Barbara Roden

Members of the Ashcroft Curling Club get ready to start the curling season in November 2020, after the rink was closed for the 2019/2020 season. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Curling Club gets grant after losing last season to COVID

Curling rink reopened on Nov. 3 after year-long closure, closed four weeks later due to pandemic

Members of the Ashcroft Curling Club get ready to start the curling season in November 2020, after the rink was closed for the 2019/2020 season. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Map showing areas of the Southern Interior now under Drought Level 3 and 4 warnings. (Photo credit: BC Government)

Drought conditions bringing water scarcity to much of B.C.

North and South Thompson River areas now at Drought Level 3

Map showing areas of the Southern Interior now under Drought Level 3 and 4 warnings. (Photo credit: BC Government)
Detail from one of the large stamp collections recently recovered by RCMP in Cache Creek and Oliver. (Photo credit: RCMP)

RCMP recover stamp collections and want to return them to sender

Large collections were recovered in Cache Creek and Oliver, and the owners are being sought

Detail from one of the large stamp collections recently recovered by RCMP in Cache Creek and Oliver. (Photo credit: RCMP)
Members of Steelworkers Union #7619 from Highland Valley hosted the Soup’s On lunch at St. Alban’s church, Ashcroft on July 23. Members host a lunch every year, donating all the food and doing all the prep work, cooking, serving, and clean-up. (from l) Jim McCarthy, Jim McLean, Robert Royce, Travis Hillson, Paul Giles, and David Gory. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Soup’s On welcoming guests back to sit-down lunch every Friday

Program has reopened its doors at St. Alban’s church hall after picoting during the pandemic

Members of Steelworkers Union #7619 from Highland Valley hosted the Soup’s On lunch at St. Alban’s church, Ashcroft on July 23. Members host a lunch every year, donating all the food and doing all the prep work, cooking, serving, and clean-up. (from l) Jim McCarthy, Jim McLean, Robert Royce, Travis Hillson, Paul Giles, and David Gory. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Drivers lined up at an electric vehicle charging station in Hope, July 2021. (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: The way of the future

Don’t laugh at people waiting to charge their electric vehicles; they’re the way of the future

Drivers lined up at an electric vehicle charging station in Hope, July 2021. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Yes, Ashcroft is out there, and no, the photo has not been manipulated. The picture was taken on July 24 from Highway 97C near Mesa Vista Drive looking northwest, and shows thick wildfire smoke enveloping the town. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Wildfire smoke becoming more common and lasting longer

Prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke can have serious physical and mental health impacts

Yes, Ashcroft is out there, and no, the photo has not been manipulated. The picture was taken on July 24 from Highway 97C near Mesa Vista Drive looking northwest, and shows thick wildfire smoke enveloping the town. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Proposed plan of the new EcoDepot serving Cache Creek and Ashcroft. Work is scheduled to start in August, with the opening planned for spring 2022. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Work on new Cache Creek/Ashcroft Eco-Depot starts next month

If all goes according to plan, new site off Highway 1 should open in spring 2022

Proposed plan of the new EcoDepot serving Cache Creek and Ashcroft. Work is scheduled to start in August, with the opening planned for spring 2022. (Photo credit: TNRD)
6 Mile Lake south of Clinton was the scene of a fatal collision on July 25 involving a stolen pickup truck. (Photo credit: Locations Hub)

Clinton RCMP probe fatal collision involving stolen truck at 6 Mile Lake

A woman died at the scene, and BC Coroners Service is also investigating

6 Mile Lake south of Clinton was the scene of a fatal collision on July 25 involving a stolen pickup truck. (Photo credit: Locations Hub)
Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte River, pictured in the 1890s. The road connecting the site to the Cariboo Waggon Road can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

Before there was an Ashcroft, there was Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte

The mill took a roundabout route to its final location, with stops in Lillooet and Clinton first

Harper’s Mill on the Bonaparte River, pictured in the 1890s. The road connecting the site to the Cariboo Waggon Road can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
An Interior Health COVID-19 mobile clinic, July 2021. Interior Health has the lowest vaccination rate, and the highest number of new cases, in the province. (Photo credit: Interior Health)

More than half of BC’s new COVID cases in Interior Health region

IH also leading the way in active cases of COVID-19 as case count begins to climb

An Interior Health COVID-19 mobile clinic, July 2021. Interior Health has the lowest vaccination rate, and the highest number of new cases, in the province. (Photo credit: Interior Health)
Smoke from the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft on July 13, 2021. (Photo credit: Mona D’Amours)

Some orders and alerts downgraded for Tremont Creek wildfire

Evacuation order remains in place for Lytton Creek fire near Spences Bridge

Smoke from the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft on July 13, 2021. (Photo credit: Mona D’Amours)
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)

Evacuation order issued for 169 properties in and around Spences Bridge

An evacuation alert has been issued for 94 properties east of Spences Bridge on Hwy 8

Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has opened a resiliency centre for wildfire evacuees at Northills Mall in Kamloops. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Resiliency centre for wildfire evacuees now open in Kamloops

Centre is open seven days a week and provides a variety of support services

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has opened a resiliency centre for wildfire evacuees at Northills Mall in Kamloops. (Photo credit: TNRD)
The Cache Creek Emergency Operations Centre, pictured here in April 2020, is not active at this time, but previous volunteers have all been contacted in case it is needed. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cache Creek moving ahead with new well on current aquifer

Council also heard that the pool is being maintained, even though it is not open this season

The Cache Creek Emergency Operations Centre, pictured here in April 2020, is not active at this time, but previous volunteers have all been contacted in case it is needed. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Cougar Point overlooks the Fraser River in Edge Hills Provincial Park near Clinton. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Land acquired to expand Edge Hills Provincial Park near Clinton

Park is noted for its grassland areas and several endangered wildlife species

Cougar Point overlooks the Fraser River in Edge Hills Provincial Park near Clinton. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Employees at the I.G. Fibers plant near Ashcroft have been locked out since July 12, and no negotiations are planned. (Photo credit: Submitted)

No negotiations planned between union, employees at IG Fibers

Employees have been locked out since July 12 and plant is under evacuation order

Employees at the I.G. Fibers plant near Ashcroft have been locked out since July 12, and no negotiations are planned. (Photo credit: Submitted)
The provincial government is matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross up to $20 million to assist those impacted by this year’s wildfires, including residents of Lytton, where a fire devastated the community on June 30. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Provincial, federal governments matching donations to Red Cross

Donations will assist people, including Lytton residents, impacted by wildfires

The provincial government is matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross up to $20 million to assist those impacted by this year’s wildfires, including residents of Lytton, where a fire devastated the community on June 30. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Road sign, stock photo, no date

Road resurfacing on highways around Cache Creek and Ashcroft

Resurfacing work to start on Hwy. 1 and side roads in Cache Creek and Ashcroft area

Road sign, stock photo, no date
Volunteers unloaded a donation of water to the Ashcroft Fire Department on July 16. (back row, from l) Raylene Jones, Sue Peters. (front row) Julie Ells, Jackie Berkey, Deb Tuohey, Esther Lang, unidentified helper, Stan Aie. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ashcroft COVID vaccine clinic cancelled due to wildfire risks

Clinic will be rescheduled for a later date when wildfire threats have receded

Volunteers unloaded a donation of water to the Ashcroft Fire Department on July 16. (back row, from l) Raylene Jones, Sue Peters. (front row) Julie Ells, Jackie Berkey, Deb Tuohey, Esther Lang, unidentified helper, Stan Aie. (Photo credit: Submitted)
A happy participant in one of the HUB summer camps shows off her creation. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB)

HUB summer camps are carrying on despite evacuation alert

Limited spaces still available for the remaining camps, including dance and arts

A happy participant in one of the HUB summer camps shows off her creation. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB)