Blair McBride

John Neufeld, Pastor of the Burns Lake Community Church poses beside boxes containing hundreds of shoe boxes full of gift items for children in West African and Central American countries. The Burns Lake community donates hundreds of shoe boxes every year to the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign. (Blair McBride photos)

Church collects 599 boxes for Christmas charity bid

It was another successful year for the Operation Christmas Child shoe box…

John Neufeld, Pastor of the Burns Lake Community Church poses beside boxes containing hundreds of shoe boxes full of gift items for children in West African and Central American countries. The Burns Lake community donates hundreds of shoe boxes every year to the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign. (Blair McBride photos)
Choosing the worse environmental evil

Choosing the worse environmental evil

First the trees have to be cut down, then the earth must…

Choosing the worse environmental evil
Taylor Bachrach will receive an annual salary of $178,900 in his new role as MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bachrach’s MP salary at $178,900

Taylor Bachrach, the new NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley can expect an…

Taylor Bachrach will receive an annual salary of $178,900 in his new role as MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley. (Black Press Media file photo)
Maintenance contractors must restore traction on Class A Highways within two hours of a freezing rain event, said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Black Press Media file photo)

Freezing rain road rules strict, government says

Road maintenance contractors have two hours to restore traction on main highways…

Maintenance contractors must restore traction on Class A Highways within two hours of a freezing rain event, said the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Black Press Media file photo)
Perry Andrew Charlie was found guilty on Nov. 19 of second degree murder in the death of Thomas Burt Reed, of Burns Lake. Reed was killed in a shooting in Prince George on Jan. 25, 2017. (Lakes District News file photo)

Killer of Burns Lake man found guilty of murder

The killer of Burns Lake man Thomas Burt Reed has been found…

Perry Andrew Charlie was found guilty on Nov. 19 of second degree murder in the death of Thomas Burt Reed, of Burns Lake. Reed was killed in a shooting in Prince George on Jan. 25, 2017. (Lakes District News file photo)
New format of gift program focuses on giving more choice to families in need, said Candice Little, Finance and Food Centre Manager with The Link Food Centre. (Blair McBride photo)

Link offers new, inclusive Christmas gift program

The Link Food Centre in Burns Lake is changing its Christmas outreach…

New format of gift program focuses on giving more choice to families in need, said Candice Little, Finance and Food Centre Manager with The Link Food Centre. (Blair McBride photo)
The new Annual Allowable Cut for the Lakes Timber Supply Area is 970,000 cubic metres, as the government announced on Nov. 21. (Black Press Media file photo)

New AAC 41 per cent lower than previous limit

The new Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) of timber for the Burns Lake…

The new Annual Allowable Cut for the Lakes Timber Supply Area is 970,000 cubic metres, as the government announced on Nov. 21. (Black Press Media file photo)
A woman assaulted a youth in the Burns Lake dog park on Nov. 17, RCMP said. (Lakes District News file photo)

RCMP seek charges after woman assaulted youth

Burns Lake RCMP are seeking to press an assault charge against a…

A woman assaulted a youth in the Burns Lake dog park on Nov. 17, RCMP said. (Lakes District News file photo)
(L-R) Burns Lake residents Brad Baylis and his partner Carla Lewis. (Submitted photo)

Burns Lake man bounces back after dire accident

It might be hard to believe, but that man who Burns Lake…

(L-R) Burns Lake residents Brad Baylis and his partner Carla Lewis. (Submitted photo)
District workers in Invermere hang veterans’ banners in the town. (Black Press Media file photo)

Village mulls veterans banner bid

The Village of Burns Lake is examining options for putting up Remembrance…

District workers in Invermere hang veterans’ banners in the town. (Black Press Media file photo)
The pipeline glitters, but is it gold?

The pipeline glitters, but is it gold?

The Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project of TC Energy could prove to…

The pipeline glitters, but is it gold?
A new electronic lock system will be installed at the Burns Lake and District Chamber of Commerce before 2020. (Blair McBride photo)

Chamber to get electronic locks

The Burns Lake and District Chamber of Commerce building will soon get…

A new electronic lock system will be installed at the Burns Lake and District Chamber of Commerce before 2020. (Blair McBride photo)
Some Burns Lake residents were frustrated with what they said was the inadequate treatment of the roads by Lakes District Maintenance when there was freezing rain on Nov. 11. (Lakes District News file photo)

LDM handling of icy roads irks residents

Some Burns Lake residents have vented frustration over what they said was…

Some Burns Lake residents were frustrated with what they said was the inadequate treatment of the roads by Lakes District Maintenance when there was freezing rain on Nov. 11. (Lakes District News file photo)
The Burns Lake ambulance service operates one of the nine four-wheel drive ambulances in the province. (Blair McBride photo)

No expansion of 4×4 ambulance fleet, BCEHS says

Burns Lake has one of the few four-wheel drive ambulances in the…

The Burns Lake ambulance service operates one of the nine four-wheel drive ambulances in the province. (Blair McBride photo)
A 95-year-old woman was allegedly not given a bath at The Pines during her eight-day stay, says Burns lake resident Patricia Pedersen. (Blair McBride photo)

Pines patient not given bath for 8 days, resident says

Staff at The Pines nursing home in Burns Lake allegedly failed to…

A 95-year-old woman was allegedly not given a bath at The Pines during her eight-day stay, says Burns lake resident Patricia Pedersen. (Blair McBride photo)
Workers living in the 7-Mile Rd. Multi-Use Site camp, south of Burns Lake will buy local products and services as much as possible, says TC Energy. (Coastal GasLink photo)

Pipeline camp workers to buy locally, TC Energy says

As preparations for TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project pick up…

Workers living in the 7-Mile Rd. Multi-Use Site camp, south of Burns Lake will buy local products and services as much as possible, says TC Energy. (Coastal GasLink photo)
Wood fibre slated for the burn pile will be used by Pinnacle Pellet under a new program funded through the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia. (Lakes District News file photo)

Slash pile wood to be diverted to pellet plant

Unmarketable timber destined for the burn pile will be diverted to Pinnacle…

Wood fibre slated for the burn pile will be used by Pinnacle Pellet under a new program funded through the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia. (Lakes District News file photo)
(L-R) Sheryl Worthing, Chief Administrative Officer with the Village of Burns Lake, and mayor Dolores Funk discuss the Voyent Alert mass communication system, on Nov. 12. (Blair McBride photo)

Village eyes new mass communication system

A new mass communication system might provide emergency information more easily for…

(L-R) Sheryl Worthing, Chief Administrative Officer with the Village of Burns Lake, and mayor Dolores Funk discuss the Voyent Alert mass communication system, on Nov. 12. (Blair McBride photo)
Staff with the Burns Lake Community Forest presented the Lakes Film Appreciation Society with a cheque for $100,000 on Nov. 6 at the Beacon Theatre. (Blair McBride photos)

Beacon buoyed by $100,000 donation for repairs

The Lakes Film Appreciation Society (LFAS) has received $100,000 from the Burns…

Staff with the Burns Lake Community Forest presented the Lakes Film Appreciation Society with a cheque for $100,000 on Nov. 6 at the Beacon Theatre. (Blair McBride photos)
Thinking outside the highway

Thinking outside the highway

In 2015 during a trip to Australia, I visited the southern island…

Thinking outside the highway