A cow from Gloria Jackson’s 100-head herd of cattle had triplets on March 7. (Submitted Photo)

A cow from Gloria Jackson’s 100-head herd of cattle had triplets on March 7. (Submitted Photo)

2021 Quesnel year in review: March

Some of teh most important stories covered in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

March 2: Ron Richert was appointed as Quesnel’s new fire chief at a city council meeting.

Richert was the city’s fire inspector before then-chief Sylvian Gauthier retired. Gauthier would work with Richert through the transition, and officially leave the department in the summer.

March 7: Gloria Jackson’s farm had a once-in-a-lifetime moment when one of her cows gave birth to triplets. Jackson would name the calves ‘Pretty,’ ‘Darn,’ and ‘Cute.’

March 8: Vaccine booking for the general public began. While first restricted to seniors older than 90-years-old and Indigenous seniors over 65, eligibility would eventually expand to the entire population.

March 9: An expansion bid by a non-Hockey Canada affiliated junior league was pulled before a March 9 North Cariboo Joint Committee meeting.

The Greater Metro Hockey League had been hoping to host a team in Quesnel, but received pushback from both the Quesnel Kangaroos and local minor hockey.

March 12: Fire burned through the former Tolko mill in the industrial area of Quesnel.

The fire was not deemed suspicious by investigators. Tolko owned the building and lot, with demolition underway in the weeks leading up to the fire. The mill closed in May 2019.

March 17: Local contractors were fuming after work on the city’s new public works building went unpaid.

The city completed work on the building on Jan. 25, and said while they worked with the general contractor to provide some funds to subcontractors, it would be up to VVI to complete payments.

Contractors were angry because the city did not secure bonding for the project.

March 24: Irreplaceable masks made by a First Nations artist were among the items stolen after thieves broke into the Sunset Theatre in Wells.

“One of the things that builds the soul of the theatre is the work you’ve done in the past,” director Julia Mackey said, while putting out the call for people to keep an eye out if the masks were for sale.

March 26: A missing boy was found after a 48 hour search in the Hixon area. Rescue crews from across the region were involved in the search.

“It’s not the friendliest terrain out there, that’s for sure,” Prince George Search and Rescue coordinator Dave Merritt said after the search.

READ MORE: Missing Prince George boy cold and hungry but safe: RCMP

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