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Students at GTN will be empowered by new technology

School will use the tech grant to integrate technology into the classroom

  • Feb 7, 2020
Penticton RCMP have found the rightful owners of a headstone found in January. (RCMP - Submitted)

Found toddler’s headstone stolen from Penticton funeral home

The headstone is a sample product that belongs to a local funeral home.

Penticton RCMP have found the rightful owners of a headstone found in January. (RCMP - Submitted)
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Farms in BC

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Farms in BC

BC farmer shares reasons to love local!

  • Feb 3, 2020
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Farms in BC
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Tips for Wrapping Christmas Presents
Grand Forks Choral Society sings 'Come o Ye Faithful'
Berlin zoo pandas celebrate their first birthday
Miss Canada 2020
Legion thanks RCMP with free memberships

Legion thanks RCMP with free memberships

BC/Yukon Command celebrates 100 years of RCMP service

Legion thanks RCMP with free memberships
B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock

If you wake up on time, you earn virtual seeds

B.C. man invents tree-planting alarm clock
Business names and operating hours will be seen printed in the Haida language. Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) is encouraging all businesses to participate in the Skidegate sign project. Translations can be acquired through SHIP. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ramsbottom)

It’s a sign for Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii signs will be bi-lingual to respect language

  • Jan 25, 2020
Business names and operating hours will be seen printed in the Haida language. Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) is encouraging all businesses to participate in the Skidegate sign project. Translations can be acquired through SHIP. (Photo courtesy of Steve Ramsbottom)
Anna’s Hummingbird in Masset. (Margo Hearne / Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Christmas Bird Count Reports 2019 part 2

Haida Gwaii’s bird count report for Tlell and Greater Massett

  • Jan 22, 2020
Anna’s Hummingbird in Masset. (Margo Hearne / Haida Gwaii Observer)
In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)

Vancouver Island home to one of Canada’s largest private skateboard collections

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)
Reading wasn’t the only reason to head to Haida Gwaii’s libraries. Knitters and crocheters at the Port Clements Library met last year to work on rainbow blankets. (Andrew Hudson photo)

Haida Gwaii libraries announce their most popular books from the past year

These titles had islanders booking it to the library in 2019

Reading wasn’t the only reason to head to Haida Gwaii’s libraries. Knitters and crocheters at the Port Clements Library met last year to work on rainbow blankets. (Andrew Hudson photo)
Common Loon in winter plumage on Haida Gwaii. (Margo Hearne / Haida Gwaii Observer)

On the Wing: Christmas bird count reports, part 1

Haida Gwaii’s bird count report for Port Clements and Rose Spit

  • Jan 17, 2020
Common Loon in winter plumage on Haida Gwaii. (Margo Hearne / Haida Gwaii Observer)
Mackenzie Smith holds Luna close as mom Ashley Smith sits next to them. Luna had been missing since Oct. 8, 2019. She was recently reunited with the family after being missing for about three months in Campbell River, B.C. Photo by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Missing cat reunited with Vancouver Island family after three months

‘It was like one day she was there, the next day she was gone,’ said owner

Mackenzie Smith holds Luna close as mom Ashley Smith sits next to them. Luna had been missing since Oct. 8, 2019. She was recently reunited with the family after being missing for about three months in Campbell River, B.C. Photo by Marissa Tiel/ Campbell River Mirror
The summit of Sleeping Beauty Trail outside of Queen Charlotte. (Flavien Mabit photo)

Haida Gwaii makes New York Times 52 Places list

Newspaper includes the islands on its annual list

The summit of Sleeping Beauty Trail outside of Queen Charlotte. (Flavien Mabit photo)
This big ole’ ape has been seen joyriding around town after, after allegedly fleeing New York City.

Okanagan city goes bananas for truck spotted with fake gorilla in back

This giant gorilla has been spotted gallivanting around town

This big ole’ ape has been seen joyriding around town after, after allegedly fleeing New York City.
The puppies are named after a northern theme. Image: BC SPCA                                The puppies are named after a northern theme. Image: BC SPCA

17 surrendered husky puppies available for adoption from Okanagan BC SPCA

The puppies were surrendered to the BC SPCA on Christmas Eve

The puppies are named after a northern theme. Image: BC SPCA                                The puppies are named after a northern theme. Image: BC SPCA
Irving Kearl “Ike” Barber (Feb. 14, 1923 – April 13, 2012) was a Canadian forest industrialist and philanthropist.

Three Haida Gwaii students earn Irving K. Barber Indigenous Student Awards

More than 600 Indigenous B.C. students shared $1.8 million in awards from scholarship society

Irving Kearl “Ike” Barber (Feb. 14, 1923 – April 13, 2012) was a Canadian forest industrialist and philanthropist.
Katharine and Johnathan Wall worked all year transforming their Chilliwack house – inside and out – into a scene straight out of a Harry Potter movie. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

B.C. couple donates thousands to charity from their Harry Potter-themed Christmas house

Uniquely decorated house attracted more than 2,000 Potterheads in one weekend for a good cause

Katharine and Johnathan Wall worked all year transforming their Chilliwack house – inside and out – into a scene straight out of a Harry Potter movie. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
The Masset Haida Lions held their annual Christmas Telethon last Saturday in the Howard Philips Community Hall. They had been working all week getting the hall ready, sorting and storing countless gift donations from all over the islands. The proceedings in the hall were aired on local television stations so people could bid on items which were shown. It was a busy time all day up until midnight when the final total of $17,360 was realized. To give the helpers a little break now and then some entertainment was provided. A karaoke hour drew a lot of attention from the live audience in the hall. Later on in the evening a music ensemble from Queen Charlotte entertained audiences for an hour while the volunteers enjoyed a well earned rest. (Archie Stocker Sr. / Haida Gwaii Observer)

This week in photos | The spirit of giving comes to Haida Gwaii

Masset Lions Telethon, Queen Charlotte’s annual craft fair, Fields store coming along in Skidegate

The Masset Haida Lions held their annual Christmas Telethon last Saturday in the Howard Philips Community Hall. They had been working all week getting the hall ready, sorting and storing countless gift donations from all over the islands. The proceedings in the hall were aired on local television stations so people could bid on items which were shown. It was a busy time all day up until midnight when the final total of $17,360 was realized. To give the helpers a little break now and then some entertainment was provided. A karaoke hour drew a lot of attention from the live audience in the hall. Later on in the evening a music ensemble from Queen Charlotte entertained audiences for an hour while the volunteers enjoyed a well earned rest. (Archie Stocker Sr. / Haida Gwaii Observer)
Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget
Forced out for being gay, Mountie’s legacy ‘not the end of his story’

Forced out for being gay, Mountie’s legacy ‘not the end of his story’

Journal project of Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko aims to commemorate her great uncle’s service

Forced out for being gay, Mountie’s legacy ‘not the end of his story’
Transplant recipients annually deliver thanks to operating room staff as part of BC Transplant’s Operation Popcorn initiative. (Morning Star file photo)
Transplant recipients annually deliver thanks to operating room staff as part of BC Transplant’s Operation Popcorn initiative. (Morning Star file photo)