Bulkley-Nechako

🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future of LNG

The Future of LNG

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 11, 2017

In wake of Petronas decision, northerners agree: It’s time to work together.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSimbiyez Wilson

Simbiyez Wilson

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Her name means “child of the stars.” And Witsuwit’en singer-songwriter Simbiyez Wilson seems to be living up to the name.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFuture Past

Future Past

👤Paul Glover 🕔Sep 11, 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future is a Strange Beast

The Future is a Strange Beast

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Fear of the future is pointless. There's no escape from our perceived passage of time. “At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past.” Haruki Murakami.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Last Salmon Stronghold

The Last Salmon Stronghold

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Salmon are a way of life in northern BC. This season’s closures of the sockeye and Chinook fisheries on the Skeena River are causing ripples of fear for a future with no fish in the rivers. Dan Mesec investigates the issues, and the potential cultural implications of declining stocks.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOptimism in the Face of Impending Disaster

Optimism in the Face of Impending Disaster

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Sep 11, 2017

There is plenty to fear these days. And yet, all across northern BC people are shaping a future for themselves, for their children, and for their communities. Jo Boxwell shares some of their stories and their optimistic outlook.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStill Growing

Still Growing

👤Sheila Peters 🕔May 01, 2017

Sustaining northern agriculture

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🔍Read Full ArticleCaribou Conundrum

Caribou Conundrum

🕔May 01, 2017

The Telkwa caribou herd has dwindled down to just over a dozen animals. Here, we explore different perspectives on the issue. First, Emily Bulmer takes us back to her childhood and looks at a Witsuwit'en perspective. Then, Amanda Follett Hosgood gives us a glimpse of what's being done at a government level.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Connections

Creative Connections

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔May 01, 2017

From Prince George to Prince Rupert, creative folks join forces to enhance their respective cultures, and northern BC culture as a whole. Collaboration at its best in three northern communities.

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnder the Water

Under the Water

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Can collaboration exist in isolation?

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🔍Read Full ArticleMichelle Stoney

Michelle Stoney

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 27, 2017

The future of First Nations art

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Retrospect

In Retrospect

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 27, 2017

JRP chair Sheila Leggett on due process, yoga and the search for common ground

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🔍Read Full ArticleBlue Geranium: Trails and Pipelines

Blue Geranium: Trails and Pipelines

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Feb 27, 2017

A different approach to backcountry exploration

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🔍Read Full ArticleMind (over) Mountains

Mind (over) Mountains

🕔Feb 27, 2017

"Everyone deserves to enjoy the mountains." Talon Gillis inspires with his photo essay.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Grizzly Business

The Grizzly Business

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Feb 24, 2017

One of BC’s iconic creatures, the grizzly bear is responsible for a significant portion of our province’s economy. The question is: should we shoot bears with guns or cameras, or both?

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🔍Read Full ArticleWelcome to the Truth

Welcome to the Truth

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 24, 2017

If Truth can be found at the bottom of a bottle, it can also be found in the crumbs of a vanished sandwich.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly

On the Fly

👤Brian Smith 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Bulkley River steelhead: Hoping for that one-in-a-thousand cast

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🔍Read Full ArticleBaby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Staying warm with live music

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🔍Read Full ArticleStory Lookout

Story Lookout

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Oct 03, 2016

From illegal-burning lookout to dandy day-hike destination

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🔍Read Full ArticleHazelton’s Unsung Navigator

Hazelton’s Unsung Navigator

🕔Oct 03, 2016

I don’t believe in being a “war buff.” The term buff trivializes this particular subject, as if one can have an exuberant interest in combat’s destruction and despair like a bird watcher or a train spotter. It’s too close to being a fan.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Cheeky Chickadee

The Cheeky Chickadee

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Oct 03, 2016

Survival tales of a tough little bird

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Mammoth Discovery: Decades later, fossils still shrouded in mystery

A Mammoth Discovery: Decades later, fossils still shrouded in mystery

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Aug 01, 2016

In the summer of 1971, men and machines were working on removing the overburden (mining lingo for “dirt”) on Noranda’s Bell Mine on the Newman Peninsula of Babine Lake when their work revealed a jumble of ancient, oversized bones.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOpal ridge: No semi-precious stones, but still a hidden gem

Opal ridge: No semi-precious stones, but still a hidden gem

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 31, 2016

The valley of Silvern Creek cuts deliciously into the heart of a mountain knot just west of Smithers

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Town for all Colours:  Smithers gets a rainbow crosswalk

A Town for all Colours:  Smithers gets a rainbow crosswalk

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 31, 2016

There’s something inherently cheerful about a rainbow, which is why it’s so often associated with happy things.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOrchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

Orchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

👤Paul Glover 🕔Mar 30, 2016

The audience hushes as the conductor and co-director stride down the aisle. At the front of the room, the orchestra members fall quiet.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuskwa Crossing:  A bridge made of telegraph wire

Suskwa Crossing:  A bridge made of telegraph wire

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Mar 30, 2016

If you go down to the Suskwa River where it passes through a tight canyon some four and a half kilometres above its confluence with the Bulkley, you will discover the remains of a very old bridge, an airy span built from nothing but telegraph wire and wood.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHave Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

Have Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 24, 2015

My breath hangs in frozen bursts and dissipates behind me

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🔍Read Full ArticleSilverking Basin: Winter cabin in the mountains

Silverking Basin: Winter cabin in the mountains

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 24, 2015

One of the most popular summer hikes near Smithers is the Silverking Basin.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Unplanned Exodus: Smithers opens doors for refugee families

The Unplanned Exodus: Smithers opens doors for refugee families

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Every morning, Akram Khalil and Montaha Awil awake to social media.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

Winter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Whoever built my former house did not know or understand the direction of the prevailing wind or how drifts are formed.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHankin Lookout Cabin Sleeping in the sky Morgan Hite

Hankin Lookout Cabin Sleeping in the sky Morgan Hite

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Oct 09, 2015

A boxy, renovated two-story fire lookout sticks up on a knob on the north side of Hankin Peak, with fine views of Rocky Ridge and the Kitseguecla River valley, as well as Ashman Ridge and Paleo Peak to the west.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

The Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Oct 09, 2015

I’ve poked around in museum backrooms throughout BC’s Northwest; wearing those white gloves while sifting through old papers in archives and artifact storage rooms.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Morice River

The Morice River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Oct 09, 2015

The Morice River is a favourite destination for many steelhead anglers.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeaton Ridge trail:  A high lookout upon many ranges

Seaton Ridge trail:  A high lookout upon many ranges

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Jul 31, 2015

As you drive into Moricetown from the south you can’t help but notice the prominent peak that seems to stand just behind the town.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBackyard Bears

Backyard Bears

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Jul 31, 2015

Our home, just outside of Telkwa, is nestled on the edge of 40 acres of rolling wilderness next to a provincial park. I see the first bears of the spring just as the aspens are leafing out.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMoonlight Mountain:  A place for telling seasons

Moonlight Mountain:  A place for telling seasons

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Jun 01, 2015

The alpine ridge that I was introduced to as “Moonlight Mountain” is a spur of the larger Kispiox Mountain, an arm flung out first north and then northwest to enclose the headwaters of one of the tributaries of Moonlit Creek.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHope for the Nechako Sturgeon

Hope for the Nechako Sturgeon

👤Tom Walker 🕔Jun 01, 2015

When fisheries biologist Cory Williamson tickles the water to simulate feeding, a two-metre dinosaur ghosts out of the shadows and glides across the brood-tank floor.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAtop the  Telkwa Alps

Atop the Telkwa Alps

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 26, 2014

I remember someone in the last 10 years proposing that the hills rising to the east of Tyhee Lake be re-named the “Telkwa Alps.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleCohousing Communities  A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

Cohousing Communities A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 26, 2014

“We want to create a village, rather than just more housing.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleWheelin’ in the North

Wheelin’ in the North

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Road trips are great, but there’s really no better way to see a new place than from the seat of a bike.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCrop studies:  Learning more about the food we grow

Crop studies:  Learning more about the food we grow

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Aug 04, 2014

In the 1940s and ’50s, federally funded experimental farms in Smithers and Prince George were part of a network across Canada established to trial new crops and develop the nation’s agricultural prowess.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

Bug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

A slight movement on my sleeve catches my attention: A spider—the size of a nickel. Yeow!

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly: The Bulkley River: Clear water, dry flies and big fish

On the Fly: The Bulkley River: Clear water, dry flies and big fish

👤Brian Smith 🕔Aug 04, 2014

When steelhead fly-fishers talk about rivers that are on their bucket lists, many come to mind; however, few rivers in the world are more revered for their dry-fly fishing opportunities than central BC’s Bulkley River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNaydeena Mountain stunning views from “standing up alone”

Naydeena Mountain stunning views from “standing up alone”

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 30, 2014

Nadina Mountain Provincial Park south of Houston is large, hard to access, little-visited, non-motorized and has no facilities—but what a spectacular peak!

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🔍Read Full ArticleA buffet of summer music

A buffet of summer music

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

Heading to a music festival often means embracing all styles and genres of music.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFloating on air: paragliding in the Bulkley Valley

Floating on air: paragliding in the Bulkley Valley

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

I’m hanging out with a few keen paragliders at a launch site below Malkow Lookout, just outside Smithers.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

Sticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

“How about this one?” The tide was low and we were looking for solid sticks to brace ourselves as we waded across the Tlell River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

Dandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

👤Michele Genest 🕔May 30, 2014

The dandelion is a plant that gives and gives...

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuper Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

Super Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

No one was eating the mashed potatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeymour Ridge Trails

Seymour Ridge Trails

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Apr 04, 2014

This is a wonderful set of trails that melt out early.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHolding Our Breath: Airshed Management Society works on the particulate problem

Holding Our Breath: Airshed Management Society works on the particulate problem

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Apr 04, 2014

Feb. 6, 4 p.m. Smithers: -16 C, clear, with the slightest breath of wind at 0.5 metre/second from the northwest. PM2.5 is 34 micrograms per cubic metre.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Art and Science of Ski Making

The Art and Science of Ski Making

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 25, 2013

James Fisher’s shop is a thing to behold. It dwarfs his house in downtown Smithers and is immaculate, despite the faint smell of epoxy.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCanyon Creek—Groomed trails, tree skiing, and alpine meadows

Canyon Creek—Groomed trails, tree skiing, and alpine meadows

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 25, 2013

Canyon Creek Cross-Country Ski Area is about 25 minutes from Smithers up Babine Lake Road.

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Another kind of dream (Comment/Op-ed)

👤Sheila Peters 🕔Nov 25, 2013

I live beside a gravel road. You cross a small bridge into the heart of Driftwood Canyon and, for a couple of kilometres, the hydro poles have been rerouted out of sight.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLost in definition  Art lives in Smithers

Lost in definition Art lives in Smithers

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 02, 2013

The creative process is a great and beautiful mystery.

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🔍Read Full ArticleJuniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

Juniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Once upon a time the old road up Juniper Creek was the main highway to a working mine situated in extreme conditions.

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🔍Read Full ArticleJuniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

Juniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Once upon a time the old road up Juniper Creek was the main highway to a working mine situated in extreme conditions.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOne hundred years wiser  Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

One hundred years wiser Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2013

In the Witsuwit’en language, “yin tah” is the word for “land,” but it carries more weight and more context than its English equivalent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley

Mean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley

👤Paul Glover 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Cheryl and Les Harmati had been successfully gardening on their property outside Smithers for 25 years. But last year something strange was happening: plants in the garden and greenhouse were curling and wilting.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe World’s Largest Fly Rod:  A true community art project

The World’s Largest Fly Rod:  A true community art project

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Aug 01, 2013

In the 1980s, tourism promoters in British Columbia encouraged cities and towns to develop a roadside attraction or landmark that would draw visitors.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe community building

The community building

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Jun 07, 2013

Wow, has it really been almost four months? Since The Last Peg, we’ve been busy building walls. Often up to our elbows in mud. Sneaking off for the odd bike ride with the dogs. And, pretty much all the time, marvelling at the amazing community we call home.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhere do I Find a Trail Map?

Where do I Find a Trail Map?

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 31, 2013

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a paper map.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMidsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

Midsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2013

It’s 8 p.m. on a Monday evening, and in the Stokes’ kitchen a Midsummer Music Festival meeting has just wrapped up. A teapot and half-empty wine bottle sit on the table. But what flows most generously are the stories.

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🔍Read Full ArticleReinventing the Central Park Building

Reinventing the Central Park Building

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Apr 01, 2013

I sit in the office of the Bulkley Valley Museum on the main floor of the Central Park Building and gaze down Smithers’ Main Street. Alpine Al continuously blows his alpenhorn as Hudson Bay Mountain rises behind him to meet the clear sky.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMcGillivray’s Map

McGillivray’s Map

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Mar 29, 2013

Simon McGillivray, a trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, was the first outsider ever to visit “the Forks,” the place where the Skeena and Bulkley rivers join, and later the site of the town of Hazelton

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

The Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

It’s unknown exactly how long the Lake Babine people have relied upon salmon. For countless generations, ocean-run sockeye made its way from the Pacific, up the Skeena River, to the Babine River and its spawning grounds at Babine Lake, sustaining the nation while also providing a resource to trade with other nations.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Accidental Activist: how a back-woods crew of local yokels mobilized the North.

The Accidental Activist: how a back-woods crew of local yokels mobilized the North.

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 28, 2013

When faced with environmental threats, community advocates became environmental activists. They've won the battle for the Sacred Headwaters, but their biggest fight may be yet to come.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWalk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

Walk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Mar 28, 2013

The first hikes of spring in northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePurges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

Purges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 28, 2013

How rhubarb came to northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Last Peg

The Last Peg

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 28, 2013

We’re always looking to cross a threshold: the last concrete pour; the last piece of roofing; the last timber. The milestone. The carrot.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFifty-Four Forty or Fight: How a U.S. border crossing almost wound up in the Bulkley Valley

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight: How a U.S. border crossing almost wound up in the Bulkley Valley

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Dec 01, 2012

I’m sitting on Hubert Hill, a small forested prominence by Highway 16, about 15 minutes south of Smithers, between Round Lake and Woodmere Roads. Here in the soft light of early summer, I can look across the highway and the Bulkley River to the Telkwa Mountains. Below me, the busy US border crossing has cars backed up

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Graphical Guide to Joe L’Orsa’s ‘History of the Babines’

A Graphical Guide to Joe L’Orsa’s ‘History of the Babines’

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Dec 01, 2012

In 1990, Joe L’Orsa wrote a 29-page typed manuscript detailing the “History of The Babine Mountains Recreation Area.”

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🔍Read Full Article100 Years of Smithers’ Main Street

100 Years of Smithers’ Main Street

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Dec 01, 2012

On March 28, 1913 the Smithers Interior News announced, “The board of Railway Commissioners at Ottawa has approved of the station site at ‘Smithers,’ the second divisional point East of Prince Rupert, Mile 226.5…

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe other woman

The other woman

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 07, 2012

“You should write a blog about the timbers,” Nick suggested excitedly some months ago.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHouse building 101: Keep laughing

House building 101: Keep laughing

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 28, 2012

The snow has begun to fall as the roof goes on; things are slowly moving forward. But I would like, for a moment, to look backward: to tell you about my garage and the person who taught me the greatest thing I needed to know about home building.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBefore snowfall

Before snowfall

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 09, 2012

It’s the mantra of rural living: Before snowfall, before snowfall…

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🔍Read Full ArticleFrom the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

From the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Robert Charlie speaks in slow, deliberate prose, as if people have always listened to the former Burns Lake Band chief, and he sees no need to rush. It’s hard to imagine this imposing figure ever being the target of racial insults.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFoundations. What’s to say?

Foundations. What’s to say?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 15, 2012

Yes, it’s been a while since the last update. I’d like to say that it’s because we’ve been working so hard on the house, and that would be partly true. But, in all honesty, we also spent two weeks basking in the Ontario sunshine and another week travelling some of the most beautiful roads in Western Canada to attend a friend’s wedding in Fernie.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHouses, armies and racehorses

Houses, armies and racehorses

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Jun 11, 2012

When building a straw bale home, there’s one key ingredient: straw. That’s why, as the weeks ticked along, by mid-May I began to worry that we hadn’t lined up — hadn’t even begun to look into — the bales for our straw walls.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe colossal fossil conundrum: Modern-day management at prehistoric site

The colossal fossil conundrum: Modern-day management at prehistoric site

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Jun 01, 2012

Gordon Harvey is long gone, but his old homestead dwindles on, slowly returning to the earth near Driftwood Creek.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSolid Ground

Solid Ground

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 15, 2012

My friend Robert suggested the name “Solid Ground” for this blog. While I’d already chosen Straw Bale Tales, it seemed like a fitting title for a post about foundations.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe First Straw

The First Straw

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Apr 11, 2012

A couple months ago, in a coffee shop in northern B.C., my husband-to-be and I sat and wavered. We were in the final design stage of our home—the sexy stage; the fun stage. Not in the up-to-our-elbows-in-mud phase. Not yet.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThis land is your land: Community-driven plan a first in BC

This land is your land: Community-driven plan a first in BC

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 01, 2012

It’s common wisdom to never discuss politics or religion. But if you live in northern BC, you might want to add “trail use” to that list.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSomething to tweet about: Young politicians rise into the ranks in northern BC

Something to tweet about: Young politicians rise into the ranks in northern BC

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 01, 2012

According to a report published online by Initiatives Prince George, the most rapidly expanding age demographic in northern BC is the 60-and-overs—but you wouldn’t know it from our municipal politics.

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