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Volunteers unloaded a donation of water to the Ashcroft Fire Department on July 16. (back row, from l) Raylene Jones, Sue Peters. (front row) Julie Ells, Jackie Berkey, Deb Tuohey, Esther Lang, unidentified helper, Stan Aie. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ashcroft COVID vaccine clinic cancelled due to wildfire risks

Clinic will be rescheduled for a later date when wildfire threats have receded

 

Lytton evacuees gather near Kumsheen ShchEma-meet School for a tour of the town on July 9, 2021. Organizers in Ashcroft are looking for donations of gift cards and gift certificates — particularly gas cards — for evacuees. (Photo credit: Edith Loring Kahunga)

Local organizations gathering gift cards for Lytton evacuees

Gas cards are particularly needed for Lytton evacuees in the Ashcroft/Cache Creek area

 

Ranchers and farmers are encouraged to register with the free Premises ID program for their livestock. (Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Ranchers, livestock operators urged to register with Premises ID

Some 200 ranchers were helped by the program during the 2017 wildfire season

 

Group swim lessons are now available at the Ashcroft pool starting July 13. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Three sessions of group swim lessons available at Ashcroft pool

Plus watering restrictions, open gyms, a closed rifle range, and more

Group swim lessons are now available at the Ashcroft pool starting July 13. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Volunteers from the Spences Bridge Community Club have planted 215 marigolds beside the memorial wall at Clemes Hall, to remember and honour the 215 children whose remains were recently found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School. The flowers are also in remembrance of all the other children who never came home, as well as all residential school survivors. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)

Spences Bridge volunteers plant marigolds in memory of residential school students

215 marigolds have been planted by the memorial wall at Cleme Hall

Volunteers from the Spences Bridge Community Club have planted 215 marigolds beside the memorial wall at Clemes Hall, to remember and honour the 215 children whose remains were recently found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School. The flowers are also in remembrance of all the other children who never came home, as well as all residential school survivors. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)
The popular Soccer Quest skills camp is coming back to Ashcroft in July, for players of all skill levels aged six to 12. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

A pancake breakfast, soccer camp, hiking Bingo, and more

With COVID restrictions easing, there are lots of activities for all ages coming to the area

The popular Soccer Quest skills camp is coming back to Ashcroft in July, for players of all skill levels aged six to 12. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Lilly, one of the Ashcroft Better at Home friendly visitors, says thanks to all the courteous drivers who slow down and give her a wide berth while she’s out and about on village roads. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendal)

Drop-in-clinics for first vaccines coming to Cache Creek, Clinton

No appointment is necessary for anyone wanting to get their first COVID-19 vaccine

Lilly, one of the Ashcroft Better at Home friendly visitors, says thanks to all the courteous drivers who slow down and give her a wide berth while she’s out and about on village roads. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendal)
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service set up a live trap on Ben McGuffie’s property on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy Ben McGuffie

B.C. winery operator throws rock to protect his goats from menacing grizzly

The big bears are rare for Quadra Island, especially in the populated areas

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service set up a live trap on Ben McGuffie’s property on Quadra Island. Photo courtesy Ben McGuffie
The Desert Daze Music Festival in Spences Bridge (a vendor at the 2018 festival is pictured here) is planning to return this year, a month late than usual, with musicians, vendors, workshops, and more. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Desert Daze plans live return to Spences Bridge this summer

Plus mandala workshops, drive-in movies, and more

The Desert Daze Music Festival in Spences Bridge (a vendor at the 2018 festival is pictured here) is planning to return this year, a month late than usual, with musicians, vendors, workshops, and more. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe

VIDEO: Whales appear during Indigenous ceremony for 215 children in Campbell River

‘Our ancestors wouldn’t appear if we weren’t doing things in a good way’ — Cory Cliffe

A pod of orcas joined the 7 Generation Steward Society at the Tyee Spit singing in memorial for the 215 children found in Kamloops. Photo courtesy Cory Cliffe
DodgeBow sessions at the Ashcroft HUB on Thursday nights have now been opened up to adults. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)

DodgeBow sessions for adults now running at the Ashcroft HUB

Plus tickets are selling fast for the South Cariboo Sportsmen Association raffle

DodgeBow sessions at the Ashcroft HUB on Thursday nights have now been opened up to adults. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)
Ashcroft Library branch head Deanna Porter with some of the items available in the library’s book sale, which continues through June 16. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Lights, camera, action! New feature film shooting in Ashcroft

‘Death Pursuit’ will be filming in downtown Ashcroft between now and June 8

Ashcroft Library branch head Deanna Porter with some of the items available in the library’s book sale, which continues through June 16. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Gold Country Communities Society’s two geocaching guides are now available — for free! — at a number of local venues, such as Junctions Coffee House in Cache Creek (pictured). (Photo credit: GCCS)

Get set for adventure with free Gold Country geocaching guides

Two guidebooks contain information, history, and photographs of more than 150 regional sites

Gold Country Communities Society’s two geocaching guides are now available — for free! — at a number of local venues, such as Junctions Coffee House in Cache Creek (pictured). (Photo credit: GCCS)
The Ashcroft pool doesn’t open until May 22, but it’s open now for people to purchase passes and register for lessons. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Basketball and DodgeBow sessions coming to the Ashcroft HUB

The HUB will also be holding drop-in activities for senioes every Monday starting May 31

The Ashcroft pool doesn’t open until May 22, but it’s open now for people to purchase passes and register for lessons. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Loon Lake artist Susanne Kavalec has created “We (heart) Loon Lake” signs, and will also make custom signs for anyone who would like them personalized, or with the name of another community. (Photo credit: Facebook)

Ashcroft residents can have input on village’s burning bylaw

Plus a clean-up day in Cache Creek, customized signs from a Loon Lake artist, and more

Loon Lake artist Susanne Kavalec has created “We (heart) Loon Lake” signs, and will also make custom signs for anyone who would like them personalized, or with the name of another community. (Photo credit: Facebook)
An artist’s rendering shows the new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, which is set to open in summer 2022. (Photo credit: Royal Inland Hospital Foundation)

A market, music, mandalas, dinner, dancing and more coming up

There’s something for almost everyone coming to our region in the next few weeks

An artist’s rendering shows the new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, which is set to open in summer 2022. (Photo credit: Royal Inland Hospital Foundation)
Ashcroft Communities in Bloom’s plant swap is on now, outside 210 Brink Street in Ashcroft. Anyone with extra plants is encouraged to bring them down (suitably boxed/bagged and labelled) and leave them, and those looking for plants can come and browse and take what they want. A donation box is at the site. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Give it your best shot: village looking for great Ashcroft pics

Plus Cache Creek market opening, weight loss boot camp, sani-dump open, and more

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom’s plant swap is on now, outside 210 Brink Street in Ashcroft. Anyone with extra plants is encouraged to bring them down (suitably boxed/bagged and labelled) and leave them, and those looking for plants can come and browse and take what they want. A donation box is at the site. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission is looking for an unrenovated 1970s-style kitchen with cabinets overhanging a counter that looks into another room, similar to what’s pictured, for some location shooting in the area. (Photo credit: Thompson-Nicola Film Commission)

Community tax volunteers still accepting eligible clients

Plus Ashcroft Museum now open, street sweeping in Cache Creek, and looking for a 1970s kitchen

The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission is looking for an unrenovated 1970s-style kitchen with cabinets overhanging a counter that looks into another room, similar to what’s pictured, for some location shooting in the area. (Photo credit: Thompson-Nicola Film Commission)
Seed packets honouring Dr. Bonnie Henry and her mantra ‘Be kind, be calm, be safe’. (Photo credit: Paul Henderson/Black Press)

Seedy Sunday event and outdoor market in Clinton this weekend

Plus a change in venue for the Ashcroft COVID vaccine clinic starting April 26

Seed packets honouring Dr. Bonnie Henry and her mantra ‘Be kind, be calm, be safe’. (Photo credit: Paul Henderson/Black Press)
Ashcroft artist Royden Josephson created this poster for the Better at Home friendly visitors, who will be paying some calls while decked out in their Easter finery on April 4. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendall)

Friendly visitors will don Easter bonnets for April 4 parade

Plus Easter activity deadlines, the Easter Bunny is coming, surveys, markets, and more

Ashcroft artist Royden Josephson created this poster for the Better at Home friendly visitors, who will be paying some calls while decked out in their Easter finery on April 4. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendall)