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Evacuation alert issued for residents south of Lytton

The TNRD Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops says a wildfire in the area poses a threat to structures and residents.

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The Clearwater and District Hospice Society put a hold on its services early last year due to COVID-19 and the hospice room at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was being used to treat patients. The CDHS will be bringing back their volunteer services starting Friday, July 2. Those who would like to inquire about becoming a volunteer or have questions about the CDHS can call the administrator phone line at 778-208-0137. Their office, located off the Old North Thompson Highway behind Mystic Dreams, is open from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., every Friday (starting July 2) or by appointment. Volunteering for the CDHS is more than just providing hospice services. There are opportunities for fundraising or providing assistance in the office, among many others. Those who do wish to volunteer their time to hospice services will receive full hospice client care training. From l-r: Julie Mayo, administrator, Andrea Lenny, director, Bobbi Parsons, director, Julie Patterson, director, Joan Mumford, president, and Joyce Wysoski, vice president. Missing: Janice Wyatt, volunteer coordinator. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)

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The Clearwater and District Hospice Society put a hold on its services early last year due to COVID-19 and the hospice room at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was being used to treat patients. The CDHS will be bringing back their volunteer services starting Friday, July 2. Those who would like to inquire about becoming a volunteer or have questions about the CDHS can call the administrator phone line at 778-208-0137. Their office, located off the Old North Thompson Highway behind Mystic Dreams, is open from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., every Friday (starting July 2) or by appointment. Volunteering for the CDHS is more than just providing hospice services. There are opportunities for fundraising or providing assistance in the office, among many others. Those who do wish to volunteer their time to hospice services will receive full hospice client care training. From l-r: Julie Mayo, administrator, Andrea Lenny, director, Bobbi Parsons, director, Julie Patterson, director, Joan Mumford, president, and Joyce Wysoski, vice president. Missing: Janice Wyatt, volunteer coordinator. (Stephanie Hagenaars / Clearwater Times)
Matthew Robson and Corally Delwo are both candidates for the People's Party of Canada nomination for the Kamloops-Thomspon-Cariboo federal riding. A meeting will be held June 27 where local PPC members will cast their vote. (Danny Jones / People's Party of Canada)

Two candidates fight for PPC nomination

Local PPC members will vote for their nominee on June 27

Matthew Robson and Corally Delwo are both candidates for the People's Party of Canada nomination for the Kamloops-Thomspon-Cariboo federal riding. A meeting will be held June 27 where local PPC members will cast their vote. (Danny Jones / People's Party of Canada)
This bird’s eye view shows the tanker truck fire on Highway 24. (Photo taken by Kurtis Rainer)

UPDATE: Tanker filled with gasoline explodes, fire crews save second tanker of diesel, during Highway 24 blaze

Driver pulled into the runaway lane after the truck wheels caught fire

This bird’s eye view shows the tanker truck fire on Highway 24. (Photo taken by Kurtis Rainer)
The road to recovery has allowed Reggie Fast to find new hobbies and interests, such as cooking. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Wood)

Perthes surgery brings family closer togehter, brings unexpected changes

After over a year of recovery, Reggie Fast is heading back into…

The road to recovery has allowed Reggie Fast to find new hobbies and interests, such as cooking. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Wood)
From left: Councillor Lucy Taylor, Councillor Barry Banford, Councillor Bill Haring, Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Councillor Lynne Frizzle, Councillor Lyle Mckenzie and Councillor Shelley Sim. (District of Clearwater photo)

Intersections in Weyerhaeuser community could soon see some changes

A four-way stop and assessment are planned for two intersections in the community.

From left: Councillor Lucy Taylor, Councillor Barry Banford, Councillor Bill Haring, Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Councillor Lynne Frizzle, Councillor Lyle Mckenzie and Councillor Shelley Sim. (District of Clearwater photo)
Jessica Easson and owner Kris Olson at Wild Flour Cafe Bakery. (File photo)

Clearwater restaurants happy to see indoor service, once again

A return to indoor dining was announced by the province on May 25.

Jessica Easson and owner Kris Olson at Wild Flour Cafe Bakery. (File photo)
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Clearwater man convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls

The offences took place in the early 2000s.

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A line-up of vehicles was guided across Highway 5 May 31 as construction within the District ramped up at Clearwater Village Road. Not only is the highway being repaved, the concrete “islands” at the intersection have been removed to install a pedestrian crosswalk and overhead signage - much to the disappointment of some Clearwater residents. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

Crosswalk to be installed on Highway 5 at Clearwater Village Road

Many hoped the construction was to intall traffic lights or a traffic circle.

A line-up of vehicles was guided across Highway 5 May 31 as construction within the District ramped up at Clearwater Village Road. Not only is the highway being repaved, the concrete “islands” at the intersection have been removed to install a pedestrian crosswalk and overhead signage - much to the disappointment of some Clearwater residents. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
The Green Mile is one of many trails available to locals and visitors in the community of Blue River. (Photo courtesy of Lee Onslow)

Blue River residents offer suggestions on TNRD trails plan

The Blue River Master Trails Plan project draft plan will be available in June.

The Green Mile is one of many trails available to locals and visitors in the community of Blue River. (Photo courtesy of Lee Onslow)
Helmcken Falls is a popular tourist destination in Wells Gray Park. (File photo)

Tourism Wells Gray manager ‘optimistic’ sector will recover in Clearwater

Before the pandemic hit, the tourism industry in Clearwater was at its peak.

Helmcken Falls is a popular tourist destination in Wells Gray Park. (File photo)
Cruisin' Clearwater organizer Ryan Mackenzie presented members of the Clearwater and District Food Bank with a cheque for $14,350. The money was fundraised through the annual Cruisin' Clearwater mobile car show, which saw over 200 classic, rustic, new and old vehicles make their way to Clearwater from all over the interior. From l-r: Harry James, Margot Venema (CDFB president), Bruce Berg, Ryan Mackenzie, Isabell Hadford and Pearl McAloney. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

Big bucks for food bank

By Stephanie Hagenaars

Cruisin' Clearwater organizer Ryan Mackenzie presented members of the Clearwater and District Food Bank with a cheque for $14,350. The money was fundraised through the annual Cruisin' Clearwater mobile car show, which saw over 200 classic, rustic, new and old vehicles make their way to Clearwater from all over the interior. From l-r: Harry James, Margot Venema (CDFB president), Bruce Berg, Ryan Mackenzie, Isabell Hadford and Pearl McAloney. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
The Blue River Community Garden expanded in 2020 from eight garden boxes to 30 boxes. (L-r) Grayson and Richard Onslow sample some of the produce.

Wash station latest project for Blue River community garden

Members hope to start construction at the end of June.

The Blue River Community Garden expanded in 2020 from eight garden boxes to 30 boxes. (L-r) Grayson and Richard Onslow sample some of the produce.
Capt. Jennifer Casey, the Snowbirds’ public affairs officer, was killed in the May 17, 2020, crash of a squadron jet in Kamloops. This photo of her was taken in the Okanagan during a July 2019 visit by the team. (Mark Brett/ Black Press Media)

Kamloops plans future memorial for fallen Snowbird

The memorial, for Capt. Jennifer Casey, will have a home in the future Fulton Field Park

Capt. Jennifer Casey, the Snowbirds’ public affairs officer, was killed in the May 17, 2020, crash of a squadron jet in Kamloops. This photo of her was taken in the Okanagan during a July 2019 visit by the team. (Mark Brett/ Black Press Media)
The residents of Evergreen Acres were happy to see the old, new and funky vehicles come through the community. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

Cruisin’ Clearwater brings over 200 fancy vehicles to town

Over 200 vehicles travelled to Clearwater from all over Interior Health for…

The residents of Evergreen Acres were happy to see the old, new and funky vehicles come through the community. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
District of Clearwater meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas and past meetings minutes can be viewed on the DOC's website. Every meeting has time allocated at the end for comments from the public.

District of Clearwater hires new chief adminstrative officer

The new CAO will arrive at the end of June.

District of Clearwater meetings are open to the public. The meeting agendas and past meetings minutes can be viewed on the DOC's website. Every meeting has time allocated at the end for comments from the public.
Nicole Weber, recreation coordinator for Forest View Place, holds one of the new chickens for resident Irma Holstein. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

Forest View Place says hello to new chickens

The panels are up, chicken wire installed and the hut assembled. The…

Nicole Weber, recreation coordinator for Forest View Place, holds one of the new chickens for resident Irma Holstein. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
This dusty truck was bright and white once again after Devin Green and the Clearwater Secondary Students were done. The graduating class of 2021 held a car wash as a fundraiser Saturday. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)

Clearwater Secondary School class of 2021 holds car wash to raise funds

The car wash was to raise graduation funds.

This dusty truck was bright and white once again after Devin Green and the Clearwater Secondary Students were done. The graduating class of 2021 held a car wash as a fundraiser Saturday. (Stephanie Hagenaars photo)
The North Thompson Local Health Area, which runs from just south of Clearwater to north of Blue River, is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 for the second week in a row dated April 18 to 24. The BC CDC’s map of new cases per LHA is updated every Wednesday afternoon. (Screenshot / BC Centre for Disease Control)

Half of those eligible in North Thompson get shots

Over 1.5 million of eligible people in Interior Health have their first shots.

The North Thompson Local Health Area, which runs from just south of Clearwater to north of Blue River, is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 for the second week in a row dated April 18 to 24. The BC CDC’s map of new cases per LHA is updated every Wednesday afternoon. (Screenshot / BC Centre for Disease Control)
The TNRD is undertaking a Master Trails Plan for the community of Blue River. (Darcy Lawrey / Pexels Photo)

TNRD to develop trails plan for Blue River

A survey is available for public input on the TNRD website.

The TNRD is undertaking a Master Trails Plan for the community of Blue River. (Darcy Lawrey / Pexels Photo)