Barriere Star Journal

Cherish and value the older adults in our lives

Each year, the first week of June in British Columbia is declared Seniors' Week. This is traditionally a time when we celebrate the contributions of those one million British Columbians who are over the age of 65. The week is generally filled with events that gather seniors together, with government officials cutting cakes and presenting recognition awards.

  • Jun 3, 2020

Good news for Barriere regarding municipal water wells

The District of Barriere's June 1, 2020, regular council meeting was open to the public and took place online via Zoom. The agenda provided over three hours of reports and discussion in regards to the business of the municipality.

Highway 5, McLure to Louis Creek, gets facelift

More than $85 million is being spent on highway and side road improvements in the Southern Interior of British Columbia in 2020. One of these major resurfacing projects is just now being completed on Highway 5 (Yellowhead) south of Barriere.

Graduates, gather no moss like a Rolling Stone

If I was invited to address the graduating high school class of 2020, this is what I'd say.

  • May 31, 2020

Deuce and Birdie pots continue to build

Golfing has been interesting. Other years my foursome which includes Debbie Rainer, the Ladies Golf Captain, has usually teed off around 4:20 p.m. There has always been loads of ladies go out before us and loads go out after us. So we have had to make sure that we are playing in a timely fashion and keeping the game moving along. That is simply good golf etiquette. This year we have been the last group to go out. This means no one is following us and we have been able to golf at a more leisurely pace.

  • May 30, 2020

Free, live coding workshops for kids

Keep Learning BC includes free instruction for creating websites, online games, generative art, and more

  • May 30, 2020

Barriere family adds to memorial fence for fallen Snowbirds

Paying their respects for Capt. Jenn Casey and the entire Snowbirds' family "a moving experience"

Rod and gun club president speaks up on gun ban

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement regarding a ban on 1,500 models of guns was said to have been in the name of safety, but some local firearm enthusiasts are questioning his motivations.

  • May 28, 2020

Barriere RCMP hit the trail with BC Conservation Officer Service

Barriere RCMP Detachment Commander, Cpl. Robert Welsman, says he took to back road trails in the area on ATV's with members of the local BC Conservation Officer Service over the May long-weekend.

  • May 27, 2020

Plant veggies and enter Barriere Blooms contest

Victory Garden theme gets residents in the dirt

RV habitation once again a discussion topic for TNRD

"I don't imagine for a moment that we've heard the last of the RV issue"

  • May 27, 2020

Canada’s COVID response not perfect, but good

When I reflect on Canada's response to the COVID-19 epidemic, it's not perfect, but good. Our government has listened to doctors, scientists and public health professionals to develop an emergency response that is getting us through the crisis while minimizing harm to those at greatest risk. Our government is being unprecedentedly agile with rapid responses, accommodating the homeless in improvised shelters, offsetting lost wages and rent, temporarily expanding the social safety net targeting those with most pressing needs, supporting essential services, coordinating healthcare and social services to best respond after years of underfunding, and not insignificantly, listening to Canadians to assess its successes and shortcomings.

  • May 23, 2020

North Thompson residents ready to join online Walk for Alzheimer’s

Dementia doesn't stop and neither does the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

  • May 22, 2020

Social distancing from a bear’s point of view

It's that time of year again when the bears are out and about. Be 'bear smart' if you live in a rural area, and especially so if you plan on heading to the backcountry - be prepared. This is also a good time to make sure you do not leave any bear attractants such as garbage, barbecues, or pet food outside. (Jill Hayward photo)

38 ladies had plenty of room to social distance

A couple of years ago hubby and I purchased 600 (yes, 600) used paving bricks - the interlocking kind. Our plans were to make a nice walkway between our property and the Rudd property next door. Needless to say we procrastinated last year and the bricks remained stacked on our carport. In the meantime Bob had some issues with his knees and now the project was mine. What I thought would take me a week has expanded to taking over my life completely.

  • May 21, 2020

B.C. bats not to blame for COVID-19; in fact, bats need our help

B.C. Annual Bat Count contributes to surveillance for white-nose syndrome across the province

  • May 21, 2020

District staff report to Barriere Council

District of Barriere Utilities Manager, Ian Crosson, reported during the May 19, 2020, online Council meeting regarding the status of Barriere wells.

District staff report to Barriere Council

District of Barriere Utilities Manager, Ian Crosson, reported during the May 19, 2020, online Council meeting regarding the status of Barriere wells.

Invasive Mussel Defence program launches in B.C.

Boat inspection stations are now open at various locations throughout the province to prevent harmful zebra and quagga mussels from hitching a boat ride and entering B.C. waterways. Unlike B.C.'s native mussels, zebra and quagga mussels attach to hard surfaces, allowing them to move between waterbodies by boats and equipment. The mussels multiply rapidly and are extremely difficult to eradicate once they become established in an area.

  • May 21, 2020

Bigger is not always better

To the Editor;

  • May 20, 2020