Keith McNeill

Elijah Allen looks as if he is ready to plant a tree as he rides on a float.

Rotary announces May Day parade winners

About 200 people took part in annual May Day event in Clearwater

Elijah Allen looks as if he is ready to plant a tree as he rides on a float.
A youngster plays in front of the home Ernie Dee built east of Birch Island along the road to Vavenby.                                Photo courtesy of Chuck Dee

VALLEY VOICES: Ernie and Winnifred Dee were true pioneers

In about 1910 Ernie, age 15, began delivering supplies to the Moilliets’ store near Vavenby

A youngster plays in front of the home Ernie Dee built east of Birch Island along the road to Vavenby.                                Photo courtesy of Chuck Dee
(L-r) Canadian Rangers Dave Bjorkman, Tom Nickel, and Roger Beveridge from the 100 Mile House Canadian Ranger Patrol confirm the coordinates of their GPS before searching the banks of the Mad River. Bjorkman is a resident of Clearwater.                                Photo by 100 Mile House Canadian Ranger Patrol

Search continues for missing woman

Saskatchewan woman believed to have fallen into Raft River

(L-r) Canadian Rangers Dave Bjorkman, Tom Nickel, and Roger Beveridge from the 100 Mile House Canadian Ranger Patrol confirm the coordinates of their GPS before searching the banks of the Mad River. Bjorkman is a resident of Clearwater.                                Photo by 100 Mile House Canadian Ranger Patrol
Wells Gray Information Centre had more visitors than any other infocentre in British Columbia last year.                                Times file photo

Infocentre tops in B.C.

Wells Gray Infocenter was once again the busiest information centre last year, despite fires

Wells Gray Information Centre had more visitors than any other infocentre in British Columbia last year.                                Times file photo
A truck with a door panel that reads “Simpcw Resources - Security” sits in front of Kinder Morgan’s pumping station at McMurphy on Thursday afternoon - one of two trucks at the location. Security at several Trans Mountain sites in the North Thompson Valley appears to have been increased in the last few days.

Kinder Morgan beefs up security along pipeline

Simpcw First Nation members patrolling Trans Mountain’s pumping stations

A truck with a door panel that reads “Simpcw Resources - Security” sits in front of Kinder Morgan’s pumping station at McMurphy on Thursday afternoon - one of two trucks at the location. Security at several Trans Mountain sites in the North Thompson Valley appears to have been increased in the last few days.
A photo from BC Archives shows the former highway bridge across the Mad River. It is located upstream from the present highway bridge. A woman from Regina reportedly fell off the trestle portion of the bridge on Friday evening, May 11.

Woman missing near Mad River Rapids

Regina woman reportedly fell off of old Mad River trestle bridge, not been seen since

A photo from BC Archives shows the former highway bridge across the Mad River. It is located upstream from the present highway bridge. A woman from Regina reportedly fell off the trestle portion of the bridge on Friday evening, May 11.
Military joins search for missing woman swept away in B.C. river

Military joins search for missing woman swept away in B.C. river

Saskatchewan woman reportedly fell off of old Mad River trestle bridge, not been seen since

Military joins search for missing woman swept away in B.C. river
Little Fort team consisting of (l-r) Hector Denton, Donna Smith, Adrienne Campbell and Ernie Yungen placed first (gold medal) in the threes in the carpet bowling Provincials held in Prince George recently. “Had a great time,” said Campbell.

PHOTO: Little Fort team wins provincial gold

Event was held in Prince George with about 100 participants

Little Fort team consisting of (l-r) Hector Denton, Donna Smith, Adrienne Campbell and Ernie Yungen placed first (gold medal) in the threes in the carpet bowling Provincials held in Prince George recently. “Had a great time,” said Campbell.
Nathan Matthew is chief of Simpcw First Nation, which is primarily located in the North Thompson Valley north of Kamloops.

Simpcw troubled by Lheidli T’enneh Treaty process

Traditional territories of bands from North Thompson and Prince George have considerable overlap

Nathan Matthew is chief of Simpcw First Nation, which is primarily located in the North Thompson Valley north of Kamloops.
A Clearwater player (l) challenges a Barriere player for the ball during a game at Clearwater Secondary School on Friday afternoon, May 4. Clearwater was to play again at 4 p.m. vs Hope while Barriere’s next game was against Westsyde at 5 p.m. - both at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Clearwater soccer girls host tournament

12-team event underway now (Friday and Saturday) at CSS and DLCC

A Clearwater player (l) challenges a Barriere player for the ball during a game at Clearwater Secondary School on Friday afternoon, May 4. Clearwater was to play again at 4 p.m. vs Hope while Barriere’s next game was against Westsyde at 5 p.m. - both at Dutch Lake Community Centre.
UPDATE: Truck driver dead after semi goes off Highway 5 near Vavenby

UPDATE: Truck driver dead after semi goes off Highway 5 near Vavenby

No other persons or vehicles involved in crash, which occurred early Tuesday morning

UPDATE: Truck driver dead after semi goes off Highway 5 near Vavenby
Map shows the existing Little Fort fire protection service area at the bottom, and the Blackpool fire protection area at the top. The properties in the middle along Highway 5 in the Roundtop area (marked in yellow) would join with Little Fort under the proposal. Eventally, both fire departments could be amalgamated into one.

Fate of Little Fort fire department goes to petition

Property owners to be asked to sign and send in petition forms to TNRD

Map shows the existing Little Fort fire protection service area at the bottom, and the Blackpool fire protection area at the top. The properties in the middle along Highway 5 in the Roundtop area (marked in yellow) would join with Little Fort under the proposal. Eventally, both fire departments could be amalgamated into one.
Simpcw support pipeline project

Simpcw support pipeline project

First Nation which claims one-third of pipeline route is in favour of Kinder Morgan’s project

Simpcw support pipeline project
Members of the Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department line up for a team photo during an open house held Sunday, April 22 to show off the new firehall addition to the community hall (visible on the left). Pictured are (back, l-r) Peter Mauch, Wyatt Braaten, Duncan McGrath, Shane Pittman, (front, l-r) Chris Jim, Al Crane, Kam Jim, Libby Toman, Jackie Johnson, and Shane Andrews.

TNRD plans fire service information meeting

Meeting on Monday evening in Little Fort Hall will look at whether TNRD should take over service

Members of the Little Fort Volunteer Fire Department line up for a team photo during an open house held Sunday, April 22 to show off the new firehall addition to the community hall (visible on the left). Pictured are (back, l-r) Peter Mauch, Wyatt Braaten, Duncan McGrath, Shane Pittman, (front, l-r) Chris Jim, Al Crane, Kam Jim, Libby Toman, Jackie Johnson, and Shane Andrews.
Coach Dave Whelan prepares to take a hit as Mason Wadlegger comes in with a rugby ball during a practice at Clearwater Secondary School on Wednesday, April 11. Junior and senior rugby players from CSS are once again teaming up with those from Barriere to form the North Thompson Spartans.

Spartans starting rugby season

Rugby players from Clearwater and Barriere secondary schools are joining forces

Coach Dave Whelan prepares to take a hit as Mason Wadlegger comes in with a rugby ball during a practice at Clearwater Secondary School on Wednesday, April 11. Junior and senior rugby players from CSS are once again teaming up with those from Barriere to form the North Thompson Spartans.
Valley Voices: Father and son celebrate milestones

Valley Voices: Father and son celebrate milestones

There were 55 families at the Clearwater Sikh temple at one time but now there are only five or six

Valley Voices: Father and son celebrate milestones
Chu Chua resident Sid Jules rides next to Highway 5 between Vavenby and Clearwater on Sunday as he takes part in the Secwepemc Run for Clean Water. About 20 people started out in relays riding from Valemount the day before. They expect to finish in Kamloops on Tuesday.

Cycle relay seeks to raise pipeline awareness

The relay began in Valemount on Saturday, March 17 and will end in the Kamloops on Tuesday

Chu Chua resident Sid Jules rides next to Highway 5 between Vavenby and Clearwater on Sunday as he takes part in the Secwepemc Run for Clean Water. About 20 people started out in relays riding from Valemount the day before. They expect to finish in Kamloops on Tuesday.
Albert Venor is president of the Blue River Powder Packers snowmobile club.                                Photo by Keith McNeill

Snowmobiling should get equal footing

Blue River Powder Packers president presents case for reviewing closures

Albert Venor is president of the Blue River Powder Packers snowmobile club.                                Photo by Keith McNeill
Pierre Trottier very nearly lost his life when his pickup went into the North Thompson River in mid-January.

Man survives truck going into river in winter

Seven-month-old border collie dies 15 hours after crash

Pierre Trottier very nearly lost his life when his pickup went into the North Thompson River in mid-January.
A suspicious-looking bump is the only indication that that there is a vehicle in the North Thompson River.

Workers recover pickup from river

Vehicle had been in North Thompson River since mid-January

A suspicious-looking bump is the only indication that that there is a vehicle in the North Thompson River.