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FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021

SIMPSON: The role of local government is changing

Mayor Bob Simpson outlines what mandate creep means for Quesnel

  • Feb 28, 2021
In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The much-hyped unveil of Tesla’s electric pickup truck went off script Thursday night when supposedly unbreakable window glass shattered twice when hit with a large metal ball. The failed stunt, which ranks high on the list of embarrassing auto industry rollouts, came just after Musk bragged about the strength of “Tesla Armor Glass” on the wedge-shaped “Cybertruck.” (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

FOREST INK: Electric vehicles the future, not present of industry

Jim Hilton looks at where electric vehicles need to go

  • Feb 28, 2021
Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Optimism at council

Cassidy Dankochik enjoyed the news from the City of Quesnel’s most recent meeting

Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: The aging ranchers bumble along

Not all consumers can touch the land, see the farms and converse with the folks that produce food

  • Feb 27, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer's staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)

COLUMN: Filling in Quesnel’s blanks

I feel I’ve been missing out on what makes Quesnel tick

Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer's staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)
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Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FORESTRY INK: COLUMN Technology an asset in science communications

Jim Hilton uses mushroom research to show how technology has changed science

  • Feb 13, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
Compost and wood chips are among the many organic mulches that provide multiple benefits to plants and the soil when spread on top of the ground. (Lee Reich via AP)

FORESTRY INK COLUMN: The benefits of branch wood chips

Jim Hilton’s column explores how to best use wood chips in gardening

  • Feb 7, 2021
Compost and wood chips are among the many organic mulches that provide multiple benefits to plants and the soil when spread on top of the ground. (Lee Reich via AP)
Cassidy Dankochik is the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)

COLUMN: COVID-19 vaccine schedule makes sense

Editor of the Quesnel Observer says those most likely to spread the disease should be first in line

Cassidy Dankochik is the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)
Forestry Ink columnist Jim Hilton. (File Photo)

Ramial chipped wood promotes longterm soil health

Jim Hilton breaks down soil technology

  • Jan 31, 2021
Forestry Ink columnist Jim Hilton. (File Photo)
Cassidy Dankochik is the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)

COLUMN: Lessons from a year of COVID-19

Editor Cassidy Dankochik gives thoughts on what can be learned from COVID-19

Cassidy Dankochik is the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson highlights news from City Hall. (Photo submitted)

COLUMN: City forecasts big investment year

Mayor Bob Simpson gives thoughts on Quesnel’s capital plan

  • Jan 29, 2021
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson highlights news from City Hall. (Photo submitted)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)

COLUMNS: Wagon road to Kluskus (Lhoosk’uz): part three

Travelling by horse and wagon is measured in days, not miles, writes columnist David Zirnhelt

  • Jan 24, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File Photo)
There are hiking trails aplenty around Quesnel, including at the West Fraser Timber Park right inside the municipality. (Submitted Photo)

Many things to do in the Cariboo

Jim Hilton’s column from Jan. 20

There are hiking trails aplenty around Quesnel, including at the West Fraser Timber Park right inside the municipality. (Submitted Photo)
(Tracey Roberts Photo)

COVID-19 rule followers are not suckers

Cassidy Dankochik’s column from the Jan. 20 paper

(Tracey Roberts Photo)
Jim Hilton took a trip to Helmcken falls in Wells Gray park. (Jim Hilton Photo)

HILTON: Forests and human health, Part one

What can Quesnel take away from worldwide forestry programs

Jim Hilton took a trip to Helmcken falls in Wells Gray park. (Jim Hilton Photo)
Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

From the editor’s desk: Cassidy Dankochik takes on new role with Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020, and is now the editor

Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Tracey Roberts Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
MP for Cariboo-Prince George Todd Doherty. File photo

OPINION: Canada’s best days are yet to come

There is light at the end of this dark tunnel

  • Jan 1, 2021
MP for Cariboo-Prince George Todd Doherty. File photo
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)