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Sikhs from Barriere

SLIDESHOW: Vaisakhi celebrations in Clearwater 2016

Sikhs from Barriere, Kamloops and elsewhere join those from Clearwater at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Temple for Vaisakhi on Sunday, May 15

Sikhs from Barriere
Clearwater fire captain Guy Holland hands a youngster a firefighting helmet during the May Day parade on Saturday

SLIDESHOW: May Day parade in Clearwater

A total of 16 floats and 178 participants take part in annual May Day parade on the Flats in Clearwater

Clearwater fire captain Guy Holland hands a youngster a firefighting helmet during the May Day parade on Saturday
Dr. James Hansen first testified to the U.S. Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change in the late 1980s.

Canadian common sense: Petition e-297

Climate scientist Dr. James Hansen endorses petition for Canada-wide carbon fee-and-dividend

Dr. James Hansen first testified to the U.S. Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change in the late 1980s.
Jack Harby stands in a vegetable garden overlooking Dutch Lake.

Valley Voices: Jack Harby and family homestead by Dutch Lake

Members of the family still live in the house by the lake

Jack Harby stands in a vegetable garden overlooking Dutch Lake.
Map shows the location of many of the geological features in Wells Gray Park that would be included in a proposed UNESCO Geopark.

Geopark application should focus on Clearwater-Wells Gray

My proposal is to narrow the focus to Clearwater-Wells Gray for the Geopark application

  • May 3, 2016
Map shows the location of many of the geological features in Wells Gray Park that would be included in a proposed UNESCO Geopark.
Kasey Quinn picks up garbage during a Town Clean Up Day held in Blue River on Sunday

Blue River hold spring cleanup

A good-sized crowd of Blue River residents turned to take part in a Town Cleanup Day

Kasey Quinn picks up garbage during a Town Clean Up Day held in Blue River on Sunday
(L-r) Heather Adamson accepts a $40

Splashpark gets help from Buy-Low

Buy-Low Foods presents $40,000 cheque for splash park project in Clearwater

(L-r) Heather Adamson accepts a $40
Cindy Raschke shows multiple expressions on her face as she rehearses her role in 'The Real Inspector Hound.'

SLIDESHOW: After Hours Theatre rehearses two short plays

"Betweenity" and "The Real Inspector Hound" to be presented April 14, 15 and 16 in the Pit at Clearwater Secondary

Cindy Raschke shows multiple expressions on her face as she rehearses her role in 'The Real Inspector Hound.'
A ferry man operates a river ferry at Vavenby sometime in the 1920s. The ferry was replaced by a bridge in 1949.

Valley Voices: Jack Moilliet grows up on sheep ranch

Though he attended school in Vavenby, starting in 1925, he more often than not was found among the sheep rather than at school

  • Mar 25, 2016
A ferry man operates a river ferry at Vavenby sometime in the 1920s. The ferry was replaced by a bridge in 1949.
Clearwater players struggle to keep control in front of their own net as a Russian player takes a shot during an exhibition game at the Sportsplex late Wednesday afternoon.

SLIDESHOW: Clearwater team takes on Russians

The score was a bit lop-sided as a team of Clearwater Minor Hockey girls (with help from a few alumni) take on the Russian women's team

Clearwater players struggle to keep control in front of their own net as a Russian player takes a shot during an exhibition game at the Sportsplex late Wednesday afternoon.
Youngsters line up with Mike Wiegele (l) and their instructors as they get ready to fly up to Saddle Mountain from Mike Wiegele Heli-sk Resort on Saturday morning. The weekly learn-to-ski program is available without charge to the sons and daughters of resort employees

SLIDESHOW: Kids learn to helicopter-ski at Blue River

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing sponsors weekly trips into the mountains for local youngsters

Youngsters line up with Mike Wiegele (l) and their instructors as they get ready to fly up to Saddle Mountain from Mike Wiegele Heli-sk Resort on Saturday morning. The weekly learn-to-ski program is available without charge to the sons and daughters of resort employees
Upper Clearwater resident Doris Laner's most recent work centers around the wilderness of Wells Gray Park.

SLIDESHOW: Local artists show works in Kamloops

Art Exposed opened Friday at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre and all run until March 19

Upper Clearwater resident Doris Laner's most recent work centers around the wilderness of Wells Gray Park.
Lily Dulaba flies like a bird as she takes part in Raft Mountain Skating Club's spring show on Friday evening

SLIDESHOW: Spring skate show 2016

Members of Raft Mountain Skating Club put their spring show at the Sportsplex on Friday evening, March 4

  • Mar 6, 2016
Lily Dulaba flies like a bird as she takes part in Raft Mountain Skating Club's spring show on Friday evening
William Taylor of Raft River Elementary School gets congratulated by Mike Wiegele for taking second place in the Kindegarten boys event.

SLIDESHOW: 2016 Blue River x-ski races (3 of 3)

Youngsters receive their medals during awards luncheon held at Mike Wiegele Heli-ski Village following cross-country ski races on Feb. 18

William Taylor of Raft River Elementary School gets congratulated by Mike Wiegele for taking second place in the Kindegarten boys event.
Photo shows the Moilliets' ranch near Vavenby as it appeared during the 1920s. Note the wooden fences and what appears to be a stump in the road

Valley Voices: Vavenby mother nearly dies on way to hospital – in a canoe

Moilliet family starts ranching near Vavenby early in the 20th Century

Photo shows the Moilliets' ranch near Vavenby as it appeared during the 1920s. Note the wooden fences and what appears to be a stump in the road
Heli-ski operator Mike Wiegele talks with Rachelle Brasseur

Kids have fun during Blue River ski races

Multiple medals given out following cross-country ski races held Feb. 18

Heli-ski operator Mike Wiegele talks with Rachelle Brasseur
Youngsters line up to cheer on their schoolmates during annual cross-country ski races in Blue River on Thursday

SLIDESHOW: 2016 Blue River x-ski races (1 of 3)

Students from Raft River, Barriere and Blue River schools take part in annual cross-country ski races in Blue River on Feb. 18

Youngsters line up to cheer on their schoolmates during annual cross-country ski races in Blue River on Thursday
Map from AccuWeather shows the North Thompson Valley in an area predicted to have a drier and milder spring than usual.

Canada’s spring of 2016 may rank in top 10 warmest on record

Despite the drier and mild weather, ski conditions this spring will be very good from British Columbia to Alberta due to a deep snowpack

Map from AccuWeather shows the North Thompson Valley in an area predicted to have a drier and milder spring than usual.
Robyn Kreke spins as Raft Mountain Skating Club puts on a show on Friday evening

SLIDESHOW: Skaters put on show for Winter Fest

Raft Mountain Skating Club puts on show on Friday evening, Feb. 5, as part of Clearwater's annual Winter Festival

Robyn Kreke spins as Raft Mountain Skating Club puts on a show on Friday evening
Members of the Graffunder family line up youngest to oldest in front of the Vavenby railway station. Ernie Graffunder's father was station master.

Valley Voices: Ernie Graffunder lived a multi-faceted life

Although Vavenby man only got to Grade 8, he was a school trustee for 30 years and valued education highly

Members of the Graffunder family line up youngest to oldest in front of the Vavenby railway station. Ernie Graffunder's father was station master.