Ken Platz has been protesting the lack of healthcare in Ashcroft since June.

Ken Platz has been protesting the lack of healthcare in Ashcroft since June.

2015 in REVIEW: July

A look back at 2015 from the pages of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.

Farewell Reception for Dr. Wood

Clinton said farewell to Dr. Douglas Wood, whose last day at the Clinton and District Health and Wellness Centre was July 13.

Clinton assisted living facility proposal submitted

After four years of preliminary work, the Clinton and District Assisted Living Society is one step closer to its goal of getting an assisted living facility located in Clinton.

Chairperson Judy Hampton says that a 160-page report regarding the “Clinton Supportive Seniors Project” was recently submitted to BC Housing, containing full details of the proposed facility. The Society would like to locate the 10–12 unit building on the old Clinton Elementary School playing field, which is Crown Land that is in the care of School District  74. The school was closed in June 2010.

Council unhappy with new school name

Ashcroft Council has lent its weight to the group opposing the new name for Ashcroft’s K-12 school.

The school board decided to change the name from Ashcroft Secondary School to Desert Sands Community School over the summer to reflect the addition of the elementary grades.

Ashcroft Council agreed to write to both the Gold Trail Board of Education and the Minister of Education, stating its “disappointment and displeasure with the Board’s choice of name for the only remaining school in our community.”

“The issue to me is the school is an integral part of this village, said Coun. Al Mertens.

The public was asked to choose from among five names, none of which had Ashcroft in them, he said. Ashcroft Community school was added near the end of the voting. “I think Council has a say because it affects our Village.”

The school board stated in November that the name would not be changed.

Cornwall lookout under threat

BC Parks announced plans to dismantle the historic fire lookout at the top of Cornwall Mountain in the fall of 2015, unless an organization or group of volunteers interested in maintaining the structure and holding liability for it steps forward.

Built in the late 1950s, the Cornwall fire lookout station was regularly used each summer until the early 1990s, after which it was only used if there was a fire risk in the area. By 1999 it was the only Forest Service Lookout Tower in the Kamloops Fire District that was still active, if only intermittently. The last time the lookout was used was during the 2003 wildfire in the Cornwall Hills.

$5.7 million announced for new plant

Ashcroft’s new Water Treatment Plant got a $5.7 million boost on July 31 when MLA Jackie Tegart, on the behalf of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced that the Village’s grant application had been accepted under the New Building Canada Fund’s  Small Communities Fund.

Under the infrastructure grant fund, the provincial and federal governments both contribute a third of the the project’s costs, leaving the Village to come up with the remaining $2,862,678. The total cost of the project is expected to be just over $8.5 million.