Barbara Roden

Drivers can help keep workers busy on and near our roads safe by slowing down, paying attention, and being patient. (Photo credit: Work Zone Safety Alliance B.C.)

Respect the Cone Zone while driving to keep roadside workers safe

Slow down, be patient, and resist the tempation to check your phone

Drivers can help keep workers busy on and near our roads safe by slowing down, paying attention, and being patient. (Photo credit: Work Zone Safety Alliance B.C.)
A hose reel was stolen from Historic Hat Creek Ranch overnight on Thursday, Aug. 4. (Photo credit: Hat Creek Ranch)
A hose reel was stolen from Historic Hat Creek Ranch overnight on Thursday, Aug. 4. (Photo credit: Hat Creek Ranch)
A map shows the boundary (red line) of the restricted area around the Tremont Creek wildfire east of Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Ministry of Forests)

Back country road closures caused by 2021 fires still in effect

Closures include area around Tremont Creek wildfire, although Barnes and Willard Lake access allowed

A map shows the boundary (red line) of the restricted area around the Tremont Creek wildfire east of Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Ministry of Forests)
Some things never change, as shown by this editorial cartoon from August 1922. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> arvives)

In 1922, a huge swarm of grasshoppers descends on Merritt

‘For three straight days it literally snowed grasshoppers’ noted one observer

Some things never change, as shown by this editorial cartoon from August 1922. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> arvives)
Campfire, no date, stock image

Kamloops Fire Centre bans campfires in region as of Aug. 4

Campfires also banned temporarily within the Village of Ashcroft

Campfire, no date, stock image
A U-13 match in the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association in June 2019. The Association’s AGM is on Aug. 24, and several key positions need to be filled at the meeting in order to ensure there is a 2023 season. (Photo credit: Deanna Hayes)

South Cariboo Minor Soccer looking to fill key positions at upcoming AGM

Next year’s soccer season in jeopardy unless enough volunteers are found

A U-13 match in the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association in June 2019. The Association’s AGM is on Aug. 24, and several key positions need to be filled at the meeting in order to ensure there is a 2023 season. (Photo credit: Deanna Hayes)
If only all highways looked like this, all the time, all summer long. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Summer road trip sanity

Summer road trips will provide you with lots of happy memories. You just have to survive them first.

If only all highways looked like this, all the time, all summer long. (Photo credit: Pixabay)
The long-gone Sumallo Lodge on Highway 3 east of Hope, which played a role in the Hope Slide tragedy in January 1965, as seen in a photolog from July 21, 1966. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)

Vintage video logs of B.C.’s highways a vivid trip back in time

‘Photologs’ were created in 1966, and are a window on a long-vanished world

The long-gone Sumallo Lodge on Highway 3 east of Hope, which played a role in the Hope Slide tragedy in January 1965, as seen in a photolog from July 21, 1966. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)
A perimeter map of the Nohomin Creek wildfire as of July 29. The Village of Lytton is at bottom right. (Photo credit: BCWS)

No significant recent growth spotted on Nohomin Creek wildfire

Blaze northwest of Lytton now estimated at 3,162 hectares

A perimeter map of the Nohomin Creek wildfire as of July 29. The Village of Lytton is at bottom right. (Photo credit: BCWS)
The Maria Creek fire northeast of Lillooet has grown to 400 hectares. Smoke from the fire is clearly visible in Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, and the surrounding area. (Photo credit: BCWS)

Wildfire crews continue to battle blazes south of Ashcroft and north of Pavilion

Fires are all thought to have been caused by lightning at the end of July

The Maria Creek fire northeast of Lillooet has grown to 400 hectares. Smoke from the fire is clearly visible in Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, and the surrounding area. (Photo credit: BCWS)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Ashcroft emergency department closed on Friday, July 29

Department will be open during regularly scheduled hours on Saturday and Sunday

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
A BCWS tanker drops retardant on the fires near Hat Creek Road on the morning of July 29. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)

BC Wildfire crews battling three fires south of Ashcroft near Highway 1

Fires are all thought to have been caused by lightning

A BCWS tanker drops retardant on the fires near Hat Creek Road on the morning of July 29. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)
New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)

New TNRD film commissioner hitting the road to showcase the region

Terri Hadwin has extensive experience in the TNRD and its arts scene

New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)
Fire near Hat Creek Road south of Ashcroft near Highway 1. (Photo credit: Brandi Lynn Zirk)

Ashcroft Fire Rescue attending two grass fires south of Ashcroft

Fires are west of Highway 1 near Hat Creek Road

Fire near Hat Creek Road south of Ashcroft near Highway 1. (Photo credit: Brandi Lynn Zirk)
Do you remember the Clinton Hotel — which burned down in 1958 — or any other people, places, or things from Clinton’s past? If yes, the Clinton Museum wants to hear from you for a series of filmed oral histories of the community. (Photo credit: Clinton Museum)

Memories of Clinton sought for museum online video project

If you remember the way things used to be in Clinton, museum staff would like to hear from you

Do you remember the Clinton Hotel — which burned down in 1958 — or any other people, places, or things from Clinton’s past? If yes, the Clinton Museum wants to hear from you for a series of filmed oral histories of the community. (Photo credit: Clinton Museum)
(from l) Ava Rose Krantz, Kathleen Kinasewich, Suzanna Lee Krantx, and Lilly Krantz at the Lookout in Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Spences Bridge artist creates public art for all to enjoy

Kathleen Kinasewich planned vibrant new artwork now on display at the Lookout in Spences Bridge

(from l) Ava Rose Krantz, Kathleen Kinasewich, Suzanna Lee Krantx, and Lilly Krantz at the Lookout in Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Submitted)
A detail from William Powell Frith’s 1858 masterpiece <em>Derby Day</em>. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Editor’s Desk: A lesson in civility

Charles Dickens is the link as we look at two great actors and the art of respectful disagreement

A detail from William Powell Frith’s 1858 masterpiece <em>Derby Day</em>. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Changes are coming to the medical clinic at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Site. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

New seven-day-a-week medical clinic planned for Ashcroft

Urgent and Primary Care Centre aims to be up and running by fall 2022

Changes are coming to the medical clinic at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Site. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
BCWS woodland firefighters currently battling the Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton get some puppy love from one of Tricia Thorpe and Don Glasgow’s puppies on July 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Jamie von Sacken)

Puppy love: Lytton wildfire crew gets paws-itively delightful surprise

Puppies with a powerful connection to Lytton firefighters make special appearance at base camp

BCWS woodland firefighters currently battling the Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton get some puppy love from one of Tricia Thorpe and Don Glasgow’s puppies on July 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Jamie von Sacken)
Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ashcroft man injured protecting dog from back yard bobcat attack

Joel Anstett and his dog suffered scratches and bites in attack near Desert Sands School

Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)