Barbara Roden

The search for 57-year-old Valerie Morris of Sechelt, pictured, has become a recovery mission.

Search for mudslide victim becomes recovery mission

Valerie Morris was swept away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11.

The search for 57-year-old Valerie Morris of Sechelt, pictured, has become a recovery mission.
This 1965 painting of Ashcroft by E.J. Hughes recently sold at auction for more than $200,000. Photo: Heffel Fine Art.

Big bucks for painting of small B.C. town

A 1965 painting of Ashcroft by E. J. Hughes exceeded its pre-auction estimate at a recent sale.

This 1965 painting of Ashcroft by E.J. Hughes recently sold at auction for more than $200,000. Photo: Heffel Fine Art.
RCMP have stated that a search is ongoing for 57-year-old Valerie Morris (pictured) after the car in which she was a passenger was sweapt away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11. Photo: RCMP.

Woman missing after car swept away by mudslide near Cache Creek

A search is now underway for Valerie Morris, who has been missing since the afternoon of August 11.

RCMP have stated that a search is ongoing for 57-year-old Valerie Morris (pictured) after the car in which she was a passenger was sweapt away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11. Photo: RCMP.
One of the mudslides seen earlier in the month on Highway 97. Drive BC photo.

Highway 99 still closed both directions west of Highway 97 junction

Mudslides have once again hampered traffic in the region following heavy rains.

One of the mudslides seen earlier in the month on Highway 97. Drive BC photo.
One of three cottages on the estate. Photo: Knight Frank.

The English house that literally put a B.C. town on the map is for sale

Ashcroft House, the home of early settlers Henry and Clement Cornwall, has a hefty price tag.

One of three cottages on the estate. Photo: Knight Frank.
BC Wildfire Service                                A fire is currently burning near Highway 1 north of Spences Bridge.

Update: Spences Bridge wildfire holding at 83 hectares

Highway 1 has reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic.

BC Wildfire Service                                A fire is currently burning near Highway 1 north of Spences Bridge.
Magpies can help deer get rid of ticks; just make sure the ticks don’t make a host of you.                                 Photo by Bob Bouton

Ticks are out and about again, so be aware

Ticks are looking for a final big meal, and humans are an excellent host.

Magpies can help deer get rid of ticks; just make sure the ticks don’t make a host of you.                                 Photo by Bob Bouton
Cache Creek east of the village, where the volume of floodwater has carved new channels for the creek. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Highways reopened, but Cache Creek braces for more flooding

As floodwater in Cache Creek recedes, all eyes turn to the Bonaparte River, which has yet to crest.

Cache Creek east of the village, where the volume of floodwater has carved new channels for the creek. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Floodwater from Cache Creek near the fire hall on the evening of April 27. This is the third time in four years the village has seen devastating flooding. Photo: Wendy Coomber.

Cache Creek braces for 3rd major flood in 4 years to hit village

Water has already breached culverts in the village and flooded several properties and roads.

Floodwater from Cache Creek near the fire hall on the evening of April 27. This is the third time in four years the village has seen devastating flooding. Photo: Wendy Coomber.
Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge

Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge

Spences Bridge firefighters responded to the blaze, but were unable to save the house

Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge

Be prepared before a road trip

With spring not far away, many people plan to discover new places or re-visit familiar ones

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season
Map shows the extent of the Thompson River watershed, which includes the basins of the North Thompson and South Thompson rivers. Wikimedia Commons graphic

Assessing flood risks in Thompson River basin

Fraser Basin Council (FBC) has received $600,000 under the National Disaster Mitigation Program

Map shows the extent of the Thompson River watershed, which includes the basins of the North Thompson and South Thompson rivers. Wikimedia Commons graphic
Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season
Joyce Beddow-Buckland was recently appointed to the Interior Health board. Photo: Phyllis Rainey.

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

Joyce Beddow-Buckland was recently appointed to the Interior Health board. Photo: Phyllis Rainey.
Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report

Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report

Many businesses unaware of, or not accessing, available aid programs

Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report
What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft Reserve resident who lost home says she lives the fire every day

Seven months after the Elephant Hill wildfire, Angie Thorne wonders what moving forward looks like.

What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.
B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

Jada Raphael of the Cook’s Ferry Band will represent the Nlakapamux and Secwepemc Nations

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show
With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.

A ‘pretty determined girl’ helps raise $6,000 for wildfire-ravaged interior B.C. fire departments

Khiara Archibald sold lemonade and homemade jewellery to raise funds for local firefighters.

With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.