February 18, 2018

People of Burns Lake mark one year since deadly sawmill fire

It's the one year anniversary of the mill explosion that killed two men and put the economic future of Burns Lake at risk. Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold says a service Sunday is to remember Robert Luggi Jr. and Carl Charlie, and be there for those who were injured in the blast. "We as a community are coming together to provide support to one … [Read more...]

MLA warns of repercussions over re-built Burns Lake mill

The Impendent MLA for Caribou-North says there will be consequences along the Highway 16 corridor after the Province forged ahead with re-building the Burns Lake sawmill.  Bob Simpson says in the next three to five years there will be shift reductions and constrained wood supply in the area, "By getting Burns Lake rebuilt, they are just going … [Read more...]

Burns Lake sawmill to be rebuilt

The community of Burns Lake will see the return of its biggest employer: a sawmill, destroyed by an explosion back in January. Sawmill operator Hampton Affiliates says it has made its final decision and will rebuild the Babine Forest Products mill. It says foundation work has already begun at the site to re-create the facility at two-thirds in size … [Read more...]

Burns Lake first nation chief has own story about John Furlong

The chief of Lake Babine Nation is adding unproven allegations of abuse surrounding former VANOC boss John Furlong have been known for years. “Former citizens of LBN and other first nations in Burns Lake… they've known about this for quite a while.” Chief Wilf Adam claims he has his own story with Furlong, when he was a teacher … [Read more...]

Independent MLA says it is not a done deal to rebuild Burns Lake sawmill

The independant MLA for Cariboo North is warning people living in Burns Lake not to celebrate just yet.  Bob Simpson says it is not a done deal yet to rebuild the town's sawmill noting big challenges.    "So this is being mischaracterized there is no commitment to rebuild the Burns Lake mill the decision will be made by Hampton in … [Read more...]

Burns Lake mill will be rebuilt

Good news from Burns Lake... The Babine Forest Products Mill will be rebuilt. 250 people were put out of the work after an explosion and fire at the mill earlier this year. Two men were killed - 19 others were hurt. The new mill will be smaller than the old facility - but will apparently be state-of-the-art. Steve Zika speaks for Hampton … [Read more...]

Rafay and Burns take case to supreme court

The battle isn't over.Two former West Vancouver men convicted in a 1994 triple-murder in Bellevue, Washington, are taking their case to the Washington State Supreme Court.An appeal court ruled yesterday not to allow a re-trial for Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns, for the murders of Rafay's parents and disabled sister.But Rafay's lawyer David Koch … [Read more...]

Burns Lake continuing to recover

The mayor of Burns Lake says his community is continuing to recover - more than five months after a massive explosion and fire tore through the Babine Forest Products Sawmill.Luke Strimbold says about half of the mill's workers have been able to find other work - with an increased focus on the town's social issues. "We've got an active team, so … [Read more...]

Independent MLA Bob Simpson points out similarities between the mill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George

Independent MLA Bob Simpson says he has no idea what caused the explosion and fire at the Lakeland mills operation in Prince George, but there are similarities with a similar blast that levelled the Babine forest products mill in Burns Lake last winter.  Simpson says one common factor might be sawdust from timber killed by the mountain … [Read more...]

Burns Lake sawmill back in employer hands after fire

Worksafe BC is turning the site of the Babine sawmill fire in Burns Lake back over to the employer tomorrow. This marks the end of the first phase of its investigation into the explosion and fire that killed two men on january 26th.       The focus now will be on testing and analyzing the evidence gathered over the … [Read more...]