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Claire Arduini (l) and Jacob Archibald take part in Raft River Elementary's annual Christmas concert on Thursday

SLIDESHOW: Raft River Elementary holds Christmas concert

Youngsters at Raft River Elementary School put on a Christmas concert titled Winter Celebrations Around the World on Thursday, Dec. 15

Claire Arduini (l) and Jacob Archibald take part in Raft River Elementary's annual Christmas concert on Thursday
Some of the senior skaters look proud after their performance.

SLIDESHOW: Christmas Figure-skating Carnival – Part 2 of 2

More photos from Raft Mountain Skating Club's annual figure-skating show, which was held Dec. 9 in the Sportsplex

Some of the senior skaters look proud after their performance.
A member of Raft Mountain Skating Club takes part in the club's Christmas Skating Carnival on Friday

SLIDESHOW: Christmas Figure-skating Carnival – Part 1 of 2

Members of Raft Mountain Skating Club takes part in the club's Christmas Skating Carnival on Friday, Dec. 9

A member of Raft Mountain Skating Club takes part in the club's Christmas Skating Carnival on Friday
Emelia Rotzetter tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas during the annual Christmas Tree Light-Up event held Sunday evening at the Wells Gray Infocentre.

SLIDESHOW: Christmas Tree Light-up 2016

Youngsters of all ages gather at Wells Gray Infocentre for Christmas Tree Light-Up celebration on Sunday evening, Dec. 4

  • Dec 6, 2016
Emelia Rotzetter tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas during the annual Christmas Tree Light-Up event held Sunday evening at the Wells Gray Infocentre.
Mary Stewart and Lloyd Smith sing country songs as they take part in annual Clearwater Community Christmas Concert at Dutch Lake Centre on Friday evening

SLIDESHOW: Clearwater Community Christmas Concert 2016

A large crowd gathers at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Saturday evening, Dec. 3, for annual concert to help Clearwater Food Bank

Mary Stewart and Lloyd Smith sing country songs as they take part in annual Clearwater Community Christmas Concert at Dutch Lake Centre on Friday evening
Losing his hair for cancer victims Debbie Fochler (l) from Absolute Hair in Clearwater cuts John Meyer's hair. Meyer had been growing his hair for two years and it was 11 inches long. On Oct. 1

Losing his hair for cancer victims

Debbie Fochler (l) from Absolute Hair in Clearwater cuts John Meyer's hair

  • Nov 30, 2016
Losing his hair for cancer victims Debbie Fochler (l) from Absolute Hair in Clearwater cuts John Meyer's hair. Meyer had been growing his hair for two years and it was 11 inches long. On Oct. 1
Clearwater's Tommy Panko checks out one of several registration kiosks with Kelsey Forsyth of WorkBC's Find Your Fit tour at Clearwater Secondary School on Tuesday

Students learn about careers at Find Your Fit

Students learn what skills they will need for tomorrow’s in-demand occupations

Clearwater's Tommy Panko checks out one of several registration kiosks with Kelsey Forsyth of WorkBC's Find Your Fit tour at Clearwater Secondary School on Tuesday
A detailed map shows the locations of the various homesteads and the school in Roundtop as they were in 1947. The modern highway is indicated by dotted line.

Memories of Roundtop – Part one

Valley Voice - The following history of Roundtop appeared in the Oct. 16, 1974 issue of the Times.

  • Nov 30, 2016
A detailed map shows the locations of the various homesteads and the school in Roundtop as they were in 1947. The modern highway is indicated by dotted line.
Heather Adamson speaks during the grand opening of the Early Years Centre.

PHOTOS: Early Years Centre opens

Facility at Dutch Lake Centre will provide space where children and parents can relax and have fun in a safe environment

  • Nov 22, 2016
Heather Adamson speaks during the grand opening of the Early Years Centre.
A new

New app will help B.C. drivers

The BCHighways app makes use of information from the Ministry of Transportation to keep drivers informed about the roads.

A new
Members of Clearwater RCMP lead the parade to the cenotaph on Nov. 11.

SLIDEHOW: Remembrance Day in Clearwater

A large crowd gathers at the cenotaph in Reg Small Park for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11

Members of Clearwater RCMP lead the parade to the cenotaph on Nov. 11.
Noah Baker

Successful season for Wells Gray Riders

Winners of monthly gymkhanas honoured during year-end banquet

Noah Baker
Clearwater-Vavenby Legion member Harry James plays the Last Post during a Remembrance Day ceremony at Clearwater Secondary School on Nov. 10.

SLIDESHOW: Remembrance Day at Clearwater Secondary School

Students at Clearwater Secondary School take part in a Remembrance Day celebration on Nov. 10

Clearwater-Vavenby Legion member Harry James plays the Last Post during a Remembrance Day ceremony at Clearwater Secondary School on Nov. 10.
CURIOUS CRITTER: Sea otters are not a common site in the area; but all B.C. residents

Public asked to help name rescued otters

The Vancouver Aquarium has taken charge of two rescued otter pups, who are enjoying their new home but need names.

CURIOUS CRITTER: Sea otters are not a common site in the area; but all B.C. residents
When hitting the highways and byways this winter

Time change can wreak havoc on drivers

And that isn't the only reason accidents on B.C. roads spike right after the clocks fall back.

When hitting the highways and byways this winter
A letter from Harry Fairbrother

VALLEY VOICES: History of Blackpool – Part two of two

The first school in Blackpool was a log building, built in 1915. Margaret (Peggy) Tait was the first school teacher

A letter from Harry Fairbrother
Brycin Tourond is a dinosaur.

Hallowe’en at Vavenby Hall

The community of Vavenby holds a Hallowe'en get-together on the evening of Oct. 31, 2016

Brycin Tourond is a dinosaur.
Blue River residents will soon be able to consult with Clearwater-based Dr. John Soles via Telehealth video-conference.

Blue River residents to visit doctor by videoconference

Beginning in November, Dr. John Soles will be offering Telehealth appointments to Blue River patients

  • Oct 25, 2016
Blue River residents will soon be able to consult with Clearwater-based Dr. John Soles via Telehealth video-conference.
Donna Barnett (l) with Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon after being sworn in as Minister of State for Rural Economic Development on October 21.

Rural voice is now stronger in Victoria with new Rural Economic Development portfolio

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett is now a Minister of State, giving rural communities an advocate at the cabinet table.

Donna Barnett (l) with Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon after being sworn in as Minister of State for Rural Economic Development on October 21.
The CRA tax scam appears to have stopped - at least for now.

Raid on call centre in India puts brakes on CRA tax scam

Experts are wondering if the scheme is permanently stopped, or if it will resume again when the heat dies down.

The CRA tax scam appears to have stopped - at least for now.