Keith McNeill

Charlotte Smith looks like an authentic Valkyrie as she takes part in the annual Birch Leg cross-country ski event at Clearwater’s Candle Creek trails on Feb. 7 (note her wooden skis). A good-sized crowd

Vikings go wild

Taking part in annual Birch Leg cross-country ski event in Clearwater, B.C.

Charlotte Smith looks like an authentic Valkyrie as she takes part in the annual Birch Leg cross-country ski event at Clearwater’s Candle Creek trails on Feb. 7 (note her wooden skis). A good-sized crowd
This event in the Sportsplex was one of several held in the community as part of Clearwater’s Winter Festival Jan. 29 - Feb. 1.

Skating With Disney at the Sportsplex

Event one of several held in community as part of Clearwater’s Winter Festival Jan. 29 - Feb. 1

This event in the Sportsplex was one of several held in the community as part of Clearwater’s Winter Festival Jan. 29 - Feb. 1.

Harper Creek project accepted for 180-day environmental review

Another step forward in the development of Yellowhead Mining's Harper Creek Project

Upper Clearwater resident Steve McIntosh (l) talks with Carol Schaffer

Art show features North Thompson artists

The show at the new Dutch Lake Community Centre in Clearwater will continue until Feb. 28

Upper Clearwater resident Steve McIntosh (l) talks with Carol Schaffer
Simpcw First Nation band councillor Fred Fortier presents a ceremonial drum to Barriere mayor Virginia Smith during a community-to-community forum held in Clearwater on Friday. The meeting was one of a series held over the past few years to improve communication and coordination between all local governments in the North Thompson Valley

North Thompson leaders report during community-to-community forum

Representatives from all North Thompson Valley local governments, including Simpcw First Nation and TNRD

Simpcw First Nation band councillor Fred Fortier presents a ceremonial drum to Barriere mayor Virginia Smith during a community-to-community forum held in Clearwater on Friday. The meeting was one of a series held over the past few years to improve communication and coordination between all local governments in the North Thompson Valley

New passing lane planned for Darfield

Highway 5 from Little Fort to Barriere is highway department’s top priority for passing lanes in area

A satellite map from Yellowhead Mining shows the location of its proposed Harper Creek open pit copper mine southwest of Vavenby.

Yellowhead’s environmental assessment application accepted for review

This is a step forward for the Yellowhead Mining company's Harper Creek Project

A satellite map from Yellowhead Mining shows the location of its proposed Harper Creek open pit copper mine southwest of Vavenby.
Consultant Sarah Matthews speaks with District of Clearwater Mayor John Harwood at a gathering of about two dozen people last Wednesday evening. The meeting was held at the Rivermount Cafe near Little Fort to announce funding from the Ministry of Health to complete a feasibility study for the North Thompson Hospice House Society.

Feasibility study underway for Hospice House in Little Fort

Does the North Thompson Valley need a dedicated hospice facility?

Consultant Sarah Matthews speaks with District of Clearwater Mayor John Harwood at a gathering of about two dozen people last Wednesday evening. The meeting was held at the Rivermount Cafe near Little Fort to announce funding from the Ministry of Health to complete a feasibility study for the North Thompson Hospice House Society.
North Thompson Fall Fair Vice-Ambassador Lee Dionne of Barriere helps out at the cookie decorating table during the annual Christmas Tree Light-Up at the Wells Gray Infocentre. Other events included a visit by Santa

North Thompson Fall Fair Ambassador attends Christmas in Clearwater

Tree lighting, a visit by Santa, story-telling, carol singing and tree decorating on agenda

North Thompson Fall Fair Vice-Ambassador Lee Dionne of Barriere helps out at the cookie decorating table during the annual Christmas Tree Light-Up at the Wells Gray Infocentre. Other events included a visit by Santa

Conservatives should push for carbon fee-and-dividend

International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases latest report

Below: (L-r) Tim Pennell and Trevor Goward watch as Upper Clearwater artist Doris Laner draws for the second prize in this year’s Wells Gray World Heritage treasure hunt.  The winner

Second prize drawn in this year’s Wells Gray World Heritage treasure hunt

The winner, Karin Haterkorn of Hamburg, Germany, gets her choice of six paintings

Below: (L-r) Tim Pennell and Trevor Goward watch as Upper Clearwater artist Doris Laner draws for the second prize in this year’s Wells Gray World Heritage treasure hunt.  The winner
Clearwater Midget hockey player #44 Cory Redman dekes to his right to get around a 100 Mile House player during one of two games at the Sportsplex earlier this month. Clearwater won both games with scores of 5-1 and 11-3

Clearwater Midgets beat 100 Mile House twice

Clearwater Midgets played two exhibition games against 100 Mile House at the Sportsplex

Clearwater Midget hockey player #44 Cory Redman dekes to his right to get around a 100 Mile House player during one of two games at the Sportsplex earlier this month. Clearwater won both games with scores of 5-1 and 11-3
John Harwood

Harwood re-elected as mayor of Clearwater

John Harwood has been re-elected as mayor of Clearwater for another four years

John Harwood
(L-r) TNRD Wells Gray Country director Tim Pennell makes the draw on Friday

Wells Gray treasure hunt winner named

First prize in this year’s Wells Gray World Heritage treasure hunt to Michael Shook

(L-r) TNRD Wells Gray Country director Tim Pennell makes the draw on Friday
Workers use a crane recently to install a sign for the Buy-Low store and shopping centre under construction next to Highway 5 in Clearwater. The new store is to open at the end of this month.

Clearwater’s new Buy-Low store gets sign

New Buy-Low store and shopping centre under construction in Clearwater, set to open at the end of this month

Workers use a crane recently to install a sign for the Buy-Low store and shopping centre under construction next to Highway 5 in Clearwater. The new store is to open at the end of this month.
Clearwater’s Cassie Gadoury with baby Carsyn MacDonald (age 14 months) checks out some wildcrafted herbs for sale by Little Fort’s Ron Rau.

Herbs for health in Little Fort

Wildcrafted herbs are offered for sale by Little Fort’s Ron Rau

Clearwater’s Cassie Gadoury with baby Carsyn MacDonald (age 14 months) checks out some wildcrafted herbs for sale by Little Fort’s Ron Rau.
Terry Hogg holds one of a crop of ginseng that he helped grow in a field south of Little Fort. The plants were grown under shade and took four years to reach harvesting size. Ginseng cultivation in the B.C. Interior collapsed a few years ago

Harvesting the all-round herb

Ginseng is being grown in a field south of Little Fort

Terry Hogg holds one of a crop of ginseng that he helped grow in a field south of Little Fort. The plants were grown under shade and took four years to reach harvesting size. Ginseng cultivation in the B.C. Interior collapsed a few years ago
Hans Straub wheels a load of firewood into the woodshed at the back of Clearwater ski lodge on Sunday. He was a member of a good-sized work-bee that came together to get the facility ready for another ski season.  Wells Gray Outdoor Club also held a work-bee on the weekend to prepare the Candle Creek country-ski trails.

Getting ready for ski season in the Upper North Thompson Valley

Clearwater Ski Hill gets a cleanup in readiness for the upcoming ski season

Hans Straub wheels a load of firewood into the woodshed at the back of Clearwater ski lodge on Sunday. He was a member of a good-sized work-bee that came together to get the facility ready for another ski season.  Wells Gray Outdoor Club also held a work-bee on the weekend to prepare the Candle Creek country-ski trails.
Top - Clearwater-Blue River school trustee John Harwood confers with Rhonda Kershaw

Enrolment up at Barriere Secondary

Barriere Secondary School is one of several in School District 73 that saw its enrolment go up

Top - Clearwater-Blue River school trustee John Harwood confers with Rhonda Kershaw
WildsafeBC provincial coordinator Frank Ritcey sets up an enclosure to demonstrate the proper way to use bear fencing. He gave the talk at the Wells Gray Infocenter on Sept. 4.

Electric fencing offers option to control problem bears

“Any bear that touches an electric fence, chances are they’re leaving town:” Ritcey

WildsafeBC provincial coordinator Frank Ritcey sets up an enclosure to demonstrate the proper way to use bear fencing. He gave the talk at the Wells Gray Infocenter on Sept. 4.