Melissa Smalley

Pam and Doug Canty - here with their son, Evan - have been feeling the impact of health services impacted by COVID-19 this past year. (Submitted photo)

PRIME TIME: Seniors struggle amid closures

Closures resulting from COVID-19 this past year-and-a-half have impacted many in the South Cariboo

Pam and Doug Canty - here with their son, Evan - have been feeling the impact of health services impacted by COVID-19 this past year. (Submitted photo)
A BC Wildfire Service tanker flying in the South Cariboo skies. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Flat Lake fire now listed at 39,584 hectares

Planned ignitions on fire southwest of 100 Mile ongoing as conditions allow

A BC Wildfire Service tanker flying in the South Cariboo skies. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
John Yun and his parents are excited to be then new owners of the Lone Butte General Store. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Small town community ‘like family’

New owners at Lone Butte General Store settling in to role

John Yun and his parents are excited to be then new owners of the Lone Butte General Store. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Ginny-Lou Alexander has been teaching piano and speech arts out of her 100 Mile House home for several decades. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

PRIME TIME: Ginny-Lou Alexander learned as she taught piano

In fact, the 100 Mile House resident never took lessons as a child

Ginny-Lou Alexander has been teaching piano and speech arts out of her 100 Mile House home for several decades. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A Skycrane helicopter works on the Flat Lake fire southwest of 100 Mile House. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)

Planned ignitions at Flat Lake fire called off due to wind

Wildfire listed at 32,194 hectares saw ‘moderate fire behaviour’ Saturday

A Skycrane helicopter works on the Flat Lake fire southwest of 100 Mile House. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)
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In trying times, community is everything

It’s an all too familiar feeling for many of us in the…

Melissa Smalley
Lory Rochon, of Cariboo-Chilcotin Partners for LIteracy, runs several programs to help seniors learn to navigate computers and online apps. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

PRIME TIME: Navigating the digital highway

Some older adults are having a hard time keeping up with the shift to digital platforms

Lory Rochon, of Cariboo-Chilcotin Partners for LIteracy, runs several programs to help seniors learn to navigate computers and online apps. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A BC Wildfire Service tanker flying in the South Cariboo skies. (Patrick Davies file photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

New fire reported northeast of Watch Lake

Blaze discovered July 20 suspected to be lightning caused

A BC Wildfire Service tanker flying in the South Cariboo skies. (Patrick Davies file photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Wildfire crews battle the Flat Lake fire. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Highway 97 reduced to single lane alternating traffic

Flat Lake fire advanced to highway overnight, crews working to secure 83 Mile area

Wildfire crews battle the Flat Lake fire. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)
Jasper Bird and Zoey Edwards, students at Mile 108 Elementary, had poems published in a national book following a contest last fall. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Young South Cariboo poets thrilled to be published

Two Mile 108 Elementary students win spots in national contest

Jasper Bird and Zoey Edwards, students at Mile 108 Elementary, had poems published in a national book following a contest last fall. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A helicopter works on the Flat Lake fire, west of Highway 97. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)

Follow the plan and be prepared: officials

Top priority is to keep residents safe

A helicopter works on the Flat Lake fire, west of Highway 97. (Warren Lowe - Submitted photo)
Crews are monitoring the Flat Lake fire after it jumped a guard in the vicinity of Bishop Lake, near Bishop Meadow Ranch. (Chani Dickson photo- submitted).

Flat Lake fire grows to 15,838 hectares, jumps guard

Crews monitoring Bishop Meadow Ranch Ranch overnight

Crews are monitoring the Flat Lake fire after it jumped a guard in the vicinity of Bishop Lake, near Bishop Meadow Ranch. (Chani Dickson photo- submitted).
Tina Johnson, at the Cariboo Crafters Market, shows off the freezer full of meals for seniors, provided by volunteers at the Interlakes Community Centre. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Tina Johnson, at the Cariboo Crafters Market, shows off the freezer full of meals for seniors, provided by volunteers at the Interlakes Community Centre. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Prime Time: Healthy meals on the menu

Volunteers around the South Cariboo cook up a storm to provide inexpensive seniors’ meals

Tina Johnson, at the Cariboo Crafters Market, shows off the freezer full of meals for seniors, provided by volunteers at the Interlakes Community Centre. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Tina Johnson, at the Cariboo Crafters Market, shows off the freezer full of meals for seniors, provided by volunteers at the Interlakes Community Centre. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Emergency Support Services centre in 100 Mile House is open at PSO daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Evacuee supports, vouchers available in 100 Mile

MLA Lorne Doerkson clarifies support procedure following ‘misunderstanding’

The Emergency Support Services centre in 100 Mile House is open at PSO daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A new evacuation order for the Bonaparte Plateau was issued by the TNRD Saturday afternoon.

Evacuation order for Bonaparte Plateau

TNRD issues order for properties near Gustafsen and Neilson lakes

A new evacuation order for the Bonaparte Plateau was issued by the TNRD Saturday afternoon.
The fire on the south end of Canim Lake has grown to 2,343 hectares. (Norm Lapointe - Submitted photo)

Canim Lake fire listed at 2,343 hectares

Clearer conditions allow crews to update size estimate on fire of note

The fire on the south end of Canim Lake has grown to 2,343 hectares. (Norm Lapointe - Submitted photo)
Smoke from the Flat Lake fire could be seen from the 70 Mile Store on Saturday afternoon. (Tina McSweyn - Submitted photo)

Structural protection units on site near 70 Mile

More than 1,000 properties on evacuation order due to 14,000-hectare Flat Lake blaze

Smoke from the Flat Lake fire could be seen from the 70 Mile Store on Saturday afternoon. (Tina McSweyn - Submitted photo)
Jerome Lengkeek, of Calibrate Group, has been hired by the CRD and District of 100 Mile House to undertake a housing needs assessment report. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Seniors, rental housing among concerns in South Cariboo

Region ‘one of the oldest parts of the province, demographically.’

Jerome Lengkeek, of Calibrate Group, has been hired by the CRD and District of 100 Mile House to undertake a housing needs assessment report. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A cluster of properties in Lone Butte were downgraded from evacuation order to alert Thursday evening.

Evacuation order downgraded for cluster of properties around Hwy 24

Hundreds of properties still on evacuation order as Flat Lake fire grows to 10,000 hectares

A cluster of properties in Lone Butte were downgraded from evacuation order to alert Thursday evening.
CN rail started operating again through Clinton and Lone Butte. (CN image)

Freight trains roll through South Cariboo

CN Rail diverts its rail traffic following massive fire in Lytton

CN rail started operating again through Clinton and Lone Butte. (CN image)