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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

A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)

UPDATE: Spill of 30 crushed cars cleaned up on Highway 1 near Kamloops

Crews were on scene since 4:30 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. cleaning up

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…

Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater is one of several Interior Health care centres impacted by service reductions. File photo
Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater is one of several Interior Health care centres impacted by service reductions. File photo
A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Trina Hunt’s family angry and frustrated as her murder remains unsolved

It’s been one year since the Port Moody woman disappeared. Her body was found in Hope weeks later

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
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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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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)
(Nicholas Cool/Unsplash)
(Nicholas Cool/Unsplash)
Kamloops Court House
Kamloops Court House
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)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)

Highway 24 closed in both directions due to hazardous spill

Tractor-trailer rolled into ditch Tuesday night

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
A student walks off the bus at the Bancroft Elementary School in Montreal, on Monday, August 31, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
A student walks off the bus at the Bancroft Elementary School in Montreal, on Monday, August 31, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
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No appointment necessary for rapid COVID-19 tests in Interior Health

Limited supplies are available and reserved for at-risk individuals

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Tips given to Northern BC Crime Stoppers led to nine arrests in 2021. (Pixabay image)

Northern BC Crime Stoppers tips led to $15,000 in drug and cash seizures last year

The group received nearly 1,000 tips in 2021, only lagging 2020’s totals

Tips given to Northern BC Crime Stoppers led to nine arrests in 2021. (Pixabay image)
Do not hesitate to call 911 if you suspect someone is suffering from a drug overdose, and remember that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides patients and bystanders at these incidents with certain legal immunities to prevent reluctance from seeking first responder assistance, including from the police. (Metro Creative photo)

What you need to know about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

No community is immune from deaths due to illicit drug overdose, including Barriere

  • Jan 6, 2022
Do not hesitate to call 911 if you suspect someone is suffering from a drug overdose, and remember that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides patients and bystanders at these incidents with certain legal immunities to prevent reluctance from seeking first responder assistance, including from the police. (Metro Creative photo)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Surveillance video shows the suspect, wearing black clothing, a face mask and an orange high visibility vest, standing next to a white pickup truck at a Barriere Esso gas pump on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at 3:45 p.m. (Photo submitted by Barriere RCMP)

White pickup with key in ignition stolen from Barriere Esso

Police remind drivers to refrain from leaving vehicles unlocked and/or with keys inside

Surveillance video shows the suspect, wearing black clothing, a face mask and an orange high visibility vest, standing next to a white pickup truck at a Barriere Esso gas pump on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at 3:45 p.m. (Photo submitted by Barriere RCMP)
(Black Press Media files)

UPDATE: Snowfall warning issued for North Thompson

As much as 25 cm of snow is expected in parts of the region

(Black Press Media files)