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Basin Snow Water Index for June 1. (BC River Forecast Centre image)

Below normal snowpack level persists

Snow basin assessments for late May and early June show below normal…

Basin Snow Water Index for June 1. (BC River Forecast Centre image)
New regional district CAO starts on July 1

New regional district CAO starts on July 1

Curtis Helgesen has been hired as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)…

New regional district CAO starts on July 1
Mushroom haul a cash cow for pickers, buyers

Mushroom haul a cash cow for pickers, buyers

Following the wildfires, parts of the region have seen an explosion in…

Mushroom haul a cash cow for pickers, buyers
Naida Sebastian (L), Perry Sebastian Sr. (C) and Brenda Wilson (R) pose on the Southside of Francois Lake during the Walk To Remember. (Submitted photo)

Walking to remember PJ Sebastian

The Walk To Remember that kicked off on May 31 at the…

Naida Sebastian (L), Perry Sebastian Sr. (C) and Brenda Wilson (R) pose on the Southside of Francois Lake during the Walk To Remember. (Submitted photo)
A fire at Parrot Lake was deemed a non-threat and was put out. (Lakes District News file photo)

Parrot Lake fire extinguished

A wildfire reported near Parrot Lake was investigated and deemed a non-threat.…

A fire at Parrot Lake was deemed a non-threat and was put out. (Lakes District News file photo)
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s services and tasks it contracted out saw greenhouse gas emissions increase in 2018. The district is seeking to use the rebates it receives from carbon taxes to invest in more energy-efficient technologies or services. (Blair McBride photo)

RDBN emissions increased in 2018

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from services of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako…

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s services and tasks it contracted out saw greenhouse gas emissions increase in 2018. The district is seeking to use the rebates it receives from carbon taxes to invest in more energy-efficient technologies or services. (Blair McBride photo)
The configuration in Houston has changed to two five-person crews. (Houston Today file photo)

Houston get more initial attack crews

The BC Wildfire Service branches in Houston and Burns Lake are preparing…

The configuration in Houston has changed to two five-person crews. (Houston Today file photo)
British Columbians must be aware of the health risks of smoky air caused by wildfires, the BC Centre for Disease Control warns. (Black Press Media file photo)

Limit your exposure to wildfire smoke, BCCDC urges

During wildfire season, almost everyone in Houston faces the health dangers of…

British Columbians must be aware of the health risks of smoky air caused by wildfires, the BC Centre for Disease Control warns. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pet owners should be aware of laws on transporting and leaving dogs in vehicles. (Black Press Media file photo)

Beware of law when transporting dogs, SPCA says

The sight of drivers transporting dogs in the bed of their trucks…

Pet owners should be aware of laws on transporting and leaving dogs in vehicles. (Black Press Media file photo)
The evacuation order for areas near the Fraser Lake fire has been lifted, but an evacuation alert remains in effect. (Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako image)

Evacuation order for Fraser Lake fire lifted

The state of emergency and evacuation order related to the fire burning…

The evacuation order for areas near the Fraser Lake fire has been lifted, but an evacuation alert remains in effect. (Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako image)
A change in wind on May 12 could complicate the battle against the 236-hectare fire burning east of Fraser Lake. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Concern of wind change near Fraser Lake fire

A wind change later in the day on May 12 might pose…

A change in wind on May 12 could complicate the battle against the 236-hectare fire burning east of Fraser Lake. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Evacuation ordered amid Fraser Lake fire

Evacuation ordered amid Fraser Lake fire

Fire grew to 260 hectares in size

Evacuation ordered amid Fraser Lake fire
Fire danger rating raised to “moderate” from “low” this week in Burns Lake. (Blair McBride photo)

“High danger” for Houston fire risk

The recent warm weather enjoyed by Houston residents has brought an increased…

Fire danger rating raised to “moderate” from “low” this week in Burns Lake. (Blair McBride photo)
New email scam targets BC Hydro customers

New email scam targets BC Hydro customers

A new type of scam is targeting customers of BC Hydro. Scammers…

New email scam targets BC Hydro customers
Taylor Turkington (L) and Kristin Gianotti (R) of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP present details of the 2018 financial audit of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako to the board of directors on May 2. (Blair McBride photo)

RDBN in good financial health, audit shows

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is in good financial health, according…

Taylor Turkington (L) and Kristin Gianotti (R) of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP present details of the 2018 financial audit of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako to the board of directors on May 2. (Blair McBride photo)
The Northwest Fire Centre has warned that the potential for hotspots, or overwintering fires to emerge after last summer’s wildfires is very likely. One hotspot near Ootsa Lake released smoke in April and was later brought under control. (Black Press file photo)

Overwintering fires linger amid snowmelt

Despite the recent cool temperatures and melting snow leaving patches of wet…

The Northwest Fire Centre has warned that the potential for hotspots, or overwintering fires to emerge after last summer’s wildfires is very likely. One hotspot near Ootsa Lake released smoke in April and was later brought under control. (Black Press file photo)
Promotional food items can include locally produced honey, among others. (Black Press Media file photo)

RDBN pushes local food in new grant program

As summer approaches, food producers are readying to grow and provide more…

Promotional food items can include locally produced honey, among others. (Black Press Media file photo)
A protest sign in January at the Gidimt’en blockade site, which was set up to stop Coastal GasLink workers from reaching an access area for the pipeline project. (Black Press Media file photo)

Charges dropped against anti-pipeline protesters

Criminal contempt charges against 14 people who were arrested at an anti-pipeline…

A protest sign in January at the Gidimt’en blockade site, which was set up to stop Coastal GasLink workers from reaching an access area for the pipeline project. (Black Press Media file photo)
Farm to School coming into Bulkley Valley

Farm to School coming into Bulkley Valley

A provincial organization that wants to make it easier for children to…

Farm to School coming into Bulkley Valley
The base fine in British Columbia for distracted driving, including using electronic devices or eating while driving is $368. Online rumours since April 1 suggested that the fine would become $1,000 in May. (Lakes District News file photo)

$1,000 fine for eating and driving just hype

Recent online rumours saying that in May Canadians could be fined $1,000…

The base fine in British Columbia for distracted driving, including using electronic devices or eating while driving is $368. Online rumours since April 1 suggested that the fine would become $1,000 in May. (Lakes District News file photo)