David Gordon Koch

Nice shot

Nice shot

Veteran sharpshooter reflects on 1,000 yard shoot’s long history

Nice shot
CO2 emissions from RDBN operations decline

CO2 emissions from RDBN operations decline

Reduction due partly to delay in hauling of wood waste: report

CO2 emissions from RDBN operations decline
A proposed beef-processing plant could benefit farmers and ranchers in the Burns Lake area, according to Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association. (Lakes District News file photo)

Beef plant could boost farming in Burns Lake area: BCCA

Plans underway for a proposed beef-processing plant in Prince George

A proposed beef-processing plant could benefit farmers and ranchers in the Burns Lake area, according to Kevin Boon, general manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association. (Lakes District News file photo)
Library, museum to benefit from RDBN tax hike

Library, museum to benefit from RDBN tax hike

Tax increase of $62 to support cultural activities: RDBN

Library, museum to benefit from RDBN tax hike
The Village of Burns Lake brought forward a motion at the North Central Local Government Association’s convention in May calling for the provincial government to address a “dire” situation for the funding of public libraries. (Lakes District News file photo)

Northern municipalities support library funding

Burns Lake brought forward resolution

The Village of Burns Lake brought forward a motion at the North Central Local Government Association’s convention in May calling for the provincial government to address a “dire” situation for the funding of public libraries. (Lakes District News file photo)
Tree planters Peter Mathewson (left) and Finn Sontag shop for groceries in the Wholesale Club, Burns Lake. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Tree planting season: a boon for retailers

Local businesses see “significant” spike in sales annually

Tree planters Peter Mathewson (left) and Finn Sontag shop for groceries in the Wholesale Club, Burns Lake. (David Gordon Koch photo)
Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a safe house at Lake Babine Nation’s Woyenne reserve. Pictured left to right are Rod Hill of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation chief Corrina Leween — who is also president of Carrier Sekani Family Services — Chief Wilf Adam of Lake Babine Nation and Burns Lake Mayor Chris Beach.

Refuge to house Indigenous women fleeing abuse

Safe house being constructed at Lake Babine Nation

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a safe house at Lake Babine Nation’s Woyenne reserve. Pictured left to right are Rod Hill of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation chief Corrina Leween — who is also president of Carrier Sekani Family Services — Chief Wilf Adam of Lake Babine Nation and Burns Lake Mayor Chris Beach.
TransCanada has decided against buildings its work camp at Tchesinkut Lake following public outcry from area residents. (RDBN image)

UPDATED: TransCanada abandons plans for Tchesinkut Lake site

Report reveals “overwhelming” opposition from residents

TransCanada has decided against buildings its work camp at Tchesinkut Lake following public outcry from area residents. (RDBN image)
Forests Minister Doug Donaldson announced on May 25 that community forests now have a chance to expand. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Community forests allowed to expand: Donaldson

Change meant to boost rural economies

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson announced on May 25 that community forests now have a chance to expand. (David Gordon Koch photo)
Victoria Lynn Fraser, formerly of Burns Lake, was reported missing from Prince Rupert on May 24. Police reported that she was found safe May 26. (Prince Rupert RCMP photo)

UPDATED: Prince Rupert woman found

Police thank public for help in investigation

Victoria Lynn Fraser, formerly of Burns Lake, was reported missing from Prince Rupert on May 24. Police reported that she was found safe May 26. (Prince Rupert RCMP photo)
Members of the Burns Lake Fire and Rescue Department at a weekly practice session. The volunteer force responded to an extraordinary number of calls in mid-May. (David Gordon Koch)

May mayhem for Burns Lake fire department

Burns Lake fire department reports frequent calls

Members of the Burns Lake Fire and Rescue Department at a weekly practice session. The volunteer force responded to an extraordinary number of calls in mid-May. (David Gordon Koch)
Who’s responsible for fixing potholes in Burns Lake?

Who’s responsible for fixing potholes in Burns Lake?

Springtime the “worst time for roads”: LDM

Who’s responsible for fixing potholes in Burns Lake?
Village council has rejected the idea of holding a referendum about borrowing money to overhaul Eighth Avenue. (David Gordon Koch photo)

No referendum on Eighth Avenue

Council opts to repave streets with reserve funds

Village council has rejected the idea of holding a referendum about borrowing money to overhaul Eighth Avenue. (David Gordon Koch photo)
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has a wide range of responsibilities during flooding, including providing sandbags for residents. The rapid spring melt has led to flooding across the Lakes District. (Nancy Plesko photo)

What is the role of the regional district during floods?

The RDBN breaks down its functions during a flooding emergency

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has a wide range of responsibilities during flooding, including providing sandbags for residents. The rapid spring melt has led to flooding across the Lakes District. (Nancy Plesko photo)
This map shows the area served by the Southside Volunteer Fire Department. (Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako image)

Southside fire department lacks funds: chief

Vehicles “not meeting requirements” for putting out structure fire

This map shows the area served by the Southside Volunteer Fire Department. (Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako image)
Floodwater washed out this section of Ootsa Nadina Road after hot weather and the high snowpack created an intense spring freshet. Problems on the roads this year have raised questions about how prepared first responders are in the event of major emergencies. (Nancy Plesko photo)

How prepared are first responders for washed-out roads?

Flooding prompts questions about readiness in emergencies

Floodwater washed out this section of Ootsa Nadina Road after hot weather and the high snowpack created an intense spring freshet. Problems on the roads this year have raised questions about how prepared first responders are in the event of major emergencies. (Nancy Plesko photo)
Burns Lake council meeting, May 15, 2018. Pictured clockwise from left are Chief Administrative Officer Sheryl Worthing, Mayor Chris Beach, Councillor Charlie Rensby and Councillor Kelly Holliday. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Council briefs

A round-up of news from Burns Lake village council

Burns Lake council meeting, May 15, 2018. Pictured clockwise from left are Chief Administrative Officer Sheryl Worthing, Mayor Chris Beach, Councillor Charlie Rensby and Councillor Kelly Holliday. (David Gordon Koch photo)
The provincial government has announced a contribution of $500,000 to a fund meant to protect the interests of timber and silviculture contractors. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Relief money for timber contractors topped up

Province announces $500,000 in funding

The provincial government has announced a contribution of $500,000 to a fund meant to protect the interests of timber and silviculture contractors. (David Gordon Koch photo)
Inside the mess hall of a bush camp in the Topley area, tree planters enjoyed a day off on May 12 at the start of the tree-planting season. (David Gordon Koch)

Life in the bush camp

Treeplanters talk about their daily grind in the forests of the Lakes District

Inside the mess hall of a bush camp in the Topley area, tree planters enjoyed a day off on May 12 at the start of the tree-planting season. (David Gordon Koch)
Rick Pooley of the Rural Post-Secondary Education Committee, shown here, told Burns Lake village council that a planned meeting on the future of post-secondary education in Burns Lake wouldn’t be meaningful without updating a socio-economic study about the College of New Caledonia’s local campus. (David Gordon Koch photo)

Council calls for stakeholders meeting on college

RPEC says meeting will be fruitless without new data

Rick Pooley of the Rural Post-Secondary Education Committee, shown here, told Burns Lake village council that a planned meeting on the future of post-secondary education in Burns Lake wouldn’t be meaningful without updating a socio-economic study about the College of New Caledonia’s local campus. (David Gordon Koch photo)