Barbara Roden

Santa getting ready for a test drive through Clinton during the parade on Nov. 26. He’ll be making another visit to the village on Dec. 18. (Photo credit: Crystal Ann Smith)

Plenty of holiday spirit to go around as Christmas gets closer

Markets, lights, Christmas cheer at The Equality Project, a visit from Santa, and more

Santa getting ready for a test drive through Clinton during the parade on Nov. 26. He’ll be making another visit to the village on Dec. 18. (Photo credit: Crystal Ann Smith)
One of the many damaged sections along Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Merritt. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)

Province committed to rebuilding Highway 8 after massive damage

Temporary roads are being pushed through so residents can regain access to properties

One of the many damaged sections along Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Merritt. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Ashcroft emergency department closed overnight throughout the weekend

Emergency services will be available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Spud, located in Maple Ridge, is just one of the pets in BC SPCA care looking for a forever home. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

BC SPCA offers adoption special to make space for displaced pets

Half-price adoptions through Dec. 8 give deserving animals the chance to find a forever home

Spud, located in Maple Ridge, is just one of the pets in BC SPCA care looking for a forever home. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
Kendra Taylor and her cat Twilight, who disappeared from Cache Creek on Sept. 21 and was turned in to the Port Coquitlam SPCA nearly two months later. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cat comes back to Cache Creek home after two month disappearance

Twilight was found at highway rest stop miles from Cache Creek and turned in to PoCo SPCA

Kendra Taylor and her cat Twilight, who disappeared from Cache Creek on Sept. 21 and was turned in to the Port Coquitlam SPCA nearly two months later. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
(back row, from l) Sherri Coldwell, Trish Schachtel, Christine Williams, and Cst. Marika Masters and (front row, from l) Sandi Burrage and Ed Schlosser helped collect food, toys, and cash donations at Clinton’s Cram the Cruiser event in December 2020. (Photo credit: Jackson Masters)

Get ready to cram a cruiser in Clinton

Annual event helps collect food and cash donations for the Clinton food bank

(back row, from l) Sherri Coldwell, Trish Schachtel, Christine Williams, and Cst. Marika Masters and (front row, from l) Sandi Burrage and Ed Schlosser helped collect food, toys, and cash donations at Clinton’s Cram the Cruiser event in December 2020. (Photo credit: Jackson Masters)
“Have Taken Over Ashcroft Toggery” (Dec. 2, 1971): “Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helland of Kimberley, B.C. have recently purchased the Ashcroft Toggery Ltd., and are operaing the business in the name of Ashcroft Toggery. Fran and Norm as you will know them, will maintain a full line of ladies’ and children’s wear. Once the Hellands get acquainted and familiar with their surroundings they are quite anxious to join the activities in the community, both are ardent skiers in the winter and like to fish in the summer.” (Photo credit: Journal archives)

In 1921, rail washouts have cattle hoofing it down the Cariboo Road

Plus skating in Ashcroft (1896), an unexpected landing (1946), and local election candidates (1971)

“Have Taken Over Ashcroft Toggery” (Dec. 2, 1971): “Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helland of Kimberley, B.C. have recently purchased the Ashcroft Toggery Ltd., and are operaing the business in the name of Ashcroft Toggery. Fran and Norm as you will know them, will maintain a full line of ladies’ and children’s wear. Once the Hellands get acquainted and familiar with their surroundings they are quite anxious to join the activities in the community, both are ardent skiers in the winter and like to fish in the summer.” (Photo credit: Journal archives)
It takes a little searching, but there is some great Christmas music that hasn’t been overplayed over the years. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: For your listening pleasure

Tired of overplayed Christmas music? Here are a few gems you might not know

It takes a little searching, but there is some great Christmas music that hasn’t been overplayed over the years. (Photo credit: Pixabay)
The photograph shows where a new CP line has been established to the east (right) of the washed-out overpass and rail line at Tank Hill on Highway 1 near Nicomen. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says the hope is to have the highway through the canyon reopened by mid-January, 2022. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Work continues to reopen highways as extent of damage is revealed

Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon has an estimated reopening of mid-January 2022

The photograph shows where a new CP line has been established to the east (right) of the washed-out overpass and rail line at Tank Hill on Highway 1 near Nicomen. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says the hope is to have the highway through the canyon reopened by mid-January, 2022. (Photo credit: Facebook)
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for several areas in advance of what is predicted to be heavy rainfall. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Evacuation alert issued for western areas of the TNRD

Alert covers area from 16 Mile south to Kanaka Bar; does not include Ashcroft or Cache Creek

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for several areas in advance of what is predicted to be heavy rainfall. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Ashcroft/Cache Creek Seniors' activities such as Bingo are doing very well and bringing lots of enjoyment. (Photo credit: Stock image)

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors’ Centre plans to get going again

After an almost two year hiatus, centre is holding a meet and greet on Jan. 4

Ashcroft/Cache Creek Seniors' activities such as Bingo are doing very well and bringing lots of enjoyment. (Photo credit: Stock image)
Cache Creek Village office, date unknown. (Photo credit: Wendy Coomber)

Cache Creek reminds residents to sign up for emergency alerts

In light of recent floods and highway closures, now is the time to sign up for Voyent Alert system

Cache Creek Village office, date unknown. (Photo credit: Wendy Coomber)
The cenotaph at Bonaparte First Nation commemorates missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cenotaph unveiled at Bonaparte First Nation on Remembrance Day

Cenotaph commemorates veterans, missing and murdered Indigenous women, residential school students

The cenotaph at Bonaparte First Nation commemorates missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Terry Clark on the CP Holiday Train in Ashcroft in December 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Christmas parades and a virtual holiday train are on their way

As Christmas gets closer, special holiday events are ramping up

Terry Clark on the CP Holiday Train in Ashcroft in December 2019. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)

COVID-19 vaccine clinic for kids planned at Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30

Vaccine has now been approved for kids aged 5 to 11

Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)
“Buildings Going Up On The New Mesa Subdivision, Ashcroft” (Nov. 18, 1971): “The Mesa Vista subdivision overlooking Ashcroft has become popular for home seekers, as can be seen by the number of lovely new homes being built there. Basements have been laid for other dwellings also.” (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

In 1921, heavy floods wipe out train service to Williams Lake

Plus a proposed air service for Ashcroft and plans for a ‘Sage and Sands’ trailer park in Cache Creek

“Buildings Going Up On The New Mesa Subdivision, Ashcroft” (Nov. 18, 1971): “The Mesa Vista subdivision overlooking Ashcroft has become popular for home seekers, as can be seen by the number of lovely new homes being built there. Basements have been laid for other dwellings also.” (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
Sue Peters of the Ashcroft and District Lions Club (standing, far l), Kris Billy of Thompson-Cariboo Minor Hockey Association (kneeling, second from l), and Starla Dixon, manager of the Tim Hortons at the Travel Centre (kneeling, far r), along with Lions club and local sports organization members, during the presentation of a cheque from the Smile Cookies campaign. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Smile! Local Lions club raises nearly $6,000 for minor sports

Ashcroft and District Lions Club members had another successful Smile Cookies campaign

Sue Peters of the Ashcroft and District Lions Club (standing, far l), Kris Billy of Thompson-Cariboo Minor Hockey Association (kneeling, second from l), and Starla Dixon, manager of the Tim Hortons at the Travel Centre (kneeling, far r), along with Lions club and local sports organization members, during the presentation of a cheque from the Smile Cookies campaign. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Damage at Tank Hill on Highway 1 at Nicomen on Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: Getting the job done on Highway 1

It looks as if reopening Highway 1 through the canyon is a priority, thank goodnes

Damage at Tank Hill on Highway 1 at Nicomen on Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Damage to a section of road along Highway 8 about six kilometres east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Ryan Papps)

One person confirmed missing after flooding devastates properties along Highway 8

Highways 1, 5, and 8 are still closed, thousands are evacuated, rail traffic to start moving soon

Damage to a section of road along Highway 8 about six kilometres east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Ryan Papps)
The Village of Ashcroft supporting Plaid Friday during the Santa Parade in Ashcroft in December 2019. This year’s Plaid Friday event on Nov. 26 in both Clinton and Ashcroft gives people a chance to shop locally, support local businesses, and receive a gift as a thank you. (Photo credit: Christopher Roden)

Support local shops in Clinton and Ashcroft on Plaid Friday

Shop locally and be eligible to receive gifts as a thank you for supporting our small businesses

The Village of Ashcroft supporting Plaid Friday during the Santa Parade in Ashcroft in December 2019. This year’s Plaid Friday event on Nov. 26 in both Clinton and Ashcroft gives people a chance to shop locally, support local businesses, and receive a gift as a thank you. (Photo credit: Christopher Roden)