Barbara Roden

Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Snowflakes and pebbles

The world changes around us every day. People? Not so much.

Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)
The TNRD operated two Resiliency Centres in Kamloops last year, including this one at Northills Mall pictured in July 2021. The centres were open for a total of 143 days, while more than 60 TNRD staff logged more than 11,000 hours at the Emergency Operations Centre. (Photo credit: TNRD)

TNRD activates Emergency Operations Centre for the season

Later than usual flood risk could push flooding into fire season and present a challenge

The TNRD operated two Resiliency Centres in Kamloops last year, including this one at Northills Mall pictured in July 2021. The centres were open for a total of 143 days, while more than 60 TNRD staff logged more than 11,000 hours at the Emergency Operations Centre. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Emergency dispatchers can’t track your precise location when you use a cellphone, so be as specific as possible when telling the 9-1-1 dispatcher where you are. (Photo credit: E-Comm 9-1-1)

Take the 9-1-1 Pledge to avoid tying up emergency services

Know when —and when not — to call 9-1-1, and what to do if you accidentally ring them

Emergency dispatchers can’t track your precise location when you use a cellphone, so be as specific as possible when telling the 9-1-1 dispatcher where you are. (Photo credit: E-Comm 9-1-1)
A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)

Highway 1 closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge as proactive measure

Highway will remain closed until the morning of June 4 due to the potential for debris flows

A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)
Members of the Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association in Kamloops showing off their invasive weed pull spoils in 2020. This year’s Weed Pull Challenge gets underway on June 1 and runs through Aug. 31. (Photo credit: TNIPMC)

Weed Pull Challenge on through Aug. 31 to battle invasive plants

Groups throughout the TNRD encouraged to weed out invasive plants and compete for prizes

Members of the Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association in Kamloops showing off their invasive weed pull spoils in 2020. This year’s Weed Pull Challenge gets underway on June 1 and runs through Aug. 31. (Photo credit: TNIPMC)
A map shows the boundary (in red) of the restricted area around the Sparks Lake wildfire south of Clearwater. (Photo credit: Ministry of Forests)

Backcountry roads in Thompson-Okanagan will remain closed after 2021 wildfires

Closures were established in October 2021 and will continue during recovery efforts

A map shows the boundary (in red) of the restricted area around the Sparks Lake wildfire south of Clearwater. (Photo credit: Ministry of Forests)
It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)

The Editor’s Desk: Museum miscalculation

A new Royal B.C. Museum would be lovely, but now isn’t the time

It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)
Oxeye daisies look pretty, but they are an invasive species throughout the TNRD. (Photo credit: Pixabay/Wikimedia images)

Clinton and Clearwater among five communities joining invasive plant program

Residents now have free access to resources, including consultation and removal of invasive plants

Oxeye daisies look pretty, but they are an invasive species throughout the TNRD. (Photo credit: Pixabay/Wikimedia images)
A map from the B.C. River Forecast Centre shows the snowpack levels throughout the province as of May 1, 2022. (Photo credit: B.C. River Forecast Centre)

Colder than usual spring temperatures increase flood risks

Above-average snowpacks in many regions could lead to flooding if weather heats up fast

A map from the B.C. River Forecast Centre shows the snowpack levels throughout the province as of May 1, 2022. (Photo credit: B.C. River Forecast Centre)
How can you resist this face? Hamsters are one of the small animals available through the BC SPCA’s ‘Little Creatures, Big Hearts’ pay-as-you-can promotion through May 31. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)

BC SPCA holding special adoption event for some unusual potential pets

‘Little Creatures, Big Hearts’ promotion highlights small animals, birds, and reptiles

How can you resist this face? Hamsters are one of the small animals available through the BC SPCA’s ‘Little Creatures, Big Hearts’ pay-as-you-can promotion through May 31. (Photo credit: BC SPCA)
Gareth Smart is the new Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner. (Photo credit: TNRD)

New film commissioner looking forward to taking region to next level

Gareth Smart says film commissioner position is his dream job

Gareth Smart is the new Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner. (Photo credit: TNRD)
(from l) Marina Papais, new Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Gareth Smart, Gaurangi Benner-Tapia, and Matthias Sampson during a dramatic moment in ‘A Murder is Announced’ in Ashcroft in March 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Cache Creek resident is new Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner

Gareth Smart succeeds longtime Film Commissoner Victoria Weller later this month

(from l) Marina Papais, new Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Gareth Smart, Gaurangi Benner-Tapia, and Matthias Sampson during a dramatic moment in ‘A Murder is Announced’ in Ashcroft in March 2020. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay

An unexpected delight

Shopping in-store rather than online was fun, but first I had to get to the mall

Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay
The first train crosses the new controlled, temporary at-grade level crossing of Highway 1 at Tank Hill north of Lytton on Jan. 14. (Photo credit: MOTI)

Highway 1 reopened to traffic between Lytton and Spences Bridge

Highway still closed between Lytton and Hope, due to record snowfall and avalanche risk

The first train crosses the new controlled, temporary at-grade level crossing of Highway 1 at Tank Hill north of Lytton on Jan. 14. (Photo credit: MOTI)
A temporary one-lane Atcow bridge measuring 260-feet-long is being installed on Highway 1 at Jackass Mountain. (Photo credit: MOTI)

Highway 1 through Fraser Canyon scheduled to reopen mid-January

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and reduced speeds in some locations

A temporary one-lane Atcow bridge measuring 260-feet-long is being installed on Highway 1 at Jackass Mountain. (Photo credit: MOTI)
Route taken by a BC Hydro pole washed away west of Merritt by flooding in November 2021. (Photo credit: BC Hydro)

Hydro pole travels hundreds of kilometres from Nicola River to Boundary Bay

Broken pole found after being washed away following flooding on Highway 8 east of Merritt

Route taken by a BC Hydro pole washed away west of Merritt by flooding in November 2021. (Photo credit: BC Hydro)
Twilight (front) and Harold relaxing at home in Cache Creek after Twilight’s hair-raising adventure. (Photo credit: Angela Taylor)

The cat came back: Twilight returns to B.C. Interior home after 2 month disappearance

Twilight was found at highway rest stop miles from Cache Creek and turned in to PoCo SPCA

Twilight (front) and Harold relaxing at home in Cache Creek after Twilight’s hair-raising adventure. (Photo credit: Angela Taylor)
The TNRD has issued an evacuation order for 37 properties along Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: TNRD)

Evacuation order issued for 37 properties along Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge

Floodwaters threaten several properties and have severely damaged infrastructure along highway

The TNRD has issued an evacuation order for 37 properties along Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: TNRD)
The 1861 roadhouse at Historic Hat Creek, which some people believe to be haunted. (Photo: Barbara Roden)

A Hat Creek ghost story

An occurrence at Historic Hat Creek inspires a little Halloween ghost story

The 1861 roadhouse at Historic Hat Creek, which some people believe to be haunted. (Photo: Barbara Roden)
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When time stands still

Traditional watches might be on the way out in some quarters, but I’m lost without mine

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