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The produce aisle at Safeway in Smithers was all but empty following a panic-buying spree on Nov. 16. (Thom Barker/Smithers Interior News)

Supply chain disruptions and panic buying quickly empty Northwest grocery stores

No need for panic buying, Jennifer Rice, parliamentary secretary for emergency preparedness urges

The produce aisle at Safeway in Smithers was all but empty following a panic-buying spree on Nov. 16. (Thom Barker/Smithers Interior News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
BC Bus North is an interim program run by the provincial government meant to replace Greyhound buses in Northern B.C. communities. An auditor general’s report released on Tuesday, Nov. 16 made three recommendations to improve the service. (B.C. Transit photo)

Only 56% of Greyhound northern routes shuttered in 2018 covered by BC Bus North: report

The auditor general of B.C. released the results of an audit on Tuesday, Nov. 16

BC Bus North is an interim program run by the provincial government meant to replace Greyhound buses in Northern B.C. communities. An auditor general’s report released on Tuesday, Nov. 16 made three recommendations to improve the service. (B.C. Transit photo)
ATCO Future Fuel is to supply renewable natural gas from a plant in Alberta to Pacific Northern Gas. (Photo courtesy ATCO Future Fuel)

Northern natural gas utility to tap into renewable fuel

Renewable natural gas is more environmentally friendly but will cost more

ATCO Future Fuel is to supply renewable natural gas from a plant in Alberta to Pacific Northern Gas. (Photo courtesy ATCO Future Fuel)
(Photo/RCAF)

Armed Forces confirms more than 300 rescued from Agassiz area landslides, floods

Rescue workers are also searching debris along Lougheed Highway

(Photo/RCAF)
Chief Dsta’hyl (Adam Gagnon) stands atop a Coastal GasLink excavator. (Facebook video screenshot)
Chief Dsta’hyl (Adam Gagnon) stands atop a Coastal GasLink excavator. (Facebook video screenshot)
Photo - Coastal GasLink/Website

96 per cent of pipeline installed in Vanderhoof section of CGL

Over 50 per cent of overall progress is complete

Photo - Coastal GasLink/Website
Diwali was celebrated at Saik’uz First Nation on Nov. 4, where members of the Indian community in Vanderhoof shared the festival with the Indigenous community. Ashish Talwar and his family introduced henna, rangoli and other activities usually done during Diwali by Indians across the globe. Story continued on page 16. (Submitted by Ashish Talwar)

Diwali celebrated at Saik’uz First Nation

Chief Mueller said its important to learn and respect everyone’s cultural heritage

Diwali was celebrated at Saik’uz First Nation on Nov. 4, where members of the Indian community in Vanderhoof shared the festival with the Indigenous community. Ashish Talwar and his family introduced henna, rangoli and other activities usually done during Diwali by Indians across the globe. Story continued on page 16. (Submitted by Ashish Talwar)
Ferland Park in Vanderhoof has a new little library that residents can use to borrow, lend, or donate a book. (Photo submitted by Richard Burkholder)

New little library opens at Ferland Park in Vanderhoof

By Richard Burkholder There is a new little library in town. Ferland…

  • Nov 12, 2021
Ferland Park in Vanderhoof has a new little library that residents can use to borrow, lend, or donate a book. (Photo submitted by Richard Burkholder)
Troy Albinet is $500,000 richer after his Lotto Max ticket matched all four Extra numbers in a draw on Oct. 1. (BCLC photo)
Troy Albinet is $500,000 richer after his Lotto Max ticket matched all four Extra numbers in a draw on Oct. 1. (BCLC photo)
A survey by BC Hydro, found British Columbians still ‘underprepared’ for storm-related power outages. (File photo)
A survey by BC Hydro, found British Columbians still ‘underprepared’ for storm-related power outages. (File photo)
The Red Chris open pit mine in northwest B.C., operated by Australian giant Newcrest Mining. In a $3.5 billion deal, Newcrest acquired Pretivm Resources, parent company of Brucejack. (Newcrest mining photo)

Newcrest acquires Brucejack Mine’s parent company Pretivm in a $3.5 billion deal

The Australian mining giant now a major player in B.C.’s Golden Triangle operating Red Chris and Brucejack

The Red Chris open pit mine in northwest B.C., operated by Australian giant Newcrest Mining. In a $3.5 billion deal, Newcrest acquired Pretivm Resources, parent company of Brucejack. (Newcrest mining photo)
Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province requires proof of vaccination for acute care visitors as of Nov. 9

Children under 12, those with medical exemptions excluded from requirement

Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) investigates officer-involved incidents that result in death or serious harm. (File photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) investigates officer-involved incidents that result in death or serious harm. (File photo)
(Photo: CN image)

Railway crossings in Vanderhoof will be closed for 6 hours today

Recreation Avenue will have to be used to access Vanderhoof’s downtown

(Photo: CN image)
RVs and trailers were lined up as far as the eye could see on Sunday, Nov. 7 to get across the U.S. border in Osoyoos. (Rose-Anne Atkinson Facebook)

Snowbirds line up overnight at Osoyoos-U.S. border to be first across

Canadians wanting to spend winter in warmer parts of the U.S. have waited 20 months to cross

RVs and trailers were lined up as far as the eye could see on Sunday, Nov. 7 to get across the U.S. border in Osoyoos. (Rose-Anne Atkinson Facebook)
Portrait of the Williams family used in a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funeral of Shirley Williams and Jovan Williams who were killed in a police-involved shooting. Shirley is wearing a white hat and Jovan is the taller of the two men. (File photo)

Inquest into northern B.C. police shooting death recommends creating community crisis intervention teams

Shirley and Jovan Williams were killed by RCMP in Granisle following a conflict with neighbours

Portrait of the Williams family used in a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funeral of Shirley Williams and Jovan Williams who were killed in a police-involved shooting. Shirley is wearing a white hat and Jovan is the taller of the two men. (File photo)
Melanie Porter says this bear licked her hand before retreating to the bushes. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel woman gets spooked, licked by bear in her backyard

Melanie Porter said a bear licked her hand while she was looking for her phone

Melanie Porter says this bear licked her hand before retreating to the bushes. (Submitted Photo)
Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Saanich police work the crime scene in 2018 where Langford man Shawn Campbell was attacked; he later died in hospital. Two men convicted of manslaughter in the case were sentenced to six years each for the crime on Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Two Vancouver Island men sentenced to 6 years for fatal hammer attack on friend

Nathen Monsour, Lee Hart pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2018 death of Shawn Campbell

Saanich police work the crime scene in 2018 where Langford man Shawn Campbell was attacked; he later died in hospital. Two men convicted of manslaughter in the case were sentenced to six years each for the crime on Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)