The Cache Creek Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 4. Photo: Barbara Roden

Local News Briefs

A spring extravaganza, the Cache Creek market, a soccer tournament, water restrictions, and more

Cache Creek water notice

The Village of Cache Creek is asking all users of the Village’s water system to voluntarily restrict their water usage until Friday, May 10 while repairs to the water system are carried out. The Village thanks everyone for their cooperation.

Cache Creek Market

The Cache Creek Market starts it outdoor season on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot beside Chums Restaurant. Opening day is free for vendors, and anyone who needs to rent a table or a pop-up shelter ($5 each per week) needs to contact Wendy Coomber ahead of time to make arrangements; you can do so via the Facebook page (Cache Creek Market).

Note to vendors: opening day is usually busy, so arrive early for set-up and to get a good spot.

Spring Extravaganza at the HUB

Come one, come all to the Spring Extravaganza at the Ashcroft HUB from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. There will be a vendors’ market, food trucks, carnival games, a cake walk, Gryphon Hollow horses, a “pie in the face” contest, a free screening of the movie Madagascar 3, and more. Admission is free

Invitational soccer tournament

If you’re at the HUB Extravaganza on May 4, walk up Government Street and take in some of the action at the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association U10/U13 invitational tournament, which runs at the Ashcroft pool park May 3–5. Cheer on teams from Ashcroft and area, Lytton, Clinton, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Clearwater, Merritt, and Barriere, and enjoy the concession all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as bouncy castles for the kids on Sunday.

Water Week colouring contest

Children and youth aged four through 12 who live within the boundaries of the Village of Ashcroft are reminded to colour and submit the colouring sheet that was distributed to all Ashcroft residents as part of the Village’s Water Week package last week. There are three age categories (4 to 6 years; 7 to 9 years; and 10 to 12 years), with the winners in each category receiving an individual season pool pass to the Ashcroft pool and a $20 Ashcroft Bucks certificate, redeemable at almost all downtown Ashcroft businesses.

Please submit the completed page to the Village office (601 Bancroft Street) by 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Winners will be announced at the council meeting on May 13. If you did not receive a Water Week package or colouring sheet, they can be obtained at the Village office.

Historic Kamloops newspapers now digitized

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library is pleased to announce that the Thompson-Nicola Historical Newspaper Digitization Project—or the NewsHound—has been updated with new content. The 1909–1972 Kamloops Daily Sentinel and 1914–1924 Kamloops Standard have recently been digitized from microfilm collections through the support of project partners Kamloops Museum & Archives, TRU Library, and the TNRL, with a grant provided by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s BC History Digitization Program.

Since its inception, the NewsHound project has been made possible through the assistance of local newspaper publishers, museums, archives, regional governments, and universities. Usage is steadily increasing as content is made freely available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the TNRL website.

The Kamloops Daily Sentinel, also known as the Inland Sentinel, was one of the longest-running newspapers in the region, spanning from the 1880s to 1987. Along with the Kamloops Standard, it documented the area’s history as a “gateway” and financial centre by virtue of its railways, rivers, and highways.

Visit the NewsHound and search its archives at

Federal, B.C. governments commit to continue northern bus service

Canada’s and British Columbia’s transportation ministers have made a joint commitment to continue BC Bus North, the transportation service that connects B.C.’s northern and rural communities. The B.C. government launched BC Bus North on June 4, 2018 as an interim solution just days after Greyhound discontinued the majority of its northern bus routes. While details of the joint federal-provincial commitment are worked out, the Province has extended the interim service to September 2019.

BC Bus North is comprised of a fleet of four 44-seat highway coaches, and has four routes running west, north, and east from Prince George covering 2,000 kilometres. The service covers nearly 7,000 kilometres every week, and more than 4,500 people have ridden on BC Bus North since the service began, with 20 per cent indicating they were travelling for employment.

To learn more about BC Bus North, visit

Energy-saving improvement rebates

British Columbians making energy-saving improvements to their homes can save thousands of dollars with new CleanBC efficiency rebates. Provincial incentives to help people switch to high-efficiency electric heat pumps for space heating have increased by $1,000, bringing the total rebate to $3,000, with additional incentives available in some municipalities. Similar incentives to upgrade doors and windows also increased by $1,000, bringing the total rebate for those upgrades to $2,000, and homeowners can also apply for up to $700 in incentives for highest efficiency natural gas furnaces..

The CleanBC plan provides up to $14,100 for a home and up to $220,000 for a commercial business to switch to high-efficiency heating equipment and to make building envelope improvements, while saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases. For program details, including specifics on how to apply for rebates, visit

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura ( is a website that bills itself as showcasing “Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations” from around the world. Now and then one of the sites is within striking distance of our region, so travellers might want to check it out next time they’re in the area.

Travellers heading south on the I-5 through Oregon might want to take a slight detour near Grant’s Pass and visit the Oregon Caves, which contain 15,000 feet of subterranean pathways that can be explored during 90-minute cave tours led by a forest ranger. The tours provide information about the formation, geology, and flora and fauna of the caves, which contain the River Styx, America’s only officially-designated underground “wild and scenic river”. During the summer, special off-trail cave tours teach participants more about the art of spelunking, or caving, as a recreational activity.

Those with claustrophobia can stay above ground and follow scenic hiking trails through the thousands of sprawling acres of old-growth forest near the caves, which boast some of the state’s largest and most magnificent Douglas fir trees, including the thickest Douglas fir tree in the state, which boasts a 13-foot diameter.

Guided tours are available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis from mid-spring to late-autumn. Self-guided tours are not allowed. For more information about the Oregon Caves, go to

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