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Simpcw hunters found safe and sound

Barriere and area communities turn out in force to help search

Time to offer Bill Fowler a helping hand

Fowler is currently recovering from second and third degree burns

North Thompson Fall Fair board members receive national awards

Members of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association report there was great excitement among their ranks the afternoon of Nov. 12, when two hard working board members received national recognition for their ongoing efforts on behalf of the local association. The awards were announced during the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Awards Gala which was streamed online to maintain COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

North Thompson Fish and Game becoming a prime competitive location in B.C.

The North Thompson Fish and Game Club Society (NTFG) continues to move forward in becoming one of the prime competitive locations in British Columbia.

(L-r) Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Chairman Harley Wright is shown presenting retiring board member Ron Hindson with a gift of appreciation on behalf of the Society at their office in Barriere. Hindson has served on the LNTCFS Board of Directors since it’s inception in 2003. (LNTCFS photo)

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society grant intake open now

Ron Hindson retires after 17 years on the Board

(L-r) Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society Chairman Harley Wright is shown presenting retiring board member Ron Hindson with a gift of appreciation on behalf of the Society at their office in Barriere. Hindson has served on the LNTCFS Board of Directors since it’s inception in 2003. (LNTCFS photo)
Paradigm Building Solutions held their official grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with a number of dignitaries attending. A grand tour of the manufacturing facility and its robotics at the Louis Creek Industrial Park was provided by (l-r) Paradigm CEO Stefan Maunz and COO Murray Velichko for District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer, incumbent Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, incumbent Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, District of Barriere CAO Bob Payette, and Simpcw First Nation Councilor Jules Phillips. (Jill Hayward photo)

Paradigm – third in the World and first in Canada, opens in Louis Creek Industrial Park, Barriere, B.C.

Unique manufacturing technology for sustainable housing solutions through high-end prefabrication

Paradigm Building Solutions held their official grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with a number of dignitaries attending. A grand tour of the manufacturing facility and its robotics at the Louis Creek Industrial Park was provided by (l-r) Paradigm CEO Stefan Maunz and COO Murray Velichko for District of Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer, incumbent Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, incumbent Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, District of Barriere CAO Bob Payette, and Simpcw First Nation Councilor Jules Phillips. (Jill Hayward photo)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops has received two international honours recognizing its sustainability initiatives. (TRU photo)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops has received two international honours recognizing its sustainability initiatives. (TRU photo)
The annual Barriere food drive event was started by the vision of a young boy and his little red wagon. Nicky Grummet wanted to help the less fortunate families in his community, and in doing so filled his wagon with donations from community members and delivered them to the Food Bank. Unfortunately, Nicky’s life was taken from an unfortunate motorbike accident, but his legacy has annually been carried on by the Thunder Alley Toy Run, and in 2020 it will be carried on by the Community Food Drive On Wheels. Pictured is the custom made plaque that marks the memorial site for Nicky Grummet at the Barriere Food Bank. (Star/Journal photo)

Community Food Drive On Wheels will replace Barriere’s Toy Run for 2020

District of Barriere Councillor Al Fortin stopped by the Star/Journal office last week to let us know that because of social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 there will not be a Thunder Alley Stompin' Toy Run this year in Barriere.

The annual Barriere food drive event was started by the vision of a young boy and his little red wagon. Nicky Grummet wanted to help the less fortunate families in his community, and in doing so filled his wagon with donations from community members and delivered them to the Food Bank. Unfortunately, Nicky’s life was taken from an unfortunate motorbike accident, but his legacy has annually been carried on by the Thunder Alley Toy Run, and in 2020 it will be carried on by the Community Food Drive On Wheels. Pictured is the custom made plaque that marks the memorial site for Nicky Grummet at the Barriere Food Bank. (Star/Journal photo)
Just a few of the many wings recently painted on the side of the Liquor Store building in the heart of Barriere’s downtown core are done so in such a way that you can pose between them for a photograph or a selfie. Become one with the wings, and let your imagination take you into the sky. (Jill Hayward photo)

Daring to dream – Barriere building given wings

"The man who has no imagination has no wings." – Muhammad Ali

Just a few of the many wings recently painted on the side of the Liquor Store building in the heart of Barriere’s downtown core are done so in such a way that you can pose between them for a photograph or a selfie. Become one with the wings, and let your imagination take you into the sky. (Jill Hayward photo)
BC Hydro will be providing over $18,000 in grassroots grants to support community organizations in the Thompson/Okanagan/Columbia region this year. (BC Hydro image)

BC Hydro announces next intake for grassroots community grants

Grant funding available for approved initiatives that will occur from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

BC Hydro will be providing over $18,000 in grassroots grants to support community organizations in the Thompson/Okanagan/Columbia region this year. (BC Hydro image)
(L-r) Justice Nystoruk and Conner Farrow are two of many avid young golfers who play at Chinook Cove Golf and Rv near Barriere. (Wanda Nystoruk photo)

Texas Scramble tourney wraps up Junior Golf for season at Chinook Cove

Twenty-two children participated in the end of season event

(L-r) Justice Nystoruk and Conner Farrow are two of many avid young golfers who play at Chinook Cove Golf and Rv near Barriere. (Wanda Nystoruk photo)
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UPDATED: Thieves hit commercial site at Louis Creek Industrial Park

Barriere RCMP asking public for information

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Debra Brookes takes a selfie with her husband Dan and a very happy found dog named Tonto. The canine had been lost on a mountain top for almost three weeks until the Louis Creek couple set out to rescue him. (Brookes photo)

Determined couple save canine stuck on mountain top

Barb Gordon says she goes for a walk every morning with her neighbours Dan and Debra Brookes and their two dogs in the Glen Grove Subdivision area which is just off Agate Bay Road near Barriere. During their morning walk on Sunday, Aug. 9, Barb says they could hear a dog barking consistently from some distance away the entire time that they walked.

Debra Brookes takes a selfie with her husband Dan and a very happy found dog named Tonto. The canine had been lost on a mountain top for almost three weeks until the Louis Creek couple set out to rescue him. (Brookes photo)
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Barriere RCMP advise residents to be alert and keep vehicles and valuables secured

Barriere RCMP advise they have been notified by a concerned resident that in the evening hours of Aug. 14, 2020, three to four youth males of unknown further description were observed trying door handles on vehicles at a property in the area of Glentanna and Barriere Town Road. "A local resident scared them off and they are not believed to have departed with any stolen property," reports Cpl. Rob Welsman, "RCMP are asking Barriere residents to be on the lookout for this sort of activity and to secure all vehicles and valuables as part of their 9 p.m. routine.

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NT Fish and Game host 700 F class match

The North Thompson Fish and Game Club hosted its first long range target rifle competition at the Gorman FSR range over the August long weekend.

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Goats owned by Barriere’s Jayne D’Entremont assisted in her presentation regarding biological control at the Invasive Plant Management Day. D’Entremont noted her goats have been trained to eat invasive plants. This is a suprisingly effective way of controling invasive plants, and probably the most fun method. (TNIPMC photo)

Don’t become complacent, invasive plants are here for the long haul

Invasive Plant Field Day held at fairgrounds in Barriere

Goats owned by Barriere’s Jayne D’Entremont assisted in her presentation regarding biological control at the Invasive Plant Management Day. D’Entremont noted her goats have been trained to eat invasive plants. This is a suprisingly effective way of controling invasive plants, and probably the most fun method. (TNIPMC photo)
Barriere residents are shown starting to gather outside the Barriere Lions Hall as they waited to attend the Monday, Aug. 10, regular District of Barriere Council meeting at 7 p.m. (Jill Hayward photo)

“We’re going to get through this together,” says Mayor regarding Barriere water restrictions

The District of Barriere regular council meeting was held at the Barriere Lions Hall on Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. to accommodate council, staff with room for social distancing, as well as a few seats for members of the public.

Barriere residents are shown starting to gather outside the Barriere Lions Hall as they waited to attend the Monday, Aug. 10, regular District of Barriere Council meeting at 7 p.m. (Jill Hayward photo)
These two people are suspected of theft in Barriere on Friday, July 3, 2020. Anyone with information relating to the identity of these individuals is asked to call the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (RCMP submitted photo)

Barriere RCMP are asking, “Do you know who these people are?”

RCMP are hoping someone will recognize the people in these photos who are suspected of theft in Barriere.

These two people are suspected of theft in Barriere on Friday, July 3, 2020. Anyone with information relating to the identity of these individuals is asked to call the Barriere RCMP at 250-672-9918 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (RCMP submitted photo)
Barriere RCMP are requesting the public’s help in identifying a woman who departed the AG Foods grocery store on Friday, July 31, 2020, with $130 in groceries and merchandise that she did not pay for. (RCMP submitted photo)

Barriere RCMP looking for alleged AG Foods shoplifter

RCMP are requesting help in identifying a woman who departed the AG Foods grocery store in Barriere on Friday, July 31, 2020, with $130 in groceries and merchandise that she did not pay for.

Barriere RCMP are requesting the public’s help in identifying a woman who departed the AG Foods grocery store on Friday, July 31, 2020, with $130 in groceries and merchandise that she did not pay for. (RCMP submitted photo)
A structure fire July 29 at a property below the Glen Grove Subdivision on Agate Bay Road saw firefighters on site for 10 hours ensuring the safety of emergency workers and homeowners. (Barriere Fire Photo)

Structure fire in the forest near Barriere gives Glen Grove residents a scare

On the evening of Wednesday, July 29, Barriere Fire Rescue were called out at 10 p.m. for a structure fire in the 3200 block of Agate Bay Road.

A structure fire July 29 at a property below the Glen Grove Subdivision on Agate Bay Road saw firefighters on site for 10 hours ensuring the safety of emergency workers and homeowners. (Barriere Fire Photo)