Jaime Polmateer

Tutor Norma Briginshaw and Joanne Craig work with their iPads at the Blind Bay Cyber Seniors program in 2018. (Submitted photo)

Seniors group recommends website to members with tech issues

The Wells Gray Country Seniors Society (WGCSS) has run a program called “Cyber Seniors” since 2015.

Tutor Norma Briginshaw and Joanne Craig work with their iPads at the Blind Bay Cyber Seniors program in 2018. (Submitted photo)
Clearwater’s new cannabis store, Interior Cannabis Company, opened its doors on July 20. Pictured, budtender Tianna Weniger, and owner Ben Minci run the shop on July 30. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

New cannabis shop does well in first weeks

Clearwater’s first cannabis shop, the Interior Cannabis Company, is doing well in its first few weeks of operation.

Clearwater’s new cannabis store, Interior Cannabis Company, opened its doors on July 20. Pictured, budtender Tianna Weniger, and owner Ben Minci run the shop on July 30. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
The District of Clearwater is holding a second public hearing to get more public opinions on a proposal for a Liquor Primary License at the Trans Mountain worker camp. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Pipeline camp liquor license gets second public hearing

“We really didn’t hear from enough people and we didn’t have the full spectrum of information.”

The District of Clearwater is holding a second public hearing to get more public opinions on a proposal for a Liquor Primary License at the Trans Mountain worker camp. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
A section of Clearwater River Road was washed out on July 2, blocking the way to several major rafting and kayaking destinations. Two local logging companies have offered to build a temporary road around the damaged area for free. Photo submitted

Potential temporary fix for Clearwater River Road

Two local logging companies step up to the plate and offer services for free

A section of Clearwater River Road was washed out on July 2, blocking the way to several major rafting and kayaking destinations. Two local logging companies have offered to build a temporary road around the damaged area for free. Photo submitted
Bruce Chalmers is the new reverend for Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater as well as the Church of St. Paul in Barriere. Pictured, Chalmers enjoys the sunny morning outside Trinity Shared Ministry on July 15. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Clearwater and Barriere welcome new reverend

Reverend Bruce Chalmers will do double duty at Trinity Shared Ministry and the Church of St. Paul

Bruce Chalmers is the new reverend for Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater as well as the Church of St. Paul in Barriere. Pictured, Chalmers enjoys the sunny morning outside Trinity Shared Ministry on July 15. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Donnie Andriashyk, who started Donnie’s Golf Tournament at Wells Gray Golf Resort and RV Park, makes a drive at Eagle Point Golf Resort in 2016. This year the tournament at Wells Gray golf Resort and RV Park takes place Aug. 2. Photo submitted

Donnie’s Golf Tournament heads into year six

All proceeds of the event go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Donnie Andriashyk, who started Donnie’s Golf Tournament at Wells Gray Golf Resort and RV Park, makes a drive at Eagle Point Golf Resort in 2016. This year the tournament at Wells Gray golf Resort and RV Park takes place Aug. 2. Photo submitted
Marnie Burnell, president of the Clearwater Elks Lodge 499, said the club was already hurting due to lack of membership before COVID-19. The precautions put in place because of the virus have made club operations doubly worse. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Clearwater Elks taking a hit because of COVID-19

President Marnie Burnell noted the group was already hurting before the pandemic came into effect

Marnie Burnell, president of the Clearwater Elks Lodge 499, said the club was already hurting due to lack of membership before COVID-19. The precautions put in place because of the virus have made club operations doubly worse. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
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Interior Savings Credit Union in Clearwater. File photo

YCS receives support from Interior Savings’ relief fund

Money will go toward food programs and new technology to improve operations

Interior Savings Credit Union in Clearwater. File photo
Daniela Wiunig, pictured in front of the Clearwater Ski Hill on June 29, has been volunteering with the organization for more than a decade, working her way up from treasurer to club president. She said it’s well worth the effort, especially when she sees younger generations take to the sport she loves. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

One of the unsung heroes that make Clearwater tick

“She is a networker and she knows how to build a great team.”

Daniela Wiunig, pictured in front of the Clearwater Ski Hill on June 29, has been volunteering with the organization for more than a decade, working her way up from treasurer to club president. She said it’s well worth the effort, especially when she sees younger generations take to the sport she loves. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) wants to help local charities apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The money is available to help groups support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, the NTCF board of directors: back row (l-r) Louise Lodge (director), Antoon Houben (vice chair), Gilles Leger (director), Rick Pesklevits (director), Franz Friesinger (chair) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (treasurer), Sandy Wetterstrom (grant chair), Lisa Leger (communications). Photo submitted

Community Foundation wants charities to apply for emergency funding

The $350 million emergency funding was created to help vulnerable populations during COVID-19

The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) wants to help local charities apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The money is available to help groups support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, the NTCF board of directors: back row (l-r) Louise Lodge (director), Antoon Houben (vice chair), Gilles Leger (director), Rick Pesklevits (director), Franz Friesinger (chair) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (treasurer), Sandy Wetterstrom (grant chair), Lisa Leger (communications). Photo submitted
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has recently been designated as a Safe Travel Destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Wells Gray Park has also seen an uptick in visitors since B.C. went into phase 3 of its restart plan and is now fully open to the public. Pictured, Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park, a popular tourist attraction. File photo

TOTA recognized as Safe Travel Destination

Announcement confirms successful effort by communities to follow new health guidelines

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has recently been designated as a Safe Travel Destination by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Wells Gray Park has also seen an uptick in visitors since B.C. went into phase 3 of its restart plan and is now fully open to the public. Pictured, Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park, a popular tourist attraction. File photo
Despite the rainy morning members of the Wells Gray Riders Association showed their patriotism with a horse parade through Clearwater on Canada Day. Pictured, the riders get ready to begin the parade at the Clearwater Outdoor Market, which is set up at the Clearwater Centre. Photo by Kathy Downey

PHOTO: Wells Gray Riders Association holds Canada Day parade

Riders don’t let the rainy morning dampen their spirits

Despite the rainy morning members of the Wells Gray Riders Association showed their patriotism with a horse parade through Clearwater on Canada Day. Pictured, the riders get ready to begin the parade at the Clearwater Outdoor Market, which is set up at the Clearwater Centre. Photo by Kathy Downey
Sommer Schuler, granddaughter of Gateway Grill employee Austi Schuler, was the beneficiary of a fundraiser by the restaurant to get her a new trampoline. The success of the fundraiser paid for the item with dollars to spare. Pictured, Sommer poses on her new trampoline with the cheque from the initiative. Photo submitted

Impromptu fundraiser exceeds expectations

Gateway Grill raises seven times the needed amount for employee’s grandaughter’s trampoline

Sommer Schuler, granddaughter of Gateway Grill employee Austi Schuler, was the beneficiary of a fundraiser by the restaurant to get her a new trampoline. The success of the fundraiser paid for the item with dollars to spare. Pictured, Sommer poses on her new trampoline with the cheque from the initiative. Photo submitted
The Wells Gray Outdoors Club trail crew gets a chainsaw operators course to help remove danger trees on its mountain bike trail network. The course was paid for with funds from the B.C. government to promote recreational opportunities in the province. (L-r) Dave Biggin-Pound, Seth Cooperman, instructor Stephan Leger, Olin Coates, Pierce Huser and Nelson Kleer. Photo submitted

Clearwater organizations receive funding

Wells Gray Outdoors Club and District of Clearwater among recipients of recovery strategy funds

The Wells Gray Outdoors Club trail crew gets a chainsaw operators course to help remove danger trees on its mountain bike trail network. The course was paid for with funds from the B.C. government to promote recreational opportunities in the province. (L-r) Dave Biggin-Pound, Seth Cooperman, instructor Stephan Leger, Olin Coates, Pierce Huser and Nelson Kleer. Photo submitted
The Clearwater Library isn’t allowing patrons to enter the building due to COVID-19 precautions, but readers can still check out books, and certain programs are being offered virtually to interested patrons. File photo

Clearwater and Mobile Libraries still in operation

Patrons not allowed inside, but books are still available

The Clearwater Library isn’t allowing patrons to enter the building due to COVID-19 precautions, but readers can still check out books, and certain programs are being offered virtually to interested patrons. File photo
ATCO Frontect is applying for a Liquor Primary License so a lounge can be set up at the Transmountain pipeline worker camp. A public hearing has been scheduled next month at the Dutch Lake Community Centre so the District of Clearwater can receive input from any residents who feel they might be impacted. File photo

Pipeline camp applies for liquor license

District of Clearwater holding public hearing to get opinions from residents

ATCO Frontect is applying for a Liquor Primary License so a lounge can be set up at the Transmountain pipeline worker camp. A public hearing has been scheduled next month at the Dutch Lake Community Centre so the District of Clearwater can receive input from any residents who feel they might be impacted. File photo
Cheryl Thomas has belonged to so many volunteer positions she said it’s hard to keep track and encourages others to give it a shot if only to see the joy it brings from lending a hand. Photo by Jaime Polmateer

Happiness in enriching the lives of others

Thomas moved Clearwater in 1991 and has been lending her time to various organizations ever since

Cheryl Thomas has belonged to so many volunteer positions she said it’s hard to keep track and encourages others to give it a shot if only to see the joy it brings from lending a hand. Photo by Jaime Polmateer
Alysha Piva, manager for Yellowhead Community Service’s Home Share Provider program. Photo submitted

Yellowhead Community Services seeks Home Share providers

Providers in the program offer support to clients by helping build life skills and other activities

Alysha Piva, manager for Yellowhead Community Service’s Home Share Provider program. Photo submitted
Nearly $5,000 in cash, gift cards, appliances and kitchenware were raised this year at Buy-Low for Clearwater Secondary School’s (CSS) cafeteria and breakfast program through the Toonies for Tummies fundraiser. File photo

Toonies for Tummies bolsters school breakfast program

The fundraiser took place at Buy-Low and brought in nearly $5,000 in cash and other items

Nearly $5,000 in cash, gift cards, appliances and kitchenware were raised this year at Buy-Low for Clearwater Secondary School’s (CSS) cafeteria and breakfast program through the Toonies for Tummies fundraiser. File photo