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Barriere and District Health Centre is located at 4537 Barriere Town Road in Barriere, B.C. (Star/Journal file photo)

Emergency room at Barriere clinic to close, lab services one day per week

The changes in service are due to a high number of sick calls in health care

The North Thompson Local Health Area had a record-breaking 31 new cases if COVID reported between Jan. 2 to 8. (BC Centres for Disease Control)

Record-breaking number of cases hit North Thompson region

New COVID-19 cases in the North Thompson Local Health Area hit a…

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Grant funding approved for caribou rehabilitation in region

A program focused on restoring caribou habitats in British Columbia approved 14…

Members of the Blackpool Volunteer Fire Department and community assist the Legion in shovelling the snow off the roof. From l-r: firefighters Gary Braaten, DR Rempel, Mike Savage, John Wakefield, Rod Tulett and firefighter family member Jeff Thiessen. (Submitted photo)

Blackpool fire lends a hand

The Blackpool Volunteer Fire Department answered a call for help from the…

Members of the Blackpool Volunteer Fire Department and community assist the Legion in shovelling the snow off the roof. From l-r: firefighters Gary Braaten, DR Rempel, Mike Savage, John Wakefield, Rod Tulett and firefighter family member Jeff Thiessen. (Submitted photo)
Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)

B.C. university ‘renames’ stairway after alumni Chris Hadfield

‘For me it all started there, just up the hill from Hatley Castle,’ Canadian astronaut says

Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield relaxes before launch, ahead of a past trip to the International Space Station. He spoke to Black Press Media this week about his time at Royal Roads Military College. (Courtesy Cmdr. Chris Hadfield)
Back in Time

5 YEARS AGO: Barriere man becomes millionaire

Back in time: A snapshot of history

  • Jan 17, 2022
Back in Time
Standing head - John Enman)

Making Pictures With Professional Photographer John Enman

Digital is bringing out the inner artist

  • Jan 16, 2022
Standing head - John Enman)
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Blizzard causes problem for drivers on Hwy 5, say Clearwater police

White-out conditions affected visibility on highway

  • Jan 15, 2022
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Some Clearwater Rotarians (part of each other’s bubble) about to begin helping to move Evergreen Acres’ community garden on Friday, April 23. L-r: Abbey Bates, Jean Nelson, Kay Knox, Isabell Hadford and Hazel Wadlegger. (Submitted photo)

Clearwater Rotary’s role as elves during festivities

Submitted by Kay Knox Clearwater Rotary’s efforts to brighten Christmas in our…

  • Jan 15, 2022
Some Clearwater Rotarians (part of each other’s bubble) about to begin helping to move Evergreen Acres’ community garden on Friday, April 23. L-r: Abbey Bates, Jean Nelson, Kay Knox, Isabell Hadford and Hazel Wadlegger. (Submitted photo)
Scott Schulte, a member of the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department, poses for a photo with Kal Van Woudenberg after giving a demonstration of his turnout gear. Members of the department were at the Elks pancake breakfast and at Clearwater Farmers Market on Saturday morning, Sept. 18, as part of a recruitment drive. (Photo by Keith McNeill)

Survey assists Clearwater VFD in recruitment efforts

The survey is one of many steps in the fire department’s recruitment process

Scott Schulte, a member of the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department, poses for a photo with Kal Van Woudenberg after giving a demonstration of his turnout gear. Members of the department were at the Elks pancake breakfast and at Clearwater Farmers Market on Saturday morning, Sept. 18, as part of a recruitment drive. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
The North Thompson Local Health Area has had a total of 158 cases of COVID-19 from January 2020 to December 2021. (Screenshot/BC Centres for Disease Control)

Over 150 cases of COVID-19 reported in the North Thompson LHA in 2021

The final COVID-19 numbers for 2021 are in and the North Thompson…

The North Thompson Local Health Area has had a total of 158 cases of COVID-19 from January 2020 to December 2021. (Screenshot/BC Centres for Disease Control)
From left: Councillor Lucy Taylor, Councillor Barry Banford, Councillor Bill Haring, Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Councillor Lynne Frizzle, Councillor Lyle Mackenzie and Councillor Shelley Sim. (District of Clearwater photo)

Winterfest becomes DOC topic of discussion as COVID-19 pandemic continues

As the Omicron variant has been causing spikes in COVID-19 cases throughout…

From left: Councillor Lucy Taylor, Councillor Barry Banford, Councillor Bill Haring, Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Councillor Lynne Frizzle, Councillor Lyle Mackenzie and Councillor Shelley Sim. (District of Clearwater photo)
Frank Caputo is the MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.

Caputo pushes for natural gas in area

Access to natural gas service is something residents in the North Thompson…

Frank Caputo is the MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
Jessie and Wyatt Affleck peek over the snow as it builds in the front yard during the first big snowfall on Dec. 18. (Submitted by Sarah Affleck)

Winter wonderland in Clearwater and area

Community submitted photos of fun in the snow

Jessie and Wyatt Affleck peek over the snow as it builds in the front yard during the first big snowfall on Dec. 18. (Submitted by Sarah Affleck)
school bus

SD73 advises Agate Bay School Bus not running until further notice

Expected wait up to two weeks unless replacement driver found

school bus
DriveBC camera in Little Fort at Highway 5 and Highway 24 junction, looking north, at 10:22 a.m. Jan. 12. (DriveBC)
DriveBC camera in Little Fort at Highway 5 and Highway 24 junction, looking north, at 10:22 a.m. Jan. 12. (DriveBC)
Russell Flondra gets a helping hand from Daryll Cairns on the handle tow during the first day of skiing. This image originally appeared in the Jan. 2, 2012, issue of the Times.

35 YEARS AGO: Minimum wage increases to $4 per hour

Back in time: A snapshot of history

  • Jan 10, 2022
Russell Flondra gets a helping hand from Daryll Cairns on the handle tow during the first day of skiing. This image originally appeared in the Jan. 2, 2012, issue of the Times.
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021

BC Dairy thanks the community for over $850,000 flood relief donations, and shines a spotlight on local community heroes

British Columbians have come forward with an incredible show of support for…

  • Jan 10, 2022
Volunteers from River Wrangler Sportfishing in the Mission Hills community deliver donations by boat after the floods affected dairy farms in Abbotsford in November 2021
1937 newspaper clipping from the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph shows the Carrolls and one of their dogs in front of their balloon tired sled. (Western People, Oct. 17, 1991)

Valley Voices of the Past: From Hazleton, B.C. to New York by dog sled

‘Once or twice some small, feisty animal came up to Old Wolf, who would grab it in a lightning flash and throw it nonchalantly over his shoulder to the rest of the team’

  • Jan 9, 2022
1937 newspaper clipping from the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph shows the Carrolls and one of their dogs in front of their balloon tired sled. (Western People, Oct. 17, 1991)
Devin Holland winds up for the pitch during a game against 100 Mile House in Barriere. This image was published in the July 15 issue.

Year in Review: A look back at 2021, part 2

Continued from the Dec. 30 issue. July After having to shut down…

  • Jan 8, 2022
Devin Holland winds up for the pitch during a game against 100 Mile House in Barriere. This image was published in the July 15 issue.