Ashcroft

‘It’s cauliflower, Jim, but not as we know it.’ White, orange, purple, and green cauliflower at Desert Hills Ranch, Ashcroft, August 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Desert Hills Ranch weathers challenging year for workers, crops

COVID-19, flooding, and a rainy summer season have all been obstacles to overcome in 2020

‘It’s cauliflower, Jim, but not as we know it.’ White, orange, purple, and green cauliflower at Desert Hills Ranch, Ashcroft, August 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual

Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual

Deteriorating Tingley Street apartment buildings cited during discussion at recent meeting

Ashcroft council votes to go ahead with tax sale as usual
Ashcroft council hopes to be able to twin the North Ashcroft reservoir, in part to be able to supply water to the Ashcroft Indian Band. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

Council to push North Ashcroft reservoir situation at UBCM

Twinning of existing reservoir seen as key infrastructure need for Ashcroft

Ashcroft council hopes to be able to twin the North Ashcroft reservoir, in part to be able to supply water to the Ashcroft Indian Band. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Residents of Ashcroft’s Best Street 2020, Cornwall Place, with Andrea Walker (centre) from Ashcroft’s Communities in Bloom. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom honours some bloomin’ good gardens

Even though the judges aren’t visiting this year, annual awards were recently given out

  • Jul 29, 2020
Residents of Ashcroft’s Best Street 2020, Cornwall Place, with Andrea Walker (centre) from Ashcroft’s Communities in Bloom. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
New elders’ centre (l) and fire pit at the Ashcroft Indian Band. Both the elders’ centre and the Band office (r) have new solar arrays. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Solar power array promises energy savings for Ashcroft Band

Solar arrays are now in place on roofs of elders’ residence, band office

New elders’ centre (l) and fire pit at the Ashcroft Indian Band. Both the elders’ centre and the Band office (r) have new solar arrays. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
At least nine positions in invasive species management are available for forestry sector workers in Ashcroft, Williams Lake, and Salmon Arm who were affected by mill curtailments in the region, such as the closure of West Fraser’s Chasm Mill north of Clinton. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

Invasive species work for those affected by mill curtailments

Job placements will help people in Ashcroft, Williams Lake, Salmon Arm

  • Jul 22, 2020
At least nine positions in invasive species management are available for forestry sector workers in Ashcroft, Williams Lake, and Salmon Arm who were affected by mill curtailments in the region, such as the closure of West Fraser’s Chasm Mill north of Clinton. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
An aerial photograph taken before the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire shows the site of the proposed new Boston Flats mobile home park. The former park, which was destroyed in 2017, can be seen to the west (right) of the site. (Photo credit: TNRD)

New 60-unit mobile home park planned for Boston Flats property

New site located to the west of former park that was destroyed by fire in 2017

An aerial photograph taken before the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire shows the site of the proposed new Boston Flats mobile home park. The former park, which was destroyed in 2017, can be seen to the west (right) of the site. (Photo credit: TNRD)
The Ashcroft Museum has several upcoming events, including an opportunity for people to contribute their memories of the community and region via video or audio. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft Museum plans walking tour, painting sessions, and more

One project seeks video and audio memories of Ashcroft and area

The Ashcroft Museum has several upcoming events, including an opportunity for people to contribute their memories of the community and region via video or audio. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The hot tub at the Ashcroft Pool, pictured in July 2020, has been closed for four seasons, but grant funding means that the Village can proceed with replacing the tub with a new and improved model. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Ashcroft receives grants to get new hot tub and lift station

‘The hot tub is a major benefit for many residents’

The hot tub at the Ashcroft Pool, pictured in July 2020, has been closed for four seasons, but grant funding means that the Village can proceed with replacing the tub with a new and improved model. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Swimmers at the Ashcroft Pool on opening day, July 4, 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Pool opening provides ‘return to normality’ in an uncertain time

Ashcroft Pool has opened its doors for a shortened summer season

Swimmers at the Ashcroft Pool on opening day, July 4, 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
On the set of The Twilight Zone in Ashcroft, Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Free screenings of ‘Twilight Zone’ episode filmed in Ashcroft

‘A Small Town’ was filmed in February, and is now available as part of TV show’s second season

On the set of The Twilight Zone in Ashcroft, Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary thrift store in Ashcroft (centre) has rented a storage container (r) to help them deal with an anticipated deluge of donations now that they have reopened. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Health Care thrift store thinks outside the box for reopening

Anticipating a deluge of donations, volunteers had to find a place to safely store items

The Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary thrift store in Ashcroft (centre) has rented a storage container (r) to help them deal with an anticipated deluge of donations now that they have reopened. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A gold pan containing gold from the Fraser River. (Photo credit: Mike Beauregard)

There’s gold on the river in Ashcroft if you know where to look

John Fair has been teaching how to pan for gold for many years, and guarantees gold in the first pan

A gold pan containing gold from the Fraser River. (Photo credit: Mike Beauregard)
A Project of Heart creation from a K-1 class in Comox, B.C. was a Heart Garden in honour of those who did not return from Indian Residential Schools. (Photo credit: Project of Heart)

Ashcroft Museum invites people to take part in ‘Project of Heart’

Participants will be able to decorate a tile for display in the museum

  • Jun 4, 2020
A Project of Heart creation from a K-1 class in Comox, B.C. was a Heart Garden in honour of those who did not return from Indian Residential Schools. (Photo credit: Project of Heart)
Village of Ashcroft announces appointment of new CAO

Village of Ashcroft announces appointment of new CAO

Daniela Dyck has accepted the position effective June 7

  • May 28, 2020
Village of Ashcroft announces appointment of new CAO
The opening of the Ashcroft Library announced in the Journal, Aug. 6, 1975. (Photo credit: Journal archives)

Public will have input on changes to interior of Ashcroft Library

Local libraries also offering new takeout service as they work toward reopening

The opening of the Ashcroft Library announced in the Journal, Aug. 6, 1975. (Photo credit: Journal archives)
Front page of the first existing issue of the B.C. Mining Journal (issue no. 2), May 16, 1895. (Photo credit: Journal archives)
Front page of the first existing issue of the B.C. Mining Journal (issue no. 2), May 16, 1895. (Photo credit: Journal archives)
The front page of the Journal for April 20, 1912 reported the sinking of the Titanic alongside a report on a visit to Ashcroft from someone from the Provincial Health Office. (Photo credit: Journal archives)

Journal 125 part 2: J.E. Knight, an early Journal editor, was also founder of the BC SPCA

Knight had prevention of cruelty to animals statute passed in province in 1895

The front page of the Journal for April 20, 1912 reported the sinking of the Titanic alongside a report on a visit to Ashcroft from someone from the Provincial Health Office. (Photo credit: Journal archives)
Journal editor and owner R.D. Cumming in his office, c. 1912. The safe behind him at right is still in the building, although in a different location, as the office is now unused. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)

Journal 125 part 3: A new editor with literary leanings takes over the paper

R.D. Cumming was the first of three generations of his family to own and edit the Journal

Journal editor and owner R.D. Cumming in his office, c. 1912. The safe behind him at right is still in the building, although in a different location, as the office is now unused. (Photo credit: Ashcroft Museum and Archives)
In 1895 a newcomer to Ashcroft decided to start a newspaper

In 1895 a newcomer to Ashcroft decided to start a newspaper

‘We came to Ashcroft to publish a Mining Journal and mind our own business’

In 1895 a newcomer to Ashcroft decided to start a newspaper