Barbara Roden

The Urgent and Primary Care Centre at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Site is piloting a ‘Virtual Doctor’ program through May 2023. (Photo credit: Journal files)

Interior Health ‘virtual doctor’ pilot program may spread to other communities

Program will run in Ashcroft through May 2023 and is the only one of its kind in the province

The Urgent and Primary Care Centre at the Ashcroft Hospital and Health Site is piloting a ‘Virtual Doctor’ program through May 2023. (Photo credit: Journal files)
A travel advisory is in effect for 36.2km of Highway 97 between Hills Frontage Road and Big Bar Road north of Cache Creek. (Photo credit: Google Maps)

Travel advisory on Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Clinton area

Drivers advised to avoid area due to compact ice and extremely slippery conditions

A travel advisory is in effect for 36.2km of Highway 97 between Hills Frontage Road and Big Bar Road north of Cache Creek. (Photo credit: Google Maps)
A new Urgent and Primary Care Centre, which will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., has opened at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre site. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

Ashcroft Urgent and Primary Care Centre now open seven days a week

Centre will operate alongside existing medical clinic and provide team-based primary care services

A new Urgent and Primary Care Centre, which will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., has opened at the Ashcroft Hospital and Community Health Care Centre site. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
A second Ashcroft resident in severe medical distress living within half-a-block of the ambulance station has had to wait nearly 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, and has not survived. (Photo credit: Ashcroft <em>Journal</em> file photo)

B.C. man dies within sight of ambulance station with no paramedics available

Second time in less than a month no ambulance available in Ashcroft for person in medical distress

A second Ashcroft resident in severe medical distress living within half-a-block of the ambulance station has had to wait nearly 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, and has not survived. (Photo credit: Ashcroft <em>Journal</em> file photo)
The long-gone Sumallo Lodge on Highway 3 east of Hope, which played a role in the Hope Slide tragedy in January 1965, as seen in a photolog from July 21, 1966. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)

Vintage video logs of B.C.’s highways a vivid trip back in time

‘Photologs’ were created in 1966, and are a window on a long-vanished world

The long-gone Sumallo Lodge on Highway 3 east of Hope, which played a role in the Hope Slide tragedy in January 1965, as seen in a photolog from July 21, 1966. (Photo credit: Ministry of Transportation)
New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)

New film commissioner hitting the road to showcase the region

Terri Hadwin has extensive experience in the TNRD and its arts scene

New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)
New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)

New TNRD film commissioner hitting the road to showcase the region

Terri Hadwin has extensive experience in the TNRD and its arts scene

New Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner Terri Hadwin. (Photo credit: LinkedIn)
Fire near Hat Creek Road south of Ashcroft near Highway 1. (Photo credit: Brandi Lynn Zirk)

Firefighters respond to two grass fires west of Highway 1 near Ashcroft

The fires, near Hat Creek Road started after thunderstorm rolled through

  • Jul 28, 2022
Fire near Hat Creek Road south of Ashcroft near Highway 1. (Photo credit: Brandi Lynn Zirk)
Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Ashcroft man injured protecting dog from back yard bobcat attack

Joel Anstett and his dog suffered scratches and bites in attack near Desert Sands School

Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)
Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)

B.C. man injured protecting dog from backyard bobcat attack

‘I think anyone else would have done the same thing’ says Joel Anstett after frightening encounter

Joel Anstett, with his dog Apollo, shows some of the injuries he suffered while fighting off a bobcat that was attacking Apollo in the back yard of their Ashcroft home on July 20. (Photo credit: Submitted)
Chad Goldney (l) and Olivia Hughes with Sunshine and her new puppies on June 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Puppy love: Lytton wildfire crew gets paws-itively delightful surprise

Puppies with a powerful connection to Lytton firefighters make special appearance at base camp

Chad Goldney (l) and Olivia Hughes with Sunshine and her new puppies on June 23, 2022. (Photo credit: Submitted)
The fire viewed from the north up the Fraser River. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Crews move to protect heritage park as wildfire near Lytton grows to over 2,000 hectares

Fire is burning through difficult terrain and threatening Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park

The fire viewed from the north up the Fraser River. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Campfires are still allowed (where permitted), but Category 2 open fires and some other activities are being prohibited in the Kamloops Fire Centre as of July 15. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

Kamloops Fire Centre prohibits Category 2 fires as of July 15

Campfires are not being prohibited at this time

Campfires are still allowed (where permitted), but Category 2 open fires and some other activities are being prohibited in the Kamloops Fire Centre as of July 15. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Roses blooming at the back of a property on Fraser Street in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

‘Our story has to stay out there or we’ll be forgotten’: Lytton resident

One year after fire nearly wiped out Fraser Canyon town, progress has been slow and painful

Roses blooming at the back of a property on Fraser Street in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The TNRD operated two Resiliency Centres in Kamloops last year, including this one at Northills Mall pictured in July 2021. The centres were open for a total of 143 days, while more than 60 TNRD staff logged more than 11,000 hours at the Emergency Operations Centre. (Photo credit: TNRD)

TNRD activates Emergency Operations Centre for the season

Later than usual flood risk could push flooding into fire season and present a challenge

The TNRD operated two Resiliency Centres in Kamloops last year, including this one at Northills Mall pictured in July 2021. The centres were open for a total of 143 days, while more than 60 TNRD staff logged more than 11,000 hours at the Emergency Operations Centre. (Photo credit: TNRD)
Emergency dispatchers can’t track your precise location when you use a cellphone, so be as specific as possible when telling the 9-1-1 dispatcher where you are. (Photo credit: E-Comm 9-1-1)

Take the 9-1-1 Pledge to avoid tying up emergency services

Know when —and when not — to call 9-1-1, and what to do if you accidentally ring them

Emergency dispatchers can’t track your precise location when you use a cellphone, so be as specific as possible when telling the 9-1-1 dispatcher where you are. (Photo credit: E-Comm 9-1-1)
A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)

Highway 1 closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge as proactive measure

Highway will remain closed until the morning of June 4 due to the potential for debris flows

A mudflow cuts across the access road to a property on Highway 8 east of Spences Bridge on June 3, 2022. Heavy rain and the potential for debris flows has prompted the closure of Highway 1 between Spences Bridge and Lytton. (Photo credit: Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan)
Visitors at the Sixties Scoop exhibit during its stop at the Cranbrook History Centre on May 11, 2022. The exhibit will be in Kamloops on June 4 for one day only. (Photo credit: Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta)

One-day Sixties Scoop exhibition at Kamloops Library on June 4

Travelling exhibit shares stories of the Sixties Scoop and its survivors

Visitors at the Sixties Scoop exhibit during its stop at the Cranbrook History Centre on May 11, 2022. The exhibit will be in Kamloops on June 4 for one day only. (Photo credit: Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta)
Members of the Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association in Kamloops showing off their invasive weed pull spoils in 2020. This year’s Weed Pull Challenge gets underway on June 1 and runs through Aug. 31. (Photo credit: TNIPMC)

Weed Pull Challenge on through Aug. 31 to battle invasive plants

Groups throughout the TNRD encouraged to weed out invasive plants and compete for prizes

Members of the Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association in Kamloops showing off their invasive weed pull spoils in 2020. This year’s Weed Pull Challenge gets underway on June 1 and runs through Aug. 31. (Photo credit: TNIPMC)
Oxeye daisies look pretty, but they are an invasive species throughout the TNRD. (Photo credit: Pixabay/Wikimedia images)

Clinton and Clearwater among five communities joining invasive plant program

Residents now have free access to resources, including consultation and removal of invasive plants

Oxeye daisies look pretty, but they are an invasive species throughout the TNRD. (Photo credit: Pixabay/Wikimedia images)