Jill Hayward

BREAKING NEWS: Police hunt on for man who tried to grab young girl in Barriere

BREAKING NEWS: Police hunt on for man who tried to grab young girl in Barriere

Update: Police have received info and tips but investigation still active

BREAKING NEWS: Police hunt on for man who tried to grab young girl in Barriere
Trophy winners at the 2019 Squam Bay Fish Derby.                                Submitted photo.

Valley Voices: Squam Bay Fishing Derby held since 1995

It began with only 10 participants to more than 200 hundred participating in the 2019 derby

Trophy winners at the 2019 Squam Bay Fish Derby.                                Submitted photo.
Mel Schmidt shown exhibiting at the 1951 North Thompson Fall Fair as a member of the 4-H Barriere Beef Club.                                (NTFFRA Archives)

North Thompson Fall Fair celebrating 70 years

The importance of agriculture to everyday living

Mel Schmidt shown exhibiting at the 1951 North Thompson Fall Fair as a member of the 4-H Barriere Beef Club.                                (NTFFRA Archives)
Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Cathy McLeod, recently held a barbecue in Barriere, which featured live music. She also took the stage to speak and answer questions from constituents.

Cathy McLeod hosts gathering in Barriere

More than 60 people attended the event

Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Cathy McLeod, recently held a barbecue in Barriere, which featured live music. She also took the stage to speak and answer questions from constituents.
Karen Ellis riding her Arabian horse WMA Burning Fire was elated as she crossed the finish line in first place to win the 50 mile miler, coming in with a time of 6 hours and 47 minutes.                                Photo by Geof Dolejsi.

“To finish is to win” mantra of Barriere 50 mile endurance ride

‘No Bitch’in Barriere Ride-Just Ride’ came off for both horses and riders without a hitch

Karen Ellis riding her Arabian horse WMA Burning Fire was elated as she crossed the finish line in first place to win the 50 mile miler, coming in with a time of 6 hours and 47 minutes.                                Photo by Geof Dolejsi.
Fire prohibitions in place

Fire prohibitions in place

Prohibition does not ban campfires (a half-metre high by a half-metre wide) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes

Fire prohibitions in place
Simpcw question why Canfor’s $60 million sale of timber to Interfor

Simpcw question why Canfor’s $60 million sale of timber to Interfor

“We will not hesitate to take appropriate action to ensure our rights are protected”– Chief Loring

Simpcw question why Canfor’s $60 million sale of timber to Interfor
The McLure Ferry. (Star/Journal file photo)

McLure Ferry celebrating 100 years of service in 2019

Year of celebration for the history and tradition of one of British Columbia’s last reaction ferries.

The McLure Ferry. (Star/Journal file photo)
Winners of the gold medal in the 4s, at the Provincial Carpet Bowling Championships went to area residents (l-r) Sharon March, Pete and Linda Verhoeven, and Hector Denton. Submitted photo:

Communities come together to host Carpet Bowling Provincials

It took several villages to bring everyone together for the 2019 Provincial…

Winners of the gold medal in the 4s, at the Provincial Carpet Bowling Championships went to area residents (l-r) Sharon March, Pete and Linda Verhoeven, and Hector Denton. Submitted photo:
Night prowling thief arrested and charged in Barriere

Night prowling thief arrested and charged in Barriere

26-year-old man already in custody on other charges before the courts

Night prowling thief arrested and charged in Barriere
Man dies in snowmobile accident during Sun Peaks race

Man dies in snowmobile accident during Sun Peaks race

An Alberta man has died as a result of a fatal snowmobile…

Man dies in snowmobile accident during Sun Peaks race
Sgt. Cynthia Mann with B.C. Conservation Officer Service’s (COS) K9 Major, a detection dog that’s been on the job since early December, and Mann says he teaches her new things nearly every day.                                B.C. Conservation Officer Service photo:

Detection dog hired to search out zebra and quagga mussels dead or alive

B.C. Conservation Officer Service adds a second detection dog to their staff

Sgt. Cynthia Mann with B.C. Conservation Officer Service’s (COS) K9 Major, a detection dog that’s been on the job since early December, and Mann says he teaches her new things nearly every day.                                B.C. Conservation Officer Service photo:
Local carpet bowlers qualify for Provincials coming to Little Fort and Barriere

Local carpet bowlers qualify for Provincials coming to Little Fort and Barriere

The Provincial Carpet Bowling playoffs for Zone 2 were held Mar. 20…

Local carpet bowlers qualify for Provincials coming to Little Fort and Barriere
Jules Phillip was sworn in as a new Band councillor for the Simpcw First Nation in Chu Chua on Mar. 12. Pictured: (L-r) District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer, Simpcw Councillor Jules Phillip, Chief Shelley Ann Loring, Simpcw Councillor Tina Donald, and District of Barriere Councillor Judy Armstrong.                                Submitted photo:

Simpcw First Nation holds Swearing In Ceremony

Jules Phillip sworn in as new councillor at a ceremony held Mar. 12 in Chu Chua

Jules Phillip was sworn in as a new Band councillor for the Simpcw First Nation in Chu Chua on Mar. 12. Pictured: (L-r) District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer, Simpcw Councillor Jules Phillip, Chief Shelley Ann Loring, Simpcw Councillor Tina Donald, and District of Barriere Councillor Judy Armstrong.                                Submitted photo:
A rider moves his horse quickly to cut number ‘9’ out of the herd during a 2018 BC Team Cattle Penning Double Header held at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere in 2018. Jill Hayward photo

It’s fast, it’s exciting, and the action never stops!

Team Cattle Penning March 23-24 at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere

A rider moves his horse quickly to cut number ‘9’ out of the herd during a 2018 BC Team Cattle Penning Double Header held at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere in 2018. Jill Hayward photo
A Barriere volunteer firefighter can barely be seen in the smoke while fighting a brush fire that took off quickly in the community of Louis Creek. 
Jill Hayward photo

Winter brush fire close call for mobile home park residents

One man confirmed deceased at the scene

A Barriere volunteer firefighter can barely be seen in the smoke while fighting a brush fire that took off quickly in the community of Louis Creek. 
Jill Hayward photo
The North Thompson Valley Visitor Guide is available on racks throughout B.C. and other provinces where tourists can find out all of the amazing scenics and fun things to do that the valley has to offer. Photo submitted

Wilderness… just a step away

Check out list of the top 15 experiences in the North Thompson Valley

The North Thompson Valley Visitor Guide is available on racks throughout B.C. and other provinces where tourists can find out all of the amazing scenics and fun things to do that the valley has to offer. Photo submitted
Barriere’s Carman Smith, RPF (Ret), on the left, is shown being awarded with the Distinguished Forest Professionals Award by 2018/2019 ABCFP president Robin Modesto, RPF, PEng.                                Submitted photo:

“Boots on the ground” North Thompson Forester recognized for passion and dedication to the industry

Distinguished Forest Professional Awarded to Barriere resident Carman Smith

Barriere’s Carman Smith, RPF (Ret), on the left, is shown being awarded with the Distinguished Forest Professionals Award by 2018/2019 ABCFP president Robin Modesto, RPF, PEng.                                Submitted photo:
Layton Daniel MacLaren, 25, is wanted by Barriere RCMP on a number of offences.                                RCMP submitted photo:

Man wanted by Barriere RCMP still on the lam

Believed to be in the Barriere/Kamloops area, Layton Daniel MacLaren, 25, should not be approached if you spot him

Layton Daniel MacLaren, 25, is wanted by Barriere RCMP on a number of offences.                                RCMP submitted photo:
McLure, B.C., cowboy Jake Bradley finished third overall in Canada in junior bull riding at the Canadian Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Merritt, B.C., the end of July. He is pictured above making a winning ride on day two of the event with a score of 69. Top left photo: Bradley (standing on the left) poses with fellow cowboys at the finals.                                Photos submitted

Third overall in Canada for McLure, B.C. cowboy

McLure junior bull rider, Jake Bradley, finished third overall at the recent…

McLure, B.C., cowboy Jake Bradley finished third overall in Canada in junior bull riding at the Canadian Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Merritt, B.C., the end of July. He is pictured above making a winning ride on day two of the event with a score of 69. Top left photo: Bradley (standing on the left) poses with fellow cowboys at the finals.                                Photos submitted