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Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter10-Jul-21 Northwest B.C. is witnessing a dramatic real estate boom in the first half of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic-induced recession slowly begins to wane across the province. While the number of properties sold in 2021 has doubled since 2020, the real estate prices have significantly increased too. Realtors in the Terrace area sold 200 properties…

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Conquering northwest B.C. with briskets and BBQ

Conquering northwest B.C. with briskets and BBQ

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter11-Jul-21 Bevan Sweeney is a neighbour everyone would love to live next to in Terrace. The smell of wood-smoked, flavourful briskets and pork shoulders is what Sweeney’s whole neighbourhood smells like at six in the morning when he pulls out the meat from the smoker pits in his backyard. And to add to it, he loves…

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Eyes in the sky temporarily shut down wildfire fighting operation near Nakusp

Eyes in the sky temporarily shut down wildfire fighting operation near Nakusp

By Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The use of civilian drones near Nakusp has caused some problems for those fighting wildfires. Although the use of drones near a wildfire is strictly prohibited and illegal, it may not be widely known. People operating unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on Saturday, July 10 near the Kimbol Lake fire — 10 kilometres east of Nakusp…

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Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Vintage cars, high horsepower, the smell of burnt rubber and adrenaline returned to Terrace with the first drag race of Northwest Regional Raceway’s 2021 season held over the weekend of July 9-11.  The race operated by the Terrace Drag Race Association (TDRA) took place at an unused airstrip of the Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat, where…

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Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The work of local artists adorns picnic tables around the city this summer as part of a Tourism Richmond pop-up project. There are 31 tables in total, grouped in seven areas. Each area has at least one table painted by a local artist. At Britannia Shipyards, two tables are painted by Phoenix Art Workshop owner…

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Wildfires continue, province-wide ban in place until October

Wildfires continue, province-wide ban in place until October

By Melissa Renwick, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After many parts of B.C. experienced record-breaking temperatures, a province-wide fire ban was implemented from June 30 through to Oct. 15. Around 88 per cent of the 337 wildfires that occurred between April 1 and June 24 were caused by people, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.  Despite…

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A billion tidal creatures likely baked to death in B.C. heat wave

A billion tidal creatures likely baked to death in B.C. heat wave

By Rochelle Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The ecological devastation of B.C.’s recent heat wave is just starting to be understood after record temperatures paired with low tides wreaked havoc along the West Coast. More than one billion marine intertidal animals may have perished along the shores of the Salish Sea during the record temperatures at the end of June, said University of British…

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Tax dispute erupts over sale of ‘marked fuel’ at Prince George gas station

Tax dispute erupts over sale of ‘marked fuel’ at Prince George gas station

By Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Prince George business owner is fighting back after the provincial government ordered him to pay nearly $200,000 in tax he allegedly failed to collect from the sale of “coloured fuel” at one of his gas stations. According to a petition filed June 18 at the Prince George courthouse Bruce Kidd is seeking a court order to…

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