Jaime Polmateer

Bruce Chalmers is the new reverend for Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater as well as the Church of St. Paul in Barriere. Pictured, Chalmers enjoys the sunny morning outside Trinity Shared Ministry on July 15. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Clearwater and Barriere welcome new reverend

Clearwater and Barriere have a new reverend, Bruce Chalmers, who will do…

Bruce Chalmers is the new reverend for Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater as well as the Church of St. Paul in Barriere. Pictured, Chalmers enjoys the sunny morning outside Trinity Shared Ministry on July 15. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Reggie Wood recovers in BC Children’s Hospital shortly after his operation for Perthes disease. The Wood family has designed t-shirts to raise money for Reggie’s Fun Fund, as he’ll have to use a wheelchair and crutches for 12 to 18 months during his recovery and won’t be able to play like he’s used to. Photo submitted

Rocket Man Reg comes home from surgery

Reggie Wood has finished his surgery at BC Children’s Hospital, where he…

Reggie Wood recovers in BC Children’s Hospital shortly after his operation for Perthes disease. The Wood family has designed t-shirts to raise money for Reggie’s Fun Fund, as he’ll have to use a wheelchair and crutches for 12 to 18 months during his recovery and won’t be able to play like he’s used to. Photo submitted
(L-r) Richard and Grayson Onslow, sons of Blue River Community Garden coordinator Lee Onslow, pose for a spring photo in front of the newly built gazebo. Photos by Lee Onslow

How Blue River’s Community Garden bloomed into existence

For about six years now the Blue River Community Garden has seen…

(L-r) Richard and Grayson Onslow, sons of Blue River Community Garden coordinator Lee Onslow, pose for a spring photo in front of the newly built gazebo. Photos by Lee Onslow
The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) wants to help local charities apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The money is available to help groups support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, the NTCF board of directors: back row (l-r) Louise Lodge (director), Antoon Houben (vice chair), Gilles Leger (director), Rick Pesklevits (director), Franz Friesinger (chair) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (treasurer), Sandy Wetterstrom (grant chair), Lisa Leger (communications). Photo submitted

Community Foundation wants charities to apply for emergency funding

The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) is encouraging charitable organizations in the…

The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) wants to help local charities apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The money is available to help groups support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, the NTCF board of directors: back row (l-r) Louise Lodge (director), Antoon Houben (vice chair), Gilles Leger (director), Rick Pesklevits (director), Franz Friesinger (chair) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (treasurer), Sandy Wetterstrom (grant chair), Lisa Leger (communications). Photo submitted
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has recently been designated as a Safe Travel Destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Wells Gray Park has also seen an uptick in visitors since B.C. went into phase 3 of its restart plan and is now fully open to the public. Pictured, Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park, a popular tourist attraction. File photo

Thompson-Okanagan recognized as Safe Travel Destination

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been designated by the World…

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has recently been designated as a Safe Travel Destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Wells Gray Park has also seen an uptick in visitors since B.C. went into phase 3 of its restart plan and is now fully open to the public. Pictured, Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park, a popular tourist attraction. File photo
YCS seeks Home Share providers for Barriere and Clearwater areas

YCS seeks Home Share providers for Barriere and Clearwater areas

Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) is on the lookout for people willing to…

YCS seeks Home Share providers for Barriere and Clearwater areas
North Thompson Community foundation spreads the wealth from Barriere to Clearwater

North Thompson Community foundation spreads the wealth from Barriere to Clearwater

The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) succeeded in receiving a $30,000 grant…

North Thompson Community foundation spreads the wealth from Barriere to Clearwater
Stephen Quinn, TNRD director for Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters). File Photo

TNRD director pens letter to MP and MLAs about Blue River protesters

Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Area B (Thompson Headwaters), Stephen Quinn, is…

Stephen Quinn, TNRD director for Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters). File Photo
National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated with an online contest this year giving participants a chance to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society members Cheryl Thomas, (left) secretary, and Cindy Wilgosh, executive director, show off reusable produce bags that come as part of the secondary prize packs. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Indigenous Peoples Day goes online

Social Media contest from Barriere to Blue River – deadline June 19

National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated with an online contest this year giving participants a chance to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society members Cheryl Thomas, (left) secretary, and Cindy Wilgosh, executive director, show off reusable produce bags that come as part of the secondary prize packs. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Jeff Chase, president of the Central North Thompson Rod and Gun Club, stands outside the club’s gun range on May 24. Chase said he questions the motivation behind the federal government’s recent decision to ban 1,500 firearms in the country. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Rod and gun club president speaks up on gun ban

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement regarding a ban on 1,500 models of…

Jeff Chase, president of the Central North Thompson Rod and Gun Club, stands outside the club’s gun range on May 24. Chase said he questions the motivation behind the federal government’s recent decision to ban 1,500 firearms in the country. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Local lichenologist Trevor Goward, in red, and a few fellow enthusiasts check out some Horsehair Lichen on Trophy Mountian. The Horsehair Lichen came in third place for the National Lichen contest, which Goward had a hand in creating. Photo submitted

Upper Clearwater naturalist helps name national lichen

The votes are in for Canada’s proposed national lichen and the Star-tipped…

Local lichenologist Trevor Goward, in red, and a few fellow enthusiasts check out some Horsehair Lichen on Trophy Mountian. The Horsehair Lichen came in third place for the National Lichen contest, which Goward had a hand in creating. Photo submitted
Trans Mountain has begun work on its temporary worker accommodation site in Clearwater. The site is on schedule to be completed in July, with pipeline construction beginning shortly after. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Trans Mountain pipeline begins work in Clearwater

Workers for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have begun activities in Clearwater…

Trans Mountain has begun work on its temporary worker accommodation site in Clearwater. The site is on schedule to be completed in July, with pipeline construction beginning shortly after. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Tiny House Warriors group leader Amanda Soper stands in front of her truck that she said was stolen and rammed into one of the group’s houses during an April 19 attack on the group’s encampment. Facebook photo

RCMP launch investigation following alleged attack on Tiny House Warriors camp

‘They desecrated the memorial to the murdered and missing women’

Tiny House Warriors group leader Amanda Soper stands in front of her truck that she said was stolen and rammed into one of the group’s houses during an April 19 attack on the group’s encampment. Facebook photo
Former Clearwater resident and author Amber Cowie is publishing a new book, Loss Lake, scheduled to come out late this year. Cowie is also holding an event on March 26 at the Kamloops Library for her most recent release, Raven Lane, which came out last November. Photo submitted

North Thompson writer releases new book

Former Clearwater resident and author Amber Cowie is set to release a…

Former Clearwater resident and author Amber Cowie is publishing a new book, Loss Lake, scheduled to come out late this year. Cowie is also holding an event on March 26 at the Kamloops Library for her most recent release, Raven Lane, which came out last November. Photo submitted
The third annual Moose Hide campaign is taking place Feb. 24 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre. Pictured, organizer Cindy Wilgosh shows off one of the moose hides people can wear to signify commitment in honouring, respecting, and protecting women and children, which is the purpose of the campaign. File photo

Moose Hide campaign goes into third year

Event will be held at the Dutch Lake Community Centre on Feb. 24

The third annual Moose Hide campaign is taking place Feb. 24 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre. Pictured, organizer Cindy Wilgosh shows off one of the moose hides people can wear to signify commitment in honouring, respecting, and protecting women and children, which is the purpose of the campaign. File photo
The Wells Gray Riders Association is holding its third annual Skijoring Race on Feb. 29. This time around the event will have new age classes to accommodate participants as well as new races to take part in. Photo submitted

Third annual Skijoring Race in Clearwater features new race classes

The event will offer different race classes and categories for skijoring enthusiasts to choose from

The Wells Gray Riders Association is holding its third annual Skijoring Race on Feb. 29. This time around the event will have new age classes to accommodate participants as well as new races to take part in. Photo submitted
Alberta Venor, president of the Blue River Powder Packers Society. File photo

Blue River Powder Packers blocked from accessing popular riding areas

Snowmobile tourism group loses revenue over lack of notice from logging activity

Alberta Venor, president of the Blue River Powder Packers Society. File photo
Jenna Wilson, supported child development consultant with Yellowhead Community Services, will be running a new program for families with children who have exceptionalities. The program offers support for both parents and children and is free of charge. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

New group gives support to children with exceptionalities

Clearwater YCS is offering new support program for families with children who have exceptionalities

Jenna Wilson, supported child development consultant with Yellowhead Community Services, will be running a new program for families with children who have exceptionalities. The program offers support for both parents and children and is free of charge. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell. File photo

Clearwater mayor unimpressed with Forest Minister’s inaction on local tenure transfer

Mayor Merlin Blackwell says he’s ready to lead delegation to Victoria

Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell. File photo
Barriere residents (l-r) Steve Rainer, Mary MacLennan, Jordan Rainer, Carman Smith and Barb Smith wear Viking costumes while taking part in the Wells Gray Birchleg on Feb. 1. This year 39 people showed up to participate in the event. Photo by Keith McNeill.

Valhalla awaits in Clearwater

Barriere residents (l-r) Steve Rainer, Mary MacLennan, Jordan Rainer, Carman Smith and…

Barriere residents (l-r) Steve Rainer, Mary MacLennan, Jordan Rainer, Carman Smith and Barb Smith wear Viking costumes while taking part in the Wells Gray Birchleg on Feb. 1. This year 39 people showed up to participate in the event. Photo by Keith McNeill.