Hannah Wright

A newcomer’s view of Vanderhoof’s diversity project

Over the last week I have been thinking a great about my own place in this community as I work on this series of stories about the Vanderhoof Spirit of Diversity Project (see pages one and nine).

New fire chief in the hot seat

New Vanderhoof fire chief Joe Pacheco has been fighting fires since the age of 16, but at that age it never occurred to him that it might end up being a long-term career.

Local kids shine at regional science fair

Science-savy students from Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof stormed the Central Interior Science Exhibition which was held in Prince George on March 12, coming back with some commendable results.

Using Facebook as an employment tool is immoral

I heard something on the radio a couple of weeks back about potential jury members being checked out on Facebook in an attempt for lawyers to find the best jury.

Stoney Creek teen makes first court appearance

A 17-year-old boy from Stoney Creek remains in hospital after being severely beaten in the head in the early hours of March 19.

Locals learn new jobs skills through CNC program for older workers

The College of New Caledonia have applied for funding for a 12-week course which aims to give updated skills and development training to older workers.

Meeting held to discuss court services in the Omineca area

The Vanderhoof mayor has held another meeting with the Director of Court Services for the Region, Chris Nickerson to try and find solutions for the lack of court time in town.

This lack of available court time in Vanderhoof means a huge number of cases never go to trial.

Saik’uz says no to offer from Enbridge

Saik’uz First Nation is just one of a number of groups who have refused a 10 per cent equity stake offered by Enbridge in its $5.5 billion northern pipeline project.

Two arrested at Francois Lake area grow op bust

The Fraser Lake RCMP took down a marijuana grow operation at a rural residence in the Francois Lake area last Monday morning.

Accessibility upgrades announced for Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof will be more disability-friendly in the near future after three applications for accessibility upgrades to buildings in town have been approved by federal government.

Fraser Lake in uproar after popular doctor’s contract is not renewed

The Fraser Lake community is up in arms after hearing that one of their doctors won’t be having his contract renewed by Northern Health this year.

Murray Ridge a hidden gem

Part of my weekend was spent at Murray Ridge Ski Hill in Fort St. James.

What a fantastic little hill. Snowboarding has been a hobby of mine for a number of years, yet this was the first chance I had all winter to finally get up to our local hill.

Northern Health decision needs public explanation

Health care is certainly in the fore front of the news in northern B.C., at the moment.

Council show support for halibut sport fishing industry

The District of Vanderhoof council have agreed to write a strongly worded letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans about its decision to allocate just 12 per cent of B.C. halibut toward recreational and commercial sport fishing.

Former local faces murder charge

A former Vanderhoof resident, Joseph Knelsen, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of a 53-year-old Langford resident.

Communities need to come together

With a referendum for a proposed $12 million pool in Vanderhoof coming up this year, the pool committee is working hard to make the facility as financially viable as possible.

During the last week, members of the committee have been speaking to neighboring communities in attempt to muster up some financial support for the building and maintenance of a pool in Vanderhoof.

Vanderhoof RCMP report a number of gas and tool thefts in town

Files reported to the Vanderhoof RCMP between February 26 and March 4.

Former Vanderhoof resident charged with first degree murder

A former Vanderhoof resident, Joseph Knelsen, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of a 53-year-old Langford resident.

Gold deposit confirmed at Blackwater

The Blackwater Gold Project was given a positive boost last week with the release of its first independent resource estimation.

Murray Ridge a hidden gem

Part of my weekend was spent at Murray Ridge Ski Hill in Fort St. James. What a fantastic little hill. Snowboarding has been a hobby of mine for a number of years, yet this was the first chance I had all winter to finally get up to our local hill.