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Mayor makes several May proclamations

  Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz issued four proclamations for the City. The Mayor issued the first proclamation, declaring May 1-7 as Drinking Water Week. The presentation given by the City’s utilities superintendant and several water treatment plant operators outlined the fact that most people not only don’t know where their drinking water comes from but also don’t know that...

Dawson Creek teen has been missing for one month

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -- It's been one month since a 15-year-old disappeared between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Cpl. Dave Tyreman says the investigation into what happened to Denny Poole is ongoing, and the RCMP is still advising the public to contact them, or Crimestoppers, if they have any information that can help them in the case. On March 22, the RCMP said Denny...

PRRD Civic Election Update

Two candidates, Elmer Kabush of Moberly Lake, and Jerrilyn Schembri of Tumbler Ridge filed nomination papers yesterday {Oct. 17th}, to succeed long time director Tim Caton who has retired. As reported earlier, there is also a three candidate race in Electoral Area "D" as incumbent Wayne Hiebert is being challenged by Ian Marchuck and Elaine Peterson. Incumbent directors, Karen Goodings in...

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. “Making Informed Decisions About H1N1”   It’s one of the most pressing issues for Canadians this week.  It’s impossible to avoid it in the news or in discussions around the office.  Yet the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the H1N1 flu virus is to educate yourself…get informed.   It’s understandable that Canadians are...

UPDATED: South Peace no longer under a snowfall warning

UPDATE: Environment Canada has ended the snowfall warning for the South B.C. Peace Region. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada for the South Peace remains in effect this morning. Meteorologists say that a low pressure system over Southern B.C. spread significant snow to the South BC Peace region last night. An additional 2 to 4 cm of snow is expected to...

Man faces charges after rifles seized in Grande Prairie

  One man is facing three charges after Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant at a home in the city’s east side, Tuesday. Police say they searched the home at 6 p.m. and seized five rifles, ammunition and numerous machete knives. Robert Mckinney was arrested and is facing charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, failing to comply with a recognizance...

BC Authorities concerned about new killer drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - We now have confirmation a Calgary man was arrested this summer, by Border Services officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre in relation to the importation of a narcotic said to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The officers found one kilogram of carfentanil in a parcel going from China to Calgary, an amount...

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Province nets $12.9 million in first petroleum land rights sale of 2018

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The provincial government brought in nearly $13 million in the first petroleum and natural gas land rights sale of the new year. In Wednesday’s auction, a total of 39,005 hectares of land rights were sold off, most of which were drilling licenses. Oil and gas companies spent just over $11.3 million on drilling licenses over...

Black to address Local Chamber

The Province's Minister of Small Business, Technology, and Economic Development Minister is scheduled to visit Fort St. John on Wednesday. Iain Black will be the featured speaker at the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce luncheon, presented in partnership with the North Peace Development Commission and Sci-Tech North. He's expected to touch on several topics related to economic recovery, including the...

One-time fee implemented for new users of Charlie Lake’s sewer system

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the PPRD, Shannon Anderson says the money collected will be put into a reserve, and will be spent when the system is full and upgrades are needed to increase capacity. “Right now we’re in the midst of doing an upgrade, which will provide capacity for the next 15 – 20 years for the west side...

Block Parent meeting runs at 6:30 tonight

Fledgling efforts to kick start the Block Parent program back into action in Fort St. John will begin with an inaugural meeting tonight. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Futures building on 101 Avenue across from the post office. "I'm hoping for more than at least 10 people," said Valerie Coe, who is leading the efforts. Coe said...

Highway 2 closed south of Pouce Coupe

UPDATE #2: According to DriveBC Highway 2 is now open. UPDATE: According to DriveBC the road has opened to single lane alternating traffic. POUCE COUPE, B.C. — Highway 2 has been closed in both directions south of Pouce Coupe because of a collision this morning. According to DriveBC.ca, the collision occurred roughly 2.5 kilometres south of Pouce Coupe on Highway 2. According...

Prime minister pleased tensions are easing at site of B.C. pipeline protest

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says arrests at a blockade this week shows the government needs to properly engage with Indigenous Peoples and build a different relationship than it has had in the past. During a stop today at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Trudeau says he was pleased to see tensions had eased between police and First Nations...

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City within legal rights to give spray park tender to lowest bidder

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - After a local construction company voiced concerns over the way the city was awarding tenders, specifically with the new spray park, the City has received legal confirmation that they were within the right to give it to the lowest bidder. Kalmar Construction and the Northern Regional Construction Association expressed numerous concerns at a Council Meeting...

Rediscover Fort St. John by becoming a tourist

The annual, “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” week kicks off this Saturday with a charity barbeque and Amazing Race. Deanna Hill from the Visitors Centre says anyone interested in participating in the Amazing Race has until Wednesday to sign up. On Saturday, profits from the Charity Barbeque will go towards the SPCA. Later on through...

Louisiana Pacific Board of Directors votes to convert Dawson Creek mill to produce siding

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Louisiana-Pacific’s Board of Directors has approved plans to convert its oriented strand board mill in Dawson Creek to produce engineered wood siding. The project is still in the planning stages and the mill, which currently employs 155, will continue to produce OSB products until the end of 2018, when the mill conversion is expected to begin....
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