A new year awaits

And you just never know what’s going to happen

As we present our final edition of the Tribune for the year we are highlighting some of the stories that unfolded in 2018.

It’s always a good exercise to go through each paper and remember the stories we delved into and the community brought to our attention.

From Rogers Hometown Hockey kicking of the new year in January to wondering whether or not we’d have a white Christmas, it’s been a year of recuperating and rebuilding after the 2017 wildfires.

As a nation and a community we mourned the victims of the Humboldt Broncos crash, who reminded us of the preciousness of life.

We’ve seen our landscape change locally over the year with the harvesting of burned timber and efforts made by industry, government and First Nations to plan for the future of our forests.

While the fires weren’t as close to Williams Lake as they were in 2017, the summer of 2018 was literally up in smoke as another bad season of wildfires impacted our province.

It sure made us appreciate the sunshine when it returned in the fall and caused us to wonder just what we were in for when snow fell, albeit briefly, in September.

Williams Lake is buzzing with construction in the downtown core.

New business, housing, and health care development, along with the rebuild of Tolko’s Lakeview Sawmill are all keeping trades busy in the lakecity, especially with the mild weather we are experiencing.

The other story that impacts us both on a local level and nationally as has to do with smoke — that being cannabis.

There are half a dozen applications for legal retail shops in the lakecity.

Who would have thought?

That’s why it’s always exciting to look at the start of a new year, because you just never know what’s going to happen.

— Williams Lake Tribune


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