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Farewell from us at NewsKamloops

November
25
,
2016
We regretfully announce that NewsKamloops will cease publication today, Sept. 30, 2016. We’ve enjoyed the experiment of publishing an independent, online newspaper owned and written by Kamloops people, and we thank readers who have made us...

The Armchair Mayor lives on

October
1
,
2016
Though NewsKamloops.com is no longer active, The Armchair Mayor category lives on, returning to its own website. Columnists who have contributed to The Armchair Mayor will keep on writing and they can be found at ArmchairMayor.ca. While...

GINTA - Could corporations sponsor free thinking?

September
30
,
2016
SO MUCH has happened in the last week it's hard to know where to start in choosing a topic for this piece. The crushing news, in my opinion, was the approval of the Pacifice Northwest LNG export terminal by the federal government. Communicated...

Oscar Peterson was one of the greats

September
30
,
2016
SINCE THIS this will be the last RAATJ, I would like to close with one of my favourites, Oscar Peterson.  I have never liked the phrase “the greatest” of anything.  It is a purely subjective thing, usually they are all...

McQUARRIE - What is Trump Nation thinking?

September
30
,
2016
ON MONDAY evening, while driving back to Kamloops, I was able to listen to the Presidential Debate on the car radio.  As it turned out, radio was probably the best way, as without visual clues it forced me to listen and to rely on just their...

Maybe there's hope for Trudeau after all

September
30
,
2016
WHEN IT comes to Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government, there's been no shortage of things to criticize, his and his government spending habits topping the list. But the Trudeau government should be given its due for making the difficult...

LNG deal shows we're open for business

September
29
,
2016
IT'S NOT a sure thing, but no longer is it just a pipe dream. And wasn't that a broad smile on Christy Clark's face as federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was announcing conditional approval for the giant Pacific Northwest...

My vote goes to Trump on debate

September
28
,
2016
AS WE'VE SAID before, not a lot to choose from, but based on the first presidential debate, my vote, if I had one, goes to Donald Trump. While there was a great deal of recrimination and accusation about who is racist, and who lacks stamina...

No good news in Clinton-Trump debate

September
27
,
2016
 A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THEY SAY more than 100 million Americans — and more than a few Canadians — tuned in to the debate Monday night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That may have been due to...

This is the choice out of 350 million people?

September
27
,
2016
NOTE: This editorial was written before Monday night's U.S. presidential debate. OTHERS HAVE SAID it so well. Out of a population of 350 million plus, the American voter must choose from Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton for their next...

Couldn't politics be set aside for Royal Visit?

September
26
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. GRAND CHIEF Stewart Phillip says he means no disrespect by refusing to take part in a ceremony today with Prince William, but how else should we take it? The Black Rod...

Harley owners raise thousands for kids

September
26
,
2016
About 130 bikers took part in the 15th annual Toy Run recently as Kiwanis and the Harley's Owner Group (HOG) of Kamloops teamed up to support Christmas Amalgamated. The totals aren't final but it's estimated they raised between $7,000...

SUZUKI - Wild salmon face upstream battle

September
26
,
2016
SALMON HAVE BEEN swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected...

People aren't buying anti-Ajax fearmongering

September
26
,
2016
ISN'T IT ironic? We're sure Alanis Morrisette might have included Kamloops and the KGHM Ajax copper mine controversy in her popular song had it been on her radar at the time. This,  because a segment of the population has...

Massage a powerful tool for good health

September
26
,
2016
By THERESA DRAPER Welcome Back MRI and Pain Management Centre Massage Therapy For Improved Health Theresa Draper Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. Massage can be a powerful...

ROGERS - How the Yahoo hack freed me

September
25
,
2016
IT HAS BEEN a glorious morning of liberation, all started by a massive hacking of Yahoo accounts that came to light last week. In 2014, information was stolen from 500 million Yahoo accounts. I'd say that's pretty much all of them,...

KNOX - How to behave with the Royals

September
24
,
2016
HERE'S MY nightmare: The Duchess of Cambridge is outside the legislature, trying to feign interest in whatever Justin Trudeau is nattering on about, when she glances over his shoulder and sees me in the crowd. “Blimey,” she...

ROTHENBURGER - What the hell is going on?

September
24
,
2016
LET’S SUM UP the week in politics. Donald Trump thinks the cops should do “profiling” and what’s called stop and frisk on people. This is his idea of how to stop the racial violence in the U.S. That is, do stuff that has...

GINTA - We have a lot to learn from dogs

September
23
,
2016
‘The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s…’ — Mark Twain HERE'S THE THING. I had written a column on climate change deniers the other day and today I tossed it aside. Not the day...

PM treats taxpayers' purse as his own wallet

September
23
,
2016
IF THERE'S anyone who is surprised the prime minister's staff expensed more than $200,000 in moving expenses, they haven't been paying attention. Justin Trudeau has a long history of considering the taxpayers' purse as...

CHARBONNEAU - Merge CBC with Canada Post

September
22
,
2016
THE CBC and Canada Post are both in the business of delivering information, so why not bring them together into a single entity? They are both crown corporations; they are both undergoing radical transitions to digital communication; and...

Latest TRU vision will inject new life into city

September
22
,
2016
YOU HAVE to wonder if everyone grasps the scope of what they're endeavouring to do at Thompson Rivers University. They've been doing the spadework and the planning for some years now, so it's not a total revelation, but "The...

McQUARRIE - Is it about profit or patients?

September
21
,
2016
THIS COLUMN is about Dr. Brian Day’s challenge to our healthcare system, which is currently being heard in B.C. Supreme Court and is a somewhat difficult one for me to write about. Difficult in that for sometime, I’ve been...

McLEOD - What do Libs mean by middle-class?

September
21
,
2016
An excerpt from remarks by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod in Parliament on Sept. 19, 2016. BILL C-2 was introduced in December of last year and we are now at third reading. That really illustrates the Liberals' inability...

Getting rid of the blight of election signs

September
21
,
2016
SOME PEOPLE don't think this is a big deal, but we see it as refreshing and progressive. They're into a municipal election campaign in Halifax, which ordinarily isn't on the radar screen at this end of the country. Except for the...

Trudeau honeymoon leading to divorce

September
20
,
2016
IN EVEN the best of relationships, honeymoons don't normally last this long. Almost a year after winning election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains the pick of two out of three Canadians surveyed in terms of popularity. This from...

Marie Mildred Johnston

September
20
,
2016
July 16, 1930 – September 20, 2016 Marie passed away peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her son Doug (Cheryl) son Dennis, and daughter Gail (Roger) and six grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. Marie was predeceased by...

Huge storm hit Shuswap 'like a tornado'

September
18
,
2016
MAGNA BAY — Residents are cleaning up the aftermath of damage from a huge storm that hit Magna Bay Resort and other Shuiswap Lake communities on the weekend. The deluge was part of a thunder, lightning and...

KNOX - Red-flag dogs and house insurance

September
18
,
2016
HANK IS a sweet-natured dog. Doesn’t use the letter carrier as a chew toy. Doesn’t attempt pant leg relations with passing clergy. Hasn’t been a problem at all since the RainCoast Dog Rescue Society plucked him from a...

ROGERS - Journalists dance to Trump's tune

September
18
,
2016
THE WORST THING about Donald Trump being president of the Unitied States wouldn't be his policies. These would be moderated by advisors, Congress and reality. The worst part would be having to put up with four more years of media...

Claude Steven Peters

September
18
,
2016
June 7, 1944 - September 18, 2016          On Sunday, Sept. 18  at 4:30 p.m. our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle left this world. He was 72 years of age. He was predeceased by...

James A. (Jim)  Donchi

September
18
,
2016
James A. (Jim)  Donchi passed away September 18, 2016 following a courageous fight with Huntington’s Disease. Jim was born on October 8, 1932 in Kamloops. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 51 years, Glenys, his...

Stella Martin

September
18
,
2016
March 22, 1948 – Sept 18, 2016 Stella was born on March 22, 1948 in Merritt BC to Helen and Earle Martin. She passed away at Overlander Residential Care in Kamloops, BC on September 18, 2016 at the age of 68 years. Stella was...

ROTHENBURGER - Health as a political weapon

September
17
,
2016
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL is no place for a sick person, apparently.  At least not in the U.S. Hillary Clinton returned to work a couple of days ago after the scandalous news — this is American politics remember — that she had pneumonia...

Gangolf 'Opa' Baab

September
17
,
2016
Gangolf “Opa” Baab of Kamloops, BC passed away on September 17, 2016 at 86 years old.  He is survived by his spouse Christine, with whom he shared the past 27 years, stepson Peter (Akiko) and daughter Karen (Brian) and four...

'State-of-the-art' RIH building celebrated

September
16
,
2016
There was a lot of emotion and celebration of partnerships as about 100 people gathered Friday, Sept. 16, for the official opening of the new RIH Clinical Services Building. Health Minister Terry Lake and fellow MLAs Todd Stone and...

GINTA - The folly of planned obsolescence

September
16
,
2016
EVERY WEEK on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays there is a pile of newspapers which my eldest son delivers to people in the neighborhood.  Size-wise, Tuesdays are OK, Fridays are occasionally daunting and Thursdays are downright scary. The...

Catherine Henderson

September
15
,
2016
Born April 7, 1950. Catherine was born on a beautiful April day in Glasgow, Scotland, the first child of Douglas and Catherine Henderson. Born a beautiful baby, Catherine grew to be a beautiful and wonderful woman in the family’s adopted...

Tomio (Tom) Nakashimada

September
15
,
2016
Tomio (Tom) Nakashimada passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  He spent a wonderful 92 years on this earth and will be fondly remembered for his kindness, generosity and quick wit. Tom was born in Victoria, B.C. on February...

Canada should be ready to walk from NAFTA

September
15
,
2016
CANADA IS a trading nation. As such, we need well-crafted trade agreements. NAFTA is not one of those. Both candidates for president of the United States have indicated that they would renegotiate or tear up the North American Free Trade...

Parents should look in mirror on drug issue

September
15
,
2016
YOU MAY have heard the charge by a Lower Mainland mother recently, telling the media Christy Clark has blood on her hands. The premier getting the blame because this woman lost her son to a fentanyl overdose. Unless you've been in the...

SUZUKI - Airline emissions flying too high

September
15
,
2016
IN JULY, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean...

Kenneth Arthur Newman

September
15
,
2016
February 6, 1949 – September 15, 2016 Kenneth Arthur Newman, age 67 of Kamloops, BC passed away on September 15, 2016 after a three year battle with throat cancer. Ken is survived by his wife Sandra, son Matthew (Erica), mother Merle,...

Two injection sites make more sense than one

September
14
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE NORTH SHORE has a history of saying no to things it feels are being foisted upon it, especially when it comes to social services. About 15 years ago, it said no to a social housing apartment...

McQUARRIE - If it smells and walks like a tax...

September
14
,
2016
ACCORDING to the NDP Opposition, over the past five years the B.C. Liberal Government has syphoned off $1.2 Billion from ICBC.  The government calls it dividends or more recently, profits but no matter how you slice it, the money comes...

'Social licence' has become a scam

September
14
,
2016
IT DOESN'T seem to happen often these days, but finally a legal decision that has some semblance of sanity. The Federal Court of Appeal this week has dismissed a challenge by a First Nations group in the Vancouver area which had launched...

Barbara Lee Ashton

September
14
,
2016
August 5, 1955 – September 14, 2016 It is with great sadness and grieving that we announce the passing of Barbara at the Kamloops Hospice. She passed away peacefully with dignity and courage, with her family and friends at her side. She was...

Rolio Lombardi

September
13
,
2016
Rolio Lombardi of Kamloops passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 84 years of age. He is survived by his cousins, Bruno (Elsie) Wojak of Kamloops, Leonard (Marian) Schmeichel of USA, Ruth (Sanford) Johnson of USA, Frank-Rudiger (Ursula)...

Kathleen Duckworth (née Kitchen)

September
13
,
2016
Kathleen Duckworth (née Kitchen) went home to be with the Lord on September 13, 2016 owing to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her beloved daughters, Elisabeth Duckworth and Dolores Duke were by her side until the end. Kathleen...

Margaret Phelan

September
12
,
2016
Dec 2, 1924 - Sept 12, 2016 Rita Phelan passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She was born and raised in Ireland where she met and married her husband Tom. They moved to Canada in the 60's to persue work and raise their family. ...

Dr. Day makes good case on healthcare

September
12
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Claude Richmond. HERE WE ARE once again at the old private vs public health care argument, with the same tired responses.  Dr. Brian Day makes the cogent argument that if people cannot get timely health care...

'Freud's Ceiling' a waste of artist's time

September
12
,
2016
IT'S ALL in the eyes of the beholder… That's the justification for some of the worst crap that passes as art, and the city of Kamloops seems to fall for it time and again. The city spent thousands of dollars on a collection...

Charles 'Robert' Hart (aka John Henry)

September
12
,
2016
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Charles “Robert” Hart (aka John Henry) of Kamloops, BC, on September 12th, 2016, at 83 years of age. Charles is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, children Glen (Verna) Hart, of...

Hannah Joy Perris

September
11
,
2016
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that Hannah Joy Perris of Savona, B.C. passed away peacefully on September 11, 2016 at 43 years of age. She is survived by her loving husband, Jason and their two children, Elijah and Ebany; siblings:...

George Barron

September
11
,
2016
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of George Barron of Kamloops, B.C., on September 11, 2016, at 88 years of age. George is survived by his loving wife, Jean, children Greg (Koraley) Barron, Joan Barron, Carol (John) Vermilyea, and...

4.0 tremor rattles Okanagan

September
10
,
2016
By JON MANCHESTER UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. KELOWNA — Natural Resources Canada reports this morning's earthquake near Oliver was a magnitude 4.0 tremor. NRC also differs from U.S. Geological Survey information in stating the quake struck...

Doris Catherine Merkosky

September
10
,
2016
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Doris Catherine Merkosky. Mom passed away on the morning of Saturday, September 10, 2016 with her children by her side. Doris was born on September 7,...

ROTHENBURGER - The cheese art that binds

September
10
,
2016
WHEN I MET Cameron Kerr a dozen years ago, I was part of the selection committee for the wildfire memorial statue planned for the plaza in front of the Civic Building. I’d proposed the statue to honour those who had fought or been victimized...

Elinor 'Frances' Lundeberg (nee Gibson)

September
9
,
2016
On Thursday, September 1, 2016 Frances passed away peacefully at her home in Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre.  Born on January 29, 1927 in Edmonton, AB to parents Mary and Gerald Gibson, with siblings Royce, Carman, Verna and Vivien.  ...

Elisabeth Fischer

September
9
,
2016
April 28, 1928 – September 9, 2016 A page has turned and a chapter has ended, but our family story continues. Our mom quietly closed her eyes and fell asleep at home last Friday night, September 9 with her husband and children at her...

GINTA - What we stand to lose in healthcare

September
9
,
2016
FOR A FEW DAYS now my little guy has been going to bed after using the puffer. Mornings start with the same device. He’s a soldier that way and though the wheezing is audible enough to make me cringe, he says it’s fine and tries to...

Students should stop whining about tuition

September
9
,
2016
IT'S THE SAME song sung by some post secondary students, and the groups that represent them every year at this time…. tuition costs, they claim, are way too high. Here's a bit of cheese to go along with the whine. Tuition...

Harbhajan Kaur Gill

September
9
,
2016
Harbhajan Kaur Gill passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Friday, September 9, 2016.  Harbhajan was born in Batalla, District Amritsar, India on October 1, 1932.  Harbhajan is predeceased by her parents...

CHARBONNEAU - Fracking threatens dams

September
8
,
2016
THERE ARE environmental reasons to stop fracking in B.C. There are political reasons to continue. In addition to the environmental reasons to stop fracking, there is a risk to B.C. dams. The list continues to grow: the contamination of...

TRAVIS - ICBC tops in one thing: premiums

September
8
,
2016
IT'S HERE somewhere. Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's Quebec. Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's Manitoba. Auto Fund rate...

Choosing a government isn't a game

September
8
,
2016
A guest editorial today sent in by Dan Hines, a member of the Green Party in the Kamloops North Thompson: DEMOCRACY is not a sport. As much as some people like the metaphor, choosing a government is not a game where you have to pick a...

Geri Wegelin

September
7
,
2016
Celebration of Life Steven and Danielle would like to invite you to join us in a celebration of Geri’s life and love on September 17, 2016 at “the Farm” 585 Dairy Road, Kamloops, BC. There has not been a moment since she passed...

SUZUKI - Human predators need control

September
7
,
2016
HUMANS ARE the world’s top predator. The way we fulfil this role is often mired in controversy, from factory farming to trophy hunting to predator control. The latter is the process governments use to kill carnivores like wolves, coyotes...

McQUARRIE - More smoke and mirrors

September
7
,
2016
SOME READERS may recall last week’s use of the phrase, “smoke and mirrors” when describing the fiscal attributes of our current provincial government.  I think I may have also used the term “Game of Cons...

Donald Gordon Johnston

September
7
,
2016
Donald Gordon Johnston passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 7, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. at 66 years of age. Don is survived by his loving wife, Leslee; sons, Aaron (Candice), Paul (Dianna) three granddaughters Abbi, Frankie, and Jorja; sister,...

Liberal nomination overshadows the rest

September
6
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. HOW ARE the other parties supposed to generate any excitement in Kamloops-North Thompson when all the focus over the next few weeks will be on the Liberal nomination? The B.C. Liberals now have two...

Alex McDougall

September
6
,
2016
Alex McDougall died on September 6, 2016.   Alex was born on September 25, 1923 and grew up in Haney, British Columbia.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors English and History from...

Fringe parties the price of democracy

September
6
,
2016
GUESS THIS IS democracy. We've seen it at the federal level, everything from the Rhinoceros Party to the clown party to the most obscure, and irrelevant parties. Now as the stage is being set for the B.C. election, we have the Green...

Wildlife management, B.C. style

September
5
,
2016
Today's Raeside Editorial Cartoon....

Jazz violinists a not-so-well-known commodity

September
5
,
2016
JAZZ VIOLINISTS are a fairly rare commodity and are usually not well known.  The best known was probably Stephane Grapelli, mainly because he played with Django Reinhardt in their Hot Club of France.  Stephane went...

KNOX - News to labour over

September
4
,
2016
RIGHT, IT'S the Labour Day weekend. Labour, as in “holiday’s over, everybody get back to work.” Yes, the vacation was good (translation: didn’t lose sunglasses down an outhouse), but now it’s reality time. Long...

Jeanette 'Jenny' Michaud

September
4
,
2016
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jenny on September 4, 2016 at the Kamloops Hospice.  Jenny passed away peacefully with her family at her side.  She privately fought a ten-month battle with ovarian cancer with the utmost...

Nunzio Gasparin

September
3
,
2016
August 5, 1930 to September 3, 2016 With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and Nonno, Nunzio Gasparin. Nunzio passed away quietly at the age of 86 years, surrounded by his loving wife of 60 years, Cesira, and...

Brandy Lynnette Elesko

September
3
,
2016
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Brandy Lynnette Elesko on September 3, 2016 in Clearwater, B.C. after a courageous fight of leukemia twice and a fungal lung infection. Brandy described herself as free spirited and easy going. She...

ROGERS - A beginners guide to RSS

September
3
,
2016
RSS HAS BEEN around for about 20 years, making it an old-timer on the Internet, but it has never really caught on as a popular way of reading news. There are a couple of reasons for why this is so: 1. No one is really sure what RSS stands...

ROTHENBURGER - Hail those who run, and lose

September
3
,
2016
LOSER IS SUCH an ugly word. Nobody likes to lose. It suggests failure. One wonders, then, why some people run for public office when they have little or no chance of winning. Let’s look at how things are shaping up for the coming...

SUZUKI - In diversity, there is strength

September
3
,
2016
IT'S BEEN SHOCKING to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I’m...

GINTA - Permission to speak freely

September
2
,
2016
IT NEVER CEASES to amaze me how cautiously positive and uplifting a bunch we have to become or strive to be. Staying away from discussing politics or appearing too negative in how we discuss life in both its mundane and extraordinary details,...

Terry Lake - a politician with backbone

September
2
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. TERRY LAKE announced Thursday he won’t run in next year’s provincial election and he’s already receiving cheers for his successes and boos for his failures. That’s to be...

Lake makes it official - he won't run again

September
1
,
2016
Terry Lake will call it a day after the next provincial election. He announced today he won’t run for another term as Kamloops-North Thompson MLA, citing a need to be closer to family. The health minister is in his second term as an MLA. ...

Bepple wrong on nurse practitioner stats

September
1
,
2016
I am writing in response to your Aug. 30, 2016 article, “Bepple zeroes in on poverty, GP shortage.” Nurse practitioners play an important role in helping to meet the growing need for primary and community health care in British...

Alicia Diane Mercurio

September
1
,
2016
December 2, 1933 – September 1, 2016 at the age of 82 years Alicia made the world a better place. Even as a young girl in the 1940’s she raged against racism and injustice and set her life’s path on righting these wrongs. When...

Liberals' fundraisers sounding desperate

September
1
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. YOU’D THINK a party that was resoundingly rejected at the polls would be having trouble finding financial supporters. In the case of the federal Conservatives, that isn’t the case. In...

Nattering nabobs of negativism at it again

September
1
,
2016
USUALLY WE'RE on the same page as the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Not this time though. The Federation isn't a fan of the $65,000 cost of erecting a monument to the 30th anniversary of the building of the Coquihalla Highway...

CHARBONNEAU - The secret to a good economy

September
1
,
2016
A GOOD ECONOMY will feature work rather than growth for growth sake. Some progressives think that negligible growth is inevitable, perhaps even desirable. Too much growth, so the argument goes, consumes too much of the Earth’s resources....

Another chance to dole out contracts

September
1
,
2016
ANOTHER MEGAPROJECT, another chance to dole out direct award contracts. In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of Site C dam construction....

Ruby Amy Crossley

August
31
,
2016
Ruby Amy Crossley, born in Hillsdown, AB, April 13, 1924, went home Wednesday, August 31, 2016, to join her Heavenly Father and her husband of 71 years, Ernest Crossley. She leaves behind her son, Ernest (Ruth), and daughters Marjorie and Cynthia...

Michael Edward 'Mike' LaPierre

August
31
,
2016
Michael Edward LaPierre of Kamloops passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 63 years of age.  He is survived by his loving wife Rita, children, Michael JR and Misty of Kamloops, and grandchildren, Malaki, Charlotte, Shadow and Kaydence....

David Harold Fraser

August
31
,
2016
On Monday, August 29, 2016 David Harold Fraser passed away peacefully at the age of 79 years.  He will be lovingly remembered by his friend Norma and his family:  Lila (Gary) Bremner, Emil (Robby) Fraser, Jamie Kenoras, Lissa (Tim) Kenoras...

What about 'innocent until proven guilty'?

August
31
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. WAS A TIME when an accused was considered innocent until proven guilty. An organization called Creep Hunters, at least a couple of local media, and quite a few media watchers forgot all about that...

McQUARRIE - Are we B.C. Inc. or BC.org?

August
31
,
2016
BUMPED INTO an old friend the other day and despite it being a few years since we last met, we were quickly re-engaged in a long running discussion about whether or not government should be run like a business. Is government simply a business, an...

Creep Hunters should work with the law

August
31
,
2016
BY NOW you've certainly heard of the group calling themselves the Creep Hunters. The self styled protectors of the public who troll online chat rooms looking for the perverted who try to lure young girls for sex. The gang out of Kelowna...

Maurice Tuyttens

August
30
,
2016
Maurice was born in Agassiz, BC, October 21, 1931 and passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Kamloops, BC. Maurice is survived by his beloved wife Grace, daughters, Deborah (Bonnie), Barbara, son Michael and sister Yvonne Tremblay. He is...

A prediction - Lake won't run again

August
30
,
2016
TERRY LAKE hasn't found a snowstorm to walk through, but we're inclined to believe he's made up his mind about his political future. The health minister and Kamloops North Thompson MLA has spent the past several weeks trying to...

Should aggressive cats be punished?

August
30
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. PIT BULLS can’t stay out of the news. The dog makes headlines everywhere, and B.C. has its share of stories. The latest is an attack by a pitbull on a 77-year-old woman and her Yorkshire...

GINTA - See you at the farmers' market?

August
29
,
2016
THERE ARE TWO topics that fought to win the title of ‘the topic’ for this week’s column. In the political realm, the mea culpa issue. You may have heard the recent media revelations regarding the misuse of funds by two of our...

BCLC plan could revitalize downtown core

August
29
,
2016
THE CITY OF KAMLOOPS hasn't exactly hit the ball out of the park in terms of revitalizing the downtown but it looks like the B.C. Lottery Corporation just might be able to. The BCLC will spend the next year considering its space needs...

David Reid Ashton

August
28
,
2016
Dave died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his son Jim “Jimmy” Ashton (Carmen McNabb)and daughter Jenny Halvorson, granddaughters Riley, Georgia, and Sydney Halvorson, and grandson Mitchell...

Women drop exhibition match

August
27
,
2016
TRU WolfPack women’s volleyball kicked off their 2016 exhibition season Friday, Aug. 26, in Burnaby. The WolfPack, who have only practiced as a team for less than a week fell to the host SFU Clan (NCAA Div II) 3-1 in Burnaby. The scores...

Kenneth Hugh Booth

August
27
,
2016
On Saturday August 27, 2016 Kenneth Hugh Booth, at the age of 70, passed away after a short battle with cancer in Kamloops B.C. Where he was born and lived pretty well his whole life. He was born January 19, 1946 to Ken and Beth Booth. Graduated...

ROTHENBURGER - Women, wear what you want

August
27
,
2016
WHEN I WAS lad, growing up in the South Okanagan and heading in the general direction of pubescence, we spent our summers at the beach.  There are lakes and beaches everywhere. One day, a young woman appeared at the beach on Osoyoos Lake...

Barry James Kostering

August
26
,
2016
Barry James Kostering, 73, passed away quietly in his home in Kamloops, BC on Friday, August 26, 2016. Barry was born December 7, 1942 at Lady Minto Hospital in Ashcroft, BC. to Eva (Ivy Kostering) Robillard. He was raised by his grandparents...

Nothing wrong with Band's beach ban

August
26
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. IS IT RASCISM when one ethnic group tells another it’s not welcome, for any reason? The question was raised this week in response to a news report that the Tk’emlups te Secwepmc (also...

Opioid 'epidemic' is self-inflicted

August
26
,
2016
THERE IT WAS again this week! An expert on workers compensation telling Canadian doctors that the use of opioids, or illegal drugs is, in his words, the "worst man made epidemic in modern medical history." We're not nearly as...

CHARBONNEAU - B.C.'s failed doctor plan

August
25
,
2016
OTHER PROVINCES have opted for the team approach to solve the growing problem of patient access to doctors. Not in B.C. The team approach is not new. Roy Romanow recommended it in his 2002 report: “In view of … changing trends,...

Eva Nora Mable Deep

August
25
,
2016
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother Eva Deep on Aug. 25, 2016. She was much loved by all whom she touched. Mom had a heart of gold she would open her door to anyone that needed a hand. Her greatest gift was...

Isamu 'Sam' Aura

August
25
,
2016
1937 — 2016 Isamu “Sam” Aura of Kamloops, passed away peacefully in Ridgeview Lodge on August 25, 2016 at 78 years of age with his wife and family at his side. He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn, children, Steven...

New candidate, same tired old rhetoric

August
25
,
2016
IT'S BEEN said many a time, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. Which brings us to the B.C. New Democrats and their soon to be candidate for the Kamloops North...

Criticism of travel needs to view big picture

August
24
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. A LITTLE TOO MUCH fuss is being made over Catherine McKenna’s travel pictures. The federal environment minister is under fire for paying $6,000 to hire a photographer to take photos of her...

Vivian Isabelle Weller (nee Kunst)

August
24
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vivian Isabelle Weller (nee Kunst) of Kamloops at 82 years of age. Vivian is survived by her loving husband of more than 60 years Richard (Dick) and their children Victoria...

Clarinet player Pete Fountain will be missed

August
24
,
2016
ON SATURDAY, August 6 we lost we lost a great musician, Pete Fountain, a wonderful clarinet player.  He was 86. He played mostly Dixieland jazz and swing and of course pop music too, to make a buck.  He had a...

Royals welcome but they should pay own way

August
24
,
2016
A LOT OF PEOPLE are tickled pink about the pending B.C. visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There's long been this inexplicable, irrational fascination with anything that involves the Royal Family prompting otherwise normal...

August
24
,
2016
THIS WEEK I briefly considered writing about Ajax.  Explain to anyone who doesn’t already know that I remain opposed to a huge pit beside our City.  Stir things up a bit on an otherwise very quiet and uneventful August in...

Life keeps getting more complicated

August
23
,
2016
WE CAN'T take credit for this piece which was sent our way, but does this resonate with any of you? "It seems that lately my life has been getting more complicated, and I want to thank those of you who are brave enough to still...

Maybe we need a Jelly Bean Row in Kamloops

August
22
,
2016
Mel R — read your comments about the drab coloured houses in many Canadian towns and how we should follow the example of St. John's, Nfld perhaps. Here's an example of the the St. John's street known as Jelly Bean...

Spotted bats not affected by 'White Nose' yet

August
22
,
2016
I enjoyed reading Mike Youds' story about the bat program put on by Doug Burles. Please note that the statement "Known as White Nose Syndrome, the fungus is especially hard on spotted bats" is  incorrect. White-nose syndrome is...

There must be something in the orange juice

August
22
,
2016
THERE MUST BE something in the orange juice they serve to Ottawa politicians. It seems to make them lose touch with reality, and think the taxpayer is little more than their personal piggybank to be taken advantage of. Jane Philpott is...

KNOX - Vet 'pesters' Obama about bombing

August
21
,
2016
“I was there, and I wonder, is this what awaits us sinners in hell?” — Nagasaki survivor Rudi Hoenson RUDI HOENSON wouldn’t have written Barack Obama had the president acknowledged, just once, that the atomic...

ROGERS - The drive toward driverless cars

August
21
,
2016
UBER HAS BEEN testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. The goal is simple: You open the Uber app on your phone, summon a car and it takes you where you want to go. Everything is automated. This got me thinking about the high price of owning...

Noreen Beryl Dagan

August
20
,
2016
Noreen Beryl Dagan passed away in Kamloops, B.C. on Aug. 20, 2016 at 87 years of age.  She is survived by her husband Ray Dagan, children Ted (Sandra) Dagan, Darlene Dagan (Doug Goldade), Dan Dagan, and Diane (Tim) Larose.  Also left...

ROTHENBURGER - Sunsets and puppy dogs

August
20
,
2016
I WAS ON the ride-‘em last night trimming up what passes for a lawn at our house when everything started taking on a reddish tinge. Overhead, a brilliant red sunset had washed over the sky from one end of the valley to the other. As I was...

SUZUKI - Clyde River Inuit versus Big Oil

August
20
,
2016
THE ARCTIC'S Baffin Bay and Davis Strait region is home to seals, bowhead whales, polar bears and up to 90 per cent of the world’s narwhals. The area’s marine waters also provide habitat for 116 species of fish, such as Arctic...

Time for a green Canada Post

August
19
,
2016
The government is currently conducting a public review of Canada Post. This is the moment for people to speak up about what we want from our postal service. We’ve had years of service cuts and increased prices. It’s time to try...

GINTA- It's in the eye of the beholder, if you look

August
19
,
2016
THREE WEEKS AGO we camped near Little Fort in a most quiet spot on a lake. It was pleasantly warm during the day and pleasantly chilly at night so we decided to go without the tent and slept under the stars. I am not a subscriber to the bucket...

Lottie Elsie Baker

August
19
,
2016
In Dearest Memory of an amazing woman, Lottie Elsie Baker passed away on Friday, August 19, 2016, a wife, a mother and a Nana to all who met her.  Lottie was born in Fesserton, Ontario on February 20, 1922. In her earlier years, during the...

B.C. Tories may as well give youth a try

August
19
,
2016
AS THE YEARS pile up, older people are often fond of saying "age is just a number." That may make those heading into the twilight of their lives feel better, but it's true, and it's something members of B.C.'s...

CHARBONNEAU - Sense and consciousness

August
18
,
2016
CONSCIOUSNESS is at once mundane and profound. It’s mundane because it’s as common as the air we breathe. It’s profound because it shapes our view of the spiritual world. Consciousness is by nature non-physical. For most of...

There's a lot wrong with the Olympics but...

August
18
,
2016
SOME PEOPLE think it's time to ditch the Olympics. Agreed there's a lot wrong with the event, starting with the corrupt International Olympic Committee and the way it chooses host cities, creating an obscene bidding war to see who...

William (Bill) Frederick Lingren

August
17
,
2016
William (Bill) Frederick Lingren passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. Born in Kamloops, December 22, 1928, Bill had a life long career in the logging industry working in and around the Kamloops area. Bill was predeceased by...

McQUARRIE - Worry about silent politicians

August
17
,
2016
SOME OF THE BEST and most interesting reading available on these dog days of summer comes from the comments section of this news outlet. For instance, there are avid readers out there who know for a fact that the mayor’s consent is...

Denis the Menace and his letter to Christy

August
17
,
2016
DENIS THE MENACE  is a man on a mission, a mission to scuttle the proposed KGHM Ajax copper mine. He's of the opinion the proposed mine south of Kamloops would be more environmentally risky and dangerous than the one that used to operate...

Walsh succeeds in keeping Ajax in public eye

August
16
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. COUN. DENIS WALSH is demonstrating a fine knack for keeping Ajax in the public spotlight over this long, largely uneventful summer. First came his five-point checklist for what might make Ajax...

B.C. govt's housing strategy - Ready, fire, aim

August
16
,
2016
IT TAKES a certain skill set to try and fix a problem and possibly botch it up even more, but the B.C. government is certainly testing the idea as it flails about hoping to cool Vancouver's red hot housing market. For months the...

NDP's Adrian Dix must be biting his tongue

August
16
,
2016
HE'S NOT INCLINED to talk about it much, but Adrian Dix must be quietly biting his tongue. The former NDP leader was widely blamed for losing the last B.C. election, even when all the polls suggested his party would win in a cakewalk. ...

Ernie Steiert

August
16
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernie Steiert on Aug. 16, 2016 after losing his battle with cancer. Ernie is survived by his loving wife,  Anita Steiert, his children, Cheryl (Robin, Kyler, Jayde); Michael (Delilah...

Gary Paterson

August
16
,
2016
The Venerable Gary Paterson 1939 - 2016 Gary Paterson died on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Royal Inland Hospital as the result of a stroke. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Anne Paterson-Welsh (Warren), Sharon Paterson (Nick Heap)...

Why must we be a city of beige and grey?

August
15
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. A BRAND NEW street, with brand new homes is under construction. It could be anywhere in the city, nice duplexes to provide shelter for families who live, work and play in Kamloops, contributing to the...

Sex still sells, even in mining

August
15
,
2016
THE WORLD we're living in is getting increasingly screwed up. People can no longer say anything, do anything, think anything without someone, somewhere being offended. The latest head scratcher is the apparent, manufactured outrage...

John Laughlin (Bud) Whitfield

August
14
,
2016
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of John Laughlin (Bud) Whitfield on August 14, 2016 at 78 years of age. Bud is survived by his wife of 40 years Kathy. Children John, Jason, Carlea, and Christina (Elliott) and his...

Garry Paul Leduc

August
14
,
2016
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Garry Paul Leduc, at the age of 64, who slipped away as the sun rose on Aug. 14, 2016 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C with his family by his side. Garry will be forever missed by...

KNOX - A down-to-earch Olympics primer

August
14
,
2016
YOU SAID you wouldn’t watch the Olympics this year. You’re done with the corruption, the hype, the jingoism, the Hunger Games cynicism of the monolithic IOC machine. You wonder how many athletes are dirtier than Rio tap water....

Two drivers injured in Highway 1 head-on

August
14
,
2016
The drivers of both vehicles in a head-on collision on Highway 1 at Tobiano were taken to Royal Inland Hospital on Sunday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries. An  SUV and a commercial tractor trailer unit were involved in the...

ROTHENBURGER - We talk, but who listens?

August
13
,
2016
FOUR OLD FARTS — three regulars and a newbie — are sitting in Caffe Motivo on a Friday morning talking about the important things of life. As usual, in my opinion, I’m the only one who knows what he’s talking about, which is...

Suspend permitting process for Ajax, now

August
12
,
2016
Honourable Premier Christy Clark: As a Kamloops City councillor actively engaged in the issues surrounding the possible approval of the gigantic KGHM Ajax mine right at our city’s boundaries, I formally request that you suspend the...

GINTA - Yes, we talk politics, and here's why

August
12
,
2016
WE DO NOT WATCH TV in my family. That leaves us in the dark when a question like ‘Have you seen the last episode of…’ surfaces, but it’s a risk worth taking. I read the news instead and often times conversations...

Earls deserves credit for fixing mistake

August
12
,
2016
EVERYONE makes mistakes. But the biggest mistake comes when one can't or won't recognize their behaviour or actions as a mistake. The Earls restaurant chain made a doozy earlier this year when it announced it would be sourcing...

How much farmland does it take for one TV?

August
12
,
2016
Today's Raeside editorial cartoon....

The fog of electoral reform in Canada

August
11
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. WHEN A NEW grassroots electoral reform group in Kamloops gets to talking seriously about how we should go about voting in the next federal election, the first thing it should do is petition Justin...

CHARBONNEAU- Will B.C. keep lead on carbon?

August
11
,
2016
ALBERTA IS about to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gases, says the non-partisan group Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. In a recent report, they compared the four provinces that have a carbon price and concluded that Alberta will...

NewLeaf 'way exceeding' expectations

August
11
,
2016
Kamloops’ newest air service is less than two weeks old but already it’s beating expectations. “The response has been way exceeding what we forecast,” Dean Dacko, the chief commercial officer for NewLeaf Travel Company...

Trump doesn't need help from interpreters

August
11
,
2016
DONALD TRUMP may be talking his way out of contention for the U.S. presidency, but he doesn't need help from those who would interpret what he says. Unable to stop his runaway train that gave him enough votes to become the Republican...

McQUARRIE - Who's to blame on job numbers?

August
10
,
2016
SO WHAT ABOUT these Canadian job numbers everyone it talking about?  Yes, they are dismal but maybe, just maybe they’re a reflection of the previous government’s approach to managing our economy.  It was call the...

Twitter made Coq crash bigger than it was

August
10
,
2016
TWITTER CAN BE a useful, immediate communication tool.  But like any other tool, it needs to be used with care as Friday's big accident on the Coquihalla Highway clearly illustrated. Initial reports on the social media platform...

SUZUKI - Let's push PM to move on climate

August
10
,
2016
CANADIANS of all political persuasions care about climate action. Watching Canada fall behind the rest of the world over the past 10 years has been deeply disturbing to many. We became climate laggards. We yearn to be leaders. The hope that...

Where are the jobs from the spending spree?

August
9
,
2016
YOU MAY have caught the latest Canadian jobs report on Friday, another 31,000 plus jobs lost. In five of the nine months since Canadians elected Justin Trudeau, the nation has lost jobs. Wasn't it the Prime Minister, and his...

Ross Duncan Forrester

August
8
,
2016
We are extremely devastated and heartbroken with the passing of our dear Ross on Monday, August 8, 2016.  You are so missed every day and will remain in our hearts forever. Ross has left behind a wonderful family, your loving and devoted...

Two unconventional conventions

August
8
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Claude Richmond. FIRST THE REPUBLICAN convention: it wasn’t a Republican convention at all, it was a Trump convention.  In fact, it is the Trump Party now.  Whether you agree with him or not he and...

What Victoria and Rio have in common

August
8
,
2016
RIO DE JANEIRO and the city of Victoria have the same dubious distinction. One is getting damaging world wide publicity,  but for the other it's business as usual, with little public outrage. Both dump raw sewage into the ocean....

KNOX - The bottom line on naming rights

August
7
,
2016
“HOW ABOUT Duncan Donuts City Hall?” I suggested, helpfully. No, I was told, this is about the municipality of North Cowichan, not Duncan. Right, I always get those two confused. North Cowichan council is deep into a debate...

ROGERS - Olympics tape delays relic of past

August
7
,
2016
WHILE CANADIANS watched the Olympic opening ceremonies live on TV and swapped reactions on Twitter, Americans seethed as they waited for NBC's notorious tape delay. Commentary, pictures, even the occasional video were all there under the...

Ross E. Waslenchuk

August
6
,
2016
Happiness in life is to love and be loved. It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ross Waslenchuk our beloved husband, father, uncle, and friend; just 11 days short of his 67th birthday.  Forever remembered...

ROTHENBURGER - Can't we all just have fun?

August
6
,
2016
I’M CONVINCED that reporting of sports events should be left to sports writers, and that other journalists should stay out of it. News reporters just aren’t any fun — they want to turn everything into a dire social...

William Halliday (Hally) Bodden

August
5
,
2016
Hally Bodden passed away in his sleep at the Pine Grove Care Home at age 95. Hally is survived by his sons, Michael Bodden of Williams Lake, Sandy Bodden of Kamloops, and Ken (Brenda) Bodden of Edmonton; his sister Betty Dillabough of Ashcroft,...

GINTA - Summer nights, the good and bad

August
5
,
2016
THERE ARE MANY good things around here, yet none of them seems to come just as a good thing. The bad and the ugly come as well, though you’d think by now we should all know better and do better by our fellow community dwellers. It’s...

Report abuse of seniors to police

August
5
,
2016
As it stands in B.C., a senior in a facility is rarely afforded the same rights and protections by law that the rest of us are entitled to. I say this because I was told by the police that suspected physical, mental, sexual, and financial abuse...

Will another inquiry really do any good?

August
5
,
2016
IT APPEARS almost everyone is aboard the train, supporting the Trudeau government's inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. While we aren't along for the ride, we wish the commissioners the best of luck in...

Mount Polley: Have we learned our lesson?

August
4
,
2016
The Mount Polley mine tailings disaster occurred on Aug. 4, 2014, exactly two years ago today. At the time, I was in Norman Wells, working for the summer before beginning my graduate degree. As it turned out, I would go on to study environmental...

Wheels of justice have trouble turning

August
4
,
2016
THE WHEELS of justice turn slowly, we're told, but sometimes they don't seem to turn at all. Not long ago an Ontario judge tossed out impaired driving charges against a woman, because police ordered her to remove her bra, a policy...

CHARBONNEAU - Our new economic reality

August
4
,
2016
AS CANADA EMERGES from the Dark Decade, we need to get back on track with a modern economy. The Harper government’s plan to make Canada an “energy superpower” was a disaster for a number of reasons. The plan reversed our...

U.S. wildfires sending smoke into B.C.

August
3
,
2016
Kamloops and area residents got a whiff of the smoke coming into B.C. from wildfires south of the border Wednesday night. Smoke from several wildfires burning in Idaho and Washington became visible in many areas of the Southeast Fire Centre...

Vinia Evelyn McRae

August
3
,
2016
It is with very sad hearts that we announce the passing of Vinia (Evelyn to all) McRae. Predeceased by her husband Edward Arthur (Ted) in 1995, and her daughter Judith Caroline (Judy) in 2013 also her brother Thomas Hatton. She is survived by her...

Bruce Willis Hunter

August
3
,
2016
Bruce passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Berwick on the Park, Kamloops, BC. He was 92 years old. Forever remembered by his children Bob (Donna) Hunter, Dave (Bonnie) Hunter, Carol (Ron) Dunlop and Ron...

McQUARRIE - Look at me, I'm special

August
3
,
2016
RECENTLY THERE was a car show at Prince Charles Park and like past years, it was a great success and always fun to see such an amazing mix of hotrods and classics. However, as the show was wrapping up and participants began moving their cars out, I...

Easy for May to have all the answers

August
3
,
2016
IT'S EASY for a party of one to have all of the answers. So it is with Elizabeth May who seems flabbergasted that there's talk of the need for oil pipelines, prompting her to ask why no one seems to be calling for new refineries so...

SUZUKI - Half measures won't save caribou

August
3
,
2016
ALBERTA IS HOME to two of Canada’s imperilled caribou populations, the southern mountain and boreal woodland herds. Both are threatened with extinction. Under the federal Species at Risk Act, the boreal woodland caribou recovery...

Luis Perez

August
2
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Luis Perez, in the early hours of Tuesday, August 2, 2016. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at Kamloops Senior Village. He was predeceased by his...

Wesley Roger Garvin

August
2
,
2016
April 11, 1932 – August 2, 2016 at the age of 84 years It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Wesley Roger Garvin, born April 11, 1932. Wes is survived by...

Turn Stuart Wood School into a museum

August
2
,
2016
SINCE THE CITY of Kamloops has been giving itself a migraine trying to figure out what to do with the now former Stewart Wood Elementary School, here's some advice. The school district no longer requires the iconic building as an...

Why do B.C.'s hospitals serve fruit from China?

August
1
,
2016
Kamloops-North Thompson MLA and Health Minister Terry Lake had to explain last week in the Legislature why one of the province's hospitals is serving "plastic fruit cups from China" instead of B.C. fresh produce. The question was posed...

Aino Helen Bray

August
1
,
2016
We are heart broken to advise our Mom, Grams, wife, sister, Aunt and friend of many, passed away on Monday, August 1 2016, aged 85 years. It is comforting to know she has been greeted by her son Johnny boy and Minky. She will remain in our...

Gordon Ronald Partridge

August
1
,
2016
November 18, 1933 – August 1, 2016 at the age of 82 years A Celebration of Life will be held at the Shuswap Lake Estates Community Centre, 2 p.m. Saturday, August 6. Partridge, Gordon Ronald of Blind Bay, B.C. on August 1, 2016...

Elizabeth May gave last push off the fence

August
1
,
2016
A comment on the Kamloops A.M. News Facebook page: I was laid off from my job in the oil field about 16 months ago. When I moved home to Kamloops I was all for Ajax mine. Kamloops needs good jobs. So I chose to believe the government would make...

TRAVIS - Govt credit card charges offer insights

August
1
,
2016
IN A $46.3 billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run. While the number of charges is down from 102...

Constance 'Connie' Marie Anne Morrison

July
31
,
2016
March 29, 1925 – July 31, 2016 at the age of 91 years A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. with Father George LaGrange OMI officiating. Luncheon to follow...

KNOX - Canada's Americans play key role

July
31
,
2016
PATRICK LEAHY was definitely joking when he spoke about moving to Canada. The Vermont senator, addressing a Democrats Abroad luncheon in Philadelphia on Tuesday, was just trying to get a rise out of the delegates. On the other hand, the...

ROTHENBURGER - Ajax needs a proper debate

July
30
,
2016
THE CALL WENT OUT to Ajax supporters Friday afternoon to be at that evening’s Stop Ajax forum and “show that Kamloops supports Ajax!” If there was a single Ajax supporter among the 250 that crowded into St. Andrew’s On the...

GINTA- Apples and cherries and oil spills

July
29
,
2016
UP THE STREET from where we live there is an apple tree loaded with apples to the point of having its branches snap under the weight. Plenty more are scattered on the grass. There is no one to ask about whether we could pick them so they won’t...

Sheep Breeders building a colossal waste

July
29
,
2016
IS THE CITY of Kamloops throwing more good money after bad? Some people think blowing tax dollars to preserve heritage sites is money well spent, though we're not among them. Consider the city of Kamloops spent $314...

Helen Swing

July
28
,
2016
Our beloved mother died with her granddaughter Isabel singing sweetly and her daughter Sandy holding her hand. Someone who lived her life with such spirit and such kindness deserved to have it conclude in peace and beauty. Helen was predeceased...

Vincent Andre Fischer, Sr.

July
28
,
2016
January 7, 1928 – July 28, 2016 at the age of 88 years Vince passed away peacefully on July 28, 2016 in Penticton, B.C.  He was born January 7, 1928 in Lucerne, Switzerland where he obtained his degree in Economics.  His...

SUZUKI - Is growing our fuels any cleaner?

July
28
,
2016
THE SHIFT from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner fuels? Or is this just an attempt to...

Donovan Cavers should run for the Greens

July
28
,
2016
HE JUST CAN'T help himself. Donovan Cavers always seems to be in the eye of a storm for one reason or another. Most often it's because of what he says, or how he communicates his various points of view. Cavers wears his heart on...

CHARBONNEAU - You can't eat GM wheat

July
28
,
2016
YOU CAN'T EAT genetically modified wheat because it’s not commercially available. Contrary to a rumour circulating on social media, gluten intolerance is not on the rise because we are eating genetically modified wheat. Amy Harmon...

Adam Pouliot

July
27
,
2016
Adam Pouliot suddenly and tragically passed away on the morning of July 27, 2016 in Vernon, B.C.  He was 26 years old. He was the youngest son of Leo and Melanie Pouliot’s three children. Adam embraced life and lived...

Giuseppina 'Pina' Chiatto

July
27
,
2016
Giuseppina Chiatto of Kamloops, passed away on July 27, 2016 at 84 years of age. She is survived by her children, Nina (Doug) Sanford of Mill Bay, Rosie (Steven) Jonasson of Kamloops, Lu (Jimmy) Lazaruk of Loganlake, Roberto (Kelly) Chiatto of...

Laurie J. Forster (nee Hicks)

July
27
,
2016
With great sadness we announce the passing of Laurie Forster (62 years young) on July 27, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Laurie is survived by her loving husband Malcolm, daughter Nicole (Kelly) Watson and their children Amber...

McQUARRIE — Make oil pay for the solution

July
27
,
2016
LET'S TALK Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMP) and begin this column with a surprising confession.  Surprising that is, considering it comes from your friendly, environmentally concerned and slightly to the left column writer. ...

TRU president not overpaid at $200,000

July
27
,
2016
IT'S DOUBTFUL Allan Shaver will have trouble paying for his groceries, but he seems to be something of a bargain for Thompson Rivers University. Yet some people will see the annual public accounts published by the province each year and...

Henry George Sivertz

July
26
,
2016
June 1, 1927 – July 26, 2016 at the age of 89 years Henry was born in Victoria and spent much of his youth there visiting his Icelandic grandparents.  Most of his schooling was in Vancouver, mainly in Kitsilano. He got is law...

Brian Desrocher

July
26
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Desrocher of Kamloops, on July 26, 2016 at 77 years of age.  He is survived by his loving wife Irene, daughter, Michelle (Don) Mann, grandchildren,  Aaron and Emily. Son,...

Chamber way out of line criticizing Cavers

July
26
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE KAMLOOPS CHAMBER of Commerce is way out of line with its criticism of Coun. Donovan Cavers for expressing his views to last week’s Trans Mountain pipeline panel. Frankly, we should be...

A better solution to vacancy problem

July
26
,
2016
A guest editorial from former TNRD director Paul Caissie. To MLA Terry Lake: AS A THREE-TERM regional district director I am intimately familiar with the delicate art of taxation.  I believe it was the great French bureaucrat...

Best treatment for brain injury is prevention

July
25
,
2016
By Dr. RICHARD BROWNLEE Welcome Back MRI and Pain Management Centre TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. The best treatment for traumatic brain injury is prevention. Policies such as mandatory...

Nellie I. Hay

July
25
,
2016
September 14, 1922 – July 25, 2016 Nellie was born in the small town of Provost,  Alberta, one of five children to Dudley and Daisy Morrell. She spent her early years in Provost, before moving to Calgary in 1939. There she met her...

More of the same from the New Democrats

July
25
,
2016
THE MORE things change, the more they seem to stay the same. That seems to be the story for B.C.'s New Democrats as the party of nearly perpetual opposition  prepares to take on Christy Clark's Liberals again in the...

Jeffrey Ryan Dircks

July
24
,
2016
October 23, 1980 – July 24, 2016 With the saddest of hearts, we share with you the sudden and tragic loss of our son, Jeffrey Ryan Dircks, at the age of 35. Jeff is lovingly remembered by his mother, Loreen (Rouleau) Davies and her...

ROGERS - The augmentation of our reality

July
24
,
2016
WHILE PLAYING Pokemon Go out in the neighbourhood recently — for research purposes only, of course — I confirmed that this is more that just a game. It's the gateway drug to augmented reality. I've had experience with AR...

KNOX - If a tree falls, will Pokemon go?

July
24
,
2016
MAYBE IF they scattered Pokémon Go characters among Vancouver Island’s forests, people would notice the loss of old-growth trees. Or maybe our treehugger stereotype is outdated. Or maybe we’re so over-stimulated by a...

ALL THAT JAZZ - Trombonist Turk Murphy

July
24
,
2016
A TROMBONE PLAYER for you this week, a guy who was as mainstay of New Orleans jazz on the West Coast for many years.  His name is Turk Murphy, an old-school musician, a little rough around the edges, with a gruff sound,...

Chrome in the Grass - a trip down memory lane

July
23
,
2016
More than 300 car lovers checked out hot rods and classic cars on display at the Kamloops Street Rod Association's annual Chrome In The Grass Show at Prince Charles Park on Saturday. Association president Trenton Moniuk confirmed...

ROTHENBURGER - Chalk one up for the animals

July
23
,
2016
HUNTING WITH DRONES is a no-no in B.C. We’re not talking about the kind of drone hunting in the Mountain Dew commercial, where a bunch of guys on motorcycles chase after a drone with fishing nets. No, this is about using drones to help find...

Chase goes full tilt in Project Play campaign

July
22
,
2016
CHASE — Volunteers are making a final push to make sure people vote in a contest that could bring the community $250,000 towards a skate park. The Chase & District Skate Park Society has been working full tilt since Kraft...

New device regulates heart compressions

July
22
,
2016
Royal Inland Hospital has a brand new device to help save heart attack patients thanks to a donation from the Kamloops Fire Fighters Charitable Society. Fire fighters from engine one were on hand at the hospital Friday for a demonstration of the...

Motorcycle crash backs up traffic on Coq

July
22
,
2016
A fatal motorcycle crash near the Mine Creek exit about two km. north of the old toll plaza backed up traffic on the Coquihalla for five km. Friday afternoon. The motorcycle is believed to have struck a barrier. While both southbound lanes...

B.C.'s LNG dream was on cusp; now it's on cliff

July
22
,
2016
By DERMOD TRAVIS Executive Director, IntegrityBC IT SEEMS like only yesterday that British Columbians were being told that the province was on the cusp of LNG riches. In fact, it almost was. Dermod Travis Last October, Finance...

GINTA - What does it take to keep a promise?

July
22
,
2016
FEW THINGS are more disappointing than not keeping a promise. More so when the promise has to do with people who died under circumstances that ought to be investigated so justice can be served. More so when the people who died are all First...

Trump proves detractors wrong at every turn

July
22
,
2016
EVERY STEP of the way, he's proven his detractors and critics wrong. Donald Trump has been an outsider from the outset. Bombastic, politically incorrect, and considered something of a novelty act when he embarked on his campaign for...

CHARBONNEAU - How credit cards make money

July
21
,
2016
WHEN I GOT my first credit card, I couldn’t understand how companies made money. I took my stuff home from the store without paying for it until the end of the month. I used someone else’s money in the interim – an interest...

Pipeline hearings a chance to vent, period

July
21
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. IT’S HARD TO FATHOM, based on witnessing several presentations Wednesday and reading the media accounts of others, how the travelling panel on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal will...

Another crock of BS from anti-pipeline crowd

July
21
,
2016
IT'S THE LATEST crock of BS. from the anti pipeline expansion crowd. Without much new to say about their anti pipeline rhetoric, some of those attending a federal panel appointed to review the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion bid set up...

Vera Nolan

July
20
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vera Nolan, of Kamloops, B.C., on July 20, 2016 at 72 years of age. Vera is survived by her loving husband Patrick Nolan, children Sean (Keara) Nolan, of Albany, NY, and Boyd (Paula) Nolan,...

Julie Mattioli

July
20
,
2016
It is with sad hearts, the family of Julie Mattioli wish to announce that she has finally found rest with her loving God at the tender age of 94 and a half years on July 20, 2016. Mom was born in Humboldt, Sask, the 5th of 10 children into a...

All lives matter, including those of police

July
20
,
2016
IT'SNOT POLITCALLY CORRECT to say this, apparently, but "all lives do matter"….even those of police officers. Yet after another incident in which innocent cops doing their jobs are shot dead, or gravely wounded, where is...

Stop taking pound of flesh from students

July
20
,
2016
HOW MANY TIMES have you played the, “If money's no object, what would you do” game?  You know, the big kahuna of all lotteries knocks on your door kind of question. I was recently asked exactly that and not for the first time...

And now for something 'completely different'

July
20
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. MANY WORDS can have been used to describe the American presidential election — dishonesty, exaggeration, hypocrisy, for example. But now, another has been added. Plagiarism. What’s...

If 'tips are included,' walk out

July
20
,
2016
There are a few countries where tips are included, Germany is one of them and I believe the same goes for Switzerland. Why, is the question. The answer is simple.  Let’s take 100 people working in restaurants. 30 of them make very good...

Helen Alice Clay (Flater)

July
19
,
2016
September 22, 1916 – July 19, 2016 at the age of 99 years Helen passed away peacefully at Serenity Acres in Chase, B.C. with family members and special caregivers by her side. Helen was predeceased by her father and mother, Arthur and...

How former Kamloopsian could affect election

July
19
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. REMEMBER DAN BROOKS, the former Kamloops resident? He only lived in the Tournament Capital for a few months, working out of a tiny office rented from a local video production company, but he tried...

Mandatory tipping the final blow

July
18
,
2016
Re: 'Skip the tip? That's the question,' July 14. I have to be honest, Earls has never been one of my favourite places to eat. The staff have always been great but the menu just doesn’t have my kind of choices. The latest...

Ethel Lee Screpnek (nee Holgate)

July
18
,
2016
On Monday, July 18, 2016, Mrs. Ethel Lee Screpnek passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years. She is lovingly remembered by her loving husband Steve, her daughters Brenda Crawford of Langley, B.C. and Hazel Reader of Sedgwick, Alberta...

Audrey Eleanor Horn (nee Staples)

July
17
,
2016
1919 — 2016 Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2016. Audrey was born in Rosetown, SK to William Henry Staples and Mary Staples Nee Middleton. She has outlived her parents, one brother, two sisters and 7 cousins who all...

KNOX - Why do we sing anthems at ball games?

July
17
,
2016
WHOA, CANADA, it’s barely mid-July and we’re into our second anthem-related drama of the summer. First there was the whole fuss over whether O Canada’s “in all thy sons command” should be changed to “in all of...

ROTHENBURGER - The elephant in the parkade

July
16
,
2016
THE NEXT TIME you’re stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Columbia Street, make a note of the stream of pedestrians in the crosswalk heading up the hill to Royal Inland Hospital. Most of them work there. Some, like me, are...

It couldn’t happen here, or could it?

July
15
,
2016
Can you imagine the fear and confusion of waking up in the morning to find the fresh air of Kamloops suddenly full of toxic fumes? Or the desperation as you, your children, your parents, friends, neighbours and pets develop headaches and begin to...

GINTA - The things that should never happen

July
15
,
2016
IT'S BEEN A WEEK full of news stories, some more terrible than others. Though last weekend had me decided to write about the five conditions City councillor Denis Walsh proposed for the Ajax mine project, I will leave it on the back burner...

Storm that swept through area swamped 21-ft. pleasure craft

July
15
,
2016
Thirteen people were rescued from Kamloops Lake on Thursday night after the seven-metre (21-ft.) boat they were in was swamped by high winds and capsized near Cooney Bay. "The occupants were forced to bail out as the waves kept blowing...

CHARBONNEAU - Being safe on social media

July
14
,
2016
WHEN Virginia Champoux’s husband received a lung transplant, her social media usage jumped. “Facebook became her daily – often hourly – outlet for sharing the agonizing, surreal, and occasionally funny details of Jay’s...

Skip the tip? That's the question

July
14
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. TO TIP, or not to tip? The answer is easy these days — tip whether you like it or not. Good service, lousy service, doesn’t matter. It’s expected. Rarely does any of us summon...

Henry William Becker

July
13
,
2016
March 01, 1942 – July 13, 2016 Mr. Henry William Becker entered into Rest in Kamloops, B.C. on July 13, 2016 at the age of 74 years.  Henry will be lovingly remembered by his dear wife Patricia, daughters Tammy (Blair) Ulrich of...

Tenor's mangling of O Canada was just wrong

July
13
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger THERE HAVE BEEN many suggestions for changing the words to O Canada but Remigio Pereira came up with something entirely unique — using our national anthem to insult an American social movement at...

ROGERS - Pokemon Go heading north

July
13
,
2016
NINTENDO’S Pokemon Go isn't officially available in Canada, but that hasn't stopped Canadians from joining what has become a worldwide craze. A tweet from Chad Harris of CFJC-TV shows a picture of the back of a pickup truck at...

McQUARRIE - Small stuff keeps us grounded

July
13
,
2016
AS SOME OF YOU may have noticed, I managed to sneak in a few weeks of non-writing holiday time. During that break, the world seemed to sink deeper and deeper into times of hate and despair.  In the U.S., Trump continued to spew his racist...

Female body found lying on river shore

July
12
,
2016
UPDATE (Wednesday, July 13) — Kamloops RCMP General Duty and Major Crime officers have investigated the death of a woman found on the shore of the South Thompson River Tuesday and found nothing suspicious. The cause of death of the woman,...

TRAVIS - Only the right pedigree need apply

July
12
,
2016
By DERMOD TRAVIS Executive Director, Integrity B.C. ANOTHER VACANCY in a public boardroom and another B.C. Liberal party supporter ready and willing to fill it. News that Frank Carson – a partner at Victoria law firm Cox, Taylor...

Frustration in getting campsite understandable

July
11
,
2016
I completely understand the frustration people feel when they are unable to reserve a campsite in one of our provincial parks. You've booked some vacation time, or maybe have simply left work early on a Friday to get a jump on the weekend....

Thief grabs lottery tickets, ciggies from market

July
11
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP want the public’s help in identifying a thief who broke into a business and stole about $4,000 in cigarettes and lottery tickets. At 2:30 a.m. today (Monday, July 11) police responded to a business alarm at Twin...

McDonald Park project proved a point

July
11
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE McDONALD PARK pool project received its official opening last week and there was talk among the politicians present of investing in older neighbourhoods. The McDonald Park neighbourhood is...

KNOX - We swear by higher standards here

July
10
,
2016
News item: Rapper 50 Cent was fined for using “indecent language” on stage at a music festival in St. Kitts-Nevis last week. A RAPPER BUSTED for dropping the F-bomb? WTF? Yes, it’s a misdemeanour to use profanity in...

Paul James Gadon

July
9
,
2016
May 23, 1950 – July 9, 2016 at the age of 66 years We announce with sadness the passing of Paul James Gadon in Chase B.C. on July 9, 2016.  Born in Toronto, Ontario, on May 23, 1950, Paul is the first born son of the late Moira and...

Cameron Thomas Gordon

July
9
,
2016
August 13, 1967 – July 9, 2016 During the wee hours of July 9, 2016, Cam Gordon quietly and peacefully slipped away from us. His last days, reminiscent of his life, were spent surrounded by family and friends. Adored by all who knew him,...

Peter Tarp

July
9
,
2016
Peter Tarp was born in Gesten, Denmark, passed away July 9, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. at the age of 88 years old.  He is survived by his widow Evelyn. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be expressed to...

Frank 'Red' Murton McRae

July
9
,
2016
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Husband, Dad & Papa, Frank “Red” McRae.  Red passed away on July 9, 2016 with Barb and family by his side at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home. Red was born September 29,...

John 'Jack' Martin Moran

July
9
,
2016
1923/07/17 – 2016/07/09 Jack Moran passed away peacefully, comforted by loved ones, just shy of his 93rd birthday. Jack is survived by his loving wife and long time companion, Diana Eyden.  Jack is remembered and loved by several...

Richard “Dick” Steve Kunz

July
9
,
2016
It is with great sadness the family of Richard “Dick” Steve Kunz announces his sudden passing at home on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Dick was born on February 19th, 1943 in Lethbridge, AB. Dick is survived by his loving wife,...

ALL THAT JAZZ - Django Reinhardt

July
9
,
2016
WE'RE STAYING with the guitar this week, only a completely different style than last week.  Many of you, especially the younger set, will not have heard of Django Reinhardt — he was a self taught Gypsy from France...

ROTHENBURGER - What makes Denis Walsh tick

July
9
,
2016
DENIS WALSH isn’t everyone’s favourite politician. In fact, he isn’t even every politician’s favourite politician. He regularly scraps with other City councillors and lately has been tangling with MLAs Terry Lake and Todd...

Albert Parsons

July
8
,
2016
July 8, 1940 – July 8, 2016 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend Albert Parsons on his 76th birthday. Albert is survived by his Mother, as well as numerous relatives, his extended family at Barriere House...

Walmart shoppers just might vote with their feet

July
8
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. IT'S HARD TO KNOW who to cheer for in the Visa vs. Walmart battle of the credit cards. Credit card companies aren’t everyone’s favourite thing — most of us think they charge...

GINTA - Everything has a price, but it shouldn't

July
8
,
2016
IF YOU LET the road take you places in British Columbia, you’ll likely be reminded in an undisputable manner of how big and breathtaking our province is. We visited Prince Rupert recently in an attempt to learn more about the place we...

Ramona Myrtle Flint

July
7
,
2016
August 11, 1940 – July 07, 2016 Ramona passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. at 75 years of age after a lengthy battle with cancer. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband John Flint, and children Darlene (Ross)...

Mary Boivin

July
7
,
2016
We are deeply saddened with the loss of our loving mother Mary Boivin on July 7, 2016 at 85 years of age.  She enjoyed many years of good health, with only a decline in health and limited lifestyle over the past five years. Mary is mourned...

Now it's just the internet, without a capital 'I'

July
7
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE INTERNET has been the best thing that ever happened to us, or the bane of our existence, depending on how you look at it. It’s been important enough, though, that the common spelling of...

Horace Fairman

July
6
,
2016
On the afternoon of July 6, 2016 Horace Fairman passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, 86 years after his birth there. He is survived by his wife Alma of 58 years and his four children Ralph (Hildi), Bruce, John (Rose) and Marlene (Randy) and...

A sad choice between dumb and dumber

July
6
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. MORE AND MORE, it is obvious that Americans will have to choose between dumb and dumber when they elect a new president. Tuesday, FBI Director James B. Comey announced the outcome of an ...

How we might vote in Trudeau's Canada

July
6
,
2016
The federal Liberal government has initiated a process for switching from the current first-past-the-post system of voting to one of proportional representation. B.C. has been there twice, both times defeating Single Transferrable Vote systems...

Supertanker puzzle

July
6
,
2016
Today's Raeside editorial cartoon....

Kamloops - Back To The Future

July
5
,
2016
Organized by Image Masters, 20 local photographers got together for one day in the summer of 2014 and took a step back in history.  Their goal was to recreate and match the modern version of scenes originally captured over 100 years ago....

O Canada fix - swap it for Maple Leaf Forever

July
5
,
2016
A Daily News editorial by Mel Rothenburger. WE ALL GOT THROUGH another Canada Day singing the same old words to O Canada, and our world did not crumble. But as long as we’re going to keep arguing over those words, why don’t we just...

Philip Letz

July
4
,
2016
1929 - 2016 Philip Letz passed away on July 4, 2016 at Gemstone Care Centre, Kamloops, BC, at 87 years of age. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on January 3, 1929. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Letz (nee Whitney); sons Bruce and Douglas;...

Now, more than ever, Uji is important to us

July
4
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. AS SEVERAL citizens of Uji, Japan, enjoy the sites in Banff, the Vice Mayor and two members of the Uji City council head home today after visiting Kamloops for a few days. Traditionally, local...

Government must listen to Seniors Advocate

July
4
,
2016
Will the Health Ministry implement any of the recommendations made by the Seniors Advocate in regard to resident-on resident-aggression in senior facilities? Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie. Let's take a look at the Ministry's...

Mayor's salary doesn't add up to enough

July
4
,
2016
THEY SAY it's not all about the money… Yet there seems something strange about the compensation a mayor like Peter Milobar gets. The last financial disclosure from Kamloops City Hall puts the mayor's 2015 remuneration a bit...

Kimiko Kika

July
3
,
2016
March 9, 1915 - July 3, 2016 With sadness, the family of Kimiko Kika announce her passing on July 3, 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. She died peacefully surrounded by family. Lovingly remembered by her daughters Diane Kika, Melodye Kika, Christine...

ROGERS - Remember snail mail?

July
3
,
2016
THE IDEA that Canadian postal workers can possibly gain anything from a strike is enough to make you shake your head in disbelief. Perhaps most telling is the ho-hum reaction from the public. Until recently, many people were unaware that...

Boater finds decomposed body on lake

July
2
,
2016
  A boater discovered a decomposed body on the north side of Kamloops Lake on Saturday afternoon, and police are releasing little information as they investigate. Tk’emlups Rural RCMP were called to the scene about 12 p.m. when the...

A 'safe and successful' Canada Day

July
2
,
2016
It was another "safe and successful" Canada Day in Kamloops, say RCMP. Sgt. Darren Michels said today (Sunday, July 2) there were no significant incidents as thousands gathered at Riverside Park throughout the day and into the evening...

Timothy 'Tim' James MacDonald

July
2
,
2016
August 29, 1952 - July 2, 2016 Tim passed away peacefully at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home on July 2, 2016, at the age of 63 years. He was born in Rossland, B.C. and moved to Kamloops with his family, at the age of four....

The Battle of the Somme - A personal memoir

July
1
,
2016
By Corporal George H. Kempling, 5th Platoon, B Company, 26th Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division—July 12, 1916-October 7, 1916.  Excerpted by Chris Kempling. Today, July 1, is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle...

ROTHENBURGER - Sorry, but we really are polite

July
1
,
2016
I HEAR IT SAID, sometimes, that it’s a myth that Canadians are polite. People point out the abundance of bad news coming out of our country — gang warfare in Vancouver, nasty politics in Ottawa, internet scams targeting seniors. ...

GINTA- Humble berry speaks of our country

July
1
,
2016
EVEREY DAY for weeks now, the trails where we take the pup for walks have been offering a bountiful gift of berries. More loaded than last year, the bushes guarding the path graciously arch their branches all the way to the ground. ...

Do we really need another stat holiday?

July
1
,
2016
DO WE REALLY need another statutory holiday in Canada? The Toronto Star thinks so, editorially promoting the notion that National Aboriginal Day, observed last month, be declared another national holiday. Put aside the reality that...

Mary Balan

June
30
,
2016
Our mother, Mary, was born on September 14, 1923 in St. Julian, Saskatchewan. She was 92 years old when she passed, the oldest child of Nick and Polly Bodnarchuk. Mom is survived by her sister Jean of Toronto and is predeceased by her sibling...

Sophia Hendrina Keuris

June
30
,
2016
Sophia Hendrina Keuris 1941 — 2016 Sophia Hendrina Keuris of Kamloops, passed away on June 30, 2016 at 74 years of age. Sophia is survived by her loving husband Pieter and brother in law Ruud Keuris and sister in law Julie and...

CHARBONNEAU - Truth in a post-factual world

June
30
,
2016
WE LIVE in a world in what’s true is a question of opinion, not a matter of fact. Imagine this guy, his father, and girlfriend sitting around a campfire drinking a few brews near Brockville, Ontario. She says the Earth is flat. The father...

Consider the upside if we joined the U.S.

June
30
,
2016
WHILE BRITAIN is looking to leave the European Union, maybe Canadians might want to think about going in the other direction. It's not something many people talk about any longer, but perhaps it's an idea worthy of renewed debate. ...

Andrew Johnston Cook

June
30
,
2016
It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of Andrew Johnston Cook, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.  Andrew was born in Kelowna to Andrew and Jean Cook on October 14, 1930 and passed away...

Larry Edward Zwarich

June
29
,
2016
Larry, aged 56 years, lost his hard fought, five-year battle with cancer. On the morning of June 29, 2016, Larry passed away quietly in the tranquil surroundings of the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice at Kamloops with his sister Cheryl at his side and...

James William Richey

June
29
,
2016
James William Richey of Clearwater, BC, passed away on June 29, 2016 at 67 years of age. James is survived by his beloved daughter, Lindsay Jean Richey, Lindsay's mother, Laura Richey, stepchildren, Sarah MacLeod and Robin MacLeod, his brothers,...

Ruth Dagmar Edwards (nee Cederholm)

June
29
,
2016
October 4, 1925 – June 29, 2016 at the age of 90 years Celebration of Life, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 12:30 pm, 5th Avenue Seniors Activity Centre, Salmon Arm. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a loving wife and...

Audrey Therese Donahue

June
29
,
2016
June 13, 1960 - June 29, 2016 Audrey Therese Donahue lived, went to school and married in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1988, she and her husband David Wolf moved to Kamloops. She was still in high school when she took a job in the field...

James Warren 'Jim' Punton

June
29
,
2016
August 16, 1950 – June 29, 2016 At the age of 65 years. A  Memorial Service July 9 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2165 Parkcrest Ave, Kamloops. Raised in Rathwell, Manitoba. Jim passed away...

Jason Burns Thiessen

June
29
,
2016
Jason Thiessen, a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend passed away at Royal Inland Hospital on June 29, 2016, at the age of 43. Jason will be deeply missed by those who knew him but he will never be forgotten. The family greatly appreciates the...

Venture Kamloops - show us what you've done

June
29
,
2016
IN JUST ABOUT every endeavour, it's the bottom line that counts. Don't tell us what you're doing, or how you're doing it, or what you'd like to be doing, show us what's you've done. That's the conundrum...

Ruby Mae Steinthorson (Plaskett)

June
29
,
2016
Ruby Mae Steinthorson (nee Plaskett) passed away unexpectedly at her apartment at LeJeune Manor on June 29, 2016, at age 83. Ruby was born March 4, 1933 in Brandon, Manitoba. She lived in Sherridon Lake, where she meet her husband Johannas...

Irene Francis Kibble (nee Goulding)

June
28
,
2016
Irene Kibble (nee Goulding) passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C., on June 28, 2016 at 92 years of age.  Born in Holland, Manitoba, on August 3, 1923, Irene is survived by her sons John (Donna) Kibble and Donald (Mo) Kibble;...

Please spare us from all the 'getting to yes'

June
28
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. ONE OF the most annoying current buzz phrases in politics surely must be ”getting to yes.” We must “get to yes” on jobs and the economy, says Premier Christy Clark. Site C...

Kamloops' own Ministry of Silly Walks

June
28
,
2016
WHEN WE FIRST HEARD the story we thought it was a parody of some sort. But when we heard the source, it was no longer a surprise. In fact it's this kind of trivial thing Kamloops Council has become something notorious for. Spending...

Canada Post quickly becoming irrelevant

June
27
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. CANADA’S POSTIES could be on strike or locked out by the day after Canada Day and the question is, does anybody care? There’s perhaps some irony in the timing, coming as it does...

NDP still looks like the party of 'no'

June
27
,
2016
B.C. NEW DEMOCRATS were in Kamloops on the weekend for what the party is calling advanced training for the 2017 election. Speaking to some of the caucus, they're insisting the party doesn't need to change its policies nor...

Marion Kathleen Handrahan

June
26
,
2016
Our beloved mother Marion, passed away peacefully June 26, 2016 at the age of 90. Predeceased by family and friends whom she has now joined. Left to mourn are her sister, Anne, daughters ,Sharon, Elaine, Yvette, Jeannie and many family and...

KNOX - Don't hold the wrong end of a chainsaw

June
26
,
2016
GOT A NEW lawn mower. If the English translation of the assembly instructions was a little dodgy (“Alarm! Not to spindle the hangwhistle!”), the safety warnings were clear: Don’t back over your foot. Don’t try to stop...

ROGERS - How the 'old press' won Brexit

June
26
,
2016
ROBERT COLVILE has written an excellent essay about the role of the media in the British referendum on membership in the European Union. The way he sees it, newspapers — the old media — were the clear winners. Tabloids and...

Standoff ends, second man in custody

June
25
,
2016
A second man has been taken into custody related to a fight where a handgun was produced and discharged in the 700 block of McGill Road at 11:20 this morning. Residents of all three floors of one building of the Landmark townhouses on...

ALL THAT JAZZ - John Pizzarelli

June
25
,
2016
THIS WEEK on Richmond And All That Jazz, a guy who sings and plays guitar.  What!!! The world is full of people who sing and play the guitar.  No, the world is full of those who sing and pretend they can play the guitar.  This...

ROTHENBURGER - Shuffling the council deck

June
25
,
2016
ELECTION FEVER hasn’t quite built to a pitch yet, but the speculation game is underway. Will Terry Lake run again? If not, who will take his spot as the Liberal candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson? Will it be Peter Milobar? Steve Puhallo?...

What's environmental risk to our children?

June
25
,
2016
By PETER TSIGARIS There has been considerable debate about the impacts of the proposed KGHM Ajax open pit mine due to its proximity to our community. According to the KGHM Ajax website (http://ajaxmine.ca/responsible-development/) one of its core...

Police surround home after shooting incident

June
25
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP  were investigating a possible shooting incident today (Saturday, June 25) involving two men who were fighting outside an apartment building in the 700 block of McGill Road. Sgt. Lorne Wood said it's alleged a...

NDP continues to say 'No' to jobs in B.C.

June
24
,
2016
When the NDP and the “Forces of No” come to Kamloops this weekend they will need to explain to local workers and families why they remain opposed to resource projects that would create jobs for workers in Kamloops and across British...

GINTA - Musings on the topic of socializing

June
24
,
2016
I OFTEN GET ASKED whether my sons, who are now homeschooled, get to socialize enough. It’s a funny question, you know. Because they do socialize, not just with their own age group, but with various ages and all backgrounds, as much as...

Joseph Kenkel

June
24
,
2016
August 12,1932 – June 24, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Joseph Kenkel on June 24, 2016 at the age of 83 years. Left to cherish Joe's memory are his five children Norm (Nicole), Lorain (Bruce), Joe...

Kamloops should go after injection site

June
24
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE WORD OPIOID is suddenly a common part of our everyday vocabulary. Since the explosion off fentanyl-related deaths, including that of rock star, all the talk is about opioids and what to do about...

TRAVIS - Site C's 'independent' network

June
24
,
2016
By DERMOD TRAVIS IntegrityBC THE B.C. GOVERNMENT has placed two bets over the Site C project: one that BC Hydro can keep construction costs to $8.8 billion and two that it can find customers for the power.  Left to cover the...

New 'ultra-low' discount air service launches

June
23
,
2016
Air service between Kamloops and Edmonton returns at the end of the month with an announcement today (June 23) that NewLeaf Travel has added the city to its list of destinations. Kamloops Airport manager Fred Legace said it’s “good...

'Warrior' Bennett certainly spoke his mind

June
23
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. ‘EVEN IF you don’t agree with Bill, you always know he’s telling you what he really thinks.” So said Premier Christy Clark this week as Energy and Mines Minister Bill...

CHARBONNEAU - 'They're all corrupt' - not

June
23
,
2016
IT BUGS ME when I hear the criticism of politicians: “They’re all corrupt.” Not just because it isn’t true. Politicians are no more corrupt than the general population. They are arguably less corrupt, given all the...

Trying to understand how it could happen

June
23
,
2016
A LOT OF PEOPLE are trying to understand what would motivate anyone to do what happened on a residential street in Kamloops early last Sunday morning. From what neighbours have reported, and what the RCMP have confirmed is that a young man...

Raymond Joseph Bertoli

June
22
,
2016
May 16, 1931 – June 22, 2016 On June 22, 2016 in the early morning hours at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice, Ray’s battle with cancer came to an end. Born May 16, 1931 at the C.N. Junction yard in Campbell Creek, he was delivered at home...

Bloated health-care bureaucracy needs diet

June
22
,
2016
In the June 3 edition of KTW, Susan Brown, CEO for hospitals and communities IHA, handwringingly suggests, in an IHA boiler plate format, that the Provincial Govt. redesign the health care system. When I started my consulting practice in 1975 RIH...

WALSH – Let’s talk about wine in the aisles

June
22
,
2016
By COUN. DENIS WALSH IT HAS BEEN most interesting, to say the least, to see how many emotionally charged, misguided personal attacks have been directed at me and other councillors over our positions on Save-On Foods selling alcohol in their...

TRU is the real gold mine for Kamloops

June
22
,
2016
Mr. Harrison: I must respond to your June 21 NewKamloops editorial entitled, “Mining helps pay the freight at TRU.” It makes perfect sense for a mining company like New Gold to have a conscience and to directly fund research...

A few dozen chickens nothing to worry about

June
22
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. NOW THAT the chicken issue has been put to rest, City councillors who opposed making them legal in Kamloops backyards can stop their fretting. Even as the finishing touches were put to the...

McArthur Island an oasis in sea of negativity

June
22
,
2016
A guest editorial by Hugh McLennan. IN A WORLD where we’re surrounded by negativity and a myriad of social ills it was refreshing to spend Father’s Day at a Provincial Peewee baseball tournament at McArthur Island where our...

Walsh blasts MLAs, offers wine 'solution'

June
21
,
2016
The B.C. Liberal government has caused unnecessary turmoil for municipal governments with its “inept and misguided” new policies allowing sale of wine in some grocery stores, says Coun. Denis Walsh. And he wants apologies from MLAs...

Thanks, Justin, for review of enviro protection

June
21
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THOSE STILL FIGHTING the last federal election will, no doubt, decry the JustinTrudeau government’s announcement Monday of a thorough review of environmental assessment legislation as more...

Mining helps pay the freight at TRU

June
21
,
2016
THERE ARE MANY ironies in life, and so it seems at Thompson Rivers University. Note over the years, the academics comprising some of the faculty have been among those leading the charge against the proposed Ajax copper mine for various reasons. ...

Bill (Willard) Ferrington Cahoon

June
20
,
2016
Bill (Willard) Ferrington Cahoon passed away peacefully two months before his 90th birthday on June 20, 2016 with his youngest daughter holding his hand. Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Cahoon and her family. Lovingly remembered by his...

Richard Michael Pedrotti

June
20
,
2016
Mr. Richard Michael Pedrotti of Kamloops, B.C. passed away on June 20, 2016 at 54 years of age. He will be lovingly remembered his mother Petronilla and father James. He is survived by his brothers Gary and Tom, sister Marie Ellen, niece Sasha and...

Mary Ellen Smith

June
20
,
2016
Mary Ellen Smith passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at the age of 97 years. Ellen was born May 9, 1919 at North East Point in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia to Emma Mae and Charles Edgar Crowell. She was the oldest of three girls and grew up in a...

Parking a pickup truck at RIH is a nightmare

June
20
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. ANYBODY WITH a pickup truck who has cause to visit Royal Inland Hospital will have special reason to celebrate when the new clinical building-parkade opens for public use later next month. ...

What will government do about Metis decision?

June
20
,
2016
From a speech in the House of Commons last week by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod on the (Harry) Daniels vs. Canada decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that Metis and non-status Indians are "Indians" under the...

Opposition to pipelines somewhat stupid

June
20
,
2016
IF SO MUCH as a thimble full of oil from a pipeline leaks anywhere on the planet, the B.C. crowd at the coast and some First Nations opposed to the Kinder Morgan expansion waste  no time in pointing it out. It's the Armageddon...

Donald Clarence Hicks

June
19
,
2016
1922 – 2016 Donald Clarence Hicks was born on April 4, 1922 in Lewisville, New Brunswick. He died on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016 in Kamloops, British Columbia.  Growing up he excelled in sports and grew up speaking French as...

Catherine 'Edith' Watkinson (nee Campbell)

June
19
,
2016
January 1, 1921 - June 19, 2016 Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, the matriarch of our family, passed peacefully from this earth plane into the arms of those who passed before her.  Edith was born in the family’s...

Alan Collett

June
19
,
2016
On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Ridgeview Lodge, Kamloops, B.C. Alan Collett turned his trumpet toward the “wide blue yonder…”.  Alan’s peaceful death was due to altzheimer’s disease and in the end, cancer. Husband of...

KNOX – We have gun deaths, too, but…

June
19
,
2016
A FRIEND was in a Victoria doctor’s office recently when she encountered a young man who looked as though he had been in a bad car crash. No, he had been jumped outside a gay bar. A couple of thugs beat the crap out of him. Homophobia...

Fay Carla McGill (nee: Nordby)

June
18
,
2016
It is with deep sorrow that, after a courageous battle with ALS, we announce the passing of Fay Carla McGill (nee: Nordby) at Ponderosa Lodge in Kamloops, B.C. Fay was predeceased by her beloved husband of 53 years, Valentine Grattan (Grant)...

Julie MollyAnn Cowan

June
18
,
2016
March 3, 1969 – June 18, 2016 Julie MollyAnn Cowan of Kamloops, B.C., passed away on June 18, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. Julie was 47 years of age. Julie is survived by her four daughters, Jamie (Thomas), Amanda, Grace and...

ROTHENBURGER - Crossing the cultural divide

June
18
,
2016
I SPENT the better part of Friday at a workshop on “indigenous culture competency,” which really amounted to a discussion on cultural sensitivity. I think such discussions are worthwhile, though they tend to focus on how non-Indians...

B.C. renters being squeezed out of market

June
18
,
2016
By DERMOD TRAVIS Executive Director, IntegrityBC With so much of the attention focused on Victoria's tent city and Vancouver's skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering “hey, what about...

Ian MacEchern

June
17
,
2016
Ian MacEachern of Knutsford passed away on June 17, 2016 at 65 years of age. Ian is survived by his stepsons Wayne (Kathryn) Homer of Surrey, BC, and Shawn Homer of Kamloops, B.C., as well as his niece Tracy MacEachern of Kamloops. Ian was...

Just one more question about chickens

June
17
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. WHY DID the chicken cross Victoria Street? To get to City Hall. There were times during the past 10 years when it seemed as though the chickens had flown the coop, as City council and staff...

GINTA - Why do we keep writing?

June
17
,
2016
DURING MY UNDERGRAD and grad school I corresponded regularly with my parents, my sister, and one of my cousins. I still have the letters, and surprisingly enough, they do not take a lot of space. It’s the kind of writing that contains...

Not all changes are for the better

June
17
,
2016
WE LIVE in a world of  head spinning change, and not all of it is for the better.           No more prayers in school for fear of offending some. While we once fought illicit drug use, it...

Brian Dennis

June
17
,
2016
April 17, 1947 - June 17, 2016  We always joked that if the world was ending we wanted to be on Team Brian...there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do...and do well. Whether it was building a cabin, hunting, fishing, golfing or...

Ursula Elisabeth Elke (Kahnert)

June
17
,
2016
Ursula Elisabeth Elke (Kahnert) was born in Germany on September 30, 1932. She immigrated to Canada in 1952 landing in Winnipeg. In 1959 she married Milbert Elke and moved to Swan River Manitoba. In 1966 they moved to Kamloops with their two sons,...

David M. Cole

June
16
,
2016
It is with the deepest sadness that the Cole family announce the passing of David M Cole on Thursday, June 16, 2016. David passed away peacefully at his home in Clinton B.C., at the age of 58. Born in Saskatchewan, Dave spent his early years in...

What's so hard to understand about gun control?

June
16
,
2016
A Daily News editorial by Mel Rothenburger. IT TAKES very little cognitive ability to understand that if there were fewer guns in this world, fewer people would get killed with guns. Yet this somehow escapes the National Rifle Association,...

Easier to blame the gun than the person

June
16
,
2016
EVERYONE AGREES what happened in Orlando was horrific. Because it was beyond imaginable, people need assess blame, and most often it's guns and specifically assault rifles. Forty-nine people shot by a madman, motivated by Islam, hatred, or...

CHARBONNEAU – The language of animals

June
16
,
2016
I KNOW THAT ANIMALS vocalize but do they have an internal language? Something like what you experience now as you read this? Since animals don’t write articles in which they wonder about speech in humans, we can only infer from observation. ...

Salmon Arm school board gets the boot

June
16
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY SALMON ARM — North Okanagan Shuswap school district trustees have been fired from their elected posts, following a special advisor's report. Former Surrey school district Supt. Mike McKay has been appointed as official...

Eugenia Bruno

June
15
,
2016
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Eugenia Bruno at the age of 89.  Eugenia was called by her soul mate, Paul, to heaven's door on June 15, 2016, three days after his passing. Eugenia was born on November 17, 1926 in Grimaldi,...

Was it a flip-flop or careful reconsideration?

June
15
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. FLIP-FLOP is such a negative word. It’s already being applied to Coun. Tina Lange and Coun. Marg Spina for changing their votes on the Save-On Foods wine issue, paving the way for a new...

Consumer still carries the clout

June
15
,
2016
CONSUMERS WILLl put up with a great deal in order to get the best price, and value.  But the big retailers and restaurant chains need to know there's a limit. The Earl's restaurant chain learned that the hard way when it suffered...

Helicopter governance in the Nanny State

June
15
,
2016
ACCORDING to Wikipedia, the term Nanny State was first used by Conservative British MP Iain MacLeod as a way of explaining his view that government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice.  The...

Gwendoline Rose Vincett

June
15
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mom on June 15, 2016.  The youngest of four children born September 21, 1935 in Alliance, AB. to Jim and Jean Findlay. She married the love of her life Melvin Vincett in 1957. They...

Myron George Yachiw

June
15
,
2016
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Myron George Yachiw on June 15, 2016 at  74 years of age. To cherish Myron’s memory is his soulmate of 51 years, wife Patty and children Michael (Tanya), Colleen and...

Why should we pay for fentanyl roulette?

June
14
,
2016
PEOPLE WILL NO DOUBT call us heartless, mean spirited, uncaring, or just idiotic for even making the suggestion, but we suspect we're not alone in thinking this way. If people want to die, let them. We're not talking about...

Leona Christine 'Lindy' 'Lin' Auger

June
14
,
2016
1938 - 2016 Today we say goodbye to Lindy as she embarks on a new journey. Lindy was born in New Westminster, B.C. on October 21, 1938 and passed away June 14, 2016 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. She was predeceased by her parents Paul...

Common sense not too much to ask, or is it?

June
13
,
2016
THE PEOPLE from the B.C. Wine Institute may find themselves spitting into a strong wind when they ask Kamloops Council to reconsider its decision to bar VQQA wine sales at Save On Foods. President Miles Prodan will try to explain, again,...

William 'Bill' Hook

June
13
,
2016
February 20, 1937 – June 13, 2016 William “Bill” Hook passed away with family by his side on June 13, 2016 in Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 79 years. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Joan,...

ALL THAT JAZZ - Oscar Peterson

June
12
,
2016
FOR THIS edition of Richmond and All That Jazz, I have chosen one of the greatest jazz piano players of all time, one of my favourites; Oscar Peterson.  If you are a jazz lover you will be very familiar with Oscar, if not...

Rex Robert Palamar

June
12
,
2016
Rex Robert Palamar is in heaven. August 15, 1979 – June 12, 2016 Rex was born in Kelowna, B.C. but we lived in McBride, B.C. He was christened as a baby, his godparents are Ewald & Edith Wolff. As a youth Rex was dedicated to the...

ROGERS - Taking flyers from newspapers

June
12
,
2016
NEWSPAPERS took a hit when they lost a big part of their revenue from classified ads to websites like Kijiji and craigslist. They still have flyers to support them, but it's just a matter of time before the Internet figures out a way to...

Saying farewell to Hon. Len Marchand

June
12
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. “HE’S SPEAKING to us, I think,” said Lori Marchand when a big gust of wind blew up during her eulogy Saturday to her father, Len Marchand. She wasn’t alone in thinking...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

June
12
,
2016
Running from the North Shore over to TRU and east all the way through to Valleyview, local photographer Ed Hennan provided us with this unique and inclusive vista of Kamloops,  The POW will be taking a short summer break before...

KNOX - Acts of common decency

June
12
,
2016
EVERY ONCE in a while, it’s good to acknowledge common decency — which is what came to mind over the last little while as, independently, a handful of such tales landed quietly in the inbox: It bugged Cook Street Barbershop owner...

ROTHENBURGER - Getting 'older' not so scary

June
11
,
2016
I RECEIVED a press release a couple of weeks ago from the RCMP about a motor vehicle accident that was witnessed by “an older gentleman.” I wondered how the police knew that he was a gentleman. I also wondered how they defined...

Can we keep being the Tournament Capital?

June
11
,
2016
By PETER TSIGARIS Kamloops is “Canada’s Tournament Capital” (CTC). Surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, grasslands, and forests, our city is a part of Super, Natural British Columbia’s beauty.  Outdoor recreational...

GINTA - The talk we must have with our kids

June
10
,
2016
IT WAS around the time my oldest turned three that I got an assignment to write about stranger danger. The process was a bit of a Pandora’s box, worry-wise, as once you start inquiring about that kind of stuff and statistics start pouring in,...

TRAVIS - Martyn Brown, telling it like it is

June
10
,
2016
By DERMOD TRAVIS IntegrityBC Former chief of staff to then-Premier Gordon Campbell, Martyn Brown, made some refreshingly candid comments about B.C.'s political financing culture on Shaw TV's Voice of B.C. the other day. “No...

Difference between Liberals and Conservatives

June
10
,
2016
WE DON'T often like to go to the Internet for material, but this little piece called "which side of the fence" was too intriguing to resist. It goes like this: "If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on,...

Cecilia Callaghan

June
10
,
2016
April 29, 1940 - June 10, 2016 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cecilia, on June 10, 2016 in Chase, B.C. at the age of 76 years. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Maurice, her daughters Maureen (Hans) and Louise...

Paulo 'Paul' Bruno

June
10
,
2016
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Paulo “Paul” Bruno on June 12, 2016 in Kamloops at the age of 89. Paul passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was born on November 9th, 1926 in Grimaldi,...

Premier - 'I knew why women stay silent'

June
9
,
2016
Premier Christy Clark released a letter today (Thursday, June 9) revealing that she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault when she was 13 years old, and explaining her support for a Green party Bill on sexual assault. Here’s the text...

What would giving up oil cost us?

June
9
,
2016
By GARY SEINEN BC Conservative Party HOW DOES a society regress, ignoring what made it great, quietly march down a path to its own demise? Can people willingly give up the source of their well-being? How did large numbers of human beings...

Len Marchand was a great Canadian

June
9
,
2016
Two great champions died on June 3, 2016:  Muhammad Ali and Leonard Marchand.  Muhammad Ali has received great and well deserved praise in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Leonard Marchand, who grew up on a First Nations...

Pipeline isn't only about Lower Mainland

June
9
,
2016
HERE'S WHAT Gregor Robertson had to say in Ottawa Tuesday as the Vancouver mayor continued his lobby against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal. "The vast majority of people in Vancouver and in the Lower Mainland do...

CHARBONNEAU - How to sell more salt

June
9
,
2016
IT'S A MARKETING triumph to increase salt sales when Canadians eat too much of the stuff. We’re supposed to limit salt to 2,300 milligrams a day. Instead we consume 3,400. The Harper government created a task force to study the...

Joann Stevens (nee Miyazawa)

June
9
,
2016
1947 – 2016 Joann Stevens (nee Miyazawa) of Kamloops, BC, passed away at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House in Kamloops on June 9, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was 68 years of age.  Joanne is survived by her husband...

Wrongfully convicted man gets $8 million

June
8
,
2016
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton has released the following statement on the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s ruling that Ivan Henry was wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years on sexual assault charges: “Today, B...

Nice catch there, bud!

June
8
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one Summerland man caught it all on camera. Chad Pressey was trout fishing on Agur Lake near Summerland on Monday when a fish caught the line. “I was reeling in...

Motorcycle crashes near Inks Lake interchange

June
8
,
2016
UPDATED A motorcyclist has died after he was rushed to RIH with serious injuries following a crash on the Coquihalla. RCMP and B.C. Ambulance were dispatched to the accident on the highway south of the Inks Lake Interchange Tuesday...

McQUARRIE - Mr. Walsh, stick to what you know

June
8
,
2016
IN AN ODD sort of way, I respect Denis Walsh for coming out of the VQA/SOF closet. His comments and explanations seem to be sincere while also providing some insight into his mindset when he voted against the variance motion.   Of...

Kudos to police for restraint, courage

June
8
,
2016
A LOT OF PEOPLE are ready to condemn police officers at the slightest provocation. They're routinely criticized whenever there's an arrest that involves resistance or violence, and now that everyone has a cell phone, takedowns are...

Bernice Elsie (Thorp) Monroe

June
8
,
2016
Bernice passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the age of 91 years, in Ashcroft, B.C. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Bob. Also by brother Thomas and sister Eleanor. Bernice is survived by her children, Linda Monroe (Bob...

WALSH - Four concerns about alcohol in stores

June
7
,
2016
THE ISSUE of whether alcohol should be sold in Save-On-Foods (SOF) has become an extremely hot item for Kamloopsians.  The level of engagement for having convenient access to wine in a single grocery store in Kamloops is astounding. Coun....

Who's to blame in tragic death of gorilla?

June
7
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE MOTHER of the three-year-old boy who climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo won’t face prosecution. This news on Monday, less than a week after the incident that led to...

McLeod: Len Marchand will be dearly missed

June
7
,
2016
Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod paid tribute to the late Senator Len Marchand Sr. in the House of Commons on Monday: Mr. Speaker  I would like to pay tribute to the Hon. Len Marchand who passed away last week in Kamloops. Len...

What he did for others will live on forever

June
7
,
2016
A TRAIL BLAZER for first nations, a tireless champion, a truly nice guy. It's difficult to find new adjectives that haven't already been used to describe the legacy of former Kamloops Liberal MP Len Marchand. Who couldn't like a...

Smelly crash causes long traffic backup

June
7
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD KELOWNA — Harvey and Richter was the last place in Kelowna anyone wanted to be Monday afternoon. The stench was nearly unbearable as city and fire crews worked together to clean up a rather gross mess. Pedestrians...

Pit bull attack sends man to hospital

June
7
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY KELOWNA — A pit bull was seized by authorities on the weekend after a vicious attack that sent a man to hospital. “We had a report of a serious dog attack on a person at a residence on Dunwaters Road in the Fintry...

Gloria Frazer

June
7
,
2016
1938 - 2016 Gloria Frazer, age 77, unexpectedly passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, after complications due to surgery.  Born in Port Alberni, B.C. she lived a beautiful, full life in Kamloops, B.C for 46 years....

Inquiry underway on murder charges

June
7
,
2016
VERNON — Two men charged in connection with the death of a man in Polson Park last August are back in a Vernon courtroom. The body of Jason Hardy, 42, was found in bushes behind the lawn bowling club on Aug. 26. Brandon Wellington, 19,...

'Vulgar' graffiti sprayed on windows, walls

June
7
,
2016
SALMON ARM — RCMP attended Salmon Arm Secondary on Saturday after someone spray painted what police say was "vulgar graffiti" on the outside windows and walls of the school on the Sullivan campus. Police are appealing to...

Keystone Cops continue to be top of mind

June
6
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THERE ARE a lot of things on the minds of Kamloops residents these days but one issue continues to dominate. A NewsKamloops survey this past week indicates that Ajax is the greatest concern among...

Who decides when 'social licence' is achieved?

June
6
,
2016
IT'S BEEN a theme we've addressed for some time, but a piece posted by Resource Works sees things much the same way. It describes an "Oh so predictable theatre as recent headlines illustrate": Act 1: NEB approves...

Famous last words to do with water

June
6
,
2016
Today's Raeside Editorial Cartoon....

Keith ‘Cory’ Steven McBratney

June
6
,
2016
Keith ‘Cory’ Steven McBratney passed away on June 6, 2016 at 38 years of age. He is survived by his loving parents, Keith and Doreen McBratney.  He left behind his oldest son Tyson and his youngest children, Kaitlynn and Slyer, his...

Joan Alexis Redekop

June
6
,
2016
Born June 20, 1934, in Montreal to Ada Alice Button and Alexis Karabetstky Kahr. Left this life June 6, 2016, leaving behind husband Ervin, sons Eric and James, daughter Karen and son-in-love Tony and granddaughter Jordan, whom she loved...

Fran McRae

June
6
,
2016
On the evening of June 6, 2016, Fran McRae’s Spirit Guide came to her Clearwater, B.C. home to take her on her final journey. With family present to say thank you and we love you, her heart beat its last time.  She passed quickly and...

Barbara Ann Fox

June
5
,
2016
Barbara Ann Fox passed away peacefully in Kamloops on June 5, 2016, she was 80 years old. Barbara was born on January 14, 1936 in Montreal to Violet and James Murray. She was one of six children. Barbara and her husband George packed up and...

KNOX - Why is distracted-driving ticket $368?

June
5
,
2016
HERE'S THE QUESTION nobody asked when hit with one of B.C.’s new phoning-while-driving penalties Wednesday: Why is the fine $368? Why not $350 or $375 or some other tidy sum? How do they choose these numbers? Darts? But no, such...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

June
5
,
2016
The Ducks Unlimited Marsh near Monte Creek by photographer Gregory Murray.  If you’d like to see more of Gregory’s work, you can visit his web site at http://www.gmphotography.ca. Other photographers submitting great pix...

Kamloops CBC reporter wins radio award

June
5
,
2016
A Kamloops journalist was among the award winners at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards in Toronto on Saturday night (June 4). Doug Herbert, a reporter with CBC’s Kamloops Daybreak show, won the Byron MacGregor...

Caroline Elizabeth Bianchin (nee Maki)

June
4
,
2016
October 11, 1933 – June 4, 2016 On a beautiful spring evening on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in palliative care at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Caroline passed away, with her youngest daughter, Angela, at her side. Predeceased by...

ROTHENBURGER - The very honorable 'Len Sr.'

June
4
,
2016
SOMETIMES people say things that stick with you for a lifetime. Len Marchand Sr., back when he was in the Trudeau government in Ottawa, once said to me, “I’m not a robot.” I quoted that line not long ago in explaining the...

Harrison way off base on Insite facility

June
4
,
2016
This comment comes from David Morrs in response to Jim Harrison’s editorial ‘Give Kelowna, not us, safe injection site.’ Wow. Jim. just...wow. You always seem to spout that we should let science and experts speak on issues that...

Jessie McGroty

June
4
,
2016
In Loving Memory of Jessie McGroty. Born July 10, 1920 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Passed away peacefully on June 4, 2016 at Ridgeview Lodge. Born into a large family, Jessie was predeceased by all her family members, her husband Charles in 1965...

Barbara Margaret Marjory Davis

June
4
,
2016
Born July 9, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec and died peacefully on June 4, 2016 after a sudden illness. Barb is survived by her brother Geoff (Kim) and sister Pamela (Dennis) Peacock, nephews Gary (Pam) and Ian (Megan), nieces Melinda (Tom) Williamson and...

Susan Bottos

June
3
,
2016
Susan Bottos passed away suddenly on June 3, 2016 due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. She was 65. Sue was born on November 13, 1950 in Montreal to Clayton and Margaret (Aiken) Riddell. She was the oldest of three children and...

Chamber can't be right on everything

June
3
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. THE KAMLOOPS Chamber of Commerce had another successful time at the annual B.C. chamber convention in Kelowna this week, sponsoring several resolutions that were approved by delegates from around...

GINTA - To be or not to be an animal these days

June
3
,
2016
YOU HAVE LIKELY heard of the 17-year-old male gorilla that was recently shot at Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old child found his way into the animal’s cage. The gorilla did what a wild creature would, it grabbed the child, interacting...

Council clings to its mistake on wine issue

June
3
,
2016
I KNOW what’s best for you.... you dummies! In its most simplistic form, that's really what five members of Kamloops Council are telling the community as they hold fast to their questionable and wrong headed decision to...

Hon. Leonard Stephen Marchand Sr.

June
3
,
2016
The Honourable Leonard Stephen Marchand Sr., B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.D. (Hon.), P.C., O.C., O.B.C.  (November 16, 1933 – June 3, 2016) It is with deepest sadness that the Marchand family announces the peaeful passing of the Honourable Leonard...

John Charles Strother

June
3
,
2016
We are saddened to announce the passing of our Husband, Father and Grandad on Friday, June 3, 2016.  John is survived by his wife of 51 years Elaine, their children Jeffery (Janet), Todd (Christine) and Danielle (Ryan). He took tremendous...

Alton Wayne (Red) Heath

June
2
,
2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alton Wayne (Red) Heath. Sunrise: February 20, 1930, Melita, Manitoba. Sunset: June 2, 2016, Kamloops, BC. Red is survived by Peggy, his loving Wife of 60 years and their Children&...

The new reality of funding public schools

June
2
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. IT’S A SHAME when a community loses a school, an experience that Kamloops knows only too well. The city and the surrounding school district have lost many of them over the years, from one-room...

CHARBONNEAU - Your microbiome and cancer

June
2
,
2016
LAB STUDIES indicate that the composition of your microbiome can help fight cancer. Your microbiome is the unique set of bacteria you carry around with you, or it might be more accurately said that they carry you around since they outnumber...

Critics should focus on zoo in gorilla case

June
2
,
2016
ANIMALS... even the big dangerous ones are fascinating, and few of us want to see them hurt, let alone killed. Which is why so many are outraged over the decision by the Cincinnati Zoo to kill a 17-year-old silverback, after a young child climbed...

Wolfram Andres Sellmer

June
2
,
2016
  I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. — “Invictus”, by William Ernest Henley (1875) On Thursday, June 2, 2016 Wolfram Andres Sellmer unexpectedly passed away. Deeply missing him are his wife of...

Laverne 'Vern' McLeod

June
1
,
2016
Laverne McLeod has ridden off to the greener pastures and is finally re-united with his beloved “Peg”. Laverne was born in Kamloops on March 14, 1924 to Evander and Myrtle McLeod and lived 85 years on the family farm in Westwold...

McQUARRIE - Shame on the Conservatives

June
1
,
2016
I’M HAVING some difficulties understanding the federal Conservative party’s stance on several national issues. Let me explain by dealing with just one for now. Top of the list would be the Medically Assisted Dying legislation...

Being Number 10 has consequences

June
1
,
2016
WE'RE NUMBER 10! Not exactly the level of achievement most of us reach for, but that's where Canada is in terms of competitiveness according to the Swiss-based IMD Business School. The grade is the worst Canada has scored over the...

The answer is blowin' in the wind

May
31
,
2016
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Peter Tsigaris is a professor of economics at Thompson Rivers University. By PETER TSIGARIS Air pollution is responsible for more than 3 million deaths a year. It is considered the leading killer in the world with an...

Life isn't easy under the sea

May
31
,
2016
Today's Raeside Editorial Cartoon....

Give Kelowna, not us, safe injection site

May
31
,
2016
IF YOU AREN'T unsettled about the latest Interior Health Authority initiative, maybe you should be. The IHA confirms it's looking at the issue of a safe injection site in either Kamloops or Kelowna. Medical health officials seem to...

Kay Zerr

May
30
,
2016
Kay Zerr of Barriere, British Columbia passed away peacefully at Ridgeview Lodge in Kamloops, B.C. on May 30, 2016.  Kay was born in Calmar, Alberta in 1939. Her family moved to Terrace, B.C. when she was nine and she later moved to Vancouver,...

Email scandal boosts Trump's chances

May
30
,
2016
AS DONALD TRUMP so eloquently put it... "she's as crooked as they come." The outspoken presumptive Republican Presidential nominee of course was referring to his Democratic equivalent Hillary Clinton, who along with former...

Celebrating recreational sports – adaptive style

May
30
,
2016
By LISA CORIALE Lisa Coriale interviewed Jessica Vliegenthart about adaptive sports in Kamloops for Disability Awareness Week, May 29 to June 4. Jessica Vliegenthart grew up in Kamloops, an able-bodied child who loved sports. Vliegenthart...

William 'Bill' Zachery

May
29
,
2016
We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing or our dear Father, Grandfather & Great Grandfather Bill Zachary. He was surrounded by his Loving Family in R.I.H. He just celebrated his 70th Wedding anniversary April 27, with the Love of his...

Robert (Bob) Chun Hung Marr

May
29
,
2016
Patriarch, restauranteur, entrepreneur, outdoorsman, loyal friend, connoisseur of fine Canadian rye whisky and avid bowler; Robert (Bob) Chun Hung Marr; Born (1931) 4th son to Ma Known Lim and Wong Toy Yu in the Village of Mon Lau Gon, Toyshan...

KNOX - 888,888 reasons to buy this house

May
29
,
2016
THE CBC STORY about the Fairfield house being priced at $888,888 to attract Chinese buyers was new to me. Not to listing agent Daniel Clover, though. “It’s not a new practice here,” he said of the idea of using the number...

ROGERS - Webmasters build their own sites

May
29
,
2016
THE WORD "webmaster" seems hopelessly old-fashioned. It brings back memories of under-construction GIFs, visitor counters and "enter" links you had to click on just to get past the home page. Plus, the idea of one person...

HOG raises thousands in annual poker run

May
29
,
2016
The Kamloops Harley Owners Group (HOG) held their annual Charity Poker Run on Saturday and once again raised thousands of dollars for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Despite the cooler temperatures and occasional showers, more than 600 riders...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

May
29
,
2016
Don Ehman, this week’s POW photographer summed it rather nicely when he said, “One of the best things about living in Kamloops B.C. is having Wells Grey Park in our backyard.”  Couldn’t agree with him more and thanks for...

Suspects in crash, carjacking nabbed in Vernon

May
29
,
2016
A 42-year-old man and 33-year-old woman are in custody in Vernon after a chain of events that included stolen lottery tickets, a high-speed collision and suspected carjacking in Kamloops. RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said late...

Robert (Kokanee Bob) Marshall

May
28
,
2016
Bob was born on February 24, 1941 and passed away on May 28, 2016. Bob is survived by twin sons Rob Jr. and Dave (Maria) and beloved granddaughters Fiona and Emily, daughters Dana Railey, son Ken and their mother Sharon, sisters Anne Walker and...

Norma Sorensen Wittal (nee Damgaard)

May
28
,
2016
September 28,1934 – May 28, 2016 It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Norma on May 28, 2016 at the Kamloops Hospice peacefully surrounded by her loving family.  Norma was born September 28, 1934 in Calgary, Alberta....

ROTHENBURGER - KGHM Ajax full of surprises

May
28
,
2016
KGHM Ajax cut loose a good man this week. The company’s decision to lay off seven employees isn’t a huge surprise to those who have been following commodities markets over the past few months, but the pink slip handed to senior...

Helen Coldwell

May
27
,
2016
Helen was born on May 16, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Alfred and Gertrude Trudeau.  They only lived there a year or so after her birth, when Alfred’s job guarding the wax models of Model A was complete at Henry Ford’s Plant. They...

B.C. is better because of Coquihalla

May
27
,
2016
THIRTY YEARS AGO this month....life changed for those who live in the interior of B.C. with the opening of the first phase of the Coquihalla highway. It took an hour off the travel time to Vancouver... made highway traffic much safer, and...

GINTA - It's good to be known, but for what?

May
27
,
2016
I REMEMBER the days when people would say that Canadians traveling abroad are perhaps among the only ones that can stitch a flag to their backpacks and be welcome wherever they’d go because of that. Canadians are nice and considerate,...

Alberta premier impressive during wildfire

May
26
,
2016
POLITICS HAS a way of aging a person. Alberta's Rachel Notley has aged more rapidly than most.  Her NDP managed to grab political power after decades of Conservative leadership in the face of widespread skepticism about how a rookie...

CHARBONNEAU - Why people text and drive

May
26
,
2016
FINES IN B.C. for driving while using phones will double to $368 on June 1. But will it change phone use? Psychology provides some clues. “At any moment in time,” explains psychology Professor Gerald Wilde, “people...

Ken Copeland

May
26
,
2016
Ken Copeland passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 26, surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his best friend and wife Cheryl, his daughter Tara, and sons Cale (Melissa, Caden and Taia), Evan and Roarke , and siblings Roy,...

Garett Lee

May
26
,
2016
Garett Lee of Red Deer, Alberta, passed away suddenly on May 26, 2016, at 33 years of age.  Born on August 24, 1982 in Prince George, B.C., Garett is survived by his daughter, Gabby Maria Lee of Consort, AB; father Ken Lee of Kamloops, B.C.;...

McQUARRIE - Trouble right here in River City

May
25
,
2016
Dear City Council: You gave me quite a fright last week, so much so that I went to see my doctor.  He listened, asked a few questions and then immediately referred me to a therapist with a recommendation that I not delay in seeking...

Thanks to truckers from a cyclist

May
24
,
2016
I frequently cycle the Knutsford Highway, in the quiet of the evening and lit up like a Christmas tree, from Summit Drive south to Aberdeen Drive. Most of the shoulder is narrow, with the distance between the white line and the curb about the same...

Clara Margaret Cleveland

May
23
,
2016
January 6, 1922 – May 23, 2016 It is with sad hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Clara Margaret Cleveland at 94 years of age. Her husband John Adair Cleveland predeceased her in...

McLEOD - PM needs to look at his anger

May
23
,
2016
Excerpts from a speech by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod in Parliament on May 19, 2016: I AM VERY TROUBLED, like many today who have stood up to speak. What I would really like to do is perhaps set the table a bit on how we found...

Justin is so sorry, but nice hair though

May
23
,
2016
JUSTIN IS SAYING sorry a lot these days. Prime Minister Trudeau apologized in the Commons for the Kamagata Maruincident in 1914, which forced a shipload of immigrants back to Indian. Then he took time to apologize for something else —...

Standing up for justice through the written word

May
23
,
2016
Editor's note: Disability Awareness Week is May 29 to June 4. By LISA CORIALE Krystian Shaw, the founder of the Kamloops Self Advocate for People with Diverse Abilities (KSA), began the monthly newsletter in 2013 because he thought...

Steve Nystoruk

May
22
,
2016
Steve Nystoruk of Kamloops passed away on May 22, 2016 at 82 years of age. He is survived by his loving wife Betty. Steve will be dearly missed by his brother and sisters, Mike, Pearl, Anne, Violet, Irene and Rose as well as many other relatives....

KNOX - Golden retriever greeter stirs uproar

May
22
,
2016
THE THING about the fuss over Cody the dog is that it isn’t really about the dog. It’s about the anger of people who have come to believe there are two sets of rules in Victoria: one for the average shmucks who go to work, pay...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

May
22
,
2016
Not many of us get to see this but local photographer Dave Markel did and managed to capture that perfect Northern Lights moment as viewed from Tobiano.  If you’d like to see more of Dave’s work you can visit his Facebook page...

ROTHENBURGER - Policing the North Shore

May
21
,
2016
A RANDOM thought for a Saturday morning, in the nature of an elephant in the room, as I scan the headlines from this past week and a few weeks before that. You’ll see that police news is a prominent feature of media reports, and also happen...

Ileen May Stacey

May
21
,
2016
Ileen May Stacey of Kamloops passed away unexpectedly but peacefully with her loving family by her side on May 21, 2016 at 81 years of age. Ileen is survived by her children, Ken (Leona) Stacey of Fort St. John, Leslie (Craig) Eppinger of...

Nattering nabobs of negativity rise again

May
20
,
2016
GET READY for another chorus from the province's collection of nattering nabobs of negativity as the National Energy Board is expected to recommend Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion plan get conditional approval (Thursday). Even...

GINTA - Red fish, blue fish, safe fish…

May
20
,
2016
IT IS A DONE DEAL. Soon enough you’ll be buying genetically modified Atlantic salmon or ordering it at the restaurant and you won’t be any wiser. If farmed Atlantic salmon was controversial enough because of the sea lice, antibiotics...

Apologies have been made; let's move on

May
20
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. ANTI-TRUDEAU editorialists and politicians who let their conservative values dictate their view of the world are having a field day with the elbowing incident in the House of Commons this week. As...

Another mind boggling council decision

May
19
,
2016
A TWEET showed up Tuesday afternoon that declared, "when Kamloops Council meets, nothing good ever comes from it." Talk about hitting the nail on the head. In another mind boggling display of head in the sand decision making,...

Harrison takes big swing and a miss at labour

May
19
,
2016
Jim Harrison took a giant swing and a miss at the labour movement in his latest editorial by making misguided assumptions about our position on jobs. First of all, it would have been of some benefit to Jim had he actually attended the Good Jobs,...

CHARBONNEAU - Nature isn't always right

May
19
,
2016
NATUROPATHS believe in traditional methods of good health and treating illness. That’s the problem. While it may be fun to go back in time and visit a historic town like Barkerville, it’s not fun to treat disease with traditional...

McQUARRIE — Forestry jobs being squandered

May
18
,
2016
LET'S TALK about jobs, good resource sector jobs to be more specific.  However, before everyone gasps in disbelief thinking I’ve changed my mind on Ajax... I haven’t.   I have nothing against mining and fully...

More enforcement, not just stiffer fines, needed

May
18
,
2016
 A guest editorial today, sent in by Jack McDonald of Kamloops who writes. THERE HAVE been a lot of news reports lately regarding the increased fines for distracted driving and passing school buses with their lights on.  I...

Henry Francis (Harry) Lidster

May
18
,
2016
Henry Francis (Harry) Lidster died peacefully surrounded by love at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House, Kamloops, BC on May 18, 2016. Born on September 13, 1923, in Regina Sask., Harry spent his childhood there and enjoyed summer vacations on...

Lewis Frederick Gregory

May
17
,
2016
June 19, 1947 – May 17, 2016 Lewis passed away on May 17, 2016 to reunite with his daughter, Tracy Jerrine Gregory. He was surrounded by family and loved ones. He will be deeply missed by everyone he was able to meet and...

Regenerative medicine has promise for future

May
17
,
2016
By DR. RICHARD BROWNLEE Welcome Back MRI and Pain Management Centre Have you heard about regenerative medicine? Regenerative medicine is the ability to re-grow or replaced damaged tissue or organs. It is one of the big future trends in...

Error has little effect on Ajax emissions results

May
17
,
2016
A story appeared on your news site recently concerning a numerical error in the Ajax Project’s air quality assessment. We are aware of the error and appreciate it being pointed out so that it could be investigated and corrected by our air...

Labour's talk of jobs an oxymoron

May
17
,
2016
TALK ABOUT an oxymoron! One of the panel discussions at last Friday's labour sponsored forum in Kamloops was entitled "the fight for good jobs." So what good jobs were those left leaning speakers, and delegates are talking...

Eufrasia Piccolo (nee Bolzonello)

May
17
,
2016
September 30, 1921 – May 17, 2016 It is with sad hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Eufrasia Piccolo at 94 years of age. She is survived by her children Lorne Piccolo (Suzanne)...

Stop trying to calculate political costs of Ajax

May
16
,
2016
A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger. SOMETIME in the next few weeks, Kamloops City council will take up the issue of the proposed Ajax copper mine and decide whether or not to support it. The council is now overdue on that decision,...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

May
15
,
2016
If you have any doubts or hesitation about whether or not we live in the most amazing place ever, then just check out this shot of a Mara Mountain Sunrise by local photographer Don Ehman of Kamloops.  If you’d like to say hello to Don or...

ROGERS - We subsidize CBC, why not papers?

May
15
,
2016
IT'S HARD to be a fan of someone best known for shutting down newsrooms and laying off journalists. But Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey just might have a good idea. He appeared before a Commons committee to make a plea for more...

Philip Alexander Henderson

May
15
,
2016
Philip Alexander Henderson, born November 30, 1959, in Kamloops. Passed suddenly and peacefully, May 15, 2016. Survived by Sister Catherine Henderson, Brother Douglas (Anita) Henderson and numerous Nieces, Nephews and Cousins....

Elvira 'Eli' Maria Fabian

May
15
,
2016
April 26, 1945 – May 15, 2016 Elvira “Eli” Maria Fabian of Kamloops passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the age of 71. She was born to the late Josephine Fodor and Joseph Nemeth on April 26, 1945. Eli attended school in...

B.C. drug deaths continue to soar

May
14
,
2016
Deaths from drug overdoses in B.C. rose more than 88 per cent to the end of April compared to the same period last year, says the B.C. Coroners Service. The total number of illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. to April 30 is 256, up...

ROTHENBURGER - Time to rethink term limits

May
14
,
2016
TERM LIMITS for politicians isn’t a concept I’ve ever especially favoured but there might be something to it. This past week, NL’s Jim Harrison speculated that Terry Lake might not run in next year’s provincial election....

Sorting out job description for Senate

May
14
,
2016
Today's Raeside Editorial Cartoon....

ALL THAT JAZZ - Sullivan Fortner

May
13
,
2016
THIS WEEK on Richmond and All That Jazz, another "find."  Sometimes when you're just browsing through youtubemusic, you find a talent that you have never heard of, didn't even know he existed.  Such was the case...

GINTA - Health and education should come first

May
13
,
2016
I COULD DELIGHT you this time with some stories about our three-month-old puppy. Her deeds are cute, funny and downright naughty at times but cuteness comes with built-in ‘forgive me’ features and that’s that. Should she...

Council has proven itself vastly overpaid

May
13
,
2016
TINA LANGE once made the point Kamloops councillors were terribly underpaid. That was the logic for pushing through a motion before the last civic election driving up a councillor's pay by more than 30 per cent to better than $34,300 by...

Peter Pernul

May
13
,
2016
October 12, 1930 – May 13, 2016 Peter Pernul of Kamloops BC, passed away at the age of 85. He was predeceased by Violet, his wife of 60 years, his parents Martin and Elizabeth Pernul, and step mother Anne Pernul as well his sister...

CHARBONNEAU - Bumblebees get the job done

May
12
,
2016
BUMBLEBEES deliver what fungicides can’t. That’s important because the use of fungicides has led to resistant strains. One fungus, botrytis, is devastating strawberries. It destroys a crop by leaving a grey mould over the berries...

Lower Mainland, Island should stop whining

May
12
,
2016
THAT EAR PIERCING sound of babies crying........  it's coming from the island and the lower mainland. It's where the politicians and the residents always want more, but always seem to want someone else to pay for it. And...

McQUARRIE - B.C. Libs leave door open for NDP

May
11
,
2016
MACKENZIE KING once described the CCF (now the NDP) as simply, “Liberals in a hurry.” and the more I think about that, the more I am coming to understand the predicament the provincial NDP party is facing. Ideologically adrift,...

The dilemma of life or intolerable pain

May
10
,
2016
Excerpts from a speech in the House of Commons by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod on Bill C-14, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code. I WANT TO START with a quick reflection on some of the facts about this case and really the two...

Our prime minister's sense of entitlement

May
10
,
2016
OUR PRIME MINISTER has always had a taste for the finer things in life, and when they came at the expense of the taxpayer, even more so. Before Justin Trudeau was elected as a member of parliament, he served as the chair of the charitable...

Site C a shining symbol of hypocrisy

May
10
,
2016
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I request that you act immediately act to reverse all federal permitting which allows work on the Site C Dam in British Columbia to go forward, or at the very least put into place a moratorium on construction until...

Bryan Jason Olson

May
10
,
2016
Bryan Jason Olson of Kamloops passed away on May 10, 2016 at 43 years of age. He is survived by his Mother and Father, Meta and Brian Olson. Brothers and sisters, Sue (Dan), Monti, Owen, Sandy, Frankie, Jennina (Jim) and Mark (Fay). Bryan will be...

Is Horgan walking the walk on resources?

May
9
,
2016
NEW DEMOCRATS gathered in Merritt for a rural issues conference on the weekend, one they dubbed "The Rural B.C. road map to victory." The party has been trying to get its four wheels back on the ground ever since Adrian Dix drove...

Marjorie Falk

May
8
,
2016
Mrs. Marjorie Falk passed away peacefully at Ponderosa Lodge in Kamloops on Mother’s day, May 8, 2016, at the age of 78. Mom always had amazing timing and in typical fashion, she passed on mother’s day. She went peacefully with her...

NewsKamloops Picture of the Week

May
8
,
2016
An early May evening in Kamloops by local photographer Ed Hennan.  If you’d like to see more of Ed’s photography, you can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ed.hennan. Runners up this week were Jenna...

KNOX - A sneak peek at census questions

May
8
,
2016
STATISTICS CANADA began mailing out the 2016 census questionnaires this week, including, in some cases, the long version resurrected by the Liberals after it was controversially killed by the Conservatives. Here’s a sneak peek at some of...

Frances Donalda Bailey

May
8
,
2016
We regret to announce the passing of our beloved mother Frances Donalda Bailey. She is survived by her four children, daughter Beverley of Kamsack, Sask, and sons Donald of Surrey and Cameron (Ramona) and Raymond of Victoria, granddaughter Danu...

ROTHENBURGER - Finger pointing will begin soon in wake of devastating Fort Mac wildfire

May
7
,
2016
RIGHT ABOUT NOW, the complaints, accusations and recriminations should be starting. In the week since the Fort McMurray wildfire started as a small flame and quickly grew into a city-destroying inferno, people have been pulling together. First...

Steven Ronald Bregoliss

May
6
,
2016
Steven Ronald Bregoliss took his final flight on the evening of May 6, 2016. Steve passed away peacefully at RIH with his three children by his side. Steve was predeceased by his father, Ronald Bregoliss. He will be greatly missed by his mother,...

Gary Suggitt

May
6
,
2016
Gary Suggitt, a long-time resident of Kamloops passed away May 6, 2016 at 77 years of age while in care at Ridgeview Lodge.  He is survived by his wife Inger and numerous cousins and will be missed by them and his many close friends. Gary...

Open your hearts and wallets for Fort Mac

May
6
,
2016
WE'VE BEEN there, and feel their pain. The Kamloops area, and the North Thompson, and Kelowna have all felt the unrelenting bite of monster wildfires, and know all too well how terrifying, and how destructive these events can be. ...