Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Jati Sidhu at a recent barbecue hosted by his constituency office in Matsqui.

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Jati Sidhu at a recent barbecue hosted by his constituency office in Matsqui.

Local News Briefs: MP barbecue a success

Plus a roadway fatality near Clinton, Highland Valley mine tours, area concerts, and more.

Moonlight Movie in the Park

Interior Savings’ Moonlight Movie in the Park, which was cancelled due to the smoke, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 29 at the pool park in Ashcroft. There will be a concession available, and the movie — the animated hit Peter Rabbit — will be screened starting at dusk.

The event is by donation ($3 per person or $10 per family is suggested), with proceeds going to the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and round up the family for this fun-filled event. Remember that the evenings can be cool, so dress appropriately.

Fatal accident near Clinton

On Tuesday, August 21 at 11:36 a.m., Clinton RCMP responded to a vehicle incident on a forest service road. A logging truck had gone off the roadway and the driver of the vehicle was deceased.

Evidence gathered at the scene suggests that the driver may have had a medical incident prior to the vehicle leaving the roadway. At this time the BC Coroners Service has conduct of the investigation, and the RCMP will not be releasing any further information.

The Ghostly Hounds at UniTea

The Ghostly Hounds combines strings, horns, and powerful vocals to create a dark, jazzy sound. Currently based out of Montréal and often on the road, the band’s members hail from British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, and Massachusetts. The group self-produced their debut demos in November 2015, only a month after beginning to play together. They have toured Canada coast to coast, playing well over 100 shows from PEI to Vancouver Island.

The Ghostly Hounds will be at UniTea Tea Room and Café in Ashcroft on Thursday, August 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 at the door, and can be reserved by calling (250) 453-1145.

Saltwater Hank at The Packing House

The Packing House in Spences Bridge presents Saltwater Hank, whose songs will take you on a journey through the mountains of the Bulkley Valley to the Skeena, to the saltwater out west, down the coast, and eastbound to the Kootenays. His stories are inspired by the people, the land, and the water of the region he calls home.

The concert is on Friday, August 31, and dinner, dessert, and the concert costs $30 per person (tickets for dessert and the concert are $20 each). Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:15 p.m. To make a reservation, call (250) 458-2379.

Provincial CiB conference in Clinton and Cache Creek

The Villages of Clinton and Cache Creek will be sharing their story as part of the 15th annual B.C. Communities in Bloom Provincial Conference and Awards, September 14-15, 2018. The conference—“Regeneration After the Fire”—invites participants to come and see regeneration in action.

On September 14 there will be a welcome reception that will include community displays and a silent auction fundraiser for the B.C. CiB Society. On September 15 there will be morning sessions that will include presentations about the McAbee Fossil Beds, geocaching, the Clinton Community Forest, and wildfire recovery, while the afternoon will see a lunch in Cache Creek sponsored by the Cache Creek Beautification Society, presentations, and a bus tour of the area. A banquet dinner will be held in Clinton on September 15, with awards and trophies presented.

The conference and awards weekend is open to all. Registration, which includes all food and agenda events, is $130 per person (the banquet dinner on September 15 only is $40 per person). For more information contact Yvette May at (250) 459-7725, (250) 212-5506, or ymay@bcwireless.com; to register, go to https://www.bccib.ca/.

MP barbecue

Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui Fraser Canyon, would like to thank all those who joined him and his team on Sunday, August 19 at Matsqui Village Park for his office’s third annual Family Barbecue.

“It’s becoming a real tradition, and we’ve had people saying how much they look forward to it as part of their summer,” Sidhu said. “We were a little unlucky with the smoke affecting the air quality, but everyone who turned out had a great time—especially the kids.”

Sidhu’s staff estimates that at least 300 people attended the four-hour event, with guests being treated to hot dogs, burgers and salads, cold drinks, and desserts. There were games and face painting for the younger attendees, and a bright pink tractor on loan from the Fraser Valley Antique Farm Machinery Association proved popular for photo opportunities.

Sidhu views this event as more than just food, fun, and photos: it’s a chance to get real-time feedback from his constituents.

“It’s crucial that people know their Member of Parliament is available and accessible,” he said. “Today the feedback was very positive, but I still meet people who’re always surprised with the assistance my staff and I can offer on a wide range of issues, including pensions, CRA questions, Service Canada inquiries, and immigration. I urge all my constituents to not hesitate in reaching out to my office for help with federal services.”

Food was once again provided by Valley Caterers with the extras—enough for about 50 people—later donated.

Fire Protection Service Areas

Following referendums in Loon Lake, McClure, and Green Lake, Fire Protection Service Areas have been approved for establishment in all three communities. As of January 1, 2019, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be administering fire protection services in those areas.

Public assent processes in both Tobiano and Little Fort approved the establishment of TNRD-administered fire protection services in those communities as well. These also take effect as of January 1, 2019.

Highland Valley mine tours

Free public tours of the Highland Valley copper mine continue every Wednesday through September beginning at 10 a.m. The tour lasts approximately three hours, and casual dress is recommended (no shorts). Due to safety regulations, children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the tour.

Pre-booking is required, so call ahead to 1-855-523-3429 to book your seat(s).

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura (www.atlasobscura.com) 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 visit.

Nine Mile Canyon—located about 125 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah—contains tens of thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs, and has been called the world’s longest art gallery. It stretches for more than 40 miles, so why it is called Nine Mile Canyon is something of a mystery to this day.

The oldest images were created by the ancient native people known as the Fremont, although later native groups, as well as 19th century settlers, added their own work to the canyon walls. Many of the images depict hunting scenes and local wildlife, such as bison, lizards, and birds, but some of the images are harder to identify, which has led to speculation that they show extraterrestrial visitors to the region (because why not?).

Halfway through the canyon are the remains of a town called Harper, which is now a ghost town but was formerly a stagecoach stop. The entire length of the canyon can be travelled by car, which makes the site accessible but brings with it the risk of erosion of the artworks from dust. The entire area is protected under the Antiquities Act, meaning that visitors can take pictures but cannot remove any artefacts they find.

For more information about Nine Mile Canyon and how to get there, go to http://bit.ly/2wpL5oV.