Opinion

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.

COLUMN: The magic of Christmas isn’t so unbelievable, is it?

A deep adoration of Santa Claus and everything he represents has led to a life of loving Christmas

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News and a big fan of Father Christmas.
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for Black Press Media.

FOREST INK: Black cottonwood has many good qualities

There are three native poplar species in this province. Trembling (Quaking) Aspen…

  • Dec 11, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for Black Press Media.
Half of the 110 single-family homes sold so far this year, sold for more than $380,000 in the Quesnel area. (AP File Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Editorial: Housing crisis needs immediate action in B.C.

Housing supply and housing affordability are affecting people throughout the province

  • Dec 11, 2022
Half of the 110 single-family homes sold so far this year, sold for more than $380,000 in the Quesnel area. (AP File Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Financial bad news and yet there is hope

When my brain was warm enough this past week, it kept returning…

  • Dec 10, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
(Nature Conservancy of Canada handout photo)

OPINION: Conserving forest, grassland and wetland ecosystems in B.C. has global impact

This week and next governments, scientists and conservation experts are gathering in…

  • Dec 8, 2022
(Nature Conservancy of Canada handout photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: What owns what, or who?

We need to behave as though we belong to the place rather than the other way around.

  • Dec 4, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune and Quesnel Observer. (File photo)

FOREST INK: More common sense needed on cull pile use

The proper use of cull piles will continue to be an issue

  • Dec 4, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune and Quesnel Observer. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: “What owns what, or who?”

Respect, not dominance, should define relationship between place and person

  • Nov 27, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Christy Richardson of Turns Folds Woodturning and Quilting stands beside the unique tree made up of turned wood pieces at the Medieval Market in Williams Lake on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

FOREST INK: Value-added wood producers at Williams Lake Medieval Market

High-end wood products showcased at local craft fair

  • Nov 26, 2022
Christy Richardson of Turns Folds Woodturning and Quilting stands beside the unique tree made up of turned wood pieces at the Medieval Market in Williams Lake on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A firefighter receives influenza vaccination in this file photo provided by the BC Government. Northern Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jong Kim warns this year’s influenza season is expected to be more severe due to less exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. (BC Government photo)

Protect yourself and those around you from respiratory illness

Make sure you’re up to date on your immunizations, says Northern Health

  • Nov 20, 2022
A firefighter receives influenza vaccination in this file photo provided by the BC Government. Northern Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jong Kim warns this year’s influenza season is expected to be more severe due to less exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. (BC Government photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (File photo)

FOREST INK: How to get more women driving logging trucks

Logging truck drivers are in short supply

  • Nov 20, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Taking land out of direct food production?

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

  • Nov 19, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Transitioning from warm to cold

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

  • Nov 13, 2022
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (File photo)

FOREST INK: Good news story about reforestation

Documentary explores reforestation project in New Zealand

  • Nov 12, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer. (File photo)
Honey Affleck discovered this letter among her father’s papers last year detailing the horrors of the Plymouth Blitz. (Photo submitted)

Quesnel resident learns of Plymouth Blitz through long-forgotten family letter

Plymouth was one of the most heavily bombed British cities during World War Two

  • Nov 10, 2022
Honey Affleck discovered this letter among her father’s papers last year detailing the horrors of the Plymouth Blitz. (Photo submitted)
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Barron: Remembering when gun-toting elementary schoolkids said ‘enough’ to the rats

A half-century ago, school pest-control methods were a little bit different

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(Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

LETTER TO EDITOR: Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days 2023 festival at risk of cancellation

Numerous volunteer positions need to be filled by Nov. 17

  • Nov 5, 2022
(Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Reducing wood ash in landfills by enriching soil

We should be concerned about human-altered wood products

  • Nov 5, 2022
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Barb Presseau, seen here on Oct. 21, 2022, is upset the man who killed her son Doug on July 7, 2017 downtown Chilliwack is set for statutory release on or near Nov. 19, 2022. Kirkland Russell was sentenced to eight years for the killing. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

OPINION: Mother of B.C. man stabbed to death outraged over killer’s imminent release

Barbara Presseau wants public to know that offenders only serve two-thirds of sentences behind bars

Barb Presseau, seen here on Oct. 21, 2022, is upset the man who killed her son Doug on July 7, 2017 downtown Chilliwack is set for statutory release on or near Nov. 19, 2022. Kirkland Russell was sentenced to eight years for the killing. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Children and educators with Lots of Tots daycare enjoyed a brisk morning walk in their Halloween costumes in downtown Quesnel on Monday, Oct. 31. Infant toddler educator Doreen Funk said this was their first Halloween out since the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Editorial: Be visible for safe, outdoor fun this Halloween

Motorists should take extra care to watch for pedestrians

  • Oct 31, 2022
Children and educators with Lots of Tots daycare enjoyed a brisk morning walk in their Halloween costumes in downtown Quesnel on Monday, Oct. 31. Infant toddler educator Doreen Funk said this was their first Halloween out since the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)