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Honouring Our Cowboys pow wow coming to Hat Creek Ranch

Bonaparte First Nation hosting three-day competition pow wow featuring drumming, dancing and more
Dancers from Bonaparte First Nation performed at Hat Creek Ranch in May 2022. A pow wow featuring dancing and drumming competitions, hosted by Bonaparte First Nation, will be taking place at the ranch from July 28-30. (Photo credit: Bonaparte First Nation)

Solar and energy storage project open house

Highland BC Solar Limited Partnership is proposing to build the Highland Solar project — which will include solar panels, a battery storage facility, access roads, and transmission lines — about 15 kilometres south of Ashcroft in TNRD Area “I”.

The Environmental Assessment Office is holding a public comment period on the Initial Project Description, which outlines major components of the project and the anticipated effects on environmental and human activities. There will be an in-person open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at the Logan Lake fire hall. A Zoom information session will be held on Monday, July 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; you can register, and find out more about the project, at

Paint in the Park playgroup

Ashcroft Early Years Provider is inviting kids to come play and paint in the park at Cache Creek Elementary School from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 14. There will be rock colouring, as well as face painting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a healthy snack will be provided; there will also be superhero juice for the adults.

The park has shaded spots, as well as a playground for the kids. Please bring water to drink.

Merritt Community Airport Day

The Community Airport Day is coming to Merritt Regional Airport (Saunders Field) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

Merritt is inviting everyone to come and celebrate the skies with pilots, planes visiting from all over B.C. (and beyond), helicopter rides, classic cars, the remote control club, food vendors, and more, including a paper airplane contest for kids. Admission is free.

Honouring Our Cowboys pow wow

Bonaparte First Nation is holding “Honouring Our Cowboys: St’uxwtews First Annual Pow Wow” at Historic Hat Creek Ranch from July 28-30. It is the first competition pow wow being hosted by Bonaparte FN in 10 years, and will feature drumming and dancing, as well as craft vendors and traditional food.

All are welcome to attend, with daily and weekend admission fees. For more information, or to inquire about being a craft or food vendor, text Shaunna Pierro at (250) 572-1457 or email

Kids’ floral arranging class

The Clinton Minor Sports Association is sponsoring floral arranging classes at Bubbles’ Blossom Design in Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 2. There will be a session for those aged 8 to 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, and a session for those aged 12 to 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. As the classes are being held indoors and there is limited space, the limit is six kids per session, although if there is enough interest another time slot could be added.

Jessica will guide students as they arrange their own vase of fresh flowers, as well as make wrapped bouquets which will be delivered to Clinton seniors. The cost is $10 per person, with the rest of the cost subsidized by Clinton Minor Sports.

The deadline for registration is July 26. To register, text Jessica at (250) 819-3359 or send a message to Bubbles’ Blossom Design on Facebook.

Clinton Country Artists

The Clinton Country Artists are holding their show and sale on Aug. 10 (5 to 9 p.m.), Aug. 11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Aug. 12 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Green Lake Snowmobile Club, 176 Green Lake S. Road.

The show and sale will feature baking, pottery, jewellery, bannock, and more, and a concession will be available. Be aware that there is no ATM at the site.

Summer hockey camp

Steel Training Company is holding summer hockey camps in Merritt for children and youth aged 6 through 15. There are three groups based on age, and the camps take place from Aug. 14-17 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

For more information, or to register, email, or go to

Volunteers needed

The Desert Daze Festival loves it volunteers, and is looking for some people who want to get involved in putting on the Best Little Fest in the West, taking place in Spences Bridge on Sept. 8-9. Anyone who volunteers four hours (or more) of their time will get a free weekend pass for the event.

For more information, go to

Drone danger

The BC Wildfire Service has put out a reminder about the danger of drones near wildfires. In a recent series of tweets, the service said that crews observed a drone near a wildfire start in the Vernon area on July 9.

Transport Canada prohibits the use of drones and any other aircraft not associated with fire suppression efforts. The consequences for anyone who does not comply are a maximum fine of $25,000 and up to 18 months in jail.

Drone activity near a wildfire can delay or halt efforts to put the blaze out. It also poses a safety risk for fire personnel attacking from the air.

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