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An air tanker and crew works to contain a wildfire in the Nemiah Valley despite strong winds. (Chief Jimmy Lulua photo)

Crews douse wildfire near homes at Xeni Gwet’in First Nation

Chief Jimmy Lulua says work will continue Tuesday morning

A Quesnel Crossfire player looks to shoot while the Bandits’ Drew Doig looks to block the path to the net. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Crossfire looking for first win in ‘rebuild year’

The local team has played four games in the Prince George Senior Lacrosse League

Voyageur Elementary School in Quesnel recently received 30 lacrosse sticks thanks to an I-SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) grant. (Quesnel Lacrosse Submitted Photo)

Quesnel to host minor lacrosse tournament

Teams from around the region will be playing inside the West Fraser Centre

Stu Krool (Stuart McLellan), right, and tag team partner Propayne, hoist the Monster Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships over their shoulders following a win over the Dad Bod Squad this past August in Edmonton. (Photo submitted)

Local grapplers on Williams Lake, Quesnel pro wrestling cards

Monster Pro Wrestling will be coming to the Cariboo on May 14 and 15

Stu Krool (Stuart McLellan), right, and tag team partner Propayne, hoist the Monster Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championships over their shoulders following a win over the Dad Bod Squad this past August in Edmonton. (Photo submitted)
Cariboo Kart Racers line up at the starting line at a race. (Cariboo Kart Racers Facebook)

Cariboo Kart Racers looking forward to normal season

After COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 season and abbreviated 2021, racers are anticipating a full year

Cariboo Kart Racers line up at the starting line at a race. (Cariboo Kart Racers Facebook)
The Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award honours a former owner/general manger, and member of the AHL Hall of Fame. (AHL/Stockton Heat Graphic)

Quesnel’s Mitch Love wins AHL coach of the year

In Love’s first season coaching with the Stockton Heat, he helped them finish 2nd in league standings

The Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award honours a former owner/general manger, and member of the AHL Hall of Fame. (AHL/Stockton Heat Graphic)
2 Rivers head coach Wally Doern poses for a photo after Rumble 29. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: Quesnel boxers pick up hometown wins

Rumble 29 was held at the 2 Rivers Boxing Club on Saturday, April 30

2 Rivers head coach Wally Doern poses for a photo after Rumble 29. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Sage Howlett shows the checkered flag to a pack of cars racing to the finish line at the Gold Pan Speedway. Racing had to be stopped at the Quesnel Auto Racing Association’s fan appreciation day in August 2021, as a harsh storm soaked the track, and lightning was seen striking the ground in the area. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Annual crash to pass event returns to Quesnel’s Gold Pan Speedway in 2022

A full season of races across the region is scheduled for the year

Sage Howlett shows the checkered flag to a pack of cars racing to the finish line at the Gold Pan Speedway. Racing had to be stopped at the Quesnel Auto Racing Association’s fan appreciation day in August 2021, as a harsh storm soaked the track, and lightning was seen striking the ground in the area. (Cassidy Dankochik photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Quesnel Strikers won the B Division, made up of Greg Lindstrom, Donald Fieber, Candice Valois, Haley Higdon, Dean Cake and coach Dale Lindblom. (Special Olympics Submitted Photo)

Special Olympics Quesnel hosts bowling tournament

The 22nd annual Gold Pan Tournament was held on Saturday, April 23

The Quesnel Strikers won the B Division, made up of Greg Lindstrom, Donald Fieber, Candice Valois, Haley Higdon, Dean Cake and coach Dale Lindblom. (Special Olympics Submitted Photo)
Brian Balkwill and Brenda Beatty will be the president and vice-president for the games in Quesnel/Lhtako Dené. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel/Lhtako Dené BC Games has first executives

Former West Fraser VP Brian Balkwill and Rocky Peak Outfitter owner Brenda Beatty were named

Brian Balkwill and Brenda Beatty will be the president and vice-president for the games in Quesnel/Lhtako Dené. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
John Ouellette stares in disbelief after having over two years of hair cut off from his head. Ouellette donated his hair to Hair for Kids BC at Barkerville Brewery on Saturday, April 16. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

HOMETOWN HERO: Wigs for Kids gets boost from Quesnel residents

John Ouelette not only donated his own hair, but inspired others at an event at Barkerville Brewing

John Ouellette stares in disbelief after having over two years of hair cut off from his head. Ouellette donated his hair to Hair for Kids BC at Barkerville Brewery on Saturday, April 16. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The combined Quesnel-Prince George team went 2-2 at the tournament. (Quesnel Special Olympics Photo)

Quesnel Special Olympics competes in provincial floor hockey qualifier

The local team combined with Prince George to put forward a northern representative

The combined Quesnel-Prince George team went 2-2 at the tournament. (Quesnel Special Olympics Photo)
Levi and Brody Lawlor, Kurtis Izzard, Chad Kimmie made sure to get out to the Quesnel Golf Course on opening day. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Golf courses around Quesnel open on Easter weekend

Both the Quesnel Golf Course and Richbar Golf and Gardens opened this past weekend

Levi and Brody Lawlor, Kurtis Izzard, Chad Kimmie made sure to get out to the Quesnel Golf Course on opening day. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Taylor Parr pitches for the Quesnel Terrors during the Softball B.C. U16C Provincial Championship at the West Fraser Timber Park. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel softball planning for spring season

Registration continues until opening day, set for Monday, May 2

Taylor Parr pitches for the Quesnel Terrors during the Softball B.C. U16C Provincial Championship at the West Fraser Timber Park. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Williams Lake’s Cody Herren works on his opponent, Evan Lee of the Two Rivers Boxing Club from Quesnel, in an exhibition bout. (File photo)

Amateur boxing returns to Quesnel with Rumble 29

The card, set for April 30, will include a dozen bouts at 2 Rivers Boxing Club

Williams Lake’s Cody Herren works on his opponent, Evan Lee of the Two Rivers Boxing Club from Quesnel, in an exhibition bout. (File photo)
2009 Total Ice Titans back row from left manager Andrea Moe, assistant coach Phil Vaugeois, assistant Ryan Campbell, Brendan Gooding, Aysen Lucas, London Croy, players Brendan Roberts, Lorne Moe, Luca Vaugeois, Marek Lowndes, head coach Tyrel Lucas, front row from left players Memphis Rosette, Marquis Vaugeois, Quinn Pecor, Kendon MacKinnon, Madden Benvin, Colton Campbell and Chace Aslin. (Photo submitted)

Williams Lake’s 2009 Total Ice Titans win HSL tourney in Alberta

“I’m proud of the boys,” said head coach Tyrell Lucas

2009 Total Ice Titans back row from left manager Andrea Moe, assistant coach Phil Vaugeois, assistant Ryan Campbell, Brendan Gooding, Aysen Lucas, London Croy, players Brendan Roberts, Lorne Moe, Luca Vaugeois, Marek Lowndes, head coach Tyrel Lucas, front row from left players Memphis Rosette, Marquis Vaugeois, Quinn Pecor, Kendon MacKinnon, Madden Benvin, Colton Campbell and Chace Aslin. (Photo submitted)
Players from the CHemo RV and McDonald’s teams compete for control of the ball during Quesnel Youth Soccer Indoor league action in January 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Youth Soccer Association hoping for strong spring season

President Jim Nicholas said the group, like many across the province was affected by the pandemic

Players from the CHemo RV and McDonald’s teams compete for control of the ball during Quesnel Youth Soccer Indoor league action in January 2020. (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Elyse Anderson and Tesa Rorke celebrate a Team BC goal during the Western Canada Ringette Championships. (Submitted Photo)

Provincial U14 ringette team boasts Quesnel players

Elyse Anderson and Tesa Rorke joined the team in Regina for the Western Ringette Championships

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Elyse Anderson and Tesa Rorke celebrate a Team BC goal during the Western Canada Ringette Championships. (Submitted Photo)
A little league player takes a swing inside LeBourdais Park. The Quesnel Minor Baseball Association says due to an increased number of registrants this season they have been able to split the formerly merged 11U and 13U divisions. (Cassidy Dankochik photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel minor baseball players will face off against similarly aged competition this season

More than 200 kids have registered for the regular season that will start next month

A little league player takes a swing inside LeBourdais Park. The Quesnel Minor Baseball Association says due to an increased number of registrants this season they have been able to split the formerly merged 11U and 13U divisions. (Cassidy Dankochik photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Robyn Grant carried a Haida flag to the ring before her fight in Mexico. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel boxing club members leave mark in Mexican bouts

Robyn Grant and Britton Carter picked up victories in international fights in late-March

Robyn Grant carried a Haida flag to the ring before her fight in Mexico. (Submitted Photo)