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Sonja Maas, who lives in Germany, was inspired to draw the 2021 Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run art after spending time in Quesnel working with a musher in 2020. (Submitted Photo)

Sled dog mail run artist inspired by 2020 event

Sonja Maas lives in Germany, and spent the 2020 sled dog run in Quesnel with a musher

The Jan. 20 Quesnel Cariboo Observer features team photos from the Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Minor Hockey shines in Observer special section

This week’s paper features one of the few sporting activities still allowed to continue

Quesnel library magazines free to a good home

The library is accepting reservations in-person and by phone before Jan. 22

Amy Newman (left) and castmate Rebecca Thackray parading around Barkerville in costume in 2018. Newman designed both gowns, which were both made of silk, and constructed her own gown. Thackray’s gown was made by a seamstress in Vancouver. Her camel-coloured velveteen cloak was made in Hong Kong, with pattern and fabric chosen by Newman. Her wool neckpiece/shawl was crocheted by a friend on Vancouver Island. The reticule/handbag was handmade by Newman, and her olive green shawl was ready-made, as were her elegant green leather gloves. (Photo Submitted)

Amy Newman wins international costume design award for Nam Sing film

The Nam Sing pack trip re-enactment took place in September 2019 in Barkerville

  • Jan 16, 2021
Amy Newman (left) and castmate Rebecca Thackray parading around Barkerville in costume in 2018. Newman designed both gowns, which were both made of silk, and constructed her own gown. Thackray’s gown was made by a seamstress in Vancouver. Her camel-coloured velveteen cloak was made in Hong Kong, with pattern and fabric chosen by Newman. Her wool neckpiece/shawl was crocheted by a friend on Vancouver Island. The reticule/handbag was handmade by Newman, and her olive green shawl was ready-made, as were her elegant green leather gloves. (Photo Submitted)
The artwork for the 2021 mail run was drawn by Sonja Maas, a German student who spent last winter in the Cariboo on a ranch which trains sled dogs. (Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run)

Sled Dogs to hit the trail without spectators

The mail run from Quesnel to Barkerville will be limited in scope because of pandemic rules

The artwork for the 2021 mail run was drawn by Sonja Maas, a German student who spent last winter in the Cariboo on a ranch which trains sled dogs. (Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run)
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel Draw 2020
Tips for Wrapping Christmas Presents
Grand Forks Choral Society sings 'Come o Ye Faithful'
Berlin zoo pandas celebrate their first birthday
Residents may remember Nathan Thiessen from the Quesnel and Williams Lake farmer’s markets. (Angie Mindus - Williams Lake Tribune file photo)
Residents may remember Nathan Thiessen from the Quesnel and Williams Lake farmer’s markets. (Angie Mindus - Williams Lake Tribune file photo)
One of the projects funded by the Quesnel Community Foundation in 2020 was a storage shed for the The Quesnel Pickle Ball Club. The deadline for projects to apply for 2021 funding is Jan. 29. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

QCF accepting project proposals for 20th year

The group manages a $3.54 million endowment fund, and is looking to fund projects in Quesnel

One of the projects funded by the Quesnel Community Foundation in 2020 was a storage shed for the The Quesnel Pickle Ball Club. The deadline for projects to apply for 2021 funding is Jan. 29. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
QR codes posted along trails inside West Fraser Timber Park helped aspiring birders identify common species. (Submitted Photo)

Birding goes digital at Quesnel’s timber park

The Baker Creek Enhancement society used QR codes to connect birders with their quarry

QR codes posted along trails inside West Fraser Timber Park helped aspiring birders identify common species. (Submitted Photo)
(Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: Murder at the Chilco Ranch

On Sept. 10, 1930, Cosens Spencer asked his foreman and his bookkeeper to accompany him to Deer Park

  • Jan 10, 2021
(Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin)
Elaine Schonke from the Salvation Army accepts the tour of lights donation from Kathy Somerville, the manager of the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted Photo)

Tour of Lights shines for Quesnel charities

The chamber of commerce organized event raised more than $750 for local charities

Elaine Schonke from the Salvation Army accepts the tour of lights donation from Kathy Somerville, the manager of the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted Photo)
The Quesnel Rotary Club donated $1,500 to kick off the toy library. (Facebook)

Quesnel kids in need able to rent toys

The program is a partnership between the Quesnel Child Development Centre and school district

The Quesnel Rotary Club donated $1,500 to kick off the toy library. (Facebook)
Sam Forrest Shelly was GR Baker Hospital’s first baby of 2021. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel’s new year’s baby born on Jan. 3

Sam Forrest Shelly was born at 12:39 a.m., to parents Mikaela Manning and Craig Shelly

Sam Forrest Shelly was GR Baker Hospital’s first baby of 2021. (Submitted photo)
Jenny Brautigam was elected president of the Quesnel Festival of Performing Arts in October. (Submitted Photo)

The show must go on – new president says Quesnel arts festival is a go

Jenny Brautigam says the festival is preparing for all COVID-19 possibilities

Jenny Brautigam was elected president of the Quesnel Festival of Performing Arts in October. (Submitted Photo)
A couple of young Quesnel Kangaroos fans get fist-bumps from their heroes as they head into the locker room after beating the Terrace River Kings 8-4 on Feb 29. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Year in Review: The year in photos

A look back at some of the events in and around Quesnel in 2020

  • Dec 29, 2020
A couple of young Quesnel Kangaroos fans get fist-bumps from their heroes as they head into the locker room after beating the Terrace River Kings 8-4 on Feb 29. (Sasha Sefter - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Moose Meadows Farm in Bouchie Lake has designed and created six one-of-a-kind wreaths for an online auction to raise money for the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association. The auction, which can be found on Facebook, runs from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. (Facebook Photo)

Bidding has begun in online wreath auction for Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association

Moose Meadows Farm has designed and created six unique “Crazy Co-Vid New Year Wreaths”

Moose Meadows Farm in Bouchie Lake has designed and created six one-of-a-kind wreaths for an online auction to raise money for the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association. The auction, which can be found on Facebook, runs from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. (Facebook Photo)
Talisa Pirri shared stories of her Nonna and Nonno, Francesco and Antonietta Pirri, in a podcast hosted by a former Quesnel resident. (Stories from Grandparents Facebook Photo)

Quesnel grandparents remembered in generational podcast

Stories from Grandparents features interviews from people about and with their grandparents

Talisa Pirri shared stories of her Nonna and Nonno, Francesco and Antonietta Pirri, in a podcast hosted by a former Quesnel resident. (Stories from Grandparents Facebook Photo)
Santa joins a cheerful group of volunteers to serve free takeout Christmas dinner Thursday, Dec. 24 at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Community provides free Christmas meals

The annual Quesnel free Christmas Eve dinner was an outdoor take-out event due to COVID-19

  • Dec 25, 2020
Santa joins a cheerful group of volunteers to serve free takeout Christmas dinner Thursday, Dec. 24 at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Members of the Rotary Club of Quesnel serenade residents of Dunrovin Park Lodge Thursday, Dec. 17. Instead of holding its usual Thursday meeting Dec. 17, the Rotary Club of Quesnel chose to spread some Christmas outside Dunrovin Park Lodge. Club members also visited several private homes where they serenaded fellow Rotarians with a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and presented members with a Christmas gift basket. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Rotarians spread Christmas cheer

The Rotary Club of Quesnel took its Thursday meeting to the streets on Dec. 17

  • Dec 25, 2020
Members of the Rotary Club of Quesnel serenade residents of Dunrovin Park Lodge Thursday, Dec. 17. Instead of holding its usual Thursday meeting Dec. 17, the Rotary Club of Quesnel chose to spread some Christmas outside Dunrovin Park Lodge. Club members also visited several private homes where they serenaded fellow Rotarians with a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and presented members with a Christmas gift basket. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Did you notice Billy Barker’s new attire? We love his festive look as he watches the world go by from atop the Billy Barker Casino and Hotel in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Billy Barker’s festive new suit

Our famous gold miner is sporting a new Santa suit as he watches over downtown Quesnel

  • Dec 25, 2020
Did you notice Billy Barker’s new attire? We love his festive look as he watches the world go by from atop the Billy Barker Casino and Hotel in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)