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Barriere Secondary Students Logan grad students (l-r) Logan Anderson, James Celesta, and  Justice Nystoruk were super busy on Saturday, Oct. 16, picking up and sorting numerous truck loads of donated cans and bottles to assist with their 2022 graduation celebration fundraising.   (Wanda Nystoruk Photo)

Bottle drive brings windfall for Barriere grad class

A windfall in bottles and cans were collected by the Barriere Secondary…

Barriere Secondary Students Logan grad students (l-r) Logan Anderson, James Celesta, and  Justice Nystoruk were super busy on Saturday, Oct. 16, picking up and sorting numerous truck loads of donated cans and bottles to assist with their 2022 graduation celebration fundraising.   (Wanda Nystoruk Photo)
Emerald City Fireworks are now available in Barriere, B.C. (Emerald City Fireworks Ltd photo)

Emerald City Fireworks opens in the North Thompson Valley

New outlet just off Highway 5 in Barriere will be open from now until Halloween

Emerald City Fireworks are now available in Barriere, B.C. (Emerald City Fireworks Ltd photo)
The Sparks Lake wildfire on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

2021 wildfires could impact 2022 Property Assessments

If you live in British Columbia and your property was impacted by…

  • Oct 21, 2021
The Sparks Lake wildfire on June 30, 2021. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
The Heffley Creek coffee house is back Oct 23. (Facebook photo)

Heffley Creek Coffee House opens Oct. 23

This Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Heffley Creek Hall, the microphone will…

The Heffley Creek coffee house is back Oct 23. (Facebook photo)
Clearwater resident Sawarn Kailley received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot, administered by Interior Health nurse Barb Wadlegger. (File photo)

Clearwater residents feeling effects of hospital shortages

Medical staff shortages have led to numerous closures of Dr. Helmcken Memorial…

Clearwater resident Sawarn Kailley received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot, administered by Interior Health nurse Barb Wadlegger. (File photo)
Directly adjacent to the Yellowhead Highway, new Chevron station in Barriere also offers a Chester's Chicken outlet and a convenience store. (Jill Hayward photo)

Barriere Chevron and Chester’s Chicken now open

UPDATE: The Barriere Chevron and Chester’s Chicken opened on Wednesday, Oct. 21,…

Directly adjacent to the Yellowhead Highway, new Chevron station in Barriere also offers a Chester's Chicken outlet and a convenience store. (Jill Hayward photo)
Cashless Craft Swap in Barriere on Oct. 29, 2018. (Margaret Houben photo)

Cashless Craft Swap in Barriere Oct. 25

You don’t have to bring something to take something

  • Oct 21, 2021
Cashless Craft Swap in Barriere on Oct. 29, 2018. (Margaret Houben photo)
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. File photo

Clearwater emergency department closed Tuesday night due to staff shortages

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital emergency department will close at 5 p.m. Oct. 19

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. File photo
(Metro Creative photo)

October is Drive Relative to Conditions Month

As summer and autumn fade from our rear view mirrors, the BC…

  • Oct 17, 2021
(Metro Creative photo)
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. File photo

Clearwater emergency department closed over weekend due to staffing shortages

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital emergency department closed 4 p.m. Oct. 15

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. File photo
(L-r) Barriere Fire Rescue Chief Ashley Wholgemuth and a volunteer firefighter are shown delivering Fire Prevention Week packages to Barriere residences that include a new smoke/CO detector. (Barriere Fire Rescue photo)

Smoke/CO detectors delivered to Barriere residences by firefighters

Barriere Fire Rescue was out in the community earlier this month during…

(L-r) Barriere Fire Rescue Chief Ashley Wholgemuth and a volunteer firefighter are shown delivering Fire Prevention Week packages to Barriere residences that include a new smoke/CO detector. (Barriere Fire Rescue photo)
University of Alberta researcher Graham Plastow (l) is leading a team developing the analytic 'armchair rancher' mobile app. (University of Alberta photo)

‘Armchair rancher’ app helps beef producers get ahead of trends

Mixes agriculture with AI to help ranchers make better business decisions

  • Oct 14, 2021
University of Alberta researcher Graham Plastow (l) is leading a team developing the analytic 'armchair rancher' mobile app. (University of Alberta photo)
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SD73 Board pleased with additional mask mandate

Open letter from School District 73 Board of Education On October 1,…

  • Oct 14, 2021
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Making Pictures With Professional Photographer John Enman

Just retired? Photography is the perfect hobby

  • Oct 14, 2021
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Pictured giving a thumbs up for the Barriere Fire Department are Strong Start facilitator Miette Koenemen, twin sisters Iris and Sophia Maloney, and brothers Levi and Wes Stewart. (Strong Start photo)

Strong Start gives a thumbs up for Barriere Fire Department

Barriere Strong Start facilitator Miette Koeneman says, “I was wanting to get…

Pictured giving a thumbs up for the Barriere Fire Department are Strong Start facilitator Miette Koenemen, twin sisters Iris and Sophia Maloney, and brothers Levi and Wes Stewart. (Strong Start photo)
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COVID-19 safety protocols continue in Kamloops-North Thompson schools

Sports activities back in SD73 schools, although they may look a bit different

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A sign on a locked gate at the pickleball/tennis courts in Barriere advises the facility is now closed from dusk until dawn. A number of Barriere residents say they are not happy about locking teens out of one of the few recreational areas available to them. (T.M. Rusk photo)

Pickleball/tennis court open 24/7 again in Barriere

When a lock appeared on the gate into the Barriere pickleball/tennis court…

A sign on a locked gate at the pickleball/tennis courts in Barriere advises the facility is now closed from dusk until dawn. A number of Barriere residents say they are not happy about locking teens out of one of the few recreational areas available to them. (T.M. Rusk photo)
Total cumulative COVID-19 cases from January 2020 to September 2021. The North Thompson LHa has seen 46 COVID-19 cases in this time period. (BC Centres for Disease Control)

Four new COVID-19 cases in North Thompson LHA as numbers continue to rise across Interior

The recent numbers bring the total to eight since the beginning of August

Total cumulative COVID-19 cases from January 2020 to September 2021. The North Thompson LHa has seen 46 COVID-19 cases in this time period. (BC Centres for Disease Control)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)