika Langen. “We feel good when we can make that possible and they don’t have to stay behind fences for the rest of their lives.” (Northern Lights Wildlife Society Facebook photo)

Rehabilitated B.C. bears set to return to wild through Northern Lights Wildlife Society

5 grizzlies and 36 black bears being released this month

Five rehabilitated grizzly bears were released this month into the Bella Coola area. The Northern Lights Wildlife Society will also be delivering 36 black bears to areas across the province where they were previously found. “They’re ready to go and they’re already trying to get out,” says Angelika Langen. “We feel good when we can make that possible and they don’t have to stay behind fences for the rest of their lives.” (Northern Lights Wildlife Society Facebook photo)
The flag at Saik’uz First Nation will remain at half-mast for 215 days. It was lowered at 2:15 p.m. Monday, May 31. Chief Priscilla Mueller encourages Canadians to read the Truth and Reconciliation report. “Understand its 94 calls to action and participate in the rectification of this grave injustice,” she said. (Photo submitted)
The flag at Saik’uz First Nation will remain at half-mast for 215 days. It was lowered at 2:15 p.m. Monday, May 31. Chief Priscilla Mueller encourages Canadians to read the Truth and Reconciliation report. “Understand its 94 calls to action and participate in the rectification of this grave injustice,” she said. (Photo submitted)
Fraser Lake Fire Hall (Photo submitted)

New fire engine on the way for Village of Fraser Lake

“This is about developing resiliency and capacity.”

Fraser Lake Fire Hall (Photo submitted)