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A photograph of part of the front page of the Haida Gwaii Observer newspaper that was distributed on Thursday, July 23, 1970. (Haida Gwaii Observer file)

From the archives of the Haida Gwaii Observer

50 YEARS AGO (1970): The Sandra Carol, a crab boat owned and…

  • Jul 26, 2020
A photograph of part of the front page of the Haida Gwaii Observer newspaper that was distributed on Thursday, July 23, 1970. (Haida Gwaii Observer file)
According to an information bulletin on Friday, July 24, 2020, contact tracing for COVID-19 in the Northern Health region had confirmed a community outbreak of 13 cases of the novel coronavirus on Haida Gwaii. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Community outbreak of COVID-19 confirmed on Haida Gwaii

Contact tracing has confirmed a total of 13 cases, according to Northern Health

According to an information bulletin on Friday, July 24, 2020, contact tracing for COVID-19 in the Northern Health region had confirmed a community outbreak of 13 cases of the novel coronavirus on Haida Gwaii. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Roy Pawluk has not been seen since July 23 at 12:45 p.m. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Yukon man missing from Smithers found at home in Whitehorse

Roy Pawluk disappeared from the fairgrounds on July 23

Roy Pawluk has not been seen since July 23 at 12:45 p.m. (Submitted photo)
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All-Islands Protocol Table working to restore Haida place names

All-Islands Protocol Table working to restore Haida place names

Council of the Haida Nation send list of 12 priority names to Geographical Names Office

All-Islands Protocol Table working to restore Haida place names
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation in B.C., July 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

8 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.’s northwest as cases increase dramatically

That brings the total test-positive cases in the region to 25

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation in B.C., July 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
Greg Martin, president of the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society, is hopeful that construction of the 19-unit Kal Naay, Alder House modular housing project for individuals experiencing homelessness at 135 Oceanview Dr. (pictured) will be able to resume in August. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Reactivation of Queen Charlotte emergency ops expected to solve work permit woes

With reactivation of EOC, mayor says ‘important projects …. can hopefully get moved forward’

Greg Martin, president of the Queen Charlotte Heritage Housing Society, is hopeful that construction of the 19-unit Kal Naay, Alder House modular housing project for individuals experiencing homelessness at 135 Oceanview Dr. (pictured) will be able to resume in August. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The Village of Queen Charlotte offices. The mid-term resignation of former councillor Devin Rachar was announced at the Village of Queen Charlotte regular council meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020, making him the third councillor on Haida Gwaii to resign in three weeks. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Third councillor in 3 weeks resigns mid-term on Haida Gwaii

Village of Queen Charlotte council announced resignation of Devin Rachar at July 20 meeting

The Village of Queen Charlotte offices. The mid-term resignation of former councillor Devin Rachar was announced at the Village of Queen Charlotte regular council meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020, making him the third councillor on Haida Gwaii to resign in three weeks. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Artist Mike Dangeli sketches a figure on the Highway of Tears memorial totem pole he is carving under a tent in his back yard in Terrace on July 22. (Jake Wray/Terrace Standard)

Highway of Tears memorial totem pole to be raised on Kitsumkalum territory west of Terrace

Totem pole will stand overlooking the Skeena river, providing place for families to visit, remember

Artist Mike Dangeli sketches a figure on the Highway of Tears memorial totem pole he is carving under a tent in his back yard in Terrace on July 22. (Jake Wray/Terrace Standard)
Self-reported B.C. fish farm data showed 14 farms with violating levels of lice
Self-reported B.C. fish farm data showed 14 farms with violating levels of lice
The Queen Charlotte RCMP conducted a search warrant at a residence known to police on Wednesday, July 14, 2020 in Skidegate, where they made two arrests and seized $10,000 in cash as well as suspected cocaine. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
The Queen Charlotte RCMP conducted a search warrant at a residence known to police on Wednesday, July 14, 2020 in Skidegate, where they made two arrests and seized $10,000 in cash as well as suspected cocaine. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
FILE - The Rainbow Wharf in Port Clements. On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Village of Port Clements shared a public notice that said former councillor Teri Kish had resigned. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer file)

Councillor resigns mid-term in Port Clements

Village of Port Clements announced resignation of Teri Kish in July 16 public notice

FILE - The Rainbow Wharf in Port Clements. On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Village of Port Clements shared a public notice that said former councillor Teri Kish had resigned. (Archie Stocker Sr./Haida Gwaii Observer file)
A photograph of part of the front page of the Haida Gwaii Observer newspaper that was distributed on Thursday, July 16, 1970. (Haida Gwaii Observer file)

From the archives of the Haida Gwaii Observer

50 YEARS AGO (1970): The past week had seen five motor vehicle…

  • Jul 19, 2020
A photograph of part of the front page of the Haida Gwaii Observer newspaper that was distributed on Thursday, July 16, 1970. (Haida Gwaii Observer file)
Curfews have been put in place for Old Massett (pictured) and Skidegate following a Council of the Haida Nation community bulletin on Friday, July 17, 2020 announcing that they had received a self-reported case of COVID-19 on the islands. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Council of the Haida Nation reports case of COVID-19 on Haida Gwaii

Community members notified of possible exposure; Old Massett, Skidegate set curfews

Curfews have been put in place for Old Massett (pictured) and Skidegate following a Council of the Haida Nation community bulletin on Friday, July 17, 2020 announcing that they had received a self-reported case of COVID-19 on the islands. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
Clint Johnson Kendrick, a resource management officer for Gwaii Haanas, discovered an invasive European green crab on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Daajing Giids. (isawthistoday/iNaturalist photo)

‘A grave concern’: European green crabs discovered on Haida Gwaii

Aggressive invasive species discovered in Skidegate Inlet; working group formed to decide next steps

Clint Johnson Kendrick, a resource management officer for Gwaii Haanas, discovered an invasive European green crab on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Daajing Giids. (isawthistoday/iNaturalist photo)
The Council of the Haida Nation will host a live Haida Gwaii Talks Coronavirus webinar on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Council of the Haida Nation/Facebook photo)

Live webinar at 7 p.m.: Update on community care, COVID-19 measures

Council of the Haida Nation webinar will include community health nurses, Q&A and more

The Council of the Haida Nation will host a live Haida Gwaii Talks Coronavirus webinar on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Council of the Haida Nation/Facebook photo)
The new fire hall in Queen Charlotte is starting to take shape, with steel frame construction pictured on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Cost to build Queen Charlotte fire hall jumps almost $150,000

COVID-19 shutdown cost $86,613; contingency of more than $260,00 remains for project

The new fire hall in Queen Charlotte is starting to take shape, with steel frame construction pictured on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
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 on Monday, Oct. 23. 2017. On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the B.C. government announced that communities on Haida Gwaii would be receiving nearly $500,000 for flood risk assessment and mapping projects. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

Haida Gwaii communities receive funding for flood risk assessment

Queen Charlotte, Port Clements, Masset, Tlell and Sandspit will benefit from nearly $500,000

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 on Monday, Oct. 23. 2017. On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the B.C. government announced that communities on Haida Gwaii would be receiving nearly $500,000 for flood risk assessment and mapping projects. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
A missing poster in Daajing Giids for Shaylanna Lewis, who was last seen on Saturday, March 21, 2020 near Pure Lake. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Family of woman missing from Haida Gwaii since March raising money for reward

GoFundMe, Facebook pages raising reward money for information on disappearance of Shaylanna Lewis

A missing poster in Daajing Giids for Shaylanna Lewis, who was last seen on Saturday, March 21, 2020 near Pure Lake. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald says there is a “great-looking forecast” beginning on Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Pexels photo)

‘There’s hope in sight’: Stretch of sunny weather expected on Haida Gwaii

‘Great looking forecast beginning Saturday’; dry weather could continue until July 25

Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald says there is a “great-looking forecast” beginning on Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Pexels photo)
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada voted in late 2019 to recommend that slender yoke-moss be listed by the federal government as endangered under the Species at Risk Act. The globally rare moss (pictured) lives on a square metre of limestone cliff on Haida Gwaii, and is facing threats from competing algae and lichens. (Wynne Miles/Submitted photo)

Federal government urged to protect rare moss clinging to life on Moresby Island cliff

Scientists say small patch of slender yoke-moss struggling to survive on square metre of limestone

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada voted in late 2019 to recommend that slender yoke-moss be listed by the federal government as endangered under the Species at Risk Act. The globally rare moss (pictured) lives on a square metre of limestone cliff on Haida Gwaii, and is facing threats from competing algae and lichens. (Wynne Miles/Submitted photo)