Quesnel Observer Staff

The Quesnel School District Administration Building is still closed to the public due to COVID-19, so members of the public who wish to participate in the Sept. 16 school board meeting can request a Zoom invite. (File photo)

SD28: Zoom invite available for those wanting to participate in Sept. 16 school board meeting

The Quesnel School District Administration Building is still closed to the public due to COVID-19

The Quesnel School District Administration Building is still closed to the public due to COVID-19, so members of the public who wish to participate in the Sept. 16 school board meeting can request a Zoom invite. (File photo)
Pictured last year, Quesnel and District Hospice and Palliative Care Association (QDHPCA) board members, Suzannah Meir, Sandy Brunt, Carol Weremy, Sharon Pawluk, Barbara Watson, Melissa Fletcher-Gonzales, and Louise Scott pose with their Tim Hortons Smile Cookies during the annual fundraising campaign. This year’s Smile Cookie campaign, running from Sept. 14-20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations, will once again raise money for the QDHPCA. (Photo submitted)

Smile Cookies will support Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association

The fundraising campaign runs until Sept. 20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations

Pictured last year, Quesnel and District Hospice and Palliative Care Association (QDHPCA) board members, Suzannah Meir, Sandy Brunt, Carol Weremy, Sharon Pawluk, Barbara Watson, Melissa Fletcher-Gonzales, and Louise Scott pose with their Tim Hortons Smile Cookies during the annual fundraising campaign. This year’s Smile Cookie campaign, running from Sept. 14-20 at both Quesnel Tim Hortons locations, will once again raise money for the QDHPCA. (Photo submitted)
The City of Quesnel announced Sept. 8 that the hot tub at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre is now open, with occupancy and time limits. (Observer file photo)

Hot tub at Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre now open

Only three people are allowed in the hot tub at a time, with a time limit of 10 minutes

The City of Quesnel announced Sept. 8 that the hot tub at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre is now open, with occupancy and time limits. (Observer file photo)
Construction on a new modern kitchen will begin this fall at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

New kitchen being built at Quesnel hospital

The same Kamloops-based company chosen for the expansion project will begin construction this month

Construction on a new modern kitchen will begin this fall at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has released its preliminary design for the proposed Quesnel North-South Interconnector online at gov.bc.ca/quesnelinterconnector. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website)

MOTI releases proposed Quesnel interconnetor route online

The proposed route would remove heavy-truck traffic from Highway 97 in the downtown core

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has released its preliminary design for the proposed Quesnel North-South Interconnector online at gov.bc.ca/quesnelinterconnector. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure website)
Crews have been working for several days to repair a washout on Highway 26 across from The Dusty Trunk in Cottonwood. This photo was taken Saturday, May 9. (Arthur Topham photo)

PHOTOS: Washout closes Highway 26 in Cottonwood

The washout is across from The Dusty Trunk, and a detour is in place

Crews have been working for several days to repair a washout on Highway 26 across from The Dusty Trunk in Cottonwood. This photo was taken Saturday, May 9. (Arthur Topham photo)
The B.C. Alzheimer Society continues to deliver support at home for caregivers and is offering free weekly webinars. (B.C. Alzheimer Society photo)

Alzheimer Society of B.C. offering free weekly webinars

The next webinar is Wednesday, May 13 and focuses on long-distance caregiving

The B.C. Alzheimer Society continues to deliver support at home for caregivers and is offering free weekly webinars. (B.C. Alzheimer Society photo)
Thirty-three-year-old Louis Korkowski was last seen Monday, May 4 after 6 p.m. on the west side of Quesnel, and he has not been in contact with family or friends since. Quesnel RCMP are asking anyone with information about Korkowski or two vehicles of interest to call 9-1-1. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

Quesnel RCMP asking for help finding missing man and two vehicles of interest

Louis Korkowski, 33, was last seen May 4 after 6 p.m. on the west side of Quesnel

Thirty-three-year-old Louis Korkowski was last seen Monday, May 4 after 6 p.m. on the west side of Quesnel, and he has not been in contact with family or friends since. Quesnel RCMP are asking anyone with information about Korkowski or two vehicles of interest to call 9-1-1. (Photo submitted by RCMP)
Dan Houser (left) and John Salewski of B.C. Wildfire Service present FireSmart information during the City of Quesnel’s Forestry Innovation Centre open house Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The City of Quesnel is encouraging residents to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month this May. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel residents encouraged to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month

The City of Quesnel is holding a photo contest and asking residents to fill out a survey

Dan Houser (left) and John Salewski of B.C. Wildfire Service present FireSmart information during the City of Quesnel’s Forestry Innovation Centre open house Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The City of Quesnel is encouraging residents to participate in FireSmart Awareness Month this May. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
The Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help locating 20-year-old Kelly Gerk, who is wanted on two warrants after he left a treatment centre in Logan Lake on April 21. (Photo submitted by Quesnel RCMP)

RCMP looking for Quesnel man, who is awaiting trial for serious assault

Police say Kelly Gerk may be in the Quesnel or Prince George area after leaving treatment centre

The Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help locating 20-year-old Kelly Gerk, who is wanted on two warrants after he left a treatment centre in Logan Lake on April 21. (Photo submitted by Quesnel RCMP)
Flooding in Baker Creek caused trees along its banks to fall, downing power lines into the creek itself on April 23. On April 24, City of Quesnel crews began repairing a water main break along the creek. Many West Quesnel residents were under a boil water advisory, but the advisory has now been lifted. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

UPDATE: Boil water advisory has been lifted in West Quesnel

A water main near Baker Creek had broken Friday, April 24

Flooding in Baker Creek caused trees along its banks to fall, downing power lines into the creek itself on April 23. On April 24, City of Quesnel crews began repairing a water main break along the creek. Many West Quesnel residents were under a boil water advisory, but the advisory has now been lifted. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Due to flooding, the Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation order for one property on Forglen Road in McLeese Lake Sunday, April 26. (Cariboo Regional District map)

Flooding prompts evacuation order for one Forglen Road property

The Cariboo Regional District issues the order for the McLeese Lake property Sunday, April 26

Due to flooding, the Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation order for one property on Forglen Road in McLeese Lake Sunday, April 26. (Cariboo Regional District map)
The City of Quesnel is advising residents of high water levels along Baker Creek Friday, April 24. As well, the City is also closing the Johnston Bridge Loop due to flooding and working to repair a water main break in West Quesnel. (City of Quesnel Facebook photo)

City of Quesnel dealing with broken water main in West Quesnel, flooding along Johnston Bridge Loop

The Johnston Bridge Loop will close Friday, April 24; City advises of high water along Baker Creek

The City of Quesnel is advising residents of high water levels along Baker Creek Friday, April 24. As well, the City is also closing the Johnston Bridge Loop due to flooding and working to repair a water main break in West Quesnel. (City of Quesnel Facebook photo)
The Cariboo Regional District expanded the evacuation alert for the Knickerbocker-Wells Road area Sunday, April 26, and it now affects five properties. (Cariboo Regional District map)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert expanded for Knickerbocker-Wells Road area

The Cariboo Regional District issued the initial alert Thursday, April 23 due to a landslide

The Cariboo Regional District expanded the evacuation alert for the Knickerbocker-Wells Road area Sunday, April 26, and it now affects five properties. (Cariboo Regional District map)
Kersley 4-H Club member Zackery Wiebe, who is in his first year of 4-H, shows his guinea pig Tornado while judge Lisa Bredsteen asks him questions during the 4-H show Saturday, Aug. 24 at the 2019 Quesnel Fall Fair. The 4-H program in Quesnel is continuing, with modifications due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel and District 4-H program continuing with modifications due to COVID-19

The 2020 Show and Sale, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 may be conducted virtually

Kersley 4-H Club member Zackery Wiebe, who is in his first year of 4-H, shows his guinea pig Tornado while judge Lisa Bredsteen asks him questions during the 4-H show Saturday, Aug. 24 at the 2019 Quesnel Fall Fair. The 4-H program in Quesnel is continuing, with modifications due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
A spontaneous jam and sing-along at the 2019 ArtsWells Festival. Island Mountain Arts has cancelled the 2020 festival due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

ArtsWells cancels 2020 festival due to COVID-19

Island Mountain Arts hopes to deliver some kind of online version of the festival to support artists

A spontaneous jam and sing-along at the 2019 ArtsWells Festival. Island Mountain Arts has cancelled the 2020 festival due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Because the Quesnel School District Administration Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, a call-in number is being provided for the April 22 board of education meeting, and community members can email questions in advance of the meeting. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Call-in number being provided for April 22 Quesnel school board meeting

The school district building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, but the meeting is going ahead

Because the Quesnel School District Administration Building is closed to the public due to COVID-19, a call-in number is being provided for the April 22 board of education meeting, and community members can email questions in advance of the meeting. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Darcy Lazzarin of Williams Lake rides the Ferris wheel with Billy Barker July 18, 2019, during last year’s Billy Barker Days Festival. The Billy Barker Days Society and Shooting Star Amusements offered free Ferris wheel rides to seniors for one hour to honour Gloria Lazzarin, Darcy’s mother, a former Quesnel councillor and Cariboo Regional District director and former Citizen of the Year. The Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the 2020 Billy Barker Days Festival due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

COVID-19: Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days Festival officially cancelled

The annual four-day festival had been scheduled for July 16-19

Darcy Lazzarin of Williams Lake rides the Ferris wheel with Billy Barker July 18, 2019, during last year’s Billy Barker Days Festival. The Billy Barker Days Society and Shooting Star Amusements offered free Ferris wheel rides to seniors for one hour to honour Gloria Lazzarin, Darcy’s mother, a former Quesnel councillor and Cariboo Regional District director and former Citizen of the Year. The Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the 2020 Billy Barker Days Festival due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Open burning restrictions for high smoke sensitivity zones, including Quesnel, are being continued until June 15, and there will also be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)

Restrictions on open burning in Quesnel extend into June

Quesnel is considered a high smoke sensitivity zone

Open burning restrictions for high smoke sensitivity zones, including Quesnel, are being continued until June 15, and there will also be a Category 2 and 3 fire ban in place as of Monday, April 16 in B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski - Black Press Media)
The newly-named Small Business Recovery Consulting Rebate program is designed to help businesses access the professional support they need to weather the current economic downturn. (Northern Development Initiative Trust - Facebook photo)

COVID-19: Northern Development adjusts consulting rebate program

Small Business Recovery Consulting Rebate is designed to help businesses access professional support

The newly-named Small Business Recovery Consulting Rebate program is designed to help businesses access the professional support they need to weather the current economic downturn. (Northern Development Initiative Trust - Facebook photo)