Tumbler Ridge News
Tumbler Ridge News
  •  Trent Ernst, Editor   One of the big events of BC Mining Week is the release of the annual Pricewaterhouse Cooper report on mining in BC. While the 2014 report won’t be released until May 5 of this year, the cycle continues to spin down, with the idling of Walter Energy’s Canadian Operations in April […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   A year after Walter Energy idled its Canadian Operations, they’re still watching the coal prices, waiting for them to show some signs of recovery. “That’s all we can do,” says Vice President of Communications William Stanhouse. “We continue to evaluate the situation, but until we see something more positive, that’s where […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   On April 15, 2014, Walter Energy Idled its Northern BC mines. We look at how the town is doing…     April 15, 2015 marks an inauspicious anniversary for the town. It was one year ago that Walter Energy announced that they were idling their Northern BC operations, including Wolverine Mine […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   While the first few budget meetings saw Council dreaming about things they wanted to see added to the budget, they’ve started sharpening their pencils to see what they can keep and what they have to lose to stay on budget this year. Council was joined by accountant Clive Freundlich, who has […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   It’s nearly impossible to keep track of how many people have left town since Walter closed a year ago. One metric we can track, though, is the impact on the schools. Over at Tumbler Ridge secondary, they’re down between 30 and 40 kids. Part of that is just attrition, says Principal […]

  •  Trent Ernst, Editor   While nowhere near to being written in stone yet, The Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition (NEBCRMC), which has shrunk to three members in the last year as nearly every community in the Northeast has withdrawn, says that Northern BC communities stand to lose a total of over $70-million if they were […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   One of the biggest changes between now and the mine shutdowns at the turn of the century is simply this: ownership. Before 2000, the houses were all owned by the mines. They were rented to employees, or sold with a buyback clause. When Bullmoose and Quintette shut down, anyone who wanted […]

  • 2 weeks ago
    Well, Fire Truck

    Trent Ernst, Editor   With a proposed cost of about $1.3-million, Council was looking to delay purchasing a new ladder truck for the fire department for at least another year or two. But that, says Fire Chief Matt Treit, is probably not a good idea. During the most recent maintenance on the Fire Truck, says […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   Tumbler Ridge Council is asking BC Hydro to level the playing field for power producers in the Northeast. Currently, the price of energy sold to BC Hydro under the Standing Offer Program uses a base price determined by region. If an Independent Power Producer (IPP) were to set up a project […]

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has rejected Glencore’s proposed Sukunka Coal Mine Environmental Assessment (EA) application. According to the EAO, the application “does not provide an appropriately meaningful treatment of the requirements in the Application Information Requirements (AIR) and has decided not to accept the application for detailed review.” This doesn’t […]

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  • Charles Helm – Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society   For 2015, the adult field for the Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Race is capped at 1000. On-line registration opened at midnight on the morning of April 14. By just after 8...

  • April 22nd, 2015
    Flatbed Loops starting

    Charles Helm   Looking for a way to get healthy exercise and measure your increasing fitness level this spring and summer?  Then join WNMS at Flatbed Lions’ Campground on Mondays at 7:30 pm to take part in the Flatbed...

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   You might know him as a town councillor or the former manager of the local LakeView Credit Union, but Chris Leggett is also a former mountain bike racer, riding for the Skookum Cycle Team out...

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   For the fifteenth time in the 16 year history of the Emperor’s Challenge, Kris Swanson has won the Emperor’s Challenge. He won the race quite handily, finishing ten minutes ahead of the next male competitor,...

  • July 2nd, 2014

    Local firefighter and athlete Brandon Braam leaps over a pile of burning logs (without stopping to put them out) on his way to the finish line for the Reebok Spartan Race in Vancouver on June 14. Brandon and Jane...

  •   On Sat May 23, local long distance runner Terri Gale had a chance to run the Blackfoot 100km Ultra marathon just outside of Edmonton. The race organizers like to call it “Death by a Thousand Hills”. Terri likes...

  • Trent Ernst, Editor   Jason Bradley’s knockout at the 1:40 mark of round 1 against Dan Bradshaw brought an end to the second annual Fivestar Fight League’s event in Tumbler Ridge. Organizer Justin Donally says the fights here are...

  •   Charles Helm   For the past 24 years the Ridge Ramble Biathlon has been an annual Tumbler Ridge summer fixture, organized by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS). For this special twenty-fifth year celebration, WNMS partnered with...

  • Charles Helm, Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society   This year the Emperor’s Challenge, the biggest off-road running event in British Columbia, filled up in 36 hours, so fast that websites repeatedly crashed. The 2014 field is capped at 1000...

  •   With roadside and trailside signage installed, and cutting of deadfall and brushing completed, the new, improved Murray Canyon Overlook hiking trail is ready for use. Trail development and maintenance continues thanks to the volunteers of the Wolverine Nordic...

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