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The Billy Barker Casino team went 1-1 in the last two weeks, and continue to lead the standings of the Quesnel Curling Sponsor League.(Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Sponsor League Curling: First blemish for Billy Barker

The team representing the casino and hotel is no longer undefeated but stays at the top of the table

The Billy Barker Casino team went 1-1 in the last two weeks, and continue to lead the standings of the Quesnel Curling Sponsor League.(Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The director of the Wells Snowmobile Club, Dexter Knorr, shared what is in his safety kit when sledding. Included are spare parts for his machine, like sparkplugs, and specially-designed tow ropes. (Submitted Photo)

Wells Snowmobile Club director shares tips for safe sledding

Two Prince George men were recently stranded on Yanks Peak, one overnight

The director of the Wells Snowmobile Club, Dexter Knorr, shared what is in his safety kit when sledding. Included are spare parts for his machine, like sparkplugs, and specially-designed tow ropes. (Submitted Photo)
Coralee Oakes won 48.42 per cent of ballots in the Cariboo North district in the October election, en route to winning a third term as MLA. (Photo Submitted)

Cariboo North MLA sworn in, despite technical difficulties

Coralee Oakes began her third term as the region’s MLA but couldn’t attend the virtual ceremony

Coralee Oakes won 48.42 per cent of ballots in the Cariboo North district in the October election, en route to winning a third term as MLA. (Photo Submitted)
The Quesnel RCMP detachment will be donating the goods collected for the holiday season to four local charities. (Quesnel RCMP)

Quesnel RCMP hoping to ‘stuff a cruiser’

Items donated on Dec. 6 and 7 will be given to four local charities

The Quesnel RCMP detachment will be donating the goods collected for the holiday season to four local charities. (Quesnel RCMP)
Arthur Topham received a one-month conditional sentence and three years of probation after breaching the terms of his probation. Topham was convicted of promoting hate against Jewish people in 2015. (Photo submitted)

Quesnel man convicted for anti-Semitic website sentenced for probation breach

Arthur Topham was convicted of breaching probation following his 2017 sentence for promoting hatred

Arthur Topham received a one-month conditional sentence and three years of probation after breaching the terms of his probation. Topham was convicted of promoting hate against Jewish people in 2015. (Photo submitted)
A planned ‘deck the big rigs’ light display is cancelled due to COVID-19 related public health orders. (Black Press File Photo)

Quesnel’s outdoor Tour of Lights cancelled due to COVID-19

Updated public health orders from the province mean stopping all events — even if they’re outdoors

A planned ‘deck the big rigs’ light display is cancelled due to COVID-19 related public health orders. (Black Press File Photo)
A helicopter made its way through the clouds to rescue a stranded snowmobiler on Yanks Peak. (Facebook Video Screenshot)

Quesnel Search and Rescue praises public help in latest search

Gerald Schut said the public didn’t disturb the search area until given direction from SAR teams

A helicopter made its way through the clouds to rescue a stranded snowmobiler on Yanks Peak. (Facebook Video Screenshot)
Spectators won’t be able to enjoy Quesnel Kangaroos action like captain Alessio Tomassetti scoring a goal until at least September of 2021. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Kangaroos’ CIHL championship defence on hold

The CIHL has canceled its 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions

Spectators won’t be able to enjoy Quesnel Kangaroos action like captain Alessio Tomassetti scoring a goal until at least September of 2021. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Quesnel Search and Rescue has found a missing snowmobiler on Yanks Peak, near Wells. They are being assisted by the Wells RCMP, Wells Snowmobile Club and Central Cariboo and Prince George search and rescue teams. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)

Search and rescue crews locate missing sledder near Wells

Mike Harbek spent the night on Yanks Peak and was located by helicopter Monday afternoon

Quesnel Search and Rescue has found a missing snowmobiler on Yanks Peak, near Wells. They are being assisted by the Wells RCMP, Wells Snowmobile Club and Central Cariboo and Prince George search and rescue teams. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)
A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)

‘I could still be the one out there’: snowmobiler rescued, 1 still missing near Wells

As Quesnel search and rescue teams investigate Yanks Peak, Colin Jalbert is resting at home

A rider carves a path on Yanks Peak Saturday, Nov. 21. Two men from Prince George went missing on the mountain the next day. One of them, Colin Jalbert, made it back after digging out his sled from four feet under the snow. The other, Mike Harbak, is still missing. Local search and rescue teams went out looking Monday, Nov. 23. (Sam Fait Photo)
Quesnel Search and Rescue are looking for a missing snowmobiler on Yanks Peak Monday, Nov. 23. They are being assisted by the Wells RCMP, Wells Snowmobile Club and neighbouring search and rescue teams. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)

Search underway for missing snowmobiler out of Wells, Yanks Peak area

Two riders went missing while sledding on Yanks Peak Nov. 22. One is still missing.

Quesnel Search and Rescue are looking for a missing snowmobiler on Yanks Peak Monday, Nov. 23. They are being assisted by the Wells RCMP, Wells Snowmobile Club and neighbouring search and rescue teams. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)
Tony Goulet was elected as the chair of the Quesnel School District board during the board’s Nov. 18 meeting. (File photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel School District outlines where pandemic dollars have gone

The district has spent over $250,000 in government funding to slow the spread of COVID-19

Tony Goulet was elected as the chair of the Quesnel School District board during the board’s Nov. 18 meeting. (File photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Black Bears are a common sight in the Cariboo, and especially in 2020. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Bear sightings in Cariboo up in 2020

WildSafeBC received nearly 1,000 reports of black bears in the Cariboo from January to October

Black Bears are a common sight in the Cariboo, and especially in 2020. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
A specialized RCMP unit checked on 160 people in gang enforcement activities in Quesnel and Prince George last week. (Observer file photo)

Provincial gang enforcement seizes drugs, cash, weapons in Quesnel round-up

The specialized unit was in Prince George and Quesnel between Nov. 12 and 14, checking on 160 people

A specialized RCMP unit checked on 160 people in gang enforcement activities in Quesnel and Prince George last week. (Observer file photo)
Provincial rules mean masks must be worn at all indoor and retail locations, as of Friday, Nov. 20. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Public health orders mean a change of plans at Quesnel facilities

Spectators are not allowed at the city’s two arenas, and masks are required inside city buildings

Provincial rules mean masks must be worn at all indoor and retail locations, as of Friday, Nov. 20. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Sharon MacDonald (left) has been named to the Pickleball BC board. She took home top spot at a local tournament in the summer of 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

“We need a voice” — Quesnel leader hopes to bring northern experience to Pickleball BC board

The president of the Quesnel Pickleball Club, Sharon MacDonald, was elected to the board Nov. 18

Sharon MacDonald (left) has been named to the Pickleball BC board. She took home top spot at a local tournament in the summer of 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Sara Pfannmueller's photo titled Tiny Tim Munching on a Snack is available for bid on the Quesnel and District 4-H Facebook page. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel and District 4-H caps off year with photography auction

Key leader Cody Dillabough says the auction will take place through Facebook

Sara Pfannmueller's photo titled Tiny Tim Munching on a Snack is available for bid on the Quesnel and District 4-H Facebook page. (Submitted photo)
The warning sign for an active slide area on Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Slides in the autumn could become more common as the Cariboo receives more precipitation. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Several homes on Kersley Dale Landing Road put under evacuation alert

Seven homes south of Quesnel are affected by a road closure caused by landslides and erosion

The warning sign for an active slide area on Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Slides in the autumn could become more common as the Cariboo receives more precipitation. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The new crack (left) near Umiti Pit Road is minor compared to the May 2020 crack (right) near the same location. (Emcon Services Facebook Photo)

Crack appears in Highway 97 north of Quesnel

The crack is near a previous crack which appeared in May 2020

The new crack (left) near Umiti Pit Road is minor compared to the May 2020 crack (right) near the same location. (Emcon Services Facebook Photo)
A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino, eight months to the day it was closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Owner Brad Kotzer said they won’t be opening in 2020. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel casino hoping for spring opening

Billy Barker Casino owner Brad Kotzer hopes to be allowed to open by Valentine’s Day or Easter

A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino, eight months to the day it was closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Owner Brad Kotzer said they won’t be opening in 2020. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)