Lindsay Chung

The Quesnel RCMP detachment has made several changes to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the police have been educating people about the need for self-isolation and social distancing when they respond to calls related to these issues. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

North Cariboo RCMP respond to complaints of people not self-isolating, social distancing

“The police … are educating the public rather that penalizing through fines at this time.”

The Quesnel RCMP detachment has made several changes to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the police have been educating people about the need for self-isolation and social distancing when they respond to calls related to these issues. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Billy Barker calls for participants for the Victoria Day games at Barkerville Historic Town and Park in 2019. The opening day for Barkerville and Cottonwood House Historic Site has been postponed to June 18 due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

COVID-19: Barkerville postpones opening date

Barkerville Historic Town and Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site hope to open June 18

Billy Barker calls for participants for the Victoria Day games at Barkerville Historic Town and Park in 2019. The opening day for Barkerville and Cottonwood House Historic Site has been postponed to June 18 due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
In response to COVID-19, Central Mountain Air is suspending scheduled flights from April 11 through to June 7, and the Quesnel Regional Airport’s Main Terminal will be closed to the public, effective April 10. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

COVID-19: Central Mountain Air suspending flights, effective April 11

The airline is suspending scheduled flights through to June 7

In response to COVID-19, Central Mountain Air is suspending scheduled flights from April 11 through to June 7, and the Quesnel Regional Airport’s Main Terminal will be closed to the public, effective April 10. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
To help residents communicate with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, the District of Wells is asking people to put a green square in a window that is visible from the street if their household is well and a red square in the window if they need assistance. (Photo submitted)

COVID-19: New system in Wells helps neighbours check up on each other

A green square in your window means your household is well; a red square means you need assistance

To help residents communicate with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, the District of Wells is asking people to put a green square in a window that is visible from the street if their household is well and a red square in the window if they need assistance. (Photo submitted)
Claudia Cornwall’s latest book shares stories from the 2017 British Columbia wildfires, including her family’s own experience with their cabin on Sheridan Lake and Cornwall’s interviews with a wide variety of people who experienced the fires, including firefighters, store owners, Indigenous residents and police officers. (Gordon Campbell photo)

New book shares many Cariboo-Chilcotin stories from 2017 wildfires

Author Claudia Cornwall did more than 50 hours of interviews with a wide range of people

Claudia Cornwall’s latest book shares stories from the 2017 British Columbia wildfires, including her family’s own experience with their cabin on Sheridan Lake and Cornwall’s interviews with a wide variety of people who experienced the fires, including firefighters, store owners, Indigenous residents and police officers. (Gordon Campbell photo)
One of West Fraser’s operations on Two Mile Flat in Quesnel. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

COVID-19: West Fraser temporarily suspending plywood production in Quesnel as demand for forest products declines

They are also reducing lumber production at their sawmills, starting March 23

One of West Fraser’s operations on Two Mile Flat in Quesnel. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
The North Cariboo Community Campus in Quesnel, which houses the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia. (File photo)

UPDATE: UNBC’s last day of face-to-face classes will be March 18; no classes at CNC March 18-20 as college transitions to alternative delivery

College of New Caledonia says students will receive instructions about how courses will be delivered

The North Cariboo Community Campus in Quesnel, which houses the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia. (File photo)
Canadian Ranger Master Cpl. Juri Agapow of the Quesnel Canadian Ranger Patrol (centre) receives the Joint Task Force Pacific Command Commendation from Major Geoff Robinson, Officer Commanding of 4CRPG British Columbia Company, (left) and B.C. Company Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Don Clark Feb. 11 in Kersley. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)                                Canadian Ranger Master Cpl. Juri Agapow (centre) receives the Joint Task Force Pacific Command Commendation from Major Jeff Robinson, the Officer Commanding for 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group British Columbia Company, (left) and B.C. Company Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Donald Clark Feb. 11 in Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Canadian Ranger recognized for his work during 2017 wildfires

Juri Agapow of Hanceville, a member of the Quesnel Canadian Ranger Patrol, earns Command Commendation

Canadian Ranger Master Cpl. Juri Agapow of the Quesnel Canadian Ranger Patrol (centre) receives the Joint Task Force Pacific Command Commendation from Major Geoff Robinson, Officer Commanding of 4CRPG British Columbia Company, (left) and B.C. Company Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Don Clark Feb. 11 in Kersley. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)                                Canadian Ranger Master Cpl. Juri Agapow (centre) receives the Joint Task Force Pacific Command Commendation from Major Jeff Robinson, the Officer Commanding for 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group British Columbia Company, (left) and B.C. Company Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Donald Clark Feb. 11 in Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Darryl Leblanc Jr. was last seen Dec. 30, and Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding him. (Photo submitted)

‘It’s like he just vanished’: Quesnel man still missing, last seen two months ago

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Darryl Leblanc Jr. was last seen Dec. 30, and Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding him. (Photo submitted)
Darryl Leblanc Jr. was last seen Dec. 30, and Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding him. (Photo submitted)

Quesnel RCMP still searching for Darryl Leblanc Jr.

Leblanc was last seen Dec. 30, 2019, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating him

Darryl Leblanc Jr. was last seen Dec. 30, and Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding him. (Photo submitted)
A photo showing damage to West Fraser Road at Deep Creek Hill, taken May 5, 2018. (Bo Mills photo)

Provincial government expects rebuilding of West Fraser Road to begin later this year

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a public information session this spring

A photo showing damage to West Fraser Road at Deep Creek Hill, taken May 5, 2018. (Bo Mills photo)
Jeff Dinsdale of Quesnel comes through Barkerville’s main street at the end of the 2019 Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Your chance to send mail by dog team coming up this week

The 28th Annual Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run from Quesnel to Barkerville takes place Jan. 23-26

Jeff Dinsdale of Quesnel comes through Barkerville’s main street at the end of the 2019 Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Todd Doherty is sworn in as Cariboo-Prince George MP Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Ottawa.                                 NEIL VALOIS, HOUSE OF COMMONS PHOTO

Cariboo-Prince George MP full of gratitude as he’s sworn in for second term

Todd Doherty is eager to get back to work and help families affected by forestry downturn

Todd Doherty is sworn in as Cariboo-Prince George MP Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Ottawa.                                 NEIL VALOIS, HOUSE OF COMMONS PHOTO
Lhtako Dené Chief Clifford Lebrun welcomes everyone to Lhtako Dené territory before Wednesday’s announcement from the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development at the Quesnel Forestry Innovation Centre. Lindsay Chung photo

Higher-volume woodland licence allocated to First Nations in new Quesnel timber sharing agreement

The new apportionment gives area First Nations more say and paves the way for a new community forest

Lhtako Dené Chief Clifford Lebrun welcomes everyone to Lhtako Dené territory before Wednesday’s announcement from the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development at the Quesnel Forestry Innovation Centre. Lindsay Chung photo
Firefighters with the Northwest Fire Centre in action. B.C. Wildfire Service photo

Universities in B.C. and Alberta to study mental and physical health of wildfire crews

University of Nortern B.C. and University of Alberta get funding from BC Wildfire Service

Firefighters with the Northwest Fire Centre in action. B.C. Wildfire Service photo
New McLeese Lake Soul 2 Sole Trail Race raises close to $5,000 for McLeese Lake fire hall

New McLeese Lake Soul 2 Sole Trail Race raises close to $5,000 for McLeese Lake fire hall

One hundred and 34 runners and hikers took part in the inaugural race Sept. 15

New McLeese Lake Soul 2 Sole Trail Race raises close to $5,000 for McLeese Lake fire hall
Restrictions on activities such as panhandling as well as sitting and lying on public streets are being considered for certain areas of the downtown core as part of the amendments to the City of Quesnel’s nuisance bylaw. (Observer file photo)

City of Quesnel to fine panhandlers, homeless people lying in streets

Council adopts several new bylaws after residents and business owners complain about overall crime

Restrictions on activities such as panhandling as well as sitting and lying on public streets are being considered for certain areas of the downtown core as part of the amendments to the City of Quesnel’s nuisance bylaw. (Observer file photo)
Cariboo Regional District adopts bylaws allowing non-medical cannabis production

Cariboo Regional District adopts bylaws allowing non-medical cannabis production

All types of federally-licensed cannabis production facilities are allowed in heavy industrial zones

Cariboo Regional District adopts bylaws allowing non-medical cannabis production
Residents gather in front of Quesnel City Hall for the Quesnel in Action rally Tuesday, Aug. 27. About 150 people were there to show their concern about crime in the city.                                Lindsay Chung photo

‘We want to feel safe in our community again’

About 150 people gather at Quesnel in Action rally to express concerns about crime in the community

Residents gather in front of Quesnel City Hall for the Quesnel in Action rally Tuesday, Aug. 27. About 150 people were there to show their concern about crime in the city.                                Lindsay Chung photo
McLeese Lake is the scenic site of a new trail race being organized for mid-September, which will start and end at the McLeese Lake Recreation Hall. Reason 2 Run in Quesnel is organizing the Soul 2 Sole Trail Race Sept. 15 in McLeese Lake as a fundraiser for the McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Facebook/Reason 2 Run photo

New Soul 2 Sole Trail Race will raise money for new McLeese Lake fire hall

The event will take place Sept. 15 and will include a 5K hike, 11K hike/walk, 11K run and 16K run

McLeese Lake is the scenic site of a new trail race being organized for mid-September, which will start and end at the McLeese Lake Recreation Hall. Reason 2 Run in Quesnel is organizing the Soul 2 Sole Trail Race Sept. 15 in McLeese Lake as a fundraiser for the McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Facebook/Reason 2 Run photo