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Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Follow good habits to keep humans and bears safe

I did some research on how we are doing in the Cariboo regarding bear interactions

  • Sep 24, 2022
When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

This photo, provided by National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum, in Rochester, N.Y., shows the class of 2022 finalists for induction, announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum via AP)

WOLF: Which toys would make the cut for induction into your own Hall of Fame?

COLUMN: Table hockey, Intellivision, Hot Wheels and Nerf balls stir memories

King Charles III, center, attend the committal service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)

KIRKA: Inside the abbey, a funeral fit for a leader

A first-person account of Queen Elizabeth II’s service

King Charles III, center, attend the committal service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Learning to deal with age

David Zirnhelt’s column to the Quesnel Observer

  • Sep 18, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: How many people can Earth handle?

Researchers proposed an ideal size for our species would be between 1.5 and 2 billion

  • Sep 17, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

WOLF: I’ll miss my special annual phone calls from ‘Queen Elizabeth’

COLUMN: Queen-related stories bring back cherished memories

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.

VIDEO: Message from Ryan Reynolds helps Black Press reporter celebrate end of cancer journey

Reporter Jessica Peters writes how one tweet helped share happiness around the world

Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

FINLAYSON: A post-Labour Day review of B.C.’s job market

‘The province’s economy is now losing steam amid a turbulent and uncertain global backdrop and decelerating growth in both the U.S. and Canada’

  • Sep 7, 2022
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (Black Press Media image)

COLUMN: Forest Ink

Key posts filled, professionals have their work cut out for them

  • Sep 4, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (Black Press Media image)
The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The insurance industry is grappling with whether to continue supporting fossil fuels in the face of the climate change threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

COLE’s NOTES: Is it time to put warning labels on fossil fuel products?

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment says more climate literacy is needed

The Suncor oil sands facility seen from a helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alta., Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The insurance industry is grappling with whether to continue supporting fossil fuels in the face of the climate change threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Special occasions require the downing of tools to focus on some special person

While I have missed the occasional birthday party, I did take time for two old friends

  • Aug 28, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton is the author of Forest Ink.

FOREST INK: Company invests $10M in biochar

The multi-million dollar facility will use a pyrolysis approach in specially constructed retorts

  • Aug 27, 2022
Jim Hilton is the author of Forest Ink.
Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Drowning is silent; familiarize yourself with the signs of it

Chilliwack reporter shares what signs of drowning look like after incident with son in pool

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Helicopters are still important for forestry work

Suddenly looking down thousands of feet to the river valley below is a moment to remember

  • Aug 20, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Sustainability of community and urban forests

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

  • Aug 13, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Sharing the risk of ranch business decisions

Enjoying the teamwork is the watchword of a happy farming and ranching business and lifestyle

  • Aug 7, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Observer.

FOREST INK: A sustainable planet through global forests

Jim Hilton pens a column for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer each week

  • Aug 6, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Observer.
A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)

OPINION: Chilliwack Fair’s display of tank crushing cars deemed ‘insensitive’ in light of Ukraine war

Chilliwack has a proud military history but military tanks shouldn’t be crushing civilian vehicles

A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)
Spruce cones are abundant in a tree in the Chilcotin. (Wanda Gillespie photo)

FOREST INK: Drought results in bumper cone crop

Some tops were so loaded that they actually broke due to the extra weight

Spruce cones are abundant in a tree in the Chilcotin. (Wanda Gillespie photo)