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Terrace and Kitimat recorded 23 and 12 new COVID-19 cases respectively between Sept. 12, to Sept. 18, 2021. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)

New Smithers COVID-19 cases down, infection rate remains high

Smithers recorded 74 new cases between Sept. 12 and 18, down from 117 the previous week

Terrace and Kitimat recorded 23 and 12 new COVID-19 cases respectively between Sept. 12, to Sept. 18, 2021. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
Terrace and Kitimat recorded 23 and 12 new COVID-19 cases respectively between Sept. 12, to Sept. 18, 2021. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)

New COVID-19 cases increase again in northwest B.C.

Terrace recorded 23 new cases, Kitimat registered 12 between Sept. 12, and Sept. 18

Terrace and Kitimat recorded 23 and 12 new COVID-19 cases respectively between Sept. 12, to Sept. 18, 2021. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
The District of Kitimat issued a water quality advisory on Sept. 22, 2021 due to high turbidity levels in the Kitimat River. (Black Press file)

Water quality advisory issued for Kitimat

Increased turbidity levels in the Kitimat River

The District of Kitimat issued a water quality advisory on Sept. 22, 2021 due to high turbidity levels in the Kitimat River. (Black Press file)
Crew members from fire departments across northwest B.C. participate in a heavy rescue training in Terrace on Wednesday, Sept. 22. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)

VIDEO: Northwest B.C. fire departments conduct heavy rescue training in Terrace

Firefighters from Prince Rupert, Kitimat, and Terrace took part in the training

Crew members from fire departments across northwest B.C. participate in a heavy rescue training in Terrace on Wednesday, Sept. 22. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)
Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates for the 2021 federal election (clockwise from top left): Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Jody Craven (People’s Party), Claire Rattée (Conservative), Lakhwinder Jhaj (Liberal), Adeana Young (Green Party), Rod Taylor (Christian Heritage). (Black Press Media composite image)

Vote projection: NDP’s Bachrach heavy favourite in Skeena—Bulkley Valley

Incumbent candidate given a 99 per cent chance of holding northwest B.C. seat, per 338Canada

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates for the 2021 federal election (clockwise from top left): Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Jody Craven (People’s Party), Claire Rattée (Conservative), Lakhwinder Jhaj (Liberal), Adeana Young (Green Party), Rod Taylor (Christian Heritage). (Black Press Media composite image)
Terrace and Kitimat saw decreases in new COVID-19 cases during the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. That is in contrast to the Smithers LHA, which reported close to 50 new cases. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)

New COVID-19 cases dip in Terrace and Kitimat but nearly triple in Smithers

Vaccination rates in most of northwest B.C. remain well below provincial average

Terrace and Kitimat saw decreases in new COVID-19 cases during the week of Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. That is in contrast to the Smithers LHA, which reported close to 50 new cases. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
Skeena—Bulkley Valley candidates at the R.E.M. Lee Theatre on Sept.7, 2021 for the all candidates debate. From left to right: Adeana Young (Green Party, on screen), Jody Craven (PPC), Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Rod Taylor (CHP) and Claire Rattée (CPC). (Thom Barker/Smithers Interior News)

VIDEO: Skeena—Bulkley Valley candidates spar over northwest issues during debate

Event featured five of six candidates for Sept. 20 federal election

Skeena—Bulkley Valley candidates at the R.E.M. Lee Theatre on Sept.7, 2021 for the all candidates debate. From left to right: Adeana Young (Green Party, on screen), Jody Craven (PPC), Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Rod Taylor (CHP) and Claire Rattée (CPC). (Thom Barker/Smithers Interior News)
View of the Kitimat River at the Lower Dyke, with two men headed out to fish on June 21, 2020. The DFO is urging people not to drive in the Kitimat River, as vehicles can damage salmon and their habitats. (Black Press Media file photo)

DFO warns of danger to salmon from people driving through Kitimat River

Off-road vehicles can squish, bury and beach fish eggs and fry

View of the Kitimat River at the Lower Dyke, with two men headed out to fish on June 21, 2020. The DFO is urging people not to drive in the Kitimat River, as vehicles can damage salmon and their habitats. (Black Press Media file photo)
Category 2 and 3 fire bans are being lifted in the Northwest Fire Centre starting on Sept. 7, 2021. (Pixabay photo)

Northwest Fire Centre lifting ban on Category 2 and Category 3 fires Sept. 7

People are urged to exercise caution with any outdoor burning

Category 2 and 3 fire bans are being lifted in the Northwest Fire Centre starting on Sept. 7, 2021. (Pixabay photo)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
The Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service responded to a large structure fire Aug. 27 in an apartment building located at 730 Kuldo Blvd. Crews were first called at 5:36 p.m., and according to the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service there were people trapped inside the building when firefighters arrived. There were 13 to 15 firefighters at the scene fighting the fire. Ambulances from Kitimat and Terrace attended the scene, and Kitimat RCMP closed Kuldo Blvd. to regular traffic. The District of Kitimat set up an Emergency Reception Centre at Riverlodge for tenants who could not return to their homes, and others in the area needing shelter from smoke exposure. According to a Haisla Nation media release , clothing donations can be dropped off at Riverlodge from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and cash donations for those affected by the fire are being handled by the Kitimat Rotary Club. “Haisla Nation staff are in touch with all tenants of the buildings to better understand their needs in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the release stated. “Once we have compiled a list of exactly what would benefit these tenants, we will share a list of useful items for donations once we know more.” The Haisla Nation Council purchased the Kuldo Apartments from Kuldo Suites Inc. in 2019.

UPDATE: Fire, ambulance crews respond to Kitimat apartment fire

Emergency Reception Centre set up for evacuees of 730 Kuldo Blvd.

Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
The Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service responded to a large structure fire Aug. 27 in an apartment building located at 730 Kuldo Blvd. Crews were first called at 5:36 p.m., and according to the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service there were people trapped inside the building when firefighters arrived. There were 13 to 15 firefighters at the scene fighting the fire. Ambulances from Kitimat and Terrace attended the scene, and Kitimat RCMP closed Kuldo Blvd. to regular traffic. The District of Kitimat set up an Emergency Reception Centre at Riverlodge for tenants who could not return to their homes, and others in the area needing shelter from smoke exposure. According to a Haisla Nation media release , clothing donations can be dropped off at Riverlodge from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and cash donations for those affected by the fire are being handled by the Kitimat Rotary Club. “Haisla Nation staff are in touch with all tenants of the buildings to better understand their needs in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the release stated. “Once we have compiled a list of exactly what would benefit these tenants, we will share a list of useful items for donations once we know more.” The Haisla Nation Council purchased the Kuldo Apartments from Kuldo Suites Inc. in 2019.
Kitimat recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. New cases in Terrace doubled compared to the previous week. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)

New COVID-19 cases hit double-digits in Kitimat

Cases in Terrace doubled compared to last week

Kitimat recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. New cases in Terrace doubled compared to the previous week. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
The Northwest Regional Airport recently received a new Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper, pictured on Aug. 17, 2021, that is more efficient than the airport’s current equipment. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

New runway sweeper arrives at Northwest Regional Airport

The Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper uses a blade, brush and blower to remove contaminants from the runway

The Northwest Regional Airport recently received a new Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper, pictured on Aug. 17, 2021, that is more efficient than the airport’s current equipment. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Caitlin, Northern Health nurse, prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by mixing the vaccine with saline solution. Terrace’s vaccination rate lags behind the provincial average and most other northwest LHAs. (Black Press Media file photo)

New COVID-19 cases in northwest B.C. on the rise

Second dose vaccination rate in much of northwest below provincial average

Caitlin, Northern Health nurse, prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by mixing the vaccine with saline solution. Terrace’s vaccination rate lags behind the provincial average and most other northwest LHAs. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kitimat has an 87 per cent first dose vaccination rate for people over 12 years old, Terrace’s rate is 75 per cent. Both LHAs reported two new cases during the week of July 25 to 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Terrace, Kitimat each report 2 new COVID-19 cases

Kitimat’s vaccination rate leads the northwest, Terrace still lagging behind: BCCDC

Kitimat has an 87 per cent first dose vaccination rate for people over 12 years old, Terrace’s rate is 75 per cent. Both LHAs reported two new cases during the week of July 25 to 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Lee, Vancouver-Langara MLA, B.C. Liberal transportation critic and BC Liberal leadership candidate speaks in the legislature, March 10, 2021. Lee visited Terrace Aug. 2-3 as part of his province-wide leadership tour. (Hansard TV)

BC Liberal leadership candidate talks northwest issues

Vancouver-Langara BC Liberal MLA Michael Lee visited Terrace Aug. 2-3

Michael Lee, Vancouver-Langara MLA, B.C. Liberal transportation critic and BC Liberal leadership candidate speaks in the legislature, March 10, 2021. Lee visited Terrace Aug. 2-3 as part of his province-wide leadership tour. (Hansard TV)
Airbus A230 at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. Passenger totals increased by over 3,000 from May to June. (Black Press Media file photo)

Northwest Regional Airport passenger totals jump in June

Number over 3,000 higher than May, still under half of pre-COVID-19 levels

Airbus A230 at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. Passenger totals increased by over 3,000 from May to June. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)

Snowy conditions the main factor in landing gear collapse at Terrace airport: TSB

Jan. 31, 2020 incident resulted in ‘substantial damage’ to plane, closure of airport but no injuries

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
Adeana Young was selected on July 12 to run as the Green Party candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley in the next federal election. (Submitted Photo/Green Party of Canada Skeena-Bulkley Valley EDA)

Greens choose Adeana Young as candidate for Skeena—Bulkley Valley

Young has served on the Old Massett village council and as a School District 50 trustee

Adeana Young was selected on July 12 to run as the Green Party candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley in the next federal election. (Submitted Photo/Green Party of Canada Skeena-Bulkley Valley EDA)
Northwest Regional Airport employees prepare to unload an Airbus A230 on June 30, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Northwest Regional Airport to host Airbus A320 flights

Flights to be operated by Air Canada three times per week

Northwest Regional Airport employees prepare to unload an Airbus A230 on June 30, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which is abandoned and not used by the community, was burnt down late at night on July 1. (Ivan Terri-Lynn Milton/Facebook)

VIDEO: Fire levels historic Anglican church in northwest B.C. on Canada Day

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Gitwangak was destroyed July 1

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, which is abandoned and not used by the community, was burnt down late at night on July 1. (Ivan Terri-Lynn Milton/Facebook)