Karissa Gall, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Village of Port Clements council has scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to discuss the impasse with timber sales. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

Port Clements to discuss timber sales impasse at UBCM

Mayor Doug Daugert says forestry employers are critical to the long-term wellbeing of the community

The Village of Port Clements council has scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to discuss the impasse with timber sales. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
The Village of Masset has completed Community Housing Needs Report, dated July 2020. (Village of Masset Facebook photo)

Masset completes Community Housing Needs Report

Single person families, retired people not well served by current housing stock

The Village of Masset has completed Community Housing Needs Report, dated July 2020. (Village of Masset Facebook photo)
Superintendent of Schools Carey Stewart (right) is pictured during the Haida Gwaii School District special board meeting on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 at Port Clements Elementary School. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Superintendent of Schools Carey Stewart (right) is pictured during the Haida Gwaii School District special board meeting on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 at Port Clements Elementary School. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023

Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023

Islanders struggling with slower internet speeds amid pandemic

Connected Coast project leads request extension to 2023
FILE - A view of the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre from Masset Inlet. On Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, Northern Health’s chief medical health officer declared the COVID-19 outbreak on Haida Gwaii over. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

COVID-19 community outbreak on Haida Gwaii declared over

There have been no new cases of the virus since Aug. 6 on the islands

FILE - A view of the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre from Masset Inlet. On Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, Northern Health’s chief medical health officer declared the COVID-19 outbreak on Haida Gwaii over. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
National Read a Book Day is Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 and the Village of Queen Charlotte will be celebrating with a week of literary activities. (Pexels photo)
National Read a Book Day is Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 and the Village of Queen Charlotte will be celebrating with a week of literary activities. (Pexels photo)
Queen Charlotte fire chief Larry Duke is pictured outside the completed steel exterior of the new fire hall on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, with construction continuing behind him in the interior of the building. The red spout to the right of Duke is part of a rainwater catchment system that when complete, will reduce their demand on the village drinking water system. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Construction of new Queen Charlotte fire hall reaches ‘key milestone’

Earthquake-proof exterior of new hall completed by Western Canadian Steel

Queen Charlotte fire chief Larry Duke is pictured outside the completed steel exterior of the new fire hall on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, with construction continuing behind him in the interior of the building. The red spout to the right of Duke is part of a rainwater catchment system that when complete, will reduce their demand on the village drinking water system. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Melissa Paugh of Sandspit (pictured) plans to teach an online sourdough baking program through Haida Gwaii Recreation during the fall and winter 2020. (Jamie Polk/Submitted photo)

Haida Gwaii Recreation proofing new online sourdough program

Program by Melissa Paugh will include online instruction, sourdough starter, recipes and references

Melissa Paugh of Sandspit (pictured) plans to teach an online sourdough baking program through Haida Gwaii Recreation during the fall and winter 2020. (Jamie Polk/Submitted photo)
Haida Nation webinar focuses on how to move forward after COVID outbreak

Haida Nation webinar focuses on how to move forward after COVID outbreak

Guests included Dr. Tracy Morgan, Dr. Jong Kim, Dr. Gordon Horner, community health nurse Nina Wynne

Haida Nation webinar focuses on how to move forward after COVID outbreak
Village of Queen Charlotte hosting virtual quiz night

Village of Queen Charlotte hosting virtual quiz night

Register a team before Sept. 3 to put your local and general knowledge to the test

Village of Queen Charlotte hosting virtual quiz night
FILE - A black bear is pictured on Tow Hill Road in 2018. Conservation officers were called to Tow Hill Road on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 after a black bear climbed into a cabin. The bear was determined to be a threat to public safety and destroyed. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer file)

Black bear killed after climbing into Tow Hill cabin

Conservation Office urging islanders to report negative bear interactions

FILE - A black bear is pictured on Tow Hill Road in 2018. Conservation officers were called to Tow Hill Road on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 after a black bear climbed into a cabin. The bear was determined to be a threat to public safety and destroyed. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer file)
A community-owned rooftop solar panel project is being proposed for the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre. (Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op photo)

Solar energy array proposed for Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre

Proposal for community-owned solar panels could reduce diesel fuel use by 30,000 liters per year

A community-owned rooftop solar panel project is being proposed for the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre. (Vancouver Renewable Energy Co-op photo)
FILE - This little waterfall on the Dempsey Collinson Trail, and the gravel-collecting eddies behind it, came courtesy of local streamkeeping groups who worked to restore the lower part of Crabapple Creek. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

New program will connect Haida Gwaii locals with on-island contract opportunities

Community and Economic Supports Team administering program to get people back to work amid COVID-19

FILE - This little waterfall on the Dempsey Collinson Trail, and the gravel-collecting eddies behind it, came courtesy of local streamkeeping groups who worked to restore the lower part of Crabapple Creek. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
Twelve-year-old Sandspit resident Ailish Bouwman took home the top prize of $200 in the under 16 category of Haida GwaiIdol on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Ailish Bouwman/Submitted photo)

Sarina Kendall, Ailish Bouwman win Haida GwaiIdol 2020

Alanah Mountifield, Sam Chutter named runner-ups in Aug. 20 event

Twelve-year-old Sandspit resident Ailish Bouwman took home the top prize of $200 in the under 16 category of Haida GwaiIdol on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Ailish Bouwman/Submitted photo)
FILE - A view from the water shows the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre. On Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, the Old Massett emergency operations centre announced there were no active COVID-19 cases on Haida Gwaii. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File Photo)

Haida Gwaii hits zero active COVID-19 cases

Old Massett emergency operations centre made the announcement on Aug. 20

FILE - A view from the water shows the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre. On Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, the Old Massett emergency operations centre announced there were no active COVID-19 cases on Haida Gwaii. (Haida Gwaii Observer/File Photo)
Haida GwaiIdol 2020 contestant S’ya, who is a mindful belly dancer based in Masset, is pictured in this submitted photo. (shayne gray | photography)

Meet some of the Haida GwaiIdol contestants of 2020

Ailish Bouwman and S’ya among the GwaiIdol contestants set to show their talent on Aug. 20

Haida GwaiIdol 2020 contestant S’ya, who is a mindful belly dancer based in Masset, is pictured in this submitted photo. (shayne gray | photography)
Xplornet has announced that by Dec. 31, 2020 it will be discontinuing satellite service for less than 40 islanders. (Xplornet Communications Inc./Facebook photo)

‘When it gets pulled there’s nothing left’: Haida Gwaii losing Xplornet

Discontinuation of satellite service leaving dozens of residents across Haida Gwaii with no options

Xplornet has announced that by Dec. 31, 2020 it will be discontinuing satellite service for less than 40 islanders. (Xplornet Communications Inc./Facebook photo)
The first, second and third prizes at the 12th annual Paul Bentley Memorial Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 went to Gil Pollard (left), Chini Har (top right) and Jesse Brillon, respectively. (Paul Bentley Memorial Fishing Tournament/Facebook photos)

Paul Bentley Memorial Fishing Tournament raises $1,800 for summer camp

Gil Pollard won first prize of $3,000 for his 33.06-pound spring salmon

The first, second and third prizes at the 12th annual Paul Bentley Memorial Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 went to Gil Pollard (left), Chini Har (top right) and Jesse Brillon, respectively. (Paul Bentley Memorial Fishing Tournament/Facebook photos)
Voluntary shipping protection zone trial for Haida Gwaii to start in fall

Voluntary shipping protection zone trial for Haida Gwaii to start in fall

Vessels weighing 500 tonnes or more asked to observe minimum distance of 50 miles from west coast

Voluntary shipping protection zone trial for Haida Gwaii to start in fall
FILE - Ben Greenough, public works superintendent for Queen Charlotte, looks over a landslide that knocked out power and shut the highway east of the village in October 2017. On Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District engineering and recreation officer Larry Duke announced rainfall levels had exceeded the threshold for landslides. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

Weekend rain on Haida Gwaii exceeds threshold for landslides

Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District warning against backcountry travel

FILE - Ben Greenough, public works superintendent for Queen Charlotte, looks over a landslide that knocked out power and shut the highway east of the village in October 2017. On Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District engineering and recreation officer Larry Duke announced rainfall levels had exceeded the threshold for landslides. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)