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The bulk of payments for the city’s new fire engine will come in 2024.

Grand Forks city council unanimously approves the purchase of a new fire engine

The fire engine will cost approximately $1.3 million

The bulk of payments for the city’s new fire engine will come in 2024.
On Jan. 6, 2023, Vaagen Fibre Canada announced the indefinite shut down of its Midway mill operation. Chris Hammett photo.

Still no plan for reopening of Vaagen Fibre mill in Midway

Rumours surfaced online claiming that a timeline for opening had been revealed

On Jan. 6, 2023, Vaagen Fibre Canada announced the indefinite shut down of its Midway mill operation. Chris Hammett photo.
Downtown Grand Forks. Photo by Chris Hammett.

Downtown Business Association shutting down, transferring funds to Regional Chamber of Commerce

Money will “stay downtown” according to Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Grand Forks. Photo by Chris Hammett.
Former Olympian and five-time national champion Tess Critchlow got her snowboarding start at Big White Community School on Big White Mountain.

Big White Community School fosters athletic excellence

Former olympian Tess Critchlow attributes success to her educational background

Former Olympian and five-time national champion Tess Critchlow got her snowboarding start at Big White Community School on Big White Mountain.
John A. Hutton Elementary School

Concerned parents call for reduced speed limit on 75th Ave.

Reducing vehicle speeds results in fewer and less fatal accidents

John A. Hutton Elementary School
Everett Baker was elected as the mayor of Grand Forks in October 2022

Baker has plans for Grand Forks to ‘continue on the same track’ in 2023

Consistency between councils emphasized as a point of strength

Everett Baker was elected as the mayor of Grand Forks in October 2022
A for sale sign outside a home indicates that it has been sold on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Average home prices in Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway up 6-15%: BC Assessment

Prices in the Kootenays are up across the board according to the organization

A for sale sign outside a home indicates that it has been sold on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Two Ukrainian students who spent the summer interning at Thompson Rivers University have created a map and resource guide for Ukrainian newcomers to Canada. (Photo courtesy of Kiyoteru Awaji, via Wikimedia Commons)

Ukrainian students in B.C. create a resource kit for other newcomers

The kit includes English lessons and a network of support systems for Ukrainians in Canada

Two Ukrainian students who spent the summer interning at Thompson Rivers University have created a map and resource guide for Ukrainian newcomers to Canada. (Photo courtesy of Kiyoteru Awaji, via Wikimedia Commons)
Chads Island sits off the northwest shore of Princess Margaret Marine Park (Portland Island). (Photo courtesy of Unique Properties)

You can own your own private B.C. island for $2.9M

Chads Island has swimmable beaches and a protected dock

Chads Island sits off the northwest shore of Princess Margaret Marine Park (Portland Island). (Photo courtesy of Unique Properties)
Lightning storms are expected across Southern B.C. on Wednesday and Thursday, creating the risk of new wildfires. (Photo courtesy of Murray Foubister, via Wikimedia Commons)

Lightning sparks wildfires on B.C. coast, electrical storms heading inland

Multiple new wildfires have started in the Coastal Fire Centre: B.C. Wildfire Service

Lightning storms are expected across Southern B.C. on Wednesday and Thursday, creating the risk of new wildfires. (Photo courtesy of Murray Foubister, via Wikimedia Commons)
A caribou calf explores the snow pile in the Central Selkirk Caribou Maternity Pen. (Photo courtesy of Amelie Mathieu, Arrow Lakes Caribou Society)

VIDEO: 13 caribou in maternity pen released into the B.C. wild

Animals born in maternity pen maintained by Arrow Lakes Caribou Society

A caribou calf explores the snow pile in the Central Selkirk Caribou Maternity Pen. (Photo courtesy of Amelie Mathieu, Arrow Lakes Caribou Society)
On July 16, Operation Freedom Paws Canada held its first annual open house which also included a graduation ceremony for its two newest graduates. (Photo courtesy of Operation Freedom Paws Canada)

Operation Freedom Paws connects therapy dogs with veterans and disabled community in B.C.

Operation Freedom Paws, which trains therapy dogs and their owners, has been in B.C. since 2020

On July 16, Operation Freedom Paws Canada held its first annual open house which also included a graduation ceremony for its two newest graduates. (Photo courtesy of Operation Freedom Paws Canada)
Beachgoers set up an umbrella on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. A study by Toronto researchers says the prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise in Ontario, climbing by 30 per cent from 2003 to 2017 following a period of decline decades earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong

New B.C.-based technology may help diagnose skin cancer sooner

Early detection greatly improves the chances of successful treatment

Beachgoers set up an umbrella on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. A study by Toronto researchers says the prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise in Ontario, climbing by 30 per cent from 2003 to 2017 following a period of decline decades earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong
Many Canadians have dismissed emails from Service Canada because they resemble spam mail sent by fraudsters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Puzzling emails from Service Canada requesting partial repayment of CERB sparks confusion

Some Canadians who received advanced CERB payments may be required to return the money

Many Canadians have dismissed emails from Service Canada because they resemble spam mail sent by fraudsters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
According to a report by Women in Capital Markets, 82 per cent of men cited workplace culture as a barrier to their use of leave. (Photo used with permission from <a href="https://www.ciphr.com/" target="_blank" title="more information">CIPHR Connect, ciphr.com</a>)

Non-profit launches pledge to increase use of parental leave by fathers, non-birthing parents

Workplace cultures currently discourage non-birthing parents from taking leave: report

According to a report by Women in Capital Markets, 82 per cent of men cited workplace culture as a barrier to their use of leave. (Photo used with permission from <a href="https://www.ciphr.com/" target="_blank" title="more information">CIPHR Connect, ciphr.com</a>)
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has received several reports of bears breaking into cars in recent days. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Spike in bears breaking into cars to grab food spark warning from B.C. conservation officers

The Conservation Officer Service is urging people to avoid leaving attractants in their cars

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has received several reports of bears breaking into cars in recent days. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Conservation Officer Service)
Erin Bury (left) and her husband Kevin Oulds (right) are the founders of willful., a Canadian start-up company that provides digital solutions for estate planning and will-creation.

B.C. woman becomes the first Canadian to create a fully digital legal will

Prior to December 2021, wills needed to be signed by the will-maker and witnesses in person

Erin Bury (left) and her husband Kevin Oulds (right) are the founders of willful., a Canadian start-up company that provides digital solutions for estate planning and will-creation.
In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed geologist known as InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Death by objects falling from space could be more likely than people realize

Researchers say governments should mandate rocket ‘junk’ be guided back

In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed geologist known as InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Brenda Lennax (right), a volunteer with BC Airlift Emergency Response Operations, delivered cards and books to students at Stein Valley Nlakapamux School in Lytton, B.C.

Students across B.C. send Lytton students artwork, books and cards

The gifts were part of a special project by Qualicum Beach artist, Diane Moran

Brenda Lennax (right), a volunteer with BC Airlift Emergency Response Operations, delivered cards and books to students at Stein Valley Nlakapamux School in Lytton, B.C.
Victoria has been named the best small city in Canada by a recent ranking. (Photo by Brandon Godfrey via Wikimedia Commons)

Canada’s 2 best small cities can be found right here in B.C.

New rankings from Resonance Consultancy consider 32 factors across six core categories

Victoria has been named the best small city in Canada by a recent ranking. (Photo by Brandon Godfrey via Wikimedia Commons)