Barbara Roden

CP’s train station (with water tank!) and roundhouse at North Bend in 1885.

From Black Canyon to North Bend: The stories behind more CP station names

Part two includes a vanished station, a well-known spot on Highway 1, and a unique sign

CP’s train station (with water tank!) and roundhouse at North Bend in 1885.
Ashcroft’s Barnes Block (at centre), pictured in 1912, was starting to take shape in 1898 with the impending construction of Clements’ Drug Store (false-fronted white building with two windows), Cumming’s General Store (false-fronted white building with three windows on the corner of 4th Street across from the Ashcroft Hotel), and the <em>Journal</em> building (two-storey building behind the other two). (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1898, big changes are announced for Ashcroft’s Barnes Block

A new drug store, general store, and newspaper building are reported to be on the way

Ashcroft’s Barnes Block (at centre), pictured in 1912, was starting to take shape in 1898 with the impending construction of Clements’ Drug Store (false-fronted white building with two windows), Cumming’s General Store (false-fronted white building with three windows on the corner of 4th Street across from the Ashcroft Hotel), and the <em>Journal</em> building (two-storey building behind the other two). (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
Hours for the virtual doctor pilot program at the Ashcroft Urgent and Primary Care Centre have expanded. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Increased virtual doctor availability at Ashcroft health site

Pilot program at Ashcroft Urgent and Primary Care Centre connects patients with physicians virtually

Hours for the virtual doctor pilot program at the Ashcroft Urgent and Primary Care Centre have expanded. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has partnered with the BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops to provide passes to the centre which can be checked out for free by all library patrons. (Photo credit: BIG Little Science Centre)

Local libraries now offer free passes for BIG Little Science Centre

Partnership allows patrons to explore science in a fun, hands-on way

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library has partnered with the BIG Little Science Centre in Kamloops to provide passes to the centre which can be checked out for free by all library patrons. (Photo credit: BIG Little Science Centre)
A semi-trailer runs into difficulties on Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops in January 2023. (Photo credit: Facebook)

New technology will monitor commercial traffic on Highway 5A

Residents have raised safety concerns about truck traffic along the route from Merritt to Kamloops

A semi-trailer runs into difficulties on Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops in January 2023. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Members of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 347 Avenger, based in Ashcroft, were able to take part in a tri-service event in Vernon last year, as the corps gets back into action after the pandemic. (Photo credit: Nichole Hare)

Sea Cadet Corps swings back into action after pandemic hiatus

The members of Sea Cadet Corps 347 Avenger, based in Ashcroft, are gearing up for a busy year

Members of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 347 Avenger, based in Ashcroft, were able to take part in a tri-service event in Vernon last year, as the corps gets back into action after the pandemic. (Photo credit: Nichole Hare)
The Honour Ranch near Ashcroft is a place of healing for military personnel, veterans, police officers, first responders, and their families who are suffering the effects of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Suffering in silence

We need to be willing and able to talk about mental health

The Honour Ranch near Ashcroft is a place of healing for military personnel, veterans, police officers, first responders, and their families who are suffering the effects of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Lower Thompson region, which includes Lytton, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Clinton, is one of only three regions in the province showing an above average snow pack as of Jan. 1. (Photo credit: Province of BC)

Below average B.C. snow pack gives rise to drought concerns

Lower Thompson one of only three regions with above average snow pack as of Jan. 1

The Lower Thompson region, which includes Lytton, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Clinton, is one of only three regions in the province showing an above average snow pack as of Jan. 1. (Photo credit: Province of BC)
Sign in Ashcroft’s Drylands Arena. (Photo credit: Josh White)

Get ready for Guns and Hoses charity hockey match this weekend

Third annual event promises lots of fun, prizes, food, and more to benefit Honour Ranch

Sign in Ashcroft’s Drylands Arena. (Photo credit: Josh White)
A photograph taken some time between 1907 and 1916 shows Ashcroft’s 60,000 gallon reservoir (circled near top right with a road leading to it) on the hillside to the east of town, in about the same spot where a modern pump station now stands. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1973, Walhachin residents have concerns about CP blasting

Some cynicism is expressed as to why Walhachin seems to be CP’s only source in B.C. for rip-rap

A photograph taken some time between 1907 and 1916 shows Ashcroft’s 60,000 gallon reservoir (circled near top right with a road leading to it) on the hillside to the east of town, in about the same spot where a modern pump station now stands. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek president Theresa Takacs (r) with 2019 Ashcroft Citizen of the Year recipient Esther Lang in June 2022. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Rotary Club still seeking nominations for Citizens of the Year

Deadline is Jan. 31 for nominating residents who have gone above and beyond for their communities

Rotary Club of Ashcroft/Cache Creek president Theresa Takacs (r) with 2019 Ashcroft Citizen of the Year recipient Esther Lang in June 2022. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
No one has ever looked at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and thought ‘It would look even better with a big parking lot right beside it.’ (Photo credit: Jaime Reimer/pexels)

The Editor’s Desk: Don’t pave paradise

Building a bigger parking lot is not the way to preserve a much-loved beauty spot

No one has ever looked at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and thought ‘It would look even better with a big parking lot right beside it.’ (Photo credit: Jaime Reimer/pexels)
A work by Mike Walker in the author’s collection shows a mile board sign on the CP line west of Ashcroft, looking east towards town. Mile board signs like this are a mile out from station name signs on the CP network. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Where and what is Benledi? The stories behind CP station names

The first of two articles exploring the origins of the CP station names from Kamloops to North Bend

A work by Mike Walker in the author’s collection shows a mile board sign on the CP line west of Ashcroft, looking east towards town. Mile board signs like this are a mile out from station name signs on the CP network. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Osprey Ranch sign, which was swept away by flooding near Spences Bridge in November 2021, takes a well-deserved rest after being found near Gibsons on the Sunhine Coast in January 2023, only a little the worse for wear after its long journey. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ranch sign swept away near Spences Bridge in 2021 floods found after 350 km journey

Sign lost during November 2021 flooding on Highway 8 recovered on Sunshine Coast 14 months later

The Osprey Ranch sign, which was swept away by flooding near Spences Bridge in November 2021, takes a well-deserved rest after being found near Gibsons on the Sunhine Coast in January 2023, only a little the worse for wear after its long journey. (Photo credit: Submitted)
The Ashcroft ambulance station got more full-time positions in fall 2022. (Photo credit: Journal files)

Year in Review: Ashcroft Urgent and Primary Care Centre opens

Ashcroft also saw new full-time ambulance positions and a virtual doctor pilot program

The Ashcroft ambulance station got more full-time positions in fall 2022. (Photo credit: Journal files)
Detail of an entry in the 2022 Anonymous Art Show. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Anonymous Art Show and auction returning to Ashcroft HUB

Show is open to artists of all ages and ability levels

Detail of an entry in the 2022 Anonymous Art Show. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Power station on the Bonaparte River near Ashcroft, date unknown. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

In 1898, work starts on water and power plant for Ashcroft

Project hailed as excellent news: ‘Now look out for Ashcroft to grow’

Power station on the Bonaparte River near Ashcroft, date unknown. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
’The Chinese community at Keefers’ is the title of this 1885 photograph by Charles Macmunn. The community has long since vanished, but the station name ‘Keefers’ still exists along the CP line.

The Editor’s Desk: Down the rabbit hole

An innocent conversation leads to hours of fascinating research

’The Chinese community at Keefers’ is the title of this 1885 photograph by Charles Macmunn. The community has long since vanished, but the station name ‘Keefers’ still exists along the CP line.
BCWS woodland firefighters battling the Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton got some puppy love from one of Tricia Thorpe and Don Glasgow’s puppies on July 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Jamie von Sacken)

Year in Review 2: A few signs of hope in Lytton one year after fire

Residents still have more questions than answers about when they can return and rebuild

BCWS woodland firefighters battling the Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton got some puppy love from one of Tricia Thorpe and Don Glasgow’s puppies on July 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Jamie von Sacken)
Members of the Sage Sound Singers choir during one of their Christmas concerts on Dec. 17. More than 160 people attended the two performances, which also featured the Shine On singers children’s choir. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

‘Noah’ on track to be most popular baby name in B.C. in 2022

Benjamin, Charlotte, and Ava set to crack top-10 list of most popular baby names

Members of the Sage Sound Singers choir during one of their Christmas concerts on Dec. 17. More than 160 people attended the two performances, which also featured the Shine On singers children’s choir. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)