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Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)

Nearly complete, 30,000-year-old mummified baby wooly mammoth discovered in Yukon

Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin elders named the mummified mammoth Nun cho ga meaning “big baby animal.”

 

(Vancouver archives)

Bowser plans birthday celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

 

The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)

‘To Margaret from Johnny’: Aldergrove man finds mystery photo in his attic

Local mystery adds to uptick in unsolved documents, says museum president

 

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)

Victoria man surprised to learn he authored 1966 note in B.C. beach time capsule

Letter found 56 years later by Rathtrevor Beach tourists

Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)
Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)

B.C. family discovers 56-year-old message in bottle on Vancouver Island beach

Buried treasure inadvertently dug out of 4-foot deep hole in sand

Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)
Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer

Author explores the glory days of Nelson rail in his latest work

When Trains Ruled the Kootenays to be launched June 22 at the Touchstone Museum of Arts and History

Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer
Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘A treasure trove’: new primary documents at the Fernie Museum help fill archive gap

The documents show activity regarding the Snow Valley Ski Hill and the earlier Fernie Ski Club

Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)

VIDEO: Juno-award winning folk duo showcase B.C. history in new song

Video filmed in historic 153 Mile Store was the ‘perfect place’

Pharis and Jason Romero filmed their latest video with Rick Magnell in the historic 153 Mile Store. (Rick Magnell video capture)
Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)

May 3, 1887: Remembering 150 lives lost in B.C.’s worst-ever mining disaster

City of Nanaimo lowering flags to commemorate Esplanade Mine explosion that killed 150

Nanaimo’s No. 1 mine. (Submitted photo)
Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)

Golden’s Swiss Village Foundation crowdfunds to save property

The Swiss Edelweiss Village Foundation has temporarily secured the property

Volunteers are organizing to purchase and preserve Golden’s Swiss Village. (RE/MAX Golden)
The interior Trites-Leroux mansion pictured in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Trites-Leroux mansion gets weather-proofed

The historically significant mansion will have works completed by the end of 2022

The interior Trites-Leroux mansion pictured in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Members of the Triangle Women’s Institute and historians from the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History hold up the final finished plaque of phase one of their community history commemoration project. Five plaques are now hung up in Grasmere’s Pioneer Hall, and more are on the way. Left to right: Heather Serafini, Erin Knutson, Derryll White, Judy-Lou McDonald, Cathy Betteridge. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Grasmere’s Pioneer Hall gets new panels commemorating the community’s history

Five new history panels are now hanging in Grasmere’s Pioneer Hall, with more on the way

Members of the Triangle Women’s Institute and historians from the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History hold up the final finished plaque of phase one of their community history commemoration project. Five plaques are now hung up in Grasmere’s Pioneer Hall, and more are on the way. Left to right: Heather Serafini, Erin Knutson, Derryll White, Judy-Lou McDonald, Cathy Betteridge. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)

Saving Golden’s Swiss Village: Dr. Johann Roduit and Dr. Ilona Spaar reflect on iconic B.C. spot

The historic Edelweiss Village has been for sale for over a year, and preservation talks are moving

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)
Lindsay Vallance, collections services coordinator with the Fernie Museum, holds a book with copies of The Fernie Free Press going back to March 4, 1899. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The news of yesteryear preserved online: FDHS digitizes The Free Press

Copies of the paper from 1899 to 1947 are available to read online

Lindsay Vallance, collections services coordinator with the Fernie Museum, holds a book with copies of The Fernie Free Press going back to March 4, 1899. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C. photographer working to unearth province’s forgotten camera artists

Don Denton collecting and preserving details of mostly unknown photographers

Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Crane, planes and automobiles star in History Network’s Lost Car Rescue

Rescuing classic cars requires more than a love for the classics and…

Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island camas meadows reveal agricultural impact of B.C. colonialism

Lekwungen food expert Cheryl Bryce looks to raise awareness of traditional food systems

  • Sep 30, 2021
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)

100 metre dash – on all fours: Vernon woman breaks unofficial Guinness record

Vernon resident Julie McCann sets unofficial Guinness mark as fastest woman to cover 100 metres on all fours

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)