Opinion

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

Along with a “sprinkler trailer,” North Vancouver, Saanich and Interlakes fire departments were among 16 fire halls gratefully welcomed during Deka Lake/Judson Rd’s recent wildfire. (Montana Forster photo - submitted).

Welcome Wagon rolls through Deka Lake

Diana Forster: Deka Lake column

  • Jul 25, 2021
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Marianne Van Osch (Patrick Davies, 100 Mile Free Press photo)

Bridge Lake Ice Caves ‘scary fun’ in the old days

Marianne Van Osch column

  • Jul 10, 2021
Marianne Van Osch (Patrick Davies, 100 Mile Free Press photo)
Patrick Davies is a reporter for 100 Mile Free Press. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Historical patterns inform our present

Mark Twain is credited with saying “History never repeats itself, but it…

Patrick Davies is a reporter for 100 Mile Free Press. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Newly installed plaque in 100 Mile District General Hospital, to recognize 2020 donors of over $250. (Diana Forster - submitted)

Plaque recognizes Ladies Auxiliary

In addition, two of its members - Shelley Theriault and Lorna Wiebe - were also recognized

  • Jun 28, 2021
Newly installed plaque in 100 Mile District General Hospital, to recognize 2020 donors of over $250. (Diana Forster - submitted)
Marianne Van Osch (Patrick Davies, 100 Mile Free Press photo)

Forest Grove Cemetery a lovely place to rest

A warm breeze dances with tall purple lupines. The school children arrive.

  • Jun 27, 2021
Marianne Van Osch (Patrick Davies, 100 Mile Free Press photo)
BROADBAND

Digital highway ‘essential’ path

In this digital age we live in, access to the Internet isn’t just a convenience, it’s a necessity

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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Melissa Smalley

Return to normal post-COVID not a race

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of an entire province collectively…

Melissa Smalley
This week's editorial.

Celebrate Pride Month

100 Mile needs a rainbow sidewalk

  • Jun 12, 2021
This week's editorial.
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.

FOREST INK: Giant tree makes news

CBC radio covered a story of a monster tree on a logging…

  • Jun 9, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This week's editorial.

When cats roam

The BC SPCA Williams Lake and District branch came out with a…

  • May 30, 2021
This week's editorial.
Patrick Davies is a reporter with the 100 Mile Free Press. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Vaccination brings welcome relief

It’s not every day you get called into a vaccination clinic with five minutes notice

Patrick Davies is a reporter with the 100 Mile Free Press. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Milking cows and strangers on the premises

Cows in a milking barn may get upset if a stranger comes

  • May 24, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)