Barbara Roden

Ashcroft Curling Club members held several work bees at the curling rink over the summer, making various repairs and improvements. Jim Duncan, Dwight Hodder, Al Stott, and Bruce Walker are pictured. (Photo credit: Hilda Jones)

Ashcroft Curling Club hopes to welcome new members this season

Registration for 2021/22 season starts at AGM on Sept. 9

Ashcroft Curling Club members held several work bees at the curling rink over the summer, making various repairs and improvements. Jim Duncan, Dwight Hodder, Al Stott, and Bruce Walker are pictured. (Photo credit: Hilda Jones)
The annual Climb for Alzheimer’s fundraiser is taking place from now through Sept. 21, and can be done anywhere in the province. (Photo credit: Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.)

Climb for Alzheimer’s and raise funds in your own backyard

From now until Sept. 21, hike or climb local trails to raise funds for a great cause

The annual Climb for Alzheimer’s fundraiser is taking place from now through Sept. 21, and can be done anywhere in the province. (Photo credit: Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.)
Susan Stager (l) and Barb Gyoba (seated) during their ‘Doughnuts for a Donation’ fundraiser for the Ashcroft fire department on July 28. (Photo credit: Anne McKague)

Dollars for doughnuts fundraiser a sweet deal for firefighters

Fundraiser nets more than $500 for Ashcroft fire department

Susan Stager (l) and Barb Gyoba (seated) during their ‘Doughnuts for a Donation’ fundraiser for the Ashcroft fire department on July 28. (Photo credit: Anne McKague)
Tyrone Laskey was nominated in 2020 as someone who has gone above and beyond for his community. Nominations are still being sought for this year, with nominees recognized in the <em>Journal</em> on Sept. 16. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Not too late to nominate those who have gone above and beyond

Nominees will be celebrated in the Sept. 16 issue of the Journal

Tyrone Laskey was nominated in 2020 as someone who has gone above and beyond for his community. Nominations are still being sought for this year, with nominees recognized in the <em>Journal</em> on Sept. 16. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
If Mr. Ed really could talk, he’d be telling Alan Young ‘Of course you shouldn’t be taking livestock dewormer to treat COVID-19. Even I know that, and I’m just a horse.’

The Editor’s Desk: You’re not a horse, y’all

The search for a miracle cure for COVID has set many people on a potentially dangerous quest

If Mr. Ed really could talk, he’d be telling Alan Young ‘Of course you shouldn’t be taking livestock dewormer to treat COVID-19. Even I know that, and I’m just a horse.’
Big Horn Auto Camp south of Spences Bridge, no date, showing the swimming pool, which was built in 1946. (Photo credit: Ben Bradley)

In 1946 the Big Horn Auto Camp near Spences Bridge gets a pool

Plus a fire in Lytton (1896), work on the Hope-Princeton (1946), and Ashcroft Museum news (1971)

Big Horn Auto Camp south of Spences Bridge, no date, showing the swimming pool, which was built in 1946. (Photo credit: Ben Bradley)
The Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft shortly after it was reported on July 12. For the first time since then, there are no evacuation alerts associated with the fire. (Photo credit: Tyler Fitzpatrick)

All evacuation alerts rescinded for Tremont Creek and Sparks Lake wildfires

Both fires classed as ‘being held’ as of Aug. 26

The Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft shortly after it was reported on July 12. For the first time since then, there are no evacuation alerts associated with the fire. (Photo credit: Tyler Fitzpatrick)
Joseph Zabotel went missing fromm his residence on Highway 99 between Cache Creek and Lillooet on Aug. 29. (Photo credit: RCMP)

Public’s help wanted in locating missing man between Cache Creek and Lillooet

Joseph Zabotel was last seen near his residence on Highway 99 on Aug. 29

Joseph Zabotel went missing fromm his residence on Highway 99 between Cache Creek and Lillooet on Aug. 29. (Photo credit: RCMP)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Overnight closures at Ashcroft Emergency Department for third consecutive weekend

Department will only be open from 8 am. to 10 p.m. this weekend

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
A participant in the Ashcroft HUB’s recent ‘Jurassic Park’ camp shows off one of her creations. There will be more kids’ camps at the HUB on Tuesday afternoons through Oct. 26. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)

It’s happening at the HUB with kids’ camps, workshops, and more

Plus registration is open for a new ‘Choose to Move’ program for those aged 65 and older

A participant in the Ashcroft HUB’s recent ‘Jurassic Park’ camp shows off one of her creations. There will be more kids’ camps at the HUB on Tuesday afternoons through Oct. 26. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)
A new edition of the free <em>BC Seniors’ Guide</em> is now available online and in a print edition. (Photo credit: Alzheimer Society of BC)

New, improved edition of free BC Seniors’ Guide now available

Guide is available in online and print editions and covers a wealth of services and programs

A new edition of the free <em>BC Seniors’ Guide</em> is now available online and in a print edition. (Photo credit: Alzheimer Society of BC)
The Tremont Creek wildfire near Walhachin as seen from McAbee on July 17, 2021. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)

The Editor’s Desk: The summer that wasn’t

We all hoped to be aboard the Freedom Express this summer, but that train barely left the station

The Tremont Creek wildfire near Walhachin as seen from McAbee on July 17, 2021. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)
Supports are available for ranchers affected by this year’s wildfire season. (Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Variety of supports available for B.C. ranchers hit by wildfires

Financial and on-the-ground supports available, as well as one-on-one business liaison advisors

Supports are available for ranchers affected by this year’s wildfire season. (Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward/CP)
Members of the Desert Daze team with Marcie Down of Gold Country Communities Society (third from l) in July 2021, discussing plans to film some of this year’s festival. On Aug. 22 it was announced that the festival would have to be cancelled for the second year in a row. (Photo credit: Desert Daze/Facebook)

Desert Daze music festival cancelled due to wildfires, COVID

Fires in the region were already causing concern, but new COVID restrictions dealt final blow

Members of the Desert Daze team with Marcie Down of Gold Country Communities Society (third from l) in July 2021, discussing plans to film some of this year’s festival. On Aug. 22 it was announced that the festival would have to be cancelled for the second year in a row. (Photo credit: Desert Daze/Facebook)
An undated photograph from c. 1946 shows the Harper’s Mill millstones beside the historic freight wagon in Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

Golden Country: The end comes for Harper’s Mill, not with a bang but a whimper

The mill is long gone, but a piece of its history remains near the site for those with keen eyes

An undated photograph from c. 1946 shows the Harper’s Mill millstones beside the historic freight wagon in Ashcroft. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
A map issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows areas on evacuation order (red), alert (yellow), and all clear (green) as of Aug. 22. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Interior B.C. fires show little activity as cooler temperatures, precipitation bring relief

Several evacuation orders and alerts have been downgraded, with more expected in coming days

A map issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows areas on evacuation order (red), alert (yellow), and all clear (green) as of Aug. 22. (Photo credit: TNRD)
An evacuation order near Barnes Lake, issued due to the Tremont Creek wildfire on July 14, has been rescinded to an evacuation alert as of Aug. 20. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Some evacuation orders downgraded to alerts for Tremont Creek and Lytton Creek fires

Two properties near Barnes Lake, and 656 in Lower Nicola, now on alert instead of order

An evacuation order near Barnes Lake, issued due to the Tremont Creek wildfire on July 14, has been rescinded to an evacuation alert as of Aug. 20. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

More overnight closures at Ashcroft Emergency Department

Department will only be open from 8 am. to 10 p.m. this weekend

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Sign on the ambulance station in Ashcroft, August 2020. The station is one of two dozen in the province that will be staffed 24/7, in a reversal of a decision made in June 2021 that would have seen the station reduced to only eight hours of in-station staffing (and 16 hours of on-call staffing) each day. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft ambulance station to become 24/7 ALPHA station

Announcement reverses decision made in June that would have reduced service in Ashcroft

Sign on the ambulance station in Ashcroft, August 2020. The station is one of two dozen in the province that will be staffed 24/7, in a reversal of a decision made in June 2021 that would have seen the station reduced to only eight hours of in-station staffing (and 16 hours of on-call staffing) each day. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Canadian Tire has signed an investment agreement with Ashcroft Terminal (pictured), the province’s largest inland port. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Terminal)

Ashcroft Terminal signs investment agreement with Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire acquires 25 per cent equity interest in inland port near Ashcroft

Canadian Tire has signed an investment agreement with Ashcroft Terminal (pictured), the province’s largest inland port. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Terminal)