Columnists

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: A future of farming

Perhaps local markets and human farm/ranch culture ingenuity can create an alternate future

  • Aug 21, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Shifting gears from haying to marketing

Sometimes it is necessary to focus on the basics of the business

  • Aug 15, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune. (Black Press Media image)

FOREST INK:: Reclaiming China’s deserts

Jim Hilton writes about successful efforts to re-vegetate land in China

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune. (Black Press Media image)
Cassidy Dankochik joined the Observer’s staff in Aug. of 2020 by way of Gimli, Altona, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. (Photo by Tracey Roberts)

EDITORIAL: Reflecting on a year at the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Cassidy Dankochik has been working for the Quesnel Observer for a year now

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: Pitching hay an art

At a recent small gathering a group of friends were talking about the amazing “harpoon” fork

  • Aug 8, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Corporate agenda versus long term community goals

The new plant produced electricity for the provincial power grid and burned much cleaner

  • Aug 7, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
The Quesnel Observer archive room. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

COLUMN: Quesnel Observer archives a joy to search

There is something inherently joyful for me about spinning through the old newspapers downstairs

The Quesnel Observer archive room. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Coping with the heat on the ranch

Hard physical work in the heat is most difficult

  • Jul 31, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Impacts of heat wave on plants

Most notable from the heat wave was the death and reduced growth on some of my garden plants

  • Jul 25, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

Ranch Musings: Drought and the perilous bounty

Anyone running over fields can see where the soil containing adequate organic matter greens up

  • Jul 25, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jake Jasper takes a tumble during the saddle bronc event at the Quesnel Rodeo Club’s event on July 17. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

COLUMN: Back in the saddle again

Quesnel Cariboo Observer Editor Cassidy Dankochik celebrates his own return to normalcy

Jake Jasper takes a tumble during the saddle bronc event at the Quesnel Rodeo Club’s event on July 17. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The sun was nearly completely blotted out over Quesnel's front street on July 12. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

COLUMN: Effects of wildfires felt in Quesnel

Cassidy Dankochik is the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

The sun was nearly completely blotted out over Quesnel's front street on July 12. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Modernizing BC’s forest policy — part two

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

  • Jul 17, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.

FOREST INK: Ways to modernize B.C. forest policy

More than 50,000 British Columbians work directly in the forest industry

  • Jul 11, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Haying in the Cariboo heat – starting early and working later

While the sun shines make hay, so the trite saying goes

  • Jul 10, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Cuyler and Kacey Huffman work moving cattle on the family ranch, 153 Mile Ranch Ltd., just south of Williams Lake. Jenny Huffman photo

Ranch Musings: When is a “break” not a break?

David Zirnhelt writes a column each week for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

  • Jul 4, 2021
Cuyler and Kacey Huffman work moving cattle on the family ranch, 153 Mile Ranch Ltd., just south of Williams Lake. Jenny Huffman photo
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FOREST INK: Cougar alarm clock

I approached the downstairs window cautiously taking some pictures before getting too close

  • Jul 4, 2021
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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: Welcome Quesnel newcomers who moved during a pandemic

Lots of people (like Observer editor Cassidy Dankochik) moved to Quesnel during COVID-19

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