Quesnel Observer Staff

This graphic shows the value chain of bioproducts from forest biomass. (Photo Submitted)

Lhtako Dené, Nazko, City of Quesnel and Clean Energy Consulting partner in new biomass study

The initial biomass inventory is expected to be completed by mid-March

This graphic shows the value chain of bioproducts from forest biomass. (Photo Submitted)
If you have a real Christmas tree this year — like this one from Kersley Christmas Trees — you can drop it off at one of several locations throughout the city until Jan. 10. (Photo Submitted)

Quesnel residents can drop off real Christmas trees for chipping between Dec. 25 and Jan. 10

The City of Quesnel takes the trees to the landfill, where they will be chipped for compost

If you have a real Christmas tree this year — like this one from Kersley Christmas Trees — you can drop it off at one of several locations throughout the city until Jan. 10. (Photo Submitted)
The College of New Caledonia board of governors approved a two-per-cent tuition increase for domestic and international students for 2021-22. (College of New Caledonia Facebook Photo)

CNC tuition going up by two per cent for 2021-22

The College of New Caledonia faces increased costs due to COVID-19 and less international revenue

The College of New Caledonia board of governors approved a two-per-cent tuition increase for domestic and international students for 2021-22. (College of New Caledonia Facebook Photo)
As more people are testing positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, the health authority explains what to expect once you’ve had the test. (File Photo)

NH lays out what to expect if you receive a COVID-19 test

Northern Health says it is deploying additional staff to speed up the post-test process

As more people are testing positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, the health authority explains what to expect once you’ve had the test. (File Photo)
This Cariboo Regional District map shows which properties will be taxed and where the lights will be located on Maple Drive following the completion of the alternate approval process and the adoption of a new service bylaw at the Dec. 4 board meeting. (Cariboo Regional District map)

Maple Drive streetlight project going ahead

The Cariboo Regional District board adopted a service bylaw for the lights at its Dec. 4 meeting

This Cariboo Regional District map shows which properties will be taxed and where the lights will be located on Maple Drive following the completion of the alternate approval process and the adoption of a new service bylaw at the Dec. 4 board meeting. (Cariboo Regional District map)
Quesnel council is moving its meetings online for the time being after new ministerial orders around gatherings and events restrict public attendance. Meetings are recorded and will be available on the city’s YouTube channel the day after a scheduled meeting. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)

Quesnel council meetings moving online

New ministerial orders mean restrictions on in-person attendance are being put in place

Quesnel council is moving its meetings online for the time being after new ministerial orders around gatherings and events restrict public attendance. Meetings are recorded and will be available on the city’s YouTube channel the day after a scheduled meeting. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)
This map shows the location of Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM) Ltd.’s QR Mill and Bonanza Ledge Mine and proposed Cariboo Gold Project mine site near Wells, as well as the trucking route to take ore from the Cariboo Gold Project to the QR Mill. BGM announced Thursday, Dec. 3 that two of its contract employees tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 2 as they arrived at the Wells site to begin their work rotation. (Photo courtesy of BGM)

Two contract employees at Wells mine site test positive for COVID-19

Barkerville Gold Mines says the workers have had no known interaction with the community of Wells

This map shows the location of Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM) Ltd.’s QR Mill and Bonanza Ledge Mine and proposed Cariboo Gold Project mine site near Wells, as well as the trucking route to take ore from the Cariboo Gold Project to the QR Mill. BGM announced Thursday, Dec. 3 that two of its contract employees tested positive for COVID-19 Dec. 2 as they arrived at the Wells site to begin their work rotation. (Photo courtesy of BGM)
From left, Kurt Pethick of Integris Financial, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel (BBBSQ) administrative assistant/marketing co-ordinator Joanie Newman and BBBSQ board vice-president Kristina Stewart drew the three winning names in BBBSQ’s WestJet Ticket Raffle Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel picks raffle draw winners

Rose Scott won the first prize in the non-profit’s WestJet Ticket Raffle

From left, Kurt Pethick of Integris Financial, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel (BBBSQ) administrative assistant/marketing co-ordinator Joanie Newman and BBBSQ board vice-president Kristina Stewart drew the three winning names in BBBSQ’s WestJet Ticket Raffle Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Barkerville Historic Town and Park launched its Greetings from History campaign Dec. 1 and is hoping to raise $30,000 to send 2,000 “Letters for the Lonely.” (James Douglas Photo)

Barkerville launches Greetings from History letter-writing campaign

Historical characters hope to write 2,000 personalized letters to those living in seclusion

Barkerville Historic Town and Park launched its Greetings from History campaign Dec. 1 and is hoping to raise $30,000 to send 2,000 “Letters for the Lonely.” (James Douglas Photo)
The Cariboo Regional District has launched a broadband survey for residents, businesses and organizations. (Monica Lamb-Yorski Photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Cariboo Regional District launches broadband connectivity survey

Paper copies of the survey will be available beginning Dec. 2

The Cariboo Regional District has launched a broadband survey for residents, businesses and organizations. (Monica Lamb-Yorski Photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino in downtown Quesnel. As we head into the weekend, Northern Health is urging residents to follow all provincial health orders, which include mandatory masks inside all indoor spaces. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
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)

Northern Health urges residents to respect COVID-19 rules

The number of COVID-19 cases has been growing, and Northern Health saw 35 new cases from Nov. 26-27

A masked statue of Billy Barker sits on top of his namesake casino in downtown Quesnel. As we head into the weekend, Northern Health is urging residents to follow all provincial health orders, which include mandatory masks inside all indoor spaces. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
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)
Dr. Richard McAloney, an adjunct professor in the school of business at the University of Northern British Columbia, is the founding director of the new Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North. (University of Northern British Columbia Facebook Photo)

New innovation hub aims to bridge the technology adoption gap northern B.C.

The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North is hosted at UNBC

Dr. Richard McAloney, an adjunct professor in the school of business at the University of Northern British Columbia, is the founding director of the new Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North. (University of Northern British Columbia Facebook Photo)
Patricia Berston of Quesnel recently won $200,000 through Casino Royale II, a scratch and win game offered by the B.C. Lottery Corporation. (B.C. Lottery Corporation Photo)

Quesnel woman wins $200,000 playing scratch and win game

Patricia Breston won while playing Casino Royale II

Patricia Berston of Quesnel recently won $200,000 through Casino Royale II, a scratch and win game offered by the B.C. Lottery Corporation. (B.C. Lottery Corporation Photo)
Natasha Wasmuth receives her Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary Club of Quesnel 2019-20 president Simon Turner Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo Submitted)

Rotary honours epilepsyQuesnel founder Natasha Wasmuth

The Rotary Club of Quesnel presented Wasmuth with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award

Natasha Wasmuth receives her Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary Club of Quesnel 2019-20 president Simon Turner Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo Submitted)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) Quesnel Campus Millwright/Machinist instructor Sergio Jorquera demonstrates working with compressed air Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, during Science and Technology Day at the college. CNC is hosting a virtual open house Thursday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to share what the college has to offer. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)

College of New Caledonia hosting virtual open house Nov. 26

The online event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and gives a taste of what it’s like to be a CNC student

College of New Caledonia (CNC) Quesnel Campus Millwright/Machinist instructor Sergio Jorquera demonstrates working with compressed air Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, during Science and Technology Day at the college. CNC is hosting a virtual open house Thursday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to share what the college has to offer. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer File Photo)
Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association board members Carol Weremy and Melissa Gonzalez accept a $3,999 donation from Tim Hortons staff members. The money was raised during the 2020 Smile Cookie campaign. (Photo Submitted)

Quesnel Smile Cookie campaign generates almost $4,000

The Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association is very grateful for the support

Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association board members Carol Weremy and Melissa Gonzalez accept a $3,999 donation from Tim Hortons staff members. The money was raised during the 2020 Smile Cookie campaign. (Photo Submitted)
From left, Tamara Trevelyan, public affairs co-ordinator, TC Energy; Kiel Giddens, public affairs manager, TC Energy; Lauren Dyck, CNC pro-cook student; Dennis Johnson, CNC president and CEO; Zach Pearson, CNC metal fabrication student; Chad Thompson, CNC vice-president academic; and Tanner Moulton, public affairs co-ordinator, TC Energy celebrate their partnership. (Photo Submitted)

Coastal GasLink supports College of New Caledonia

Funding will go to bursaries, courses and trades equipment

From left, Tamara Trevelyan, public affairs co-ordinator, TC Energy; Kiel Giddens, public affairs manager, TC Energy; Lauren Dyck, CNC pro-cook student; Dennis Johnson, CNC president and CEO; Zach Pearson, CNC metal fabrication student; Chad Thompson, CNC vice-president academic; and Tanner Moulton, public affairs co-ordinator, TC Energy celebrate their partnership. (Photo Submitted)
Alex Fraser Park in Quesnel is one of the facilities supported by the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks service. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

North Cariboo Recreation and Parks plan proposes 4% tax increase to grow capital reserves

The proposed five-year financial plan still needs to be approved by the Cariboo Regional District

Alex Fraser Park in Quesnel is one of the facilities supported by the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks service. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Quesnel RCMP arrested 33-year-old Travis Maurice Paul Wednesday, Nov. 4 after he failed to stop for police. (File Photo)

Quesnel RCMP arrest Nazko man for failing to stop for police

Thirty-three-year-old Travis Maurice Paul’s vehicle was disabled with a spike belt Nov. 4

Quesnel RCMP arrested 33-year-old Travis Maurice Paul Wednesday, Nov. 4 after he failed to stop for police. (File Photo)
This Google Maps screenshot shows the Highway 97 intersection at Juniper Road that is being deactivated in South Quesnel. (Google Maps screenshot)

Juniper Road intersection being deactivated in South Quesnel

Traffic can no longer enter or exit Highway 97 at Juniper Road in a move to improve road safety

This Google Maps screenshot shows the Highway 97 intersection at Juniper Road that is being deactivated in South Quesnel. (Google Maps screenshot)