Barbara Roden

Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge

Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge

Spences Bridge firefighters responded to the blaze, but were unable to save the house

Fire destroys historic house at Hilltop Gardens near Spences Bridge
Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season
Joyce Beddow-Buckland was recently appointed to the Interior Health board. Photo: Phyllis Rainey.

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

Joyce Beddow-Buckland was recently appointed to the Interior Health board. Photo: Phyllis Rainey.
A fisherman with a Thompson Steelhead. The precipitous decline in Steelhead returns has had a devastating effect on the region’s sport fishery. Photo: Fraser Basin Council.

Thompson, Chilcotin Steelhead Trout in danger of extinction

‘Once it’s gone, it’s not coming back’ says longtime Steelhead advocate Steve Rice.

A fisherman with a Thompson Steelhead. The precipitous decline in Steelhead returns has had a devastating effect on the region’s sport fishery. Photo: Fraser Basin Council.
Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report

Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report

Many businesses unaware of, or not accessing, available aid programs

Interior businesses took $31 million economic hit from wildfires: report
What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft Reserve resident who lost home says she lives the fire every day

Seven months after the Elephant Hill wildfire, Angie Thorne wonders what moving forward looks like.

What was left of the triplex on the Ashcroft Reserve. Angie Thorne recalls the day of the fire, and the confusion as community members could not get in touch with others. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department captain Jonah Anstett with Judy Draney, accepting a quilt on behalf of the fire department. Photo: Kris Hardy.
B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show

Jada Raphael of the Cook’s Ferry Band will represent the Nlakapamux and Secwepemc Nations

B.C. Indigenous teen model to walk in major Australian fashion show
With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.

A ‘pretty determined girl’ helps raise $6,000 for wildfire-ravaged interior B.C. fire departments

Khiara Archibald sold lemonade and homemade jewellery to raise funds for local firefighters.

With the help of Interior Savings Credit Union, Khiara Archibald (centre) raised $6,000 for the Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments. Khiara is pictured (from left) with Ashcroft fire chief Josh White; Ashcroft Interior Savings Credit Union accounts manager Kellie Niessen and branch manager Karma Kubbernus; and Cache Creek fire captain Bill Elliott. Photo: Barbara Roden.
Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods

Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods

‘I felt their loss, and wanted to reach out to them’ says Harpaul Nandhra.

Vancouver Island woman draws portrait of B.C. fire chief who was swept away by floods
U.S. citizens, and those with dual citizenship, can access a wide range of services without travelling to Vancouver. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. ‘Pop-up Consulate’ coming to Kamloops

The one-day session will provide American citizens access to many services, such as passport renewal

U.S. citizens, and those with dual citizenship, can access a wide range of services without travelling to Vancouver. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Jenny Lynn Larocque was last seen on September 27 in Williams Lake, but her dog and vehicle were found near Ashcroft earlier this week. Photo: Prince George RCMP.
B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure

B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure

A picture of a pond hockey game in Lytton has been included in a Canadian Museum of History booklet

B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure
Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials

Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials

Boston Flats, Loon Lake, and Pressy Lake were hardest hit, with 175 structures destroyed.

Wildfires destroy 234 structures in Thompson-Nicola region: officials
How to cope with stress after the B.C. wildfires

How to cope with stress after the B.C. wildfires

One expert says stress will vary from person to person, but there are ways of dealing with it

How to cope with stress after the B.C. wildfires
Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong

Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong

BC Wildfire Service says it has reached out to people affected by the Elephant Hill fire

Clinton-area ranchers seeking compensation for controlled burn gone wrong
Smoke from the fire near Highway 1 east of Cache Creek.                                Tom Moe

UPDATE: Wildfire closes Highway 1 east of Cache Creek

Strong winds from the north have pushed the fire toward the former mushroom compost facility.

Smoke from the fire near Highway 1 east of Cache Creek.                                Tom Moe
BREAKING: Evacuation order issued for village of Clinton

BREAKING: Evacuation order issued for village of Clinton

Wind has whipped the Elephant Hill wildfire across the Bonaparte River.

BREAKING: Evacuation order issued for village of Clinton
The Elephant Hill wildfire continues to behave aggressively, forcing an evacuation order northeast of Clinton on July 25.                                Barbara Roden

VIDEO: Wind and warm, dry weather increase Elephant Hill wildfire

Crews may start conducting controlled burns as early as today to try to contain the fire.

The Elephant Hill wildfire continues to behave aggressively, forcing an evacuation order northeast of Clinton on July 25.                                Barbara Roden
The greeting that returning Cache Creek residents saw as they made their way along Highway 1 to Quartz Road.                                Barbara Roden

Firefighters and volunteers gather to welcome reurning Cache Creek residents

After 12 days of being evacuated, the village started to come back to life on July 18.

The greeting that returning Cache Creek residents saw as they made their way along Highway 1 to Quartz Road.                                Barbara Roden