Jill Hayward

Pictured: (l-r) Mike Adams OFC Fire Advisor for the North Thompson, Jason Tomlin Manager of Fire Protection Services for the TNRD, Little Fort Fire Chief Kam Jim, Blackpool firefighter Doug Braaten, and Blackpool Fire Chief Mike Savage. (Pam Jim/Facebook photo)

Little Fort / Blackpool firefighters recognized for years of service

Members of the Blackpool and Little Fort Volunteer Fire Departments were recognized…

Pictured: (l-r) Mike Adams OFC Fire Advisor for the North Thompson, Jason Tomlin Manager of Fire Protection Services for the TNRD, Little Fort Fire Chief Kam Jim, Blackpool firefighter Doug Braaten, and Blackpool Fire Chief Mike Savage. (Pam Jim/Facebook photo)
Grace, played by Charlotte Murray, gives Janet, played by Brittanya Beddington, a piece of her mind while boyfriend Sean, played by Stuart Caulfield tries to explain the situation in the Thompson Valley Players production of Jugs. (Jill Hayward photo)

VALLEY VOICES: Irish pub causes laughs in Barriere

This article by Jill Hayward was published in the Oct. 4, 2004,…

Grace, played by Charlotte Murray, gives Janet, played by Brittanya Beddington, a piece of her mind while boyfriend Sean, played by Stuart Caulfield tries to explain the situation in the Thompson Valley Players production of Jugs. (Jill Hayward photo)
The Sparks Lake Wildfire on July 12, 2021. (File photo)

Darfield / McLure evacuation alert downgraded to all clear

Residents asked to remain aware of the wildfire situation

The Sparks Lake Wildfire on July 12, 2021. (File photo)
Laurie Buis is the Livestock Evacuation Reception Manager at the fairgrounds in Barriere. Buis looks after the livestock arrival and departure paperwork, assigns stalls and paddocks, provides a wealth of information for folks who have been evacuated from their homes, and in general troubleshoots wherever needed. Buis is a member of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and this is the second time she has stepped up to volunteer when the organization have been caring for evacuated livestock. During the 2017 wildfires and resultant livestock evacuations, Buis was a full-time volunteer to assist in overseeing the well-being of some 700 animals that utilized the fairground facility over a period of 70 days. She is pictured here earlier this week giving a scratch to one of two miniature donkeys evacuated from Pritchard to the fairgrounds. (Jill Hayward photo)

Volunteer at North Thompson Agriplex cares for four-legged friends

Many livestock have been brought to the North Thompson Agriplex Livestock Evacuation Centre over the last few weeks

Laurie Buis is the Livestock Evacuation Reception Manager at the fairgrounds in Barriere. Buis looks after the livestock arrival and departure paperwork, assigns stalls and paddocks, provides a wealth of information for folks who have been evacuated from their homes, and in general troubleshoots wherever needed. Buis is a member of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and this is the second time she has stepped up to volunteer when the organization have been caring for evacuated livestock. During the 2017 wildfires and resultant livestock evacuations, Buis was a full-time volunteer to assist in overseeing the well-being of some 700 animals that utilized the fairground facility over a period of 70 days. She is pictured here earlier this week giving a scratch to one of two miniature donkeys evacuated from Pritchard to the fairgrounds. (Jill Hayward photo)
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Mayor says Barriere continues to monitor Spark’s Lake fire

District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer says he is very pleased that…

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Valley Voices: A Bear’s Picnic

The following is a story written by Barriere resident Donna Kibble during…

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Is there a better time to go to the dump?

TNRD seeking feedback on hours of operation at waste management facilities

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Barriere emergency department closed Friday, Aug. 6

Barriere and area residents are advised that the emergency department at Barriere…

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Honey bees coming and going from one of the hives at Canny Crofter Farm in Barriere. (Jayne D’Entremont photo)

Bees stay close to home due to wildfire smoke

A number of area residents have commented they are seeing fewer and…

Honey bees coming and going from one of the hives at Canny Crofter Farm in Barriere. (Jayne D’Entremont photo)
Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer is running for the Conservative Nominee in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. He is pictured here speaking with members of the audience at a Candidate Public Meeting held in the Barriere Lions Hall the evening of July 28. Members of the Conservative Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding will be voting online starting Aug. 6 - 9, 2021, to choose who will be representing them in the next Federal election. (Jill Hayward photo)

Stamer holds public meeting before Conservative Candidate vote set for Aug. 6 -9

Ward Stamer is running to be selected as the Conservative Nominee in…

Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer is running for the Conservative Nominee in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. He is pictured here speaking with members of the audience at a Candidate Public Meeting held in the Barriere Lions Hall the evening of July 28. Members of the Conservative Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding will be voting online starting Aug. 6 - 9, 2021, to choose who will be representing them in the next Federal election. (Jill Hayward photo)
Laura Saunders momma goat, Tris, experienced love at first sight of her two newborn kids born on July 22 at the fairgrounds in Barriere. North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association volunteers, Tabitha Dowds and Haille Johnson (who were on duty that night manning the reception desk for evacuated livestock at the fairgrounds) say they were thrilled to be able to assist Tris as midwives during the birth of the kids. (Haille Johnson photo)

100 Mile livestock give birth in North Thompson

Numerous wildfires within the Interior of B.C. have not only caused the…

Laura Saunders momma goat, Tris, experienced love at first sight of her two newborn kids born on July 22 at the fairgrounds in Barriere. North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association volunteers, Tabitha Dowds and Haille Johnson (who were on duty that night manning the reception desk for evacuated livestock at the fairgrounds) say they were thrilled to be able to assist Tris as midwives during the birth of the kids. (Haille Johnson photo)
A fire next to the CN tracks in Vinsulla was quickly gotten under control the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14. (Facebook photo -Kelsey Kashluba)

Bird starts fire in Vinsulla hayfield next to CN tracks

When a fire started in a hay field next to the CN…

A fire next to the CN tracks in Vinsulla was quickly gotten under control the afternoon of Wednesday, July 14. (Facebook photo -Kelsey Kashluba)
Smoke was seen rising from the mountain across the North Thompson River by residents of Barriere just before 2 p.m. today. Barriere and Chu Chua Fire Departments and air support are on it now. (V. Davidovich Facebook photo)

Sharp eyed Barriere residents spot fire starting across the river

Fire under control, forestry crew working on it through the night

Smoke was seen rising from the mountain across the North Thompson River by residents of Barriere just before 2 p.m. today. Barriere and Chu Chua Fire Departments and air support are on it now. (V. Davidovich Facebook photo)
Area of Evacuation Alert issued by TNRD on July 10, 2021, 5:30 p.m. is highlighted in yellow.  (TNRD map)

Evacuation Alert upgraded to Order for Whitecroft, Heffley/Louis Creek Road area

UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. The Embleton Mountain Fire southwest of Sun Peaks Resort…

Area of Evacuation Alert issued by TNRD on July 10, 2021, 5:30 p.m. is highlighted in yellow.  (TNRD map)
The North Thompson River originates at the base of the Thompson Glacier in the Premier Range of the Cariboo Mountains, west of the community of Valemount. The North Thompson flows generally south for some 365 km and is the northern branch of the Thompson River, the largest tributary of the Fraser River. (Star/Journal file photo)

Valley Voices From The Past: ‘Our Water Is Not For Sale’

Many opposed a bid to divert the North Thompson River.

The North Thompson River originates at the base of the Thompson Glacier in the Premier Range of the Cariboo Mountains, west of the community of Valemount. The North Thompson flows generally south for some 365 km and is the northern branch of the Thompson River, the largest tributary of the Fraser River. (Star/Journal file photo)
The Devick Ranch family, along with their friends and neighbours quickly knocked down the beginnings of a wildfire in the Orchard Lake area of Sullivan Valley and Heffley Creek on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Robert Mulligan photo)

NT Valley ranchers knock down birth of wildfire

A lightening strike in the Orchard Lake area of Heffley Creek in…

The Devick Ranch family, along with their friends and neighbours quickly knocked down the beginnings of a wildfire in the Orchard Lake area of Sullivan Valley and Heffley Creek on Friday, July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Robert Mulligan photo)
Suggested prototype design for proposed $5 coin. (Photo submitted)

Barriere mayor pitching idea of $5 coin

Barriere’s mayor is seeking the public’s opinion about whether it’s time to…

Suggested prototype design for proposed $5 coin. (Photo submitted)
Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)

The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving…

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. operates a fully automated 23,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the Louis Creek Industrial Park in Barriere. They use a highly innovative technology that utilizes robotics for the building of open wall panels used in wood constructed buildings, including larger residential and commercial projects. The facility can produce up to 1500 linear feet of open wall panels per day – the equivalent to three large single family dwellings per day. (Jill Hayward photo)

Simpcw and Paradigm join in building for the future

Partnership will create net zero energy efficient wood constructed homes and commercial buildings

Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. operates a fully automated 23,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the Louis Creek Industrial Park in Barriere. They use a highly innovative technology that utilizes robotics for the building of open wall panels used in wood constructed buildings, including larger residential and commercial projects. The facility can produce up to 1500 linear feet of open wall panels per day – the equivalent to three large single family dwellings per day. (Jill Hayward photo)
Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)

Thieves nabbed by Barriere Mounties during McLure break-ins

Police Service Dog Kody instrumental in making the arrest

Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)