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Family-owned ranch added to century list

August
22
,
2016
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As you travel on Hwy. 97, or the Cariboo Highway as it is known near Cache Creek, one of the local homesteads has a longstanding history along B.C.’s longest highway. On behalf of Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie...

Canada's No. 1 cowboy festival turns 20

March
7
,
2016
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Four working cowboys, each one with long years in the saddle across the Thompson-Nicola and Cariboo regions, will be inducted into the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame in Kamloops next week. Alphonse Raphael, Stan Jacobs, Hank Krynen and Henry Schneider,...

Cracking the mysteries of chickens

February
21
,
2016
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“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The question was inevitable at a seminar Saturday at Purity Feed about raising chickens. Some of the 70 in attendance were old country hands at it; others were there in hopes Kamloops City...

Rural winter presents special challenges

December
8
,
2015
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GETTING READY for spring is hard work, but fun work. Winter, not so much. Spring is all about rebirth, sunny days, planting and cleansing. Winter, on the other hand, is about shutting down, girding for inclement weather, ever-shorter days, and...

ROTHENBURGER — A deer and two horses

November
10
,
2015
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ONE OF THE prettiest sights I’ve seen in a long while unveiled itself to me one evening as I went out to feed the horses. At the watering trough, a fawn stood between our two horses, drinking. All three were unconcerned, enjoying the moment...

ROTHENBURGER - The charm of old trucks

November
3
,
2015
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I WAS looking forward to one last trip to town in the Cornbinder on the weekend. As I was about to get into the truck, I took the precaution of checking the insurance stickers on the licence plate — they said Oct. 20, 2015. I was sure I had...

ROTHENBURGER - The dangers of rural roads

October
27
,
2015
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THERE ARE risks to living rurally, but if you were to draw up a list you might not include driving to and from town as one of them. We more often think of accidents involving farm machinery or loss of buildings to fire because of lack of fire...

ROTHENBURGER - Cookies at the polling station

October
20
,
2015
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CITY FOLKS went to the polls on Monday, lining up in school gyms, church halls and even hotels to cast their ballots in the federal election. It was busy, with Elections Canada officials reporting that there were lineups even before the 7 a.m....

Vimy hero's name now etched in granite

October
13
,
2015
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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK, in a tiny cemetery in the Nicola Valley — sagebrush and cactus country — one grave marker stands out from the rest. It’s a simple but impressive granite headstone, at the final resting place of a very special...

ROTHENBURGER - Revenge of the beaver

October
6
,
2015
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I WAS tooling along on the ride ‘em mower Sunday, tidying up the grass around the house, when I passed under one of our Silver Maples and noticed what looked like some claw marks on one side of the trunk. Upon closer inspection, I saw...