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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)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old-growth tree. In this week’s column, Jim Hilton explores the provincial government report A New Future for Old Forests. (Submitted photo)

FOREST INK: Old-growth forests under new management

On April 30, Garry Merkel and Al Gorley submitted 14 recommendations to the Province in their report

  • Sep 28, 2020
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old-growth tree. In this week’s column, Jim Hilton explores the provincial government report A New Future for Old Forests. (Submitted photo)

FOREST INK: Challenges of producing current forestry news

Jim Hilton has come to appreciate the work involved providing current and interesting articles

  • Sep 15, 2020
(Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

FOREST INK: Learning through hard work

Columnist Jim Hilton writes about the different ways people learn

  • Sep 9, 2020
(Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)
Knapweed grows along the transmission lines in the Cariboo near Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: Controlling knapweed one plant at a time

This weed has a very characteristic and showy pink flower

  • Aug 29, 2020
Knapweed grows along the transmission lines in the Cariboo near Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)
Knapweed grows along the transmission lines in the Cariboo near Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: Controlling knapweed by hand pulling

This weed has a very characteristic and showy pink flower

  • Aug 26, 2020
Knapweed grows along the transmission lines in the Cariboo near Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)
Hiking alpine areas in the West Chilcotin prompted columnist Jim Hilton’s weekly opinion piece. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: B.C. Interior alpine provides three distinct zones

From Williams Lake to Tatla lake on Highway 20 you encounter a number of ecological zones

  • Aug 23, 2020
Hiking alpine areas in the West Chilcotin prompted columnist Jim Hilton’s weekly opinion piece. (Jim Hilton photo)
Carl Hennig stands in front of the 25-year-old stand at one of his landings. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: Woodlot landings provide research opportunities

Carl Hennig has had a woodlot in the Esler area on the…

  • Aug 15, 2020
Carl Hennig stands in front of the 25-year-old stand at one of his landings. (Jim Hilton photo)
RANCH MUSINGS: What is a rancher doing writing about pigs in the middle of haying?

RANCH MUSINGS: What is a rancher doing writing about pigs in the middle of haying?

Simple, it rained last evening enough so will have to let the hay dry (again).

RANCH MUSINGS: What is a rancher doing writing about pigs in the middle of haying?
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DOWN TO EARTH: Shades of uncertainty

Head online to find easy do-it-yourself instructions to your own reusable masks and ear savers

  • Aug 6, 2020
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A pruned spruce tree on Rick McLeod’s property at Rose Lake east of Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)

FOREST INK: Private forest land improvement ideas shared

I was recently invited to see some examples of forest stand improvement projects

  • Aug 6, 2020
A pruned spruce tree on Rick McLeod’s property at Rose Lake east of Williams Lake. (Jim Hilton photo)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
A slash pile near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb Yorski photo)

FOREST INK: Methods to maximize the use of forest residual material

Production of biochar can be raked into the soil for restoration of compacted soils

  • Jul 31, 2020
A slash pile near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb Yorski photo)

DOWN TO EARTH: Do I have to still save water with all this rain?

By Jenny Howell A big part of my day to day job…

  • Jul 19, 2020
FOREST INK: Fertilization to make up timber shortfall

FOREST INK: Fertilization to make up timber shortfall

A single fertilizer treatment can add about 15 cubic metres of wood per hectare within 10 years

  • Jul 18, 2020
FOREST INK: Fertilization to make up timber shortfall
RANCH MUSINGS: When the sun shines, kids and calves

RANCH MUSINGS: When the sun shines, kids and calves

It is not easy to witness the birth of a calf especially in a herd on a spacious pasture

  • Jul 12, 2020
RANCH MUSINGS: When the sun shines, kids and calves