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Dr. Rhonda Nixon has been appointed new superintendent and CEO for the School District 73. (SD73 photo)

SD73 Board of Education announces new superintendent

A new superintendent and CEO has been hired for SD73. The Board…

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar is shown speaking to District of Barriere Mayor and Council during a virtual regular council meeting held Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Jill Hayward photo)

MLA Milobar connects virtually with Barriere Council

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar and MP Cathy McLeod attended the District…

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Registering kids for SD73 kindergarten looks different this year

For Kamloops-Thompson parents with children turning five before Dec. 31, 2021, it’s…

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Sam’s Pizza Rib House in Barriere, B.C., had reason to celebrate this Christmas after they won the Barilla Western Canada contest for the region, which came with a cheque for $5,000. Pictured are Sam’s proprietors, Chef Chris Wohlgemuth and wife Ashley. (Morgan Wohlgemuth photo)

Sam’s Pizza Rib House win $5000 prize

Sam’s Pizza & Rib House received some exciting news at Christmas when…

Sam’s Pizza Rib House in Barriere, B.C., had reason to celebrate this Christmas after they won the Barilla Western Canada contest for the region, which came with a cheque for $5,000. Pictured are Sam’s proprietors, Chef Chris Wohlgemuth and wife Ashley. (Morgan Wohlgemuth photo)
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Here's a roundup of this week's headlines
Boys and Girls Clubs grateful for community's support
Fitness centres look different as pandemic continues
Woman allegedly steals donations from Critter Aid
Saanich police stopped a driver going more than 60 km/h over the posted speed limit on the Pat Bay Highway on Jan. 11. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Saanich driver tells police he was ‘only’ going 45 km/h over posted limit

Driver caught going 144 km/h on Greater Victoria-area highway slapped with hefty fines

Saanich police stopped a driver going more than 60 km/h over the posted speed limit on the Pat Bay Highway on Jan. 11. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool

Interior Health reports two more deaths, 217 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend

The deaths both came from long-term care homes — one at Vernon’s Heritage Square and one at McKinney Place in Oliver

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
A couple of truck drivers were chatting while waiting for the traffic to start moving Sunday night after a head-on collision shut down Highway 5. The roads weren’t cleared until late in the evening. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
A couple of truck drivers were chatting while waiting for the traffic to start moving Sunday night after a head-on collision shut down Highway 5. The roads weren’t cleared until late in the evening. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
Tree wells may be encountered in the backcountry and on ungroomed trails. The risk of encountering one is greatest during and immediately following a heavy snowstorm. (BC AdventureSmart graphic)

BC AdventureSmart warns “watch out for tree wells”

Though it is beautiful, the BC backcountry is remote and can be…

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Tree wells may be encountered in the backcountry and on ungroomed trails. The risk of encountering one is greatest during and immediately following a heavy snowstorm. (BC AdventureSmart graphic)
A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 carries an umbrella while walking down steps on the Simon Fraser University campus, as heavy snow falls in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, December 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

One more death, 71 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

A total of 785 cases remain active and 33 people are in hospital, nine of whom are in intensive care

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 carries an umbrella while walking down steps on the Simon Fraser University campus, as heavy snow falls in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, December 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Decrease in impaired driving over New Years report Barriere RCMP

Barriere RCMP report there was a noted decrease in drinking and driving…

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A healthcare worker takes a swab from a driver at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility, in Vancouver, on Monday, December 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

One more death, 61 cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty-five people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

A healthcare worker takes a swab from a driver at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility, in Vancouver, on Monday, December 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Seasonal light displays that included cows, tractors, hay bales, horses, trains, and much more all contributed to the magical Christmas at the Fair Drive Thru event hosted by the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association at the fairgrounds in Barriere, Dec. 19 - 23, 2020. (Jill Hayward photo)

‘Christmas At The Fair’ was a magical event

The Christmas At The Fair Drive Thru Light Show hosted at the…

Seasonal light displays that included cows, tractors, hay bales, horses, trains, and much more all contributed to the magical Christmas at the Fair Drive Thru event hosted by the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association at the fairgrounds in Barriere, Dec. 19 - 23, 2020. (Jill Hayward photo)
RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (FILE - Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)

Update: Family of 4 killed in Alberta helicopter crash

RCMP responded to emergency signal in rural county, found crashed helicopter, no survivors

RCMP pictured at a motor vehicle incident during snowy conditions. (FILE - Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media)
Kelowna General Hospital emergency room. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Interior Health’s first baby of 2021 born in Kelowna

Baby girl welcomed into the world at 1:22 a.m., at Kelowna General Hospital

Kelowna General Hospital emergency room. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
The latest data from the BCCDC. Cases are reported here by local health area. Up until now, the North Thompson local health area, which goes from just south of Clearwater to north of Blue River, had zero cases per 100,000 population. The area now has 3. The communities of Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks and Simpcw First Nation, while part of the North Thompson Valley, are part of the Kamloops local health area. (BCCDC image)

Three of Interior Health’s new cases in the North Thompson

North Thompson local health area includes just south of Clearwater to north of Blue River, whereas Barriere, Sun Peaks and Little Fort are within the Kamloops local health area.

The latest data from the BCCDC. Cases are reported here by local health area. Up until now, the North Thompson local health area, which goes from just south of Clearwater to north of Blue River, had zero cases per 100,000 population. The area now has 3. The communities of Little Fort, Barriere, Sun Peaks and Simpcw First Nation, while part of the North Thompson Valley, are part of the Kamloops local health area. (BCCDC image)
Bill Fowler, a well known musician and entertainer in the North Thompson Valley, is currently recuperating at home in Little Fort from severe burns to his legs and left hand after a mishap with a bonfire.  Fowler is shown at home recently gently strumming Christmas tunes on his guitar, which also provide therapy for his burned left hand.  (A. Gibson photo)

Outpouring of generosity helps Little Fort man to recuperate

Bill Fowler’s healing journey has been made easier thanks to family, friends and a Go Fund Me page

Bill Fowler, a well known musician and entertainer in the North Thompson Valley, is currently recuperating at home in Little Fort from severe burns to his legs and left hand after a mishap with a bonfire.  Fowler is shown at home recently gently strumming Christmas tunes on his guitar, which also provide therapy for his burned left hand.  (A. Gibson photo)