Stephanie Hagenaars

Barriere RCMP are seeking the arrest of Trevor James Richardson in relation to the allege theft of a dead person’s property. (Barriere RCMP)
Barriere RCMP are seeking the arrest of Trevor James Richardson in relation to the allege theft of a dead person’s property. (Barriere RCMP)
An aerial shot of the Bonaparte Lake area on the morning of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service)
An aerial shot of the Bonaparte Lake area on the morning of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service)
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. (File photo)

Rural B.C. emergency room to close overnight for days as staffing shortages plague hospital

Ambulances will take patients to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. (File photo)
Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., April 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward

Clearwater woman to get hearing after renewal for home insurance denied due to medical marijuana

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Jessica Derynck on July 29 denied an application by the respondents to have Lorelei Rogers’ complaint dismissed.

Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., April 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward
A group of kayakers make their way down the Clearwater River from the Kettle put-in area for an event for the Clearwater Kayak Festival held Aug. 7 to 9. Paddlers from all over gathered in Clearwater for the weekend festivities that included camping, live music, yoga and of course, whitewater kayaking. One paddler braved the rapids to perch himself on a rock to take photos of the paddlers as they went by. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

Kayaking the Clearwater River

A group of kayakers make their way down the Clearwater River from…

A group of kayakers make their way down the Clearwater River from the Kettle put-in area for an event for the Clearwater Kayak Festival held Aug. 7 to 9. Paddlers from all over gathered in Clearwater for the weekend festivities that included camping, live music, yoga and of course, whitewater kayaking. One paddler braved the rapids to perch himself on a rock to take photos of the paddlers as they went by. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
The Sparks Lake wildfire grew to the northeast over the weekend causing properties from Darfield to McLure, as well as the District of Barriere, to be on evacuation alert. (Screenshot / BC Wildfire Service dashboard)

Overnight rain in Interior welcomed, not enough to stop wildfire behaviour

Precipitation slowed down growth of fires and helped crews to manage and establish guards

The Sparks Lake wildfire grew to the northeast over the weekend causing properties from Darfield to McLure, as well as the District of Barriere, to be on evacuation alert. (Screenshot / BC Wildfire Service dashboard)
(District of Barriere Logo)

UPDATE: Evacuation alert in the District of Barriere rescinded

The notice is effective as of 8 a.m.

(District of Barriere Logo)
Sparks Lake wildfire on July 12, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)

Properties in TNRD, District of Barriere on evacuation alert due to Sparks Lake wildfire

The out-of-control wildfire is now estimated to be over 90,000 hectares

Sparks Lake wildfire on July 12, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)
Smoke from nearby fires mixed with a colourful sunset created a wispy texture in the sky Thursday night (Aug 12). (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

Wildfire near Raft River classified as ‘being held’

The fire is estimated to be 582 hectares in size

Smoke from nearby fires mixed with a colourful sunset created a wispy texture in the sky Thursday night (Aug 12). (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
The red-tailed hawk was released back into the wild on July 29. (Submitted photo)

Local family assists in hawk rescue

A red-tailed hawk is back out in the wild after a few…

The red-tailed hawk was released back into the wild on July 29. (Submitted photo)
(Razvan Dumitrasconiu / Unsplash)

Heat warning issued for North Thompson and 100 Mile regions

Daytime highs are expected to be in the mid-30s by Friday.

(Razvan Dumitrasconiu / Unsplash)
Sparks Lake wildfire on July 12, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)

Sparks and Young Lake wildfires have merged, BC Wildfire Service

The wildfires have merged on the north end of the Sparks Lake wildfire.

Sparks Lake wildfire on July 12, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service)
(File photo)

UPDATE: Motor vehicle incident reported near McDonald Summit on Highway 24

Emergency crews were called to the scene after a truck and its sole occupant went off the road.

(File photo)
More properties are under evacuation order from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops due to the Sparks Lake wildfire. (Submitted photo)

More evacuation orders from TNRD due to Sparks Lake wildfire

Properties in the Bonparte Provincial Park area are under an order to evacuate

More properties are under evacuation order from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops due to the Sparks Lake wildfire. (Submitted photo)
Seven properties in TNRD areas "E" and "J" are under an evacuation order. (Submitted photo)

More evacuation orders for Sparks Lake wildfire near Kamloops

TNRD properties in Electoral Areas “E” (Bonaparte Plateau) and “J” (Copper Desert Country) to evacuate

Seven properties in TNRD areas "E" and "J" are under an evacuation order. (Submitted photo)
Mike Wiegele died July 15, 2021, at age 82. (Mike Wiegele's Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)

Mike Wiegele, Blue River heli-skiing industry legend, dies at age 82

“He had an unparalleled passion for skiing (and) was a fearless entrepreneur.”

Mike Wiegele died July 15, 2021, at age 82. (Mike Wiegele's Helicopter Skiing / Facebook)
A helicopter was seen flying over the Clearwater River with a bucket July 14, the skies very smoky. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

Call a state of emergency over wildfires, Clearwater officials urge B.C. government

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell is calling on the B.C. government to declare…

A helicopter was seen flying over the Clearwater River with a bucket July 14, the skies very smoky. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
Helmcken Falls is a popular tourist destination in Wells Gray Park. (File photo)

Recovery in tourism will come with re-opened borders, says Wells Gray tourism manager

Government health officials confirmed that B.C. would be entering Phase 3 of…

Helmcken Falls is a popular tourist destination in Wells Gray Park. (File photo)
Another evacuation order has been issued due to the Sparks Lake wildfire. (Thompson-Nicola Regional District EOC)

Evacuation order issued for areas near Young Lake

The order is for properties in Electoral Areas ‘J’, ‘E’ and ‘O’.

Another evacuation order has been issued due to the Sparks Lake wildfire. (Thompson-Nicola Regional District EOC)
The evacuation alert currently in effect for properties in TNRD Electoral Area 'E'. (Thompson-Nicola Regional District EOC)

Evacuation alert issued for properties due to Flat Lake wildfire

The alert is for properties in TNRD Electoral Area “E”

The evacuation alert currently in effect for properties in TNRD Electoral Area 'E'. (Thompson-Nicola Regional District EOC)