Marisca Bakker

Marisca Bakker

Potty training during a pandemic

It's been a crappy week

Marisca Bakker
Clara Donnelly. (Contributed photo)

Schizophrenia Society reaching out in creative ways during pandemic

Local director worried people with mental illness or their caregivers may fall through the cracks

Clara Donnelly. (Contributed photo)
The Village of Telkwa office.

Telkwa struggles with business of governing due to pandemic

Last two regular council meetings have been difficult for both councillors and public to participate

The Village of Telkwa office.
Logging debris should be cleared up sooner and trees taken to mills faster than called for in current regulations to reduce wildfire hazards, indicates a B.C. Forest Practices Board finding released on April 3.

Planning underway for this year’s forest fire season while under a public health emergency

Open fire prohibitions came into effect on April 16.

Logging debris should be cleared up sooner and trees taken to mills faster than called for in current regulations to reduce wildfire hazards, indicates a B.C. Forest Practices Board finding released on April 3.
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Optimism is contagious

Marisca decides to be hopeful and confident about the future

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Smithers Town Hall. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Town stands behind decision to use emergency alert system to send COVID-19 related information

Some users questioned if getting information on utility companies is an emergency

Smithers Town Hall. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
Steer wrestling (Thom Barker photo)

Kispiox Rodeo cancelled in wake of pandemic

Organizers said they made tough call to cancel 73rd annual event

Steer wrestling (Thom Barker photo)
UFO - Ukrainian Food Awesome owners Pavel and Tanya Anokhin. (Trevor Ford photo)

Airport cancels Cafe contract

Town of Smithers says financial impact of COVID-19 and future uncertainty made termination necessary

UFO - Ukrainian Food Awesome owners Pavel and Tanya Anokhin. (Trevor Ford photo)
Two of the gas stations in Smithers lowered their prices on Thursday morning. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Gas prices in Smithers lower but remain higher than surrounding communities

Analyst says a lot goes into determining gas prices

Two of the gas stations in Smithers lowered their prices on Thursday morning. (Marisca Bakker photo)
A moose calf shows signs of winter tick infestation after rubbing hair off to dislodge blood-filled ticks. Animals with extreme infestations are called “ghost moose,” a condition that is likely fatal. (Eric Becker)

A new method of getting medicine to moose shut down

Volunteer says he was told to stop by Ministry of Environment

A moose calf shows signs of winter tick infestation after rubbing hair off to dislodge blood-filled ticks. Animals with extreme infestations are called “ghost moose,” a condition that is likely fatal. (Eric Becker)
Two-year-old Kennedy checks out Gandolph the tabby cat at Northwest Animal Shelter’s adoption fair. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Animal shelter still operating and matching new pets with families during public health emergency

Feeling lonely? Consider adopting a pet .... but remember it is a lifetime commitment.

Two-year-old Kennedy checks out Gandolph the tabby cat at Northwest Animal Shelter’s adoption fair. (Marisca Bakker photo)
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Community group creates masks, gowns, face shields

The group has mobilized volunteers in Smithers and throughout the Northwest

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Trying to find routine in a pandemic

It is hard to parent while social distancing, having to change plans and create a new normal

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Battered Closed sign; Photo by Morf Morford

Business coach hoping to help businesses get through COVID-19

Trevor Bruintjes estimates a third of businesses in town will close their doors during this pandemic.

Battered Closed sign; Photo by Morf Morford
Marisca

Hard times bring out the best and worst in people

Marisca calls on the community to be kind while keeping some space between us

Marisca
It’s important to secure garbage and other bear attractants at this time of year. (file photo)

Bear season starting

Time to put away your bird feeders and secure garbage

It’s important to secure garbage and other bear attractants at this time of year. (file photo)
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Bulkley Valley parents on keeping their kids isolated during the pandemic

Safety and health is a top priority for parents

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Businesses taking the pandemic day-by-day

Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce says businesses are not looking to the future

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COVID-19 can wreak havoc on your mental health

Advice from the Canadian Mental Health Association on coping with the Coronovirus

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Trying to be hopeful in a time of crisis

I talked to a lot of parents this week about how they were holding up with their kids being home and in self isolation. Most people seemed very optimistic and fortunate they could work from home and genuinely enjoy some quiet, quality time with the family. I suppose last week was March Break and most people were prepared for their children to be home anyways. I'd be interested to talk with the same people though after week two, or three (or four!) of this crisis.

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