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Stage rally draws drivers to Merritt

September
29
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF Rubber will be burning and dirt will be flying in Merritt this weekend. The Pacific Forest Rally, a stage rally event set in the hills and forests around Merritt, starts Friday. The event has been running since 2002 and...

Tofino closely watching Kamloops mine project, couple says

September
29
,
2016
A West Coast area that became synonymous with B.C.’s War in the Woods more than 20 years ago is threatened again by resource development, say two naturalists who were part of the struggle that pitted loggers against environmentalists. Dan...

Coroner investigating death near creek

September
29
,
2016
Another man has died in the street in Kamloops Thursday night, though police can’t say whether a drug overdose is to blame. Kamloops RCMP said Thursday that they do not consider the death of the man, 50, to be suspicious. A second man, a...

Red Bridge closure in effect Sunday

September
29
,
2016
The Red Bridge will be temporarily closed Sunday, Oct. 2, for routine maintenance. A crew will be reinforcing the wooden deck and repairing a pothole at the south end of the bridge. The work has been scheduled for Sunday in order to...

Haunting comedy draws critical praise

September
29
,
2016
A ghost long rumoured to haunt the fly loft at Sagebrush Theatre has been served notice: Séances will be held nightly for the duration of Noël Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit, Oct. 6-15. The first of three co-productions WCT has...

Former premier touts 'safe' pot supply

September
29
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE A former B.C. premier wants people to have a safe supply of weed. Mike Harcourt, who chairs True Leaf Medicine based in Lumby, is calling on the federal government to ensure a “safe and secure” supply of marijuana is...

Looking for redemption in six-pack weekend

September
29
,
2016
By JORDAN CUNNINGHAM After a tough, four-loss weekend against UBC, the WolfPack baseball team is looking to bounce back and onto the winning track this weekend with six games scheduled. Action starts Friday night, Sept. 30, as the ’Pack...

’Pack face Heat in Kelowna tourney

September
29
,
2016
TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team are gearing up to play their first exhibition tournament of the 2016-17 campaign. The ’Pack spend three days in Kelowna, playing at a tournament hosted by UBC Okanagan Heat. TRU opens up play...

Women face tough teams on Coast

September
29
,
2016
Coach Kelly Shantz and his WolfPack women’s soccer team come to the end of what he called “a murderer’s row” this weekend.   The WolfPack face two of the league’s powerhouses while on the road down at the Coast...

Kamloops man dies of drug overdose

September
29
,
2016
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. By CASTANET STAFF KELOWNA — A Kamloops man who overdosed at a weekend event in Kelowna has since died. Edmond Paul Adkin died Tuesday after using cocaine, likely laced with fentanyl. Tributes poured in on social...

Nurse rushes to assist crash victim

September
29
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating a fatal collision Wednesday evening, Sept. 28, in West Kelowna.  At 10:37 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle collision in the northbound lanes of...

Law would battle fentanyl scourge, MP says

September
29
,
2016
With people dying in B.C. streets on a daily basis and no immediate or simple solutions to a growing drug overdose crisis, MP Cathy McLeod is lending support to a bill aimed at preventing drug tampering. The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP seconded...

Wave of Green support grows, candidate says

September
29
,
2016
Dan Hines is the official candidate for the B.C. Green Party in the Kamloops North Thompson Electoral District. The Anglican priest and counsellor was acclaimed by the B.C. Greens and his candidacy was confirmed at Reubin's a popular...

City's top enforcement officer dismissed

September
29
,
2016
The City’s top bylaw enforcement officer has been dismissed without explanation.  Jon Wilson, who has served as community safety and enforcement manager for the City for the past seven years, was let go on Friday, Sept. 23. Mayor...

United Way almost halfway to 3-year goal

September
28
,
2016
United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo is well on its way to reaching a three-year goal of raising $6.5 million, particularly with the promise of new partnerships in Kamloops. “It was an ambitious goal for sure, and of course there was concern...

Greek comedy a study in male antogonism

September
28
,
2016
How far will men go to prove their superiority to other men? In Chevalier, the second in Kamloops Film Society’s fall series at Paramount Theatre, a little friendly antagonism goes a long way. On a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea, six...

Victim of fatal Vernon crash identified

September
28
,
2016
A Kamloops woman killed in a collision near Vernon last week has been identified as Susan Louise Delrose. B.C. Coroners Service confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 27, that Derose, 55, died in the crash at the intersection of Hwy. 97 and Westside Road on...

District to improve busing with funds

September
28
,
2016
Kamloops-North Thompson School District will use funding announced Wednesday to introduce new bus routes, including a route for students with disabilities.  The money will also help provide enhanced bus driver training programs, hire a...

Historic church getting new roof

September
28
,
2016
St. Paul’s Cathedral is getting a new lease on life. Re-roofing of the historic church at 4th Avenue and Nicola Street got underway with a degree of urgency this week, and it’s a big job, said Colleen Stainton. “We wish to...

Power of a Girl always filled to capacity

September
28
,
2016
Barbie will make an appearance — presumably not as the guest of honour — in a “media busting” workshop at the 11th annual Power of Being a Girl Conference. The workshop is but one of a host of activities planned for the...

No taking back guilty plea

September
28
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD VERNON — Over four years after the incident took place, a Vernon man's attempt at withdrawing his sex assault and forcible confinement guilty pleas for the second time was denied Wednesday morning. The 54-year-old man,...

Decision breaks Trudeau government's promises, critics say

September
28
,
2016
Mayor Peter Milobar added his voice Wednesday to those applauding the federal government’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project. Milobar said in Victoria, where a gathering of mayors from northeastern B.C. was held on the steps of...

Pride Parade values critical to TRU, rally told

September
28
,
2016
Fundamental values represented in the TRUSU Pride Parade are the same as those that drive the university movement to make the world a better place. About 250 students, staff, faculty and community supporters spoke with their feet, holding aloft...

Bill intended to restrict manipulative marketing to children

September
28
,
2016
Health advocates are applauding Sen. Nancy Greene Raine’s legislative initiative to restrict manipulative food and beverage advertising aimed at children. Representatives of the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition, the Heart and Stroke...

Royal couple gets sunny welcome

September
27
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF UPDATED: 3:22 p.m. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are headed to Whitehorse, Yukon, after stopping at Mission Hill Winery for the final leg of their short Kelowna trip.  The couple's large motorcade whipped...

Beyond Fabulous! back for a third year

September
27
,
2016
Beyond Fabulous!, a drag show fundraiser in support of youth programs at Interior Community Services, takes place in mid-October. The third annual show, featuring some of the top drag queens in Western Canada, will be held on two nights,...

McLeod invites input on Budget 2017

September
27
,
2016
It’s not too soon for the public to give input on next year’s federal budget. MP Cathy McLeod is asking everyone in her riding to share their ideas on the Trudeau government’s second fiscal plan, coming down the pipe in 2017. ...

Solar power firm testing the rays

September
27
,
2016
A B.C. firm intends to test the sun-baked hillsides near Cache Creek for the viability of solar power generation with long-term potential for a clean energy project worth anywhere between $3 million and $45 million. Sunfield Energy Inc....

Gallery's fall show features new artists

September
27
,
2016
Under Sun and Sky, Hampton Gallery’s fall art show, opens Saturday Oct. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  The show features original works from two new gallery artists, Steve Coffey and Jane Armstrong. As well, Hampton co-owner Peter...

String quartet performs at St. Andrew's

September
27
,
2016
Saturday is Sycamore String Quartet day, a chance to hear the string quartet up close at St. Andrew’s on the Square. Chamber Musician of Kamloops presents the group in a free concert sponsored by the City and starting at 7:30 p.m. The...

Minister reassured on progress of community benefit talks

September
27
,
2016
City representatives met in Victoria Tuesday with Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett to discuss the Ajax Mine project.  Mayor Peter Milobar said they updated Bennett on the city’s resumption of discussions toward a community...

Expect delays on Hwy. 1 near Revelstoke

September
27
,
2016
Drivers can expect the following delays on the TransCanada Highway, 19 km west of Revelstoke, as crews work to install remote avalanche control systems. Extended closures will be in effect on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m to 11 a.m., and on...

TOFC takes on Mountain United

September
27
,
2016
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is set to play host to 11 B.C. Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) games on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at McArthur Island. The matches feature Thompson-Okanagan FC (TOFC) teams taking on...

Kelowna RCMP under investigation

September
27
,
2016
By DUSTIN GODFREY Abbotsford Police Department has confirmed that it is investigating the Kelowna RCMP detachment. APD spokesman Ian MacDonald wouldn't give specifics on the case, but said the department was contacted by the RCMP sometime...

Royally busy day ahead in Okanagan

September
27
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF KELOWNA — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a tightly packed schedule during their whirlwind tour of the Central Okanagan Tuesday, Sept. 27. Their royal highnesses are expected to arrive at Kelowna airport at 12:20...

Half of schools in district need replacements by 2036

September
27
,
2016
With half the 46 schools in the district due for replacement in the next 20 years, school trustees will first set their sites on provincial funding for portables to accommodate pockets of enrolment growth in the city. No matter how they juggle...

Raise a Reader Day aims to outpace last year's fundraiser

September
27
,
2016
Nine years after it began a national campaign to boost literacy, Raise a Reader was out in force Tuesday with more than 200 volunteers greeting people across the city. At the North Shore McDonald’s, the Kamloops Broncos teamed up, off the...

Bid to plead manslaughter rejected

September
26
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. “He’s guilty as sin,” said the grieving and angry father of Aimee Parkes outside the Kelowna courthouse on Monday. Graham Parkes is in Kelowna to sit in on the second-degree murder trial of...

Firearm complaint a false alarm

September
26
,
2016
RCMP officers surrounded a house with guns drawn on Columbia Street Monday afternoon, Sept. 26, prepared for the possibility of an armed standoff. Fortunately, they were the only ones who were armed. A search of the home near Second Avenue...

KAG’s exploration of human form is an open book

September
26
,
2016
Visitors to the weekend opening of Kamloops Art Gallery’s fall exhibition could be forgiven for momentarily thinking they’d stepped into a yoga centre. First, there were the pink yoga mats neatly rolled up near the entrance, then...

Divisive rhetoric polarizes, author says

September
26
,
2016
I’m Right and You’re an Idiot is the title of James Hoggan’s latest book on the state of the world. It’s also the title of a talk that Hoggan — president of the Vancouver public relations firm Hoggan & Associates...

Kidney Walk raises $14,000 for cause

September
26
,
2016
About 100 participants took part in the 2016 Kamloops Kidney Walk at McDonald Park on Sunday morning. When all the calculating is done, they will have raised about $14,000 from donations and sponsors. That number doesn’t include money...

Arena-rocking Adams back Nov. 18

September
26
,
2016
Bryan Adams is a little older, a little wiser than the last time he played in Kamloops, but he still has get-up-and-go. The rock artist returns to B.C. roots this fall for a series of concerts, including one at Sandman Centre Nov. 18, a Friday...

Rollover sends 8 teens to hospital

September
26
,
2016
By JENNIFER ZIELINSKI KELOWNA — A serious vehicle rollover on Postill Lake Road over the weekend sent eight teens to hospital. RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey said a late-model Ford F-150 pickup truck, travelling down the centre...

Grand chief refuses to be part of ceremony

September
26
,
2016
By JON MANCHESTER Penticton's Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has declined an invitation to take part in a royal reconciliation ceremony Monday, Sept. 26, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Phillip, president of the Union of B.C....

Golden Bears prevail on Alberta foray

September
26
,
2016
TRU WolfPack wound up a Canada West men’s soccer road trip to Edmonton with only one of a possible six points.  WolfPack wrapped up their two-game weekend with a 4-2 setback at the hands of University of Alberta Golden Bears. TRU...

Weekend winless for ’Pack in Vancouver

September
26
,
2016
September struggles continued Sunday for the WolfPack ball team against University British Columbia Thunderbirds.  The ’Pack lost both games of their doubleheader, losing 8-1 and 6-0. They finish the fall 0-8 against UBC. Josh...

Greens to confirm election candidate

September
26
,
2016
Another provincial election candidate will be confirmed Thursday when the Green Party introduces its Kamloops-North Thompson candidate at Reubin’s Diner. The announcement takes place at 10 a.m. at the dinner, 204 Tranquille Rd. Dan Hines...

Women drop final match of homestand

September
26
,
2016
University of Fraser Valley Cascades scored two goals within a two-minute span in the first half and rolled to a 3-0 win over the hometown TRU WolfPack in Canada West women’s soccer on Sunday, Sept. 25. The WolfPack ended their first home...

Got No Docs wants to talk over coffee

September
26
,
2016
A chronic shortage of family doctors has hit Kamloops particularly hard among Interior communities and may get worse before it gets better. That’s the outlook — as cold and flu season arrives — from a self-advocacy group called...

School district continues lobby for capital funding

September
26
,
2016
School trustees receive a report Monday on a sudden reversal of fortunes in Kamloops-North Thompson, from too few students to a surge beyond what was expected. They know a little more than they knew two weeks ago after 230 more students than...

B.C. Parks move seen as temporary precaution

September
23
,
2016
A popular hiking trail above Kamloops Lake remains temporarily closed after several reported cougar sightings. It was a family’s encounter with one cougar in particular last weekend that led B.C. Parks to post a closure of the Battle...

Coroner identifies body

September
23
,
2016
B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man whose body was discovered last Saturday, Sept. 17, along Tranquille Road. Sasha Reginald Brubaker, 26, had resided most recently in Kamloops.   The manager of an apartment...

Dual winter fairs underway, north and south

September
23
,
2016
Thrills and spills are in store for the 78th Provincial Winter Fair in Kamloops through the weekend. The fair, one of two being held in the region this weekend, takes place at Circle Creek Equestrian Centre, tucked in behind McGowan Park and...

Friends of Deb selling tickets

September
23
,
2016
The local running community is flexing its collective muscle again in aid of Deb Kennedy, a member who was injured in a road accident last month. Tickets for the Friends of Deb Community Fundraiser Breakfast on Oct. 16 are available for $30 each...

Woodstoves must meet EPA standards

September
23
,
2016
New standards for wood-burning stoves should mean a substantial reduction in emissions and the harmful particulate that goes with them. The province announced the new requirements on Thursday, Sept. 22. Wood burning appliances, such as wood...

’Pack women face Dinos in Calgary

September
23
,
2016
WolfPack women’s basketball team will see their first game action of the 2016-17 Canada West season this weekend. The ’Pack are visiting Calgary for two  games against the University of Calgary Dinos beginning Friday, Sept...

Workshops designed to reduce accidents

September
23
,
2016
Employee safety on the road will be covered in two Interior workshops in early October. Road Safety At Work, an initiative managed by the Justice Institute of BC and funded by WorkSafeBC, is holding the sessions in Kamloops and Kelowna. Their...

Support recovery beds address shortage

September
23
,
2016
An additional 26 support recovery beds in the Interior should help to ease a shortage in terms of mental health and substance use. Interior Health said it has awarded five contracts to  another 26 beds, including six at the Phoenix Centre in...

'The Blob' is back, moderating conditions after summer holiday

September
23
,
2016
Friday’s showers should be short-lived with a sunny start to autumn in the forecast over the next few days. And it gets better: Interior B.C. residents can look forward to more good weather ahead. After a cooler than normal end of summer,...

Here comes another food truck festival

September
23
,
2016
There will be lineups and they may be long, but Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association is back in the saddle today, Sept. 23, with another fundraising food truck festival on a Friday afternoon. The event takes place from 1-6 p.m. (yes,...

Pickup recovered, investigation continues

September
23
,
2016
A stolen pickup truck that police suspect was used for criminal activity turned up Thursday, Sept. 22, but an investigation continues. The pickup, stolen Sept. 19,  was found abandoned in the area of Tranquille Road and Desmond Street. No...

Details of Royal visit sketched out

September
23
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD KELOWNA — It will be a short but event-filled visit to Okanagan for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A more detailed schedule for their one-afternoon visit has been released and the Royal couple's day is...

Team determined to up its game

September
23
,
2016
After going 1-3 last weekend against Okanagan College Coyotes, the TRU WolfPack baseball team is in for another tough weekend, Sept. 24-25. The team is heading down to Vancouver for four games against UBC Thunderbirds. The WolfPack are 0-4...

World Rivers Day runs Sunday

September
23
,
2016
River City celebrates Rivers Day on Sunday, Sept. 25, with a host of events at Riverside Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. World Rivers Day is a free family event that celebrates rivers and encourages residents to learn about watersheds, water conservation,...

Merritt mill closure costs city 200 jobs

September
23
,
2016
Tolko Industries is permanently closing its Nicola Valley mill, putting more than 200 employees in Merritt out of work as of mid-December. CEO Brad Thorlalkson said the closure results from a drop in the Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) as the mountain...

Riversong celebrates triple advantage in international markets

September
22
,
2016
When it comes to celebrating success, Mike Miltimore knows all the right chords. Pride was front and centre Thursday as the Riversong Guitars founder marked a couple of major milestones — obtaining an international patent on their design...

Quake felt from Vernon to Lumby

September
22
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. A magnitude 2.9 earthquake shook portions of the North Okanagan Thursday afternoon. The small quake hit 15 kilometres east of Vernon at a depth of 10 km. According to emails received by Castanet, the...

Pilot project would help rural residents, safety, Grenier says

September
22
,
2016
Nine days before winter-rated tires are mandatory on B.C. rural highways, a B.C. Liberal contender for the Kamloops-North Thompson nomination is rolling out a “fresh idea,” a tire subsidy for all rural residents. Michael Grenier, who...

’Pack play T-birds in exhibition match

September
22
,
2016
WolfPack men have a busy weekend ahead as they launch their 2016 exhibition campaign. Under the direction of Interim head coach Mike Hawkins, volleyball players head to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for two exhibition matches and two...

Threat to WestJet nets year in jail

September
22
,
2016
By JENNIFER ZIELINSKI A 37-year-old Alberta man who threatened a WestJet flight in October 2014 will spend just shy of a year in prison. Michael Howells was apparently running late for his flight to Fort McMurray from Kelowna...

Starting down 'Murderer's Row'

September
22
,
2016
Hot off their first victory of the season, TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team has no time to rest on their laurels. The WolfPack face two of the top teams in the Canada West Pacific Division this weekend. They entertain Trinity Western...

TRU meets UBC for season debut

September
22
,
2016
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball team makes its 2016-17 debut on Friday, Sept. 23. The WolfPack — as part of their annual senior girl’s high school tournament — will play an exhibition match at 6...

Men aim for consistency in Alberta

September
22
,
2016
WolfPack will try to get back into the win column with a pair of road matches this weekend in Canada West men’s soccer.  The team spends the weekend in Edmonton, where they take on the MacEwan University Griffins Saturday, Sept....

Hwy. 1 widening goes ahead at Salmon Arm

September
22
,
2016
Widening of the Trans-Canada west of Salmon Arm will proceed through a $162.7 million project announced Thursday by the federal and provincial governments. The Salmon Arm West Project will extend west of the downtown core of the city and through...

TRU prof expands air-quality data set

September
22
,
2016
There’s a new air-quality monitor in town. Ordinarily, such news might not arouse much interest, but air quality in Kamloops has been the subject of heightened concern and awareness  through the environmental assessment of the proposed...

Narrow referendum loss confirmed

September
22
,
2016
The City of West Kelowna is satisfied the election process was followed properly during the referendum to decide whether it could borrow the funds to build a city hall. All that is left now is for council to decide a next course of action and the...

Court upholds drug import convictions

September
22
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN Appeals by three men convicted of importing almost 100 kilograms of cocaine into Kelowna in 2010 have been dismissed. Clifford Montgomery, Salvador Ascencio-Chavez and Tariq Aslam were convicted of...

More median barriers coming for Hwy. 5N

September
22
,
2016
A stretch of highway through the city that has had too many serious, high-speed accidents is about to be divided. Almost two kilometres of median barrier will be installed on the highway corridor in Kamloops, which will help prevent traffic...

Darkness a dramatic metaphor for psychosis

September
21
,
2016
In The Disordered Mind, suffering, compassion and science collide within the eerily lit tunnels beneath Tranquille. The latest instalment of “tunnel tour” drama, a partnership between Chimera Theatre and Tranquille Farm Fresh,...

Company helps build critical mass for city's tech sector

September
21
,
2016
Past met present and future Wednesday as iTel Networks celebrated the expansive surroundings of its new headquarters, the long vacant global offices of Weyerhaueser Canada. At the 33,000 sq. ft. office complex overlooking the Thompson River on...

Fall show explores human 'embodiment'

September
21
,
2016
A fall exhibition opening at Kamloops Art Gallery this weekend probes beyond the superficial, examining human embodiment. Called “All membranes are porous,” the show features related works by half a dozen artists: Margaret Dragu;...

Kamloops woman killed in collision

September
21
,
2016
A fatal crash north of Vernon Tuesday claimed the life of one Kamloops woman while another was airlifted to RIH with serious injuries. The collision occurred around 5:30 p.m. when a Honda SUV turning left onto Hwy. 97 from Westside Road was...

Province takes action on payday loans

September
21
,
2016
The exorbitant costs of so-called payday loans are going to be reined in starting next year in B.C. Borrowing rates of high-cost, short-term cash loans – payday loans – will be lowered under regulations coming into effect Jan. 1, 2017...

New text service offers critical link

September
21
,
2016
A new text service in the Interior offers vital and potentially lifesaving communications link for people who are deaf/deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI). Called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1), the service is delivered by...

Prescribed burns set for Lytton area

September
21
,
2016
If smoke is visible in the Village of Lytton and along Hwy. 1 starting Thursday, it's from prescribed burning, not wildfire. B.C. Wildfire Service is planning to conduct three prescribed burns in the Lillooet Fire Zone between Thursday, Sept....

Kidney Walk fundraisers stepping up

September
21
,
2016
One of the honourees in the Kamloops Kidney Walk is not only a transplant survivor, she’s one of the Top 10 individual fundraisers in a national campaign. The walk is all set to go at McDonald Park on Sunday. Registration begins at 10 a...

NDPers tackle Liberal track record on poverty issues

September
21
,
2016
Poverty was again a focal point for local New Democrats, honing in on the B.C. Liberal government’s track record in the run-up to next spring’s provincial election. Barb Nederpel, who was declared the NDP nominee in Kamloops-North...

Driver killed in Pritchard crash

September
21
,
2016
A single-vehicle crash in Pritchard early Wednesday, Sept. 21, claimed the life of an Alberta resident. The 57-year-old male driver of a pickup truck died when his vehicle went off Hwy. 1 and down an embankment at Martin Prairie Road around 1:30...

Wait lists grow with dermatologist shortage

September
21
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD If you have an odd-looking mole, a skin-cancer concern or a bad rash and need an expert opinion, you're going to have to wait a long time to get one. Dermatologists are in short supply in B.C., with wait lists for some being...

Replacing old fire training centre comes in at $750,000

September
20
,
2016
A new $750,000 KFR training centre was approved Tuesday but only after several councillors questioned a grossly inflated price-tag. The need to replace the existing “live” fire training centre off Bunker Road arose as a result of the...

Suspect faces attempted murder charge

September
20
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN A man charged after an Aug. 2 shooting in West Kelowna is now facing attempted murder charges in addition to several weapons charges initially laid. Tyrone Reynolds McGee, 29, is accused of shooting a man in...

Teen in custody after carjacking attempt

September
20
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE A 14-year-old Chilliwack girl is in police custody following an incident at the Shell gas station on Main Street in West Kelowna Tuesday morning. Police were called after a teen allegedly approached a customer at the pumps with...

170 teams lace up for jamboree

September
20
,
2016
A total of 170 small-sided teams will be on the pitch for Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s Fall Season Wind-Up Jamboree this weekend, Sept. 24-25. The jamboree is the last event of the season for teams in the U-5 to U12 age groups. Each...

Bomb threat shuts down mall

September
20
,
2016
A report of a bomb threat forced police to block access and evacuate Northills Shopping Centre at midday Tuesday. The unspecified threat originated as a complaint reported to police at 11:40 a.m. Both access roads on the south side of the mall...

Tourism dollars fuel Sun Peaks' growth

September
20
,
2016
With B.C. experiencing some of its strongest tourism growth in years, Sun Peaks is receiving $300,000 from the province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). Through the RMI, Sun Peaks has received a total of $1.9 million since in the...

Funds clear way for new trades training centre

September
20
,
2016
For a second successive day, TRU officials had plenty to smile about, confirming federal funding as the final piece in a $30-million investment in a new Industrial Training and Technology Centre. The driving force behind the expansion is a...

Company celebrates opening of new headquarters

September
19
,
2016
With a major expansion in mind, Kamloops-based iTel Networks Inc. has moved into new digs, the old digs of what was once a corporate titan in town. The local tech company — self described as “a team of techies, lego lovers, and coffee...

MP criticizes new limits on TFSA contributions

September
19
,
2016
MP Cathy McLeod criticized the Trudeau government Monday for lowering maximum contributions to tax-free savings accounts. The government has reduced the annual limit for TFSA to $5,500 from the $10,000 allowed by the former Conservative...

Kamloops club to host B.C. gymnasts

September
19
,
2016
More than 500 young athletes are expected to take part in the 2017 B.C. Provincial Gymnaestrada next May in Kamloops. Kamloops Gymnastic Trampoline Centre (KGTC) has been awarded the bid to host the 2017 tournament in partnership with Gymnastics...

Snowfall arrives early on Hwy. 97C

September
19
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF KELOWNA — It's snowing in September. DriveBC webcams show a light dusting of snow was falling early Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, at the summit of the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector. Reports are...

Paul's story one of hardship and hope

September
19
,
2016
A support worker is sharing his story as New Life Community sounds the call for its annual Thanksgiving Campaign. “We’re launching our annual Thanksgiving Campaign and we need help from our community,” said Stan Dueck, executive...

Masked men make off with park's ATM

September
19
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP are investigating a theft of an ATM from B.C. Wildlife Park. On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 a.m., police were notified of an alarm at the park off the East Trans-Canada Highway.   When officers arrived they found that the...

Chamber backs marijuana resolution

September
19
,
2016
As it prepares to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the Trudeau government must ensure fair competition, preserve consumer choice and impose adequate safeguards for public protection, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Kamloops...

Death not suspicious, police say

September
19
,
2016
Information remains scant on circumstances relating to the body of a man discovered Saturday in the 100 block of Tranquille Road. Kamloops RCMP said Monday that they have determined the identity of the man but did not release his name. They did...

TRU Community Trust launches first phase for 2017

September
19
,
2016
The Reach — a mixed residential/retail project marking first step in the development of a university village at TRU — is finally within reach. University officials and the business community applauded the launch of the project at a...

Two rescue efforts end successfully

September
19
,
2016
Search and rescue volunteers had a busy weekend with two missions on opposite sides of the valley. On Sunday, Kamloops and Vernon search and rescue teams were called out to Harper Mountain to assist an injured mountain biker. The cyclist was...

Dinos soar past ’Pack in second half

September
19
,
2016
University of Calgary Dinos tallied three times in the second half and went on to defeat TRU WolfPack 4-2 in Canada West men’s soccer play Sunday, Sept. 18, in Kamloops. The victory snapped the WolfPack’s two-match winning streak. ...

City hall referendum 'a cliffhanger'

September
19
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE The City of West Kelowna isn't saying much about a possible recount in a very close vote in the weekend's city hall referendum. "All I can tell you is the official results will be available Wednesday,"...

Mature spruce misses home by inches

September
17
,
2016
UPDATE: 10:30, Sept. 18 B.C. Hydro says it has restored power to the majority of customers after a thunderstorm accompanied by high winds cut power to about 10,000 homes and businesses across the Thompson-Shuswap region Saturday night. ...

Coroner investigating after body found

September
17
,
2016
A coroner’s investigation is underway after the body of a man was discovered Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, near the 100 block of Tranquille Road. Around 2:30 p.m., Kamloops RCMP were notified by B.C. Ambulance paramedics that a male lying...

KSO commemorates four decades

September
16
,
2016
Kamloops Symphony turns 40 this year, and commemorates the anniversary season by starting with a performance of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. Called “Celebrating 40 Years...

More than 500 tickets issued for vehicle defects

September
16
,
2016
There are a lot of unsafe vehicles out there if results of an enforcement crackdown are any indication. A joint effort over three days this week resulted in 501 violation tickets issued for vehicle defects, Kamloops RCMP reported Friday. All...

Grenier touts airport's untapped potential

September
16
,
2016
Michael Grenier has no intention of becoming an also-ran in Kamloops-North Thompson. “I want to get involved to win,” he said the day after declaring his intention to seek the B.C. Liberal Party nomination in competition with Mayor...

Get set for a 'wild weekend'

September
16
,
2016
There's a wild weekend awaiting. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, WildSafeBC hosts its inaugural B.C. Goes Wild. The purpose of the province?wide event is to encourage people to safely enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat and...

Races to crown top 'enduro' cyclist

September
16
,
2016
Sun Peaks hosts the inaugural Osprey Canadian National Enduro Championships this Sunday, Sept. 18.  Enduro is a biking discipline defined by having untimed climbs combined with timed descents over a variety of terrain. This is the third year...

Take Back the Night rallies against violence

September
16
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2016
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Bring an umbrella to festival

September
16
,
2016
Best enjoy that blue sky while it lasts Friday, Sept. 16, with weather in the southern Interior taking a turn for the worse through the weekend. Environment Canada has downgraded its Saturday forecast — much to the consternation of Kamloops...

More art coming to back alleys

September
16
,
2016
More of Kamloops’ back alleys will become open-air galleries with $19,000 in provincial funding for a work experience project announced Friday. Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association will use the money to continue its Back Alley...

Strategy focuses on forecast labour shortage

September
16
,
2016
Venture Kamloops and Community Futures will develop a strategy for attracting new workers to the city to head off a looming labour shortage. The initiative — with provincial funding of $96,000, announced Friday, Sept. 16 — builds on a...

Flight suspension temporary, New Leaf says

September
16
,
2016
New Leaf, the discount travel company that stirred up the market when it began operation in July, has announced it will temporarily suspend flights this fall into four cities including Kamloops. The Winnipeg-based firm announced Thursday that it...

Louie defeated as Westbank chief

September
16
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE KELOWNA — The Westbank First Nation confirms Roxanne Lindley will take position as chief by just 34 votes. The historic win positions her as the first female chief of the WFN. In a release sent early Friday morning, the...

Fire near provincial park quickly contained

September
16
,
2016
By  DAVID WYLIE UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. West Kelowna fire Chief Jason Brolund says a grassfire above Westside Road Thursday night is suspicious. Brolund says the investigation has now been turned over to the RCMP. The cause of the...

CRA scam costs senior $8,000

September
16
,
2016
A Kamloops senior felt the sting, losing $8,000 to a familiar fraud that’s become known as the Canada Revenue Scam. The scammer phoned the senior, 80, and told him there were errors on his 2015 tax return. If he didn’t purchase $4,000...

Funeral home signs onto customized employment

September
16
,
2016
A smile seldom leaves Dustin St. Onge’s face, a clear sign he loves his job at Schoening Funeral Service. Once a week for just one hour, Dustin goes to work with Mike Hilliard, a funeral assistant at Schoening, helping with general...

Tariffs will drive up home costs, builders say

September
15
,
2016
There is a strong case for appealing high tariffs imposed on imports of U.S. drywall, tariffs that will push up the cost of new homes, says the Canadian Home Builders Central Interior. Tariffs ranging from 105 to 276 percent have been imposed on...

Tobiano developer runs for nomination

September
15
,
2016
Tobiano developer Mike Grenier has emerged as the latest B.C. Liberal seeking what will be a well contested nomination in Kamloops-North Thompson. At Kamloops Airport Thursday, Grenier announced his intention to seek the party nod, his first...

Disordered in a darkened tunnel

September
15
,
2016
The historic institutional surroundings of Tranquille, with its underground corridors and vintage architecture, are once again the backdrop for a theatrical adventure. Tranquille Tunnel Theatre presents The Disordered Mind with an opening night...

Excuse me, is that a live grenade?

September
15
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH There was an explosion of concern at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum after someone questioned if the some of the vintage war ordnance on display had been disarmed. Maureen Karran, museum president, said a visitor from...

VP named to Winter Games team

September
15
,
2016
A familiar name has been added to the team steering toward the 2018 B.C. Winter Games. Maureen McCurdy, an accountant with Daly & Co. and a perennial volunteer through the years with a variety of organizations, was named vice-president of the...

Cancelled increase in premiums attributed to fiscal windfall

September
15
,
2016
The provincial government is cancelling a four-per-cent increase to MSP premiums, one of several moves Finance Minister Michael de Jong attributes to a stronger fiscal position than forecast. But the cancellation announced Thursday, Sept. 15...

Books & Brews revisits the classics

September
15
,
2016
Books & Brews, a non-traditional book club for adults, resumes this fall with a variety of themes. Organized by the TNRD Library System, the club meets at various locations outside the library to discuss books while enjoying food and drinks....

Airport numbers down slightly

September
15
,
2016
A declining trend in travellers through Kamloops Airport eased slightly in August, a promising sign as the Alberta and northern B.C. economies continues to rally. “As we have seen in previous months, August continued a fall off of the...

Soccer association to hire pro coach

September
15
,
2016
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association is getting set to hire a senior staff coach. Applicants for the new position must possess a minimum Canadian Soccer Association Provincial B Licence coaching certification. The individual selected for the...

Vernon to gain fastest Internet service

September
15
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH Vernon is set to become the most connected community in Western Canada. Earlier this year, TELUS announced it is investing $35 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Vernon directly to its fibre...

Fire restrictions partially lifted

September
15
,
2016
Burning restrictions in place for much of the summer in the Kamloops Fire Centre will be eased on Friday, Sept. 16. Category 2 and Category 3 open burning bans in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm firezones will be rescinded. Category 2 and Category...

New Democrats set to acclaim Nederpel

September
15
,
2016
New Democrats in Kamloops will acclaim Barb Nederpel as their candidate for the May 2017 provincial election this Saturday in one of three nomination meetings held across the constituency. "Barb Nederpel is an exceptional person,...

’Pack set to close out home stand

September
15
,
2016
TRU WolfPack put the capper on a four-game home stand this weekend in Canada West men’s soccer action.  The WolfPack will play two opponents they have never faced before: University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday (Sept. 17) and...

Women anxious to debut at home

September
15
,
2016
It could be nerves, it could be excitement, but whatever it is, the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team is happy to be able to play before their home fans for the first time this Canada West Season. With 12 new players, the excitement-nervous...

Photo released of theft suspect

September
14
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole items from a downtown residence. On Monday, Sept. 5, Labour Day at around 7 p.m., a male entered the backyard of a residence located in the downtown...

Safe-injection sites not enough, agency says

September
14
,
2016
Supervised injection sites in Kamloops would not be a panacea for the deadly opioid crisis and many North Shore businesses have already expressed opposition to the idea. City council voted in support of safe-injection sites in principle Tuesday...

Women head off to Edmonton tournament

September
14
,
2016
WolfPack women’s volleyball team is getting back on the bus. Head coach Chad Grimm will be taking his crew to Edmonton for the annual University of Alberta Pandas exhibition tournament. It begins Thursday, Sept. 15.  “This is...

Police officers report exposure to fentanyl

September
14
,
2016
RCMP are taking extra precautions after at least three B.C. officers, including two in Kamloops and Kelowna, were exposed to highly toxic fentanyl. A national rollout, equipping officers with the antidote Naloxone, was announced Tuesday. ...

Kids' art festival first, concert second

September
14
,
2016
This will be a great weekend to be a kid in Kamloops. First comes Saturday’s 17th annual Kamloops Children’s Festival, then it's a Sunday concert at Sagebrush Theatre featuring Bobs & Lolo. The weather outlook is...

Majority of bill not for natural gas

September
14
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN While the price of natural gas will increase by a whopping 80 per cent come October, the average customer will actually only see a 12 per cent increase on their gas bill. That's because much of the bill...

RCMP look for possible murder witness

September
14
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE Police are looking for a possible murder witness to a shooting on Kelowna's notorious Hein Road this summer. Benjamin Cory Virgint, 35, was found shot to death in his home. Now police are looking for the owner...

More CNG buses to convert entire fleet

September
14
,
2016
Plans to upgrade Kamloops Transit’s full fleet of buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles got a green light from city council Tuesday The decision comes after a pilot project showed these buses to perform well in all...

Three local Aboriginal firms honoured

September
14
,
2016
Tk’emlups Petro Canada, a Kamloops-based video production firm and a North Thompson-based environmental consultant have been recognized through the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards. The Tk’emlups-owned service station and car wash...

Extra caution advised over next three weeks

September
14
,
2016
Bear reports around the city are sure to increase over the next two to three weeks, so property owners should be taking precautions, says WildSafe B.C.’s provincial co-ordinator. Picking up tree fruits and securing waste in keeping with the...

Hillside drainage project cost halved

September
13
,
2016
Drainage improvements to Hillside Drive have come in well under budget with an engineering redesign saving the City half the originally estimated cost of $2.68 million. Following a staff recommendation, City council awarded the construction...

Seniors centre allowed tax-exempt status

September
13
,
2016
After a change of City tax-exemption policy excluded the downtown Seniors Community Centre, threatening the operation’s future, council opted Tuesday to give the nonprofit operation a break. Management representing the centre at 540 Seymour...

Council supports safe injection sites in concept

September
13
,
2016
City council gave unanimous support to the concept of safe injection sites Tuesday, lending support in principal to a front-line strategy in a provincial health emergency over drug overdoses. The support came after Dr. Silvina Mema, IHA...

Sherriff charged in underage sex sting

September
13
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE A Kamloops sheriff is now facing four criminal charges after he was caught up in a Creep Hunters' sting. The Criminal Justice Branch confirmed Tuesday former Kamloops deputy sheriff Kevin Johnston has been charged...

Art finds beauty and seduction in glitter

September
13
,
2016
Monica McGarry’s work uses pop culture, kitsch and humour to challenge how people perceive and engage with images in the world around them. A multi-disciplinary Kamloops artist, McGarry presents an exhibition entitled “Not quite sure...

Suspect used stolen debit card

September
13
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP are asking the public’s assistance to identify a man who used a debit card that was stolen during a residential break and enter. On Sept. 1, police responded to a break and enter that occurred in the downtown area. Later in...

Wai Hung Ma's determined fundraiser goes another lap

September
13
,
2016
After achieving his swim challenge in support of the Y Women’s Shelter, Wai Hung Ma is going an extra lap or two for the cause. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Ma launches his second book, documenting the months of training that went into his...

New students brighten enrolment outlook

September
13
,
2016
An influx of families over the course of the summer seems to be slowing if not reversing a long-term enrolment decline in Kamloops-North Thompson School District. School trustees have approved the hiring Monday night of seven additional teachers...

System 'crumbling at seams,' MD says

September
13
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD While the provincial government fears a two-tier medical system would undermine our Canadian principles, a retired Kelowna physician says we already have a two-tier system and the public model is broken. Dr. Mark Fromberg spent...

Kamloops winner takes PNE Prize Home

September
12
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD Kamloops' Dave Maw is the proud new owner of the PNE Prize Home in Naramata. Pacific National Exhibition announced the winner of the 82nd-annual PNE Prize Home on Monday. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson pulled out the...

Electoral reform town hall expresses clear desire for change

September
12
,
2016
Participants got a bonus at a town hall Monday night on federal electoral reform: A crash course in alternative forms of democratic representation and a voice in community input for the federal all-party committee examining possibilities. About...

Missing teen frequents Schubert Drive

September
12
,
2016
UPDATE SEPT. 13: Police have located Jonathan Lundstrom. Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public's help locating a missing teen. Police said Monday that Jonathan Lundstrom was reported missing on Sept. 8 and is known to frequent the...

Docu-drama casts light on assassination

September
12
,
2016
A French-Israeli film that retraces the final hours leading up to the final days of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has a free screening Frida, Sept. 16, at TRU. The Last Day, a critically acclaimed thriller by director Amos...

No discharge for bringing in guns

September
12
,
2016
By DEBORAH PFEIFFER A man who attempted to enter the country with firearms has been denied a request for discharge. Marion Furman Taylor Jr.'s defence said his attempt to cross the border with three pistols – two of which are...

Family wins $1 million after losing home

September
12
,
2016
A family from Lumby that suffered a major setback recently has won something of a consolation prize. Sarah Ross was in Kamloops Monday morning, Sept. 12,  to claim her $1-million Lotto 6/49 prize. She was the previously unidentified...

TRU research project handed $664,000 in federal funds

September
12
,
2016
Cowboys will have it made in the shade. Drone technology capable of transforming cattle ranching will be advanced through national research funds going to TRU’S natural resource science department. The National Sciences and Engineering...

Good turnout expected at St. Paul's Cathedral town hall

September
12
,
2016
Organizers of a town hall on electoral reform are hoping for a solid turnout at St. Paul’s Cathedral tonight, Monday, Sept. 12, after promoting the event over the course of the summer. Organized by the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo electoral...

Campaigns don't boost kids' fitness

September
12
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE Public awareness campaigns encouraging parents to get their kids to exercise aren't helping, a UBC Okanagan study suggests. In fact, one PSA was found to be detrimental, said Heather Gainforth, an assistant professor of...

Major donations to women's health services recognized

September
12
,
2016
Transportation Minister Todd Stone along with his wife Chantelle Stone were proclaimed the judges’ and audience favorites at Saturday’s Dancing Like the Stars fundraiser for Women’s Health at Royal Inland Hospital. “We are...

Sun Rivers Golf Course deal in the cards

September
12
,
2016
Sun Rivers Golf Course has been sold and that should be good news for golfers starting next season. Sun Rivers Partners announced Monday morning, Sept. 12, that Ranchero Enterprises, a local investor, has signed a letter of intent to buy the golf...

Royal tour itinerary confirmed

September
12
,
2016
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Victoria Saturday, Sept. 24, for an official welcome and the start of a one-week tour of B.C. and the North. Premier Christy Clark announced the Royal couple’s itinerary...

Disruptions expected to be minimal, starting late September

September
12
,
2016
Peterson Creek Bridge in Kamloops will undergo drainage improvements this fall, providing long-term benefits to the structure and for hikers who use the Peterson Creek trail system. “This busy crossing forms part of the Trans-Canada Highway...

Dinos down WolfPack 10-0

September
10
,
2016
The TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team kicked off its 2016 Canada West season on the road in Calgary and were handed a 10-0 setback at the hands of the No. 9 team in the CIS top 10 rankings. Calgary got three goals and one from Mollee...

Officer charged in fatal accident

September
9
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE Charges have been filed against a Penticton RCMP officer in the death of a five-year-old boy. Ace Jimmy Stewart was charged with driving without due care and attention after the vehicle he was allegedly driving struck and...

Museum fire considered suspicious

September
9
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY UPDATE: 12:19 p.m. An early morning fire behind the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives has been labelled as suspicious, confirms fire investigator Lawrie Skolrood. The RCMP are now involved in the case, said Skolrood. ...

Cutting down on illegal firewood

September
9
,
2016
How much does free firewood cost? Over the past 18 months, it has cost gatherers $14,878 in B.C. because they didn’t bother to get a free use permit. Free firewood is one of the bonuses of living the province, but people who cut,...

Toddler airlifted to hospital after accident

September
9
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY RCMP have updated the condition of three children and a woman daycare worker who were struck by a car turning right at the intersection of 43rd Street and 25th Avenue in Vernon Friday morning. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk...

First case of whirling disease discovered

September
9
,
2016
Provincial biologists are calling on B.C. anglers to take extra precautions following the discovery of a potentially fatal fish disease in a lake near the B.C.-Alberta boundary. Last week, Parks Canada closed Johnson Lake in Banff National Park...

Cruise or choose with KAG lottery prize

September
9
,
2016
The winner of Kamloops Art Gallery’s Luxury Vacation Lottery doesn’t have to take the $10,000 European river cruise. That’s the fresh twist in the fifth annual fundraiser with sales of the $100 tickets launched Friday. ...

Weeding out invasive plants

September
9
,
2016
A $1.16-million job creation partnership is putting people to work weeding out invasive plants and species in the southern Interior. The year-long Invasive Species Skills Development Program, a joint effort by the province and the B.C. Invasive...

Safety app equips TRU students

September
9
,
2016
Thousands of students attending Friday’s Back to School BBQ event at TRU have a newly available safety tool at their disposal. TRU SAFE — a new app from the Office of Safety and Emergency Management— was launched Friday for...

Pool beams not too rotten for recycling

September
9
,
2016
Progress to replace the Westsyde Pool roof has revealed the extent of moisture damage —exposing potentially dangerous rot for all to see — but there may be life yet in the laminated beams. Work began in earnest last month on the $3...

Stewart re-elected UBCIC leader

September
9
,
2016
By JON MANCHESTER. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton has been re-elected as president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. Stewart was returned to the position by acclamation Thursday. Phillip has served as...

Ministry cites progress on recovery beds

September
9
,
2016
A week after International Drug Overdose Awareness Day, the province has followed up, proclaiming Saturday, Sept. 10 as Recovery Day. “Recovery Day celebrates the important role recovery plays in helping people manage substance-use disorder...

KidSports closes in on goal of 200 in 2016

September
9
,
2016
More than a dozen years after KidSport began, many families don’t know about how it could potentially help their kids. The City of Kamloops has once again recognized the second week in September as KidSport Week in the city, part of an...

Choppers not at issue in region, IHA says

September
9
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE  Problems that have plagued helicopter landings at some hospitals in B.C. are not affecting Interior Health hospitals. Helijet International Inc. was ordered to stop flying to some hospitals in the...

Too many kids injured in city crashes

September
9
,
2016
Eight Kamloops kids are injured in crashes in a typical year; one is too many, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. Stone, ICBC and Kamloops RCMP offered a reminder to drivers Friday as the first week of school came to a...

Chamber reveals Business Excellence finalists

September
8
,
2016
Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and TD announced their finalists Thursday evening for the 30th annual Business Excellence Awards at a special event hosted by Kamloops Lincoln. About 200 people turned out for the announcement, crowding into the...

Teen missing for more than a week

September
8
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP request the public’s help in finding a 15-year-old girl reported missing over a week ago. Angelis Justis hasn’t been seen since she left her home on Wednesday, Aug. 31. She is described as Caucasian, five feet, five...

Mountain races begin this weekend

September
8
,
2016
Wet weather in advance ensures that this weekend’s North Face Dirty Feet Trail Race lives up to its name. A Sun Peaks event running Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, Dirty Feet is one of two to challenge athletes this month at Sun Peaks....

No serious injuries in Hwy. 5A crash

September
8
,
2016
A rush-hour collision Thursday morning at the corner of Summit Drive and Hwy. 5A caused serious damage to two vehicles but no serious injuries were reported. Two four-door sedans cars collided at the intersection with an impact sufficient to...

CBC-TV's This is High School shot in Kamloops in April

September
8
,
2016
This is High School, a CBC-TV documentary shot at South Kamloops secondary in April, starts airing Oct. 2, 8 p.m. The six-part series is set in a high school described as both extraordinary and ordinary, “where teachers, led by a passionate...

Low-cost housing needs ignored, Bepple says

September
8
,
2016
The B.C. government has fallen short on pledges to build more affordable housing in Kamloops, says New Democrat Nancy Bepple. In Kamloops, aside from seniors’ housing, there has been no new-build affordable housing in Kamloops since 2009,...

Pay parking fines in food, councillor says

September
8
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH VERNON — Parking violators in Lexington, Ky., are helping to feed the less fortunate and one Vernon city councillor is wondering if the same can be done here. The U.S. city introduced a system whereby people...

RCMP hope for clues in murder case

September
8
,
2016
KELOWNA — RCMP hold a news conference Friday morning marking 10 years of probing an unsolved West Kelowna murder case. The news conference will centre around the Sept. 10, 2006, slaying of 32-year-old Adam Fettes. Fettes'...

IHA approves more senior care beds

September
8
,
2016
Interior Health has approved a significant investment in seniors’ care through a competitive bid process for development of 243 residential care beds in communities across the region, including 48 in Kamloops. “By adding more beds...

Women head for Alberta for openers

September
8
,
2016
After getting a first week bye, WolfPack women’s soccer team opens its 2016 Canada West season on the road. New head coach Kelly Shantz will take his youthful crew into Calgary and Lethbridge, Sept. 10-11, for their first two matches of the...

Harsany made TRU's starting keeper

September
8
,
2016
Claye Harsany is enjoying a pretty charmed life these days. And it is no accident.  The second-year soccer player from High River, Alta., is a hard worker. That diligence is paying off with the TRU WolfPack men’s team. As...

’Pack play ball at Norbrock Saturday

September
8
,
2016
TRU WolfPack baseball's fall season begins this weekend when they entertain UBC Thunderbirds for a pair of doubleheaders at Norbrock Stadium. The WolfPack have been practicing for almost a week and had 27 new players try out.  Head...

School anti-bullying includes LGBTQ

September
8
,
2016
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students will be included with other groups reflected in anti-bullying policies in school districts and independent schools throughout the province. Education Minister Mike Bernier announced...

City councillor says he'd pay for byelection if elected

September
8
,
2016
Placing Ajax Mine squarely in his crosshairs, Coun. Donovan Cavers confirmed he’s seeking the Green Party nomination in Kamloops-South Thompson. Cavers also told a crowd of about 30 supporters at Zack’s Coffee Thursday morning that if...

Centre invites all to mark Culture Days

September
7
,
2016
As part of Culture Days activities around the city, the nonprofit Kamloops Child Development Centre (KCDC) joins with others to celebrate the B.C.’s diverse cultural makeup. Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization...

Vernon kitty turns up in Anglemont

September
7
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH Rocky the cat has quite a story to tell. At not even a year old, the wayward feline spent weeks on his own after disappearing from his Vernon home. Chelsea Temple said Rocky went missing July 12, but on Tuesday morning,...

Forecast promises summer's return

September
7
,
2016
Summer hasn’t gone away, it’s just taking a break as school begins. Old Sol, meanwhile, is working undercover, cloud cover, that is, until Friday. It’s almost as though the weather is following a school calendar, abandoning...

Work program changed young mom's life

September
7
,
2016
  VERNON — It has never been easy for Krystal Holland to find work. She faces multiple barriers to employment that have made finding a suitable job difficult for her. The 33-year old mother of three was working from home...

MLA seen as potential new health minister

September
7
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE KELOWNA — There is speculation that an Okanagan MLA could become the next B.C. minister of health. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick may be the logical choice after Health Minister Terry Lake announced last week...

Montessori school opens in Juniper West

September
7
,
2016
A new Montessori school in Juniper West – the Juniper Early Learning Centre – has opened its doors to offer toddler, pre school and after school programs to families in Kamloops. The centre, at 2049 Highland Drive, is a brand new,...

Freud's Ceiling represents City's newest public art

September
7
,
2016
Sigmund Freud might be impressed on first glance, though he’d no doubt want to give closer analysis to a newly installed sculpture adorning the Tournament Capital Centre. Freud’s Ceiling by B.C. artist Cameron Kerr is the City’s...

Ensemble plays outlaw blues, Greek style

September
7
,
2016
They play the blues, Greek style. Named for the distinct genre of Greek music they bring to the stage, the Rembetika Hipsters perform at St. Andrew’s on the Square Saturday, Sept. 24. While their sound is Mediterannean, their origins are...

Trespass confrontation could bring charges

September
7
,
2016
By JENNIFER ZIELINSKI KELOWNA — A Postill Lake Road resident who allegedly took matters into his own hands when two men trespassed on his property ended up being taken into police custody. The incident happened in the late evening...

Pipeline views remain static, poll shows

September
7
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN Public opinion on two controversial pipeline projects remain largely unchanged over the past year, according to a recent poll. The Insights West poll found 50 per cent of British Columbians oppose Enbridge's Northern...

Paws for a Cause walks Sunday

September
7
,
2016
Some animals need that second chance before they know kindness, says the Kamloops SPCA. Paws for a Cause, the annual dog walk against animal cruelty and neglect, takes place Sunday, Sept. 11, at Pioneer Park. The 2016 Scotiabank & BC SPCA...

Speeder's video prompts police warning

September
6
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH Okanagan Bob has a need for speed. Okanagan Bob, as he — or she — declares on YouTube, posted a video driving 179 km/h in a posted 100 km/ speed zone along the newer stretch of Hwy. 97 between...

Stuart Wood future awaits direction, partner

September
6
,
2016
For the first time in more than a century, no students climbed the stairs at Stuart Wood elementary in anticipation on the first day back to school. After 109 years, the City-owned school at Third Avenue and St. Paul is empty and quiet, left in...

Vehicles hit buildings twice in one day

September
6
,
2016
Not one but two vehicles crashed into buildings in separate accidents Tuesday. Around 9:40 a.m., Kamloops RCMP responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 1300 block of Hillside Drive, where a vehicle went right through the front doors of Marks...

Lack of softwood deal a sour note

September
6
,
2016
A prolonged commodities downturn has put a crimp on economic growth in the Thompson-Okanagan region, but there’s another, potentially greater challenge waiting in the woods. In its latest economic briefing, B.C. Central 1 Credit Union...

No, you can’t smash that window legally

September
6
,
2016
The City’s bylaw enforcement department hopes people don’t start smashing vehicle windows once warm weather returns. Jon Wilson, community safety and enforcement manager, said in a news release Tuesday that false information is...

Cart storage helps homeless

September
6
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE Kelowna Gospel Mission has partnered with outside agencies to help solve the issue of clutter and congestion along a busy downtown street. As part of the Mission's new courtyard, a dozen lockers have been constructed, giving...

Bees and the Barebones count on home town support online

September
6
,
2016
As a country-folk guitar trio, they’re very new, admits Chloe Beauchamp-Brisson, so new that most people in their home town have probably never heard of Bees and the Bare Bones. That doesn’t seem to have held back the Kamloops group...

Pair pepper sprayed on Leigh Road

September
6
,
2016
Two people sleeping in a vehicle on Leigh Road were attacked with pepper spray Tuesday morning, Sept. 6. Kamloops RCMP are looking for two suspects, both women, believed responsible for the assault around 9 a.m. The victims ran to a nearby gas...

Evacuation alerts lifted near Lytton

September
6
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE As fire crews continue to mop up the wildfire near Lytton, all evacuation alerts in the area have been rescinded. The South Spencer Road wildfire quickly grew to 532 hectares last week, after heavy winds stoked the blaze...

Milobar says a visit to North Thompson solidified his decision

September
6
,
2016
The Liberal nomination process in Kamloops-North Thompson will be best served by a contest between two well-qualified candidates, party supporters said Tuesday after Mayor Peter Milobar confirmed his candidacy. About 50 people, including local...

Think Canada 150 for photo submissions

September
6
,
2016
The City once again invites resident photographers — or any resident with a cellphone — to submit their images to illustrate its annual calendar, which will carry a Canada 150 theme in 2017 to mark the sesquicentennial year. Sept. 30,...

B.C. a strong presence at Paralympics

September
6
,
2016
Another strong contingent of athletes from B.C. is in for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with more than a quarter of the team hailing from this province. Of the 162 athletes representing Team Canada, 44 of them either live or train in B.C....

Kamloops cyclist in top mountain biking spot a third time

September
6
,
2016
Catharine Pendrel did it again over the weekend, coming from behind Sunday to reach the podium.. Pendrel won the women’s cross-country biking World Cup in Andorra, even after finishing third and in the last round of the series. She...

Milobar to state his plans Tuesday

September
5
,
2016
Mayor Peter Milobar didn’t waste any time making up his mind. Milobar has arranged a news conference for Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. to say whether he will take a run at provincial politics and seek the Liberal nomination in Kamloops-North...

Five TRU students injured in crash

September
5
,
2016
Five international students suffered non-life threatening injuries when a vehicle they were travelling in crashed on Hillside Drive Sunday, Sept. 4. The TRU students, between 18 and 20 years of age, were eastbound in the 1900 block of...

10 hot tips for back to school

September
2
,
2016
As families get ready to send more than 600,000 B.C. students back to school, there are many great resources available to make the transition to the classroom easier – and to get a head start preparing for life after high school. Skills for...

Cariboo couple missing for weeks

September
2
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF Williams Lake RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating a couple missing for three weeks. Mihai Vornicu, 44, and his wife Marie Olarte, 58, were reported missing on Aug. 8. RCMP said the initial...

Traffic blitz collars 30 distracted drivers

September
2
,
2016
Distracted driving remains a common practice, it seems, the No. 1 offence in the latest road safety blitz by Kamloops RCMP. A total of 77 drivers were stopped Tuesday, Aug. 30, in two enforcement efforts downtown and on the North Shore. Of those,...

Made in Italy is made in Kamloops

September
2
,
2016
Director Daryl Cloran introduces Farren Timoteo, who plays multiple family members in Made in Italy. Anyone who remembers The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from a few seasons ago isn’t likely to forget Charlito...

Woman sues city over tree root hazard

September
2
,
2016
By DEBORAH PFEIFFER A Kamloops woman who claims she was injured after tripping over a tree root is suing the City of Penticton. The claim was filed Aug. 15 in Kamloops by Donna Alice Russell. Russell states in the claim that on Aug. 29...

Artist aims to bring nature to life

September
2
,
2016
Nature in all its infinite variety is the seed of inspiration for Nancy Donnithorne. A former Yukoner who has called Kamloops home for the past decade, Donnithorne presents an exhibition of her work, Through My Blue Eyes, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 1...

Masked trio assaults residents

September
2
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN KELOWNA — Three masked men broke into a home in the suburb of Glenmore Thursday night, beating an elderly man and two women before stealing several electronic devices. The violent break-in happened on the 600 block...

Streak of strong sales continues

September
2
,
2016
Kamloops and District Real Estate Association reported monthly results Friday showing a relatively brisk summer season continues uninterrupted. The total value of residential property sales in the Kamloops area was up by more than 50 percent in...

Weather doesn't dampen fall fair

September
2
,
2016
Despite rain on Day One, North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo could be pushing through the roof in attendance over the Labour Day weekend. Most years, the Barriere fair hosts between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors. By noon Friday, one of the fair...

Longtime party supporter could face challenge from Kamloops mayor

September
2
,
2016
Steven Puhallo was waiting in the wings for MLA Terry Lake’s announcement that he won’t be seeking re-election when Kamloops-North Thompson voters go to the polls next spring. Lake’s decision and Puhallo’s intention to...

Crews make good progress on Lytton fire

September
2
,
2016
Lytton hasn’t received the same heavy rainfall as other parts of the southern Interior, but B.C. Wildfire Service is expecting precipitation forecast for later Friday, Sept. 2, will give them an upper hand on the South Spencer Road blaze. ...

Business council seeks vision for 2035

September
1
,
2016
The B.C. Business Council is inviting input from local businesses and business leaders on the future of the province’s economy over the next 20 years. The council holds a workshop called BC2035 on Thursday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m.-noon, at Coast...

E-cigarette rules take effect

September
1
,
2016
Laws on the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes in B.C. took effect Thursday, Sept. 1. The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act is designed to protect youth from the unknown effects of e-cigarette vapour and from becoming addicted to...

Day marks 60th year for labour council

September
1
,
2016
Monday’s customary Labour Day Picnic marks the 60th anniversary of Kamloops and District Labour Council. “Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work and the everyday victories we win to make life better for everyone,” said...

Communist Party fields two candidates

September
1
,
2016
The Communist Party of B.C. is running candidates in both Kamloops ridings in next spring’s provincial election. Beat Klossner is running in Kamloops South and Peter Kerek, a former labour council president and stay-at-home dad, is running...

Lytton fire control depends on weather

September
1
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF Weather is still a major factor in the fight against a 500-hectare wildfire south of Lytton. B.C. Wildfire Service says the fire did grow overnight due to strong winds in the area, but has decreased in intensity since. ...

Missing teen may be in Kamloops

September
1
,
2016
A missing Lower Mainland teen may be headed Kamloops’ way. Coquitlam RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Brandel Richard, 16, last seen in Coquitlam on Sunday, Aug. 28. Brandel is described as Caucasian with...

Long weekend outlook shows promise

September
1
,
2016
September has arrived with cooler temperatures and showers, but the outlook for the last unofficial weekend of summer isn’t all that bad according to Environment Canada. Increasing cloud Thursday and a high of just 21 C are harbingers...

’Pack men hit road as season gets going

September
1
,
2016
TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team has another stiff test this weekend in the Canada West. The WolfPack (1-1) will hit the road for the first time this young 2016 campaign as they pay a visit to the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday...

Disability changes hurt vulnerable, critics say

September
1
,
2016
New B.C. disability rates — minus a transit subsidy eliminated by the province —took effect Thursday, sending critics of the government move into the streets in protest. A dozen people rallied on Seymour Street outside of the offices...

Vicious attacks have city worried

September
1
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH A vicious assault on two young women has many people in Vernon wondering what is happening in the once quiet community. On Tuesday, Brianna and a friend were assaulted on 39th Avenue near the Silver Springs seniors...

MP warns of growing grow-op threat

September
1
,
2016
New medical marijuana regulations pose dangerous implications for property owners, MP Cathy McLeod said Thursday. The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP said many property owners in the riding have said their rental properties have been destroyed by...

Homicide suspect tracked to Ontario

September
1
,
2016
UPDATE: 12:18 p.m. An Abbotsford man with a lengthy criminal record is to face a charge of second degree murder in court next week, the sole suspect in a weekend homicide at a Kamloops motel. Kamloops RCMP confirmed Thursday morning that an...

Suspect detained after ATM theft

September
1
,
2016
An automated teller machine was stolen overnight from Eagle Point Golf Club, but police have a hunch about who may have been responsible. Shortly after 3 a.m., Kamloops RCMP answered an alarm at the Barnhartvale golf course. Officers...

New evacuation alerts issued by regional district officials

August
31
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN UPDATE: 7:20 a.m. A wildfire burning along the Fraser River just west of Lytton grew to about 500 hectares overnight and continues to threaten dozens of homes with more strong winds in the forecast today, Sept. 1...

IHA issues OD alert as mothers speak out

August
31
,
2016
As mothers of drug overdose victims spoke in the street Wednesday in a heartfelt appeal for greater compassion, more support and an end to stigmatization, Interior Health issued an OD alert for Kamloops. The coincidence was particularly telling...

Lightning sparks series of wildfires

August
31
,
2016
Firefighters are battling a string of lightning-caused wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre within the Arrow Lake and Kootenay Lake fire zones. Many of the fires are highly visible in the area, but none of them is threatening any...

Donaldson named first star in first week

August
31
,
2016
Justin Donaldson has had quite a debut with the TRU WolfPack soccer. Donaldson (2nd year, midfield, Kamloops) had four goals in two matches against the Canada West’s two top teams from last year. A goal Saturday, Aug. 27, against...

New apple varieties bring bigger crop

August
31
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN KELOWNA — Almost twice as many apples have been sent to retail this summer compared to this time last year, thanks to favourable growing conditions. This summer's growing season has been similar to last...

Volunteer fairs invite community ushers

August
31
,
2016
With the curtain about to rise on its 2016-2017 season, Western Canada Theatre invites volunteers to join the house as ushers at stage shows. Volunteer fairs will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 8, 4:30-5:30...

Drownings reinforce need to wear PFDs

August
31
,
2016
Two drownings in the past week in which personal flotation devices were not worn have prompted a warning by the B.C. Coroners Service ahead of the Labour Day long weekend. Both victims were in small boats. In one case, the person fell overboard....

Minor injuries reported in Hwy. 1 collision

August
31
,
2016
The westbound lane of the Trans-Canada Hwy. at Peterson Creek Bridge was temporarily closed to traffic Wednesday after a collision involving three vehicles. RCMP together with Kamloops Fire and Rescue and B.C. Ambulance paramedics responded...

Suspect arrested after indecent act

August
31
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD A 52-year-old North Thompson resident is facing charges after allegedly exposing himself to a woman in Kelowna early Wednesday morning, Aug. 31. Kelowna RCMP responded to an indecent act Wednesday at 1:30 a.m...

Another school year begins, the 64th for aging Kam High

August
31
,
2016
School trustees are counting on spring as they look ahead to a meeting with MLA Todd Stone over badly needed upgrades for South Kamloops secondary. Trustees hope to meet with Stone in the coming weeks, and the sooner the better they say.  ...

Resident disgusted with neighbours' for ignoring bear bylaw

August
31
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD A Kelowna woman is fuming mad and outing her neighbours for their complete disregard of the bear population. Amanda Martineau has lived in the Okanagan for 21 years and said she is fed up with people's attitudes towards...

Court sheriff on leave after allegation

August
30
,
2016
A Kamloops deputy sheriff faces an investigation by the B.C. Court Services Branch after allegations that he tried to engage in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The B.C. Ministry of Justice said the sheriff, accused by the Kelowna-based...

Pedal Fest back for long weekend

August
30
,
2016
This Labour Day long weekend, Sun Peaks Resort celebrates the return of Peaks Pedal Fest, a three-day celebration highlighting the community's diverse and ever-expanding biking culture. Avid freeriders through to casual cyclists will find...

Union, Canada Post reach tentative deal

August
30
,
2016
Nonstop bargaining through a federally appointed mediator appears to have found common ground between Canada Post and its 50,000 union employees. Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said Tuesday that a tentative agreement has been reached by the two...

Music begins early with Sunrise program

August
30
,
2016
Sally Arai, a longtime Kamloops Symphony musician, will be teaching a Sunrise program class this year as part of the Music for Young Children (MYC) classes at Kamloops Symphony Music School. The 10-week program—which begins Oct....

Collision sends cyclist to hospital

August
30
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE KELOWNA — A 61-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital with what were described as moderate injuries after being struck by a vehicle late Monday night. Police said the driver was turning onto the highway from the downtown...

Hunters asked to watch for disease

August
30
,
2016
Provincial wildlife health authorities are turning to B.C. hunters to help monitor deer, moose and elk after biologists discovered an animal infected with chronic wasting disease 30 km southeast of Edmonton. This is the furthest west – by...

Enrolment drop felt most at high schools

August
30
,
2016
Taking stock of the school year past while sizing up the one ahead. That was the gist of school board’s last meeting before classes resume next Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Trustees had a chance to review summer school enrolment and an exit...

Breach of court order leads to dual arrest

August
30
,
2016
Two people were arrested in the Iron Mask Trailer Park Tuesday for breaching a no-contact order. Kamloops RCMP, responding to a domestic breach, attended a residence in the park just south of the city. After speaking with the parties involved,...

Special Olympics return to city in 2017

August
30
,
2016
B.C. Special Olympics are headed back to Kamloops for a third time. Two officials with the provincial office of the Special Olympics approached Kamloops-North Thompson school board Monday night to request use of five district facilities for the...

Faculty handed open textbook challenge

August
30
,
2016
Some of the texts available through the B.C. Open Textbook Project. Open textbooks in digital format can benefit students with reduced costs and greater flexibility, but creating them can be an enormous challenge for faculty. ...

Victim in Via Rail accident identified

August
30
,
2016
B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man struck by a Via Rail passenger train in Spence’s Bridge on the weekend. Jonathon Christopher Harris, 40, of Kelowna was killed in the accident.  At about 3:50 a.m. Saturday,...

Mini soccer season begins Labour Day

August
30
,
2016
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s 170 small-sided teams will resume play on Labour Day, Sept. 5, and will play through the month of September, culminating in the Chopped Leaf-sponsored fall season Wind–Up Jamboree on the Sept. 24-25...

Coq crash claims Merritt mother

August
30
,
2016
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. By CARMEN WELD A woman killed in a car crash on the Coquihalla Highway was driving with her daughter. Hwy. 5 reopened to single-lane southbound traffic at noon Tuesday as investigators pieced together what...

Running for NDP, former councillor wants to see $15/hr. living wage

August
30
,
2016
Using a playground as a backdrop and child poverty as motivation, former City councillor Nancy Bepple confirmed her candidacy Tuesday for the NDP nomination in Kamloops-South. On the surface, Kamloops may appear to be OK, but people don’t...

Apartment blaze started by grease fire

August
30
,
2016
An apartment fire in lower Sahali could have been much more serious had the fire not been brought under control in short order early Tuesday morning. Kamloops Fire Rescue was able to bring the blaze, at College Heights apartments, 643 McBeth...

After losing her son to an overdose, Sherry Robinson turns to advocacy

August
29
,
2016
While the province says it’s doing all it can in the face of an unprecedented epidemic of drug overdoses, government seems to have overlooked a critical shortcoming, says a Pinantan mother. Sherry Robinson points straight to a recent...

More grasslands surveillance planned

August
29
,
2016
More surveillance is planned for the Lac du Bois/Batchelor Heights area in an effort to curb illegal dumping. The persistent problem came up in connection with additional off-road vehicle closures in the area, announced Friday, Aug. 26, by the...

Woman ID'd in suspicious death case

August
29
,
2016
Police are still trying to reach the next of kin of a woman whose death was deemed suspicious over the weekend. Kamloops RCMP’s serious crimes unit and the B.C. Coroner’s Service continue an investigation into the woman’s death...

Firefighters find unexploded mortar shell

August
29
,
2016
By  DARREN HANDSCHUH Firefighters battling the Kokanee Road fire had to deal with more than flames on the weekend. Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Wildfire Management Branch firefighters encountered a mortar shell while battling...

Water temperatures mean no fishing

August
29
,
2016
Nicola River, Coldwater River and Spius Creek were temporarily closed to recreational fishing Monday, Aug. 29. Steve Maricle, fisheries biologist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, said the closure is necessary...

Museum show digs into cultural past

August
29
,
2016
Re: Recording Chinese Histories, a locally commissioned historical project by artist Morris Lum, runs Sept. 9-Jan. 21, 2017, at Kamloops Museum. Lum, a Mississauga, Ont. based photographer, created the exhibition using photographs from Kamloops...

Season opens with disco-style comedy

August
29
,
2016
Western Canada Theatre discos back to the stage with an Italian-accented comedy set, in of all places, Jasper, Alta. Written and performed by Farren Timoteo, Edmonton-based writer, actor and director, Made in Italy is in production for a run at...

Suspicious fires total 14 in recent months

August
29
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH The number of suspicious fires continues to grow in the North Okanagan. BX/Swan Lake fire crews were called to two more fires Sunday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. Crews were called to both fires within an hour of each other...

Oh, farmers market, how do I love thee?

August
29
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE If you're a poet, but didn't know it, B.C. Association of Farmer's Markets would like to hear from you. In conjunction with Farmer's Association Week, Sept. 12-18, the association is asking people across the...

Women's U.S. tour continues

August
29
,
2016
TRU women’s volleyball team kicked off a U.S. tour Sunday, Aug 28. The WolfPack scrimmaged and then played an exhibition match against Seattle University Redhawks (NCAA Div. I). The Redhawks have been practicing for over a month in...

'Malfunction in box' leads to defeat

August
29
,
2016
The exhibition campaign is over for the WolfPack women’s soccer team. WolfPack played their second preseason match of the weekend in Edmonton on Sunday, Aug. 28, and fell to the host MacEwan University Griffins, 2-0. The Griffins scored...

Jogger hit by stolen vehicle in stable condition

August
29
,
2016
UPDATE: 1 p.m. Monday Police have obtained surveillance video that may be of help in tracking a suspect in Sunday’s hit-and-run in the Mount Paul Industrial Park. The victim, a female jogger, is reported to be in stable condition in...

Preseason match a nailbiter

August
28
,
2016
A youthful Thompson Rivers Unviversity WolfPack women’s soccer team got their first shot at a Canada West opponent on Saturday, Aug 27. WolfPack opened up a three-team Canada West exhibition tournament in Edmonton with a 1-0 loss to...

UBC comes back to take season opener

August
28
,
2016
TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team kicked off its 2016 Canada West season at home at Hillside Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 27, losing to UBC Thunderbirds 2-1. The Thunderbirds are the defending Canada West champs and bronze medal winners at the CIS...

Motel death under investigation

August
27
,
2016
Kamloops RCMP are investigating a suspicious death at an Aberdeen motel. They were called to the Super 8 Motel on Hugh Allan Drive on Saturday morning, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 27.  B.C. Coroners Service has joined in the investigation,...

Band reacts to beach closure criticism

August
26
,
2016
Public health and safety, not exclusion, were behind a Tk’emlups First Nation decision to close a beach to non-members, Chief Fred Seymour said Friday. Seymour said he was disappointed by some media coverage of the decision after it was...

Peacekeeping pledge short on detail, MP says

August
26
,
2016
The Trudeau government is being less than forthright as it commits Canadian peacekeepers to conflict zones around the world without specifics, MP Cathy McLeod says. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, together with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane...

Youth faces aggravated assault charge

August
26
,
2016
A Kamloops youth has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of a cab driver on Wednesday. Austin Eyres, 19, was to appear in provincial court Friday. Eyres was arrested Thursday after police circulated video...

Mother, three kids reported missing

August
26
,
2016
UPDATED RCMP have reported that the missing mother and her children have been located. Police are requesting public assistance to help locate a mother and three children who went missing from the Coldwater reserve near Merritt. Monica Jacob...

Grassland closures aimed at off-road vehicles

August
26
,
2016
Off-road vehicle use as well as camping will be prohibited in the Lac du Bois, Batchelor Heights and lower Noble Creek areas as of Sept. 1.  Additional measures are needed to protect sensitive grasslands and riparian ecosystems in the areas...

Crash shuts down Trans-Canada

August
26
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE If you're heading to, or from, Alberta today, you could be in for a delay. A motor vehicle collision has forced closure of the Trans-Canada Highway from Revelstoke to Golden, a stretch of 147 kilometres. The crash is...

Campers reminded to be cautious

August
26
,
2016
Due to a marked increase in wildfire activity in the Okanagan Valley and elsewhere in the province over the past week, B.C. Wildfire Service is again urging the public to be extremely cautious with any allowed fire use. The Cariboo and Okanagan...

Weekend brings jacket weather

August
26
,
2016
Weekend weather will be a little on the cool and wet side, Environment Canada says. Friday’s forecasted high of 31 C could be the last hot afternoon of the summer in the city if a low-pressure system doesn’t roll in too soon....

Feedback leads to transit changes

August
26
,
2016
B.C. Transit says rider feedback has led to improvements in routing that will take effect Sept. 4 The route changes include: Route 4 – Pacific Way: An early morning trip will be added to get riders to Thompson Rivers University by...

Young cyclist struck by car

August
26
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN KELOWNA — A 16-year-old cyclist suffered minor injuries after being hit by a car in Rutland Thursday night. At 9:10 p.m., the Kelowna youth was crossing McCurdy Road at Hollywood Road North when the driver of a...

Mandatory hen registration begins

August
26
,
2016
It’s time to register urban hens. Since June, Kamloops residents have been permitted to keep two to five hens on single-family and two-family residential lots greater than 370 square metres within city limits. Free, mandatory...

Peter Collins bursary applications due

August
26
,
2016
Students with a passion for music are encouraged to apply for the new Peter Collins Memorial Fund Bursary by the end of August. In memory of Peter Collins, a beloved music teacher and tenor singer, the bursary was recently created to assist...

Caucus meeting cited, but Tories remain critical of process

August
26
,
2016
MP Cathy McLeod won’t be participating in a Sept. 12 town hall on federal electoral reform due to an overlapping caucus meeting in the Maritimes. McLeod has been critical of the Trudeau government’s approach to changing the Canadian...

Postal workers serve strike notice

August
25
,
2016
After a last-ditched attempt by Ottawa to head off a postal disruption, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has given Canada Post 72-hour strike notice. Postal customers were notified of the move by Canada Post Thursday...

Most Rev. Joseph Phuong Nguyen installed as sixth bishop of diocese

August
25
,
2016
Bishop Joseph Nguyen, sixth bishop of the Kamloops Diocese More than 3,000 Catholics filed into Sandman Centre Thursday to experience a historic event Thursday — the first ordination of a bishop within the Diocese of Kamloops....

Bepple expected to seek nomination

August
25
,
2016
Another NDP candidate is expected to join the campaign to defeat the Christy Clark Liberals next spring. Former City councillor Nancy Bepple intends to officially announce her candidacy for the NDP nomination in Kamloops-South Thompson. Bepple...

Student union pushes for open textbooks

August
25
,
2016
Classes don’t begin until Sept. 7, but the TRU student union is getting a jump on the fall semester with a campaign to cut costs for its members. Next Tuesday, Aug. 30, TRUSU launches a campaign encouraging faculty to create and adopt open...

Hefty ICBC rate hike averted, Stone says

August
25
,
2016
B.C. drivers will see their ICBC premiums rise by almost five percent next year if a rate increase is approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission, but it could have been three times that, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said...

Rescue in progress at waterfalls

August
25
,
2016
By JON MANCHESTER KELOWNA — Search and rescue crews from Penticton have been called in to assist with the rescue of a woman who fell from a rock face at Crawford Falls. The Penticton team are equipped with a Human External...

Action starts early with exhibition matches

August
25
,
2016
WolfPack women’s volleyball team is getting into game action a little earlier this year. Following the team's .500 performance and a berth in the Canada West playoffs in 2015-16, head coach Chad Grimm has his team off to play some...

Women's team bound for Alberta

August
25
,
2016
TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team’s abbreviated pre season comes to a close this weekend, Aug 28-29.  The WolfPack travel to Edmonton, Alberta to partake in a three-team exhibition tournament hosted by MacEwan University Griffins....

Season openers face tough teams

August
25
,
2016
Nothing like testing yourself against the best right off the bat.   That is the philosophy TRU WolfPack men’s soccer team is taking as they open their third season in the Canada West Athletics Conference. The WolfPack entertain the...

Bargaining rights hinge on appeal, BCTF hears

August
25
,
2016
A long awaited Supreme Court decision on whether a B.C. Liberal government had the right to strip teachers’ contract rights is expected to coincide with next spring’s provincial election.  Glen Hansman, newly minted as president...

BCLC reviewing future office needs

August
25
,
2016
While renewing a pledge to maintain its corporate headquarters in the city, B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) confirmed Thursday that it is reviewing its office needs. Through a request for proposal (RFP), BCLC has selected Avison Young Commercial...

Postal union postpones strike notice

August
25
,
2016
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers postponed a media conference Thursday morning on its talks with Canada Post, fuelling speculation that there could be progress in the simmering dispute. CUPW said earlier that it was prepared to serve 72-hour...

Electrical motor forced hotel evacuation

August
25
,
2016
Smoke that forced the evacuation Wednesday of Hotel 540 was caused by a faulty motor on a service elevator. The smoke set off fire alarms before 5 p.m. and triggered a rapid response by Kamloops Fire Rescue. Victoria Street between 5th and 6th...

Suspect in taxi driver stabbing in custody

August
24
,
2016
UPDATED A 19-year-old youth is in custody in connection with the stabbing of a cab driver early Wednesday. The early-morning assault sent taxi driver Cal Huntington to RIH with life-threatening injuries. Huntington remains in hospital,...

Sex assault suspect arrested after break-in

August
24
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE A 39-year-old Peachland man is in custody after allegedly breaking into a home and touching two women while they slept. The incident occurred about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night at a residence on the 1500 block of Highland Drive North...

Police hunt for high-risk offender

August
24
,
2016
Police are asking for the public’s help as they hunt for a high-risk offender wanted on a string of criminal charges. Kendall Clayton Kenneth Muir, 48, is wanted for forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault with a weapon, possession of...

Cenotaph garden doesn't do justice to war dead, critic says

August
24
,
2016
A newly planted garden surrounding the Battle Street cenotaph doesn’t do justice to the monument or to the memory of Kamloops soldiers who died in battle. That’s the view of a local arborist and landscaper, who was disappointed by the...

Duo, dancers and Miner cap KHR season

August
24
,
2016
Kamloops Heritage Railway is saving a little more steam for its last weekend of service this summer.  The fun begins Thursday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. when the musical duo of Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard entertain aboard the 2141 on its regular...

Housing outlook remains stable, strong

August
24
,
2016
No cooling is expected in B.C.’s hot housing market over the next couple of years, according to the latest forecast by Central 1 Credit Union. In Kamloops, meanwhile, the fall outlook is strong and the median price is expected to continue...

NSBIA offers tips to members who may want to capitalize on craze

August
24
,
2016
Go North, young Pokémon players. To the North Shore, hopefully, to shop and dine. Cashing in on the current craze, North Shore Business Improvement Association is inviting members to increase their business by using the free,...

Mystery ashes reunited with family

August
24
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN The daughter of a woman whose urn showed up at a local recycling depot was more than a little surprised to learn about the whereabouts of her mother's ashes. Last Tuesday, a box of electronics was dropped off at...

Cab driver remains in hospital with life-threatening injury

August
24
,
2016
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 — RCMP reported late Wednesday that they have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the stabbing of a Kami Cabs driver. The suspect will appear in court on several charges. Staff Sgt....

Residents told they can return home

August
24
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD KELOWNA — Okanagan Lake residents evacuated during the Bear Creek wildfire can expect to return home soon. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations (COEC) says efforts are progressing to have those residents back home...

Two incidents in past week preyed on international arrivals

August
24
,
2016
UPDATED With two weeks to go before classes begin, students looking for accommodation are being warned about rental scams, particularly due to a tight rental market in the city. "By all means, it's common to hear of one case a year...

Blogger thrilled over royal visit

August
24
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD While there a lot of people excited about the upcoming royal visit to Kelowna, no one is likely as excited as one royal-family blogger. Kelowna's Jamie Samhan is an assistant editor at Royal Central, touted as...

Tree narrowly misses kids in tent

August
23
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY Shelby Hinter is still shaking. The Peachland resident and her fiance met with friends in the Enderby area on Sunday to do a little camping. But the windstorm that whipped up fire in West Kelowna and knocked down power lines...

Hydro vehicle, copper cable stolen

August
23
,
2016
A B.C. Hydro emergency vehicle together with more than $4,000 worth of copper wire were stolen from a substation near the Logan Lake area over the weekend. Logan Lake RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating the unique van — an...

Sockeye return dips lower still

August
23
,
2016
From an initial estimate of 2.3 million, the projected run size for Fraser River sockeye this season has sunk to 853,000, which would make it the poorest return since record keeping began, 113 years ago. The rockbottom return — which has...

Moose app lets users upload data

August
23
,
2016
A new, interactive tool will allow B.C. residents to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts, says Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. The B.C. Moose Tracker app,...

Olympian Catharine Pendrel returns to hometown pride

August
23
,
2016
With her astonishing comeback in Olympic mountain biking, Catharine Pendrel went beyond medal territory to capture the hearts of her community, an accomplishment that showed when she arrived at Kamloops Airport Tuesday. “I think that was...

Cooler weather brings welcome relief

August
23
,
2016
Not seen or felt in the region since last weekend, summer weather is forecast to return by Wednesday, Aug. 24, according to Environment Canada. Days of simmering heat in the 30-C range could soon be a faded memory, though. Few are complaining...

Opposition grows against park waterslide

August
23
,
2016
By DEBORAH PFEIFFER PENTICTON — Opponents of a Skaha Park waterslide project say hundreds have shown support for continuing their cause. In a news release, Nelson Meikle said about 450 people have shown support for another rally...

Geopark group applies for federal list

August
23
,
2016
A group hoping to see the North Thompson granted special recognition for its geological heritage has decided to apply for inclusion in a new federal government list of potential UNESCO world heritage sites in Canada. “We feel that this is...

Saturday's free for families at KAG

August
23
,
2016
Kamloops Art Gallery is offering Family Art Saturday, a free family event that includes tours and activities as well as innovative art studio workshops. The event runs from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 27. In the Central Galleries, visitors can find...

More infill, higher density favoured

August
23
,
2016
Public input provided for the second phase of the City’s official community plan (OCP) update is now available. The report presents key themes and results on two draft land use scenarios as well as on goals and policy directions under ten...

T-Birds picked to repeat in men's soccer

August
23
,
2016
NEW WESTMINSTER – For the first time in conference history, the 2016 Canada West men’s soccer season kicks off in August. A trio of conference games are slated for opening day Wednesday, Aug. 24, as University of Winnipeg Wesmen...

Hitting the right notes for tourism growth

August
23
,
2016
Alive After Five, a two-week effort to enhance visitor and resident experiences downtown, got rolling and rocking Monday night. Some merchants closed shop at regular hours Monday evening but Focus Downtown — a partnership of organizations...

Bear Creek blaze reduced to ground fire

August
23
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN KELOWNA — Fire crews have the Bear Creek wildfire 75 percent contained after spending the night working to secure the perimeter of the blaze. B.C. Wildfire Service has 50 firefighters battling the blaze...

Weekend wind crashes wedding

August
23
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE There was an unwanted guest at a wedding reception in Kelowna Sunday evening on Okanagan Lake. Mother Nature. Sandy Campbell was one of nearly 60 guests aboard a houseboat called The Boardroom for her nephew's...

Crews move into mop-up stage

August
22
,
2016
By DUSTIN GODFREY A wildfire near Okanagan Falls is 75 per cent contained, and has been lowered to a Rank 1 fire. In prior reports, B.C. Wildfire Service was calling the fire between a Rank 1 and Rank 2 blaze. Rank 1 is referred...

Pendrel's performance called one of greatest in mountain biking

August
22
,
2016
Bronze medal winner Catharine Pendrel, returning to Kamloops from Rio Tuesday, Aug. 22, can expect some hometown fanfare for her Olympic mountain biking feat. Pendrel, who managed to claim third spot in women’s mountain biking Saturday...

Kidney Walk honourees announced

August
22
,
2016
Dorothy Drinnan and Margaret Thompson will be co-honourees at the 2016 Kamloops Kidney Walk, organizers have announced.  The walk in support of kidney transplantation and organ donation is scheduled for McDonald Park on Sept. 25, with...

Ombudsman taking appointments

August
22
,
2016
A mobile complaint clinic with the Office of the B.C. Ombudsperson swings through the region next week, offering an ear to anyone treated unfairly by the provincial government, local government or any B.C. public body. Confidential appointments...

City not on Royal itinerary, but Tourism Kamloops holds out hope

August
22
,
2016
The Royal itinerary is chock-a-block full for a visit to B.C. next month by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Tourism Kamloops will continue to invite them via social media. Additional details were released Monday on the week-long visit by...

Suspect in gas bar robbery faces court

August
22
,
2016
A suspect in the robbery of the Safeway Gas Bar last week is expected to face the charges in court Tuesday, Aug. 22. After a thief stole cash and cigarettes while brandishing a knife on Tuesday, Aug. 16, police distributed security camera images...

B.C. athletes bring home half the metal

August
22
,
2016
They had a home-team advantage, representing 40 percent of Team Canada, but B.C. athletes surpassed expectations even at that. Twelve athletes from B.C., including Catharine Pendrell of Kamloops, are bringing home eight of 22 Canadian medals from...

Kamloops-North Thompson to be acclaimed in September

August
22
,
2016
With health care as her primary platform, nurse and advocate Barbara Nederpel confirmed her candidacy in Kamloops-North Thompson Monday, criticizing the incumbent, Health Minister Terry Lake, for his track record. “I am truly standing here...

Missing man located

August
22
,
2016
A man who went missing Aug. 15 after leaving RIH has been located, Kamloops RCMP reported Monday, Aug. 22. Daniel Bain has a medical condition and requires medication, causing concern for his family. That concern led police to seek public...

Family-owned ranch added to century list

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

Huskies defeat WolfPack, 2-1

August
22
,
2016
TRU WolfPack ended their Canada West men’s soccer pre-season with a strong effort but fell short against one of the league’s top squads.. The WolfPack lost 2-1 to University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Sunday, Aug. 21. The...

Residents remain under evacuation order

August
22
,
2016
UPDATED By CARMEN WELD The Bear Creek wildfire has grown to an estimated 25 hectares in size. Low overnight temperatures and precipitation aided crews in monitoring and patrolling the fire.  Air support form B.C. Wildfire service is...

Man in custody after shots fired

August
21
,
2016
A man was arrested at a Brock trailer park Saturday night after shots were fired. Police responded to a 911 call at 9:37 p.m. reporting an agitated male in possession of a loaded rifle in the 1700 block of Ord Rd. Additional 911 calls came in...

Kamloops joins Kingston to cheer The Hip

August
20
,
2016
More than 3,500 fans of the Tragically Hip turned out on both shores of the Thompson River in Kamloops Saturday night, joining countless thousands across the country to take in the band’s final concert, televised as a fundraiser for the...

Pendrel takes mountain biking bronze

August
20
,
2016
Kamloops cyclist Catharine Pendrel managed to earn a bronze medal in mountain biking Saturday in Rio, coming back from a crash early in the race. "At the beginning of the race with getting in a crash at the start and then my shifting stopped...

Man arrested after dating site abduction

August
19
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE One man is in custody after a woman was apparently held against her will last weekend in Peachland. Police were called Saturday morning to investigate a report of forcible confinement, which happened the previous evening. The...

Owner reunited with 22 seized Labs

August
19
,
2016
Twenty-two Labrador dogs seized earlier in the week out of concern for their welfare have been returned to the owner. The canines, including 14 puppies and a pregnant dog, spent a few days at the City pound before officials were able to reconnect...

Critics dismayed with climate plan

August
19
,
2016
The provincial government unveiled its Climate Leadership Plan Friday, including a goal of creating 66,000 jobs over the next decade and reducing net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050. ...

Will it be the Salsinators or the Terminatoes?

August
19
,
2016
UPDATE There was elbow room only amid a circle of sweet salsa samples Friday at Gardengate as the Summer Salsa Challenge tempted tastebuds. The annual event brings together community service providers and clients with disabilities, including...

Unstoppable advocate 'swims all the Wai'

August
19
,
2016
And he’s off — “swimming all the Wai.” Wai Hung Ma, a self-advocate who has never allowed cerebral palsy to limit his ambitions, slipped into the YMCA-YWCA pool Friday to raise funds for the Kamloops Y by going the...

Fire started with explosion, neighbours say

August
19
,
2016
Neighbours of a home heavily damaged by fire in Westsyde Friday afternoon said it started with an explosion before flames erupted through the roof. No one was home when the fire started at 4307 Karindale Rd. around 2:30 p.m. The owner and his...

Fatal fungus could arrive in B.C. within the next two years

August
19
,
2016
A fungus endangering bats across much of North America could arrive in B.C. within the next two years, says a biologist specializing in the mammals. “We thought we had 10 years,” said Doug Burles during a natural history talk in Kenna...

Heat, winds heighten wildfire risk

August
19
,
2016
A hot, dry weather outlook coupled with strong, gusty winds has B.C. Wildfire Service preparing for more wildfire action this weekend. “Given the weather forecast this weekend, the wildfire threat in B.C. will almost certainly increase...

Labour council leader signals candidacy

August
19
,
2016
An NDP candidate is expected to announce her intention Monday, Aug. 22, to run in Kamloops-North Thompson in next spring’s provincial election. Barb Nederpel, president of Kamloops and District Labour Council, stated in an email Friday that...

Eight bears put down in Revelstoke

August
19
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY Fruit and garbage are bringing bears into the town of Revelstoke, leading to a number of frightening encounters with the large mammals and a number of bear kills, including one in the downtown this week. Since Aug. 1, there...

Thousands of jobs in B.C. at stake if October date missed, McLeod says

August
19
,
2016
The Trudeau government is leaving the forestry sector vulnerable to another punitive trade dispute with its inability to secure a new softwood lumber agreement, MP Cathy McLeod said Friday. B.C.'s forestry sector is particularly at risk. More...

Campfire ban enacted in Okanagan

August
18
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN While the relatively milder, wetter summer has allowed Okanagan campers the freedom to have campfires well into August, the fire fun ends this weekend when a campfire ban takes effect in the Central Okanagan Friday. Bruce...

Overdose death toll prompts warning

August
18
,
2016
A small drop in overdose deaths last month hasn’t diminished a provincial health emergency with the B.C. Coroners Service reminding illicit drug users Thursday to exercise extreme caution. In the first seven months of 2016 (Jan. 1 through...

Committee promises best fair possible

August
18
,
2016
Volunteers are working to make next month’s Provincial Winter Fair “the best fair possible in the Kamloops area.” Cattle, sheep, 4-H entries, photography projects, horse show and gymkhana are just the beginning of the plans for...

Man goes missing from RIH

August
18
,
2016
A man with a medical condition has gone missing after leaving RIH. Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in looking for Daniel (Danny) Bain, who requires medication. They did not elaborate on the nature of his conditon. ...

Seized Labs to be returned to owner

August
18
,
2016
Twenty-two Labrador dogs seized Wednesday by bylaw enforcement remain at the City pound for the time being. Kamloops RCMP confirmed that the dogs, including 14 puppies, never went to the SPCA as initially indicated. Instead, bylaws has kept them...

Lure for a Cure grew from Run for a Cure

August
18
,
2016
Between 150 and 200 anglers along with family members are expected for the annual Lure a Cure Fishing Derby taking place on three local lakes this weekend, Aug. 19-21. Knouff Lake Resort is the focal point for the fundraising derby, which...

TRU researchers overwhelmed by show of interest

August
18
,
2016
Health care is a pivotal issue for Interior communities and their residents, especially those with chronic health conditions. That's the premise of consultations taking place in and around Kamloops over the next month as a team of TRU...

Drought threatens chinook salmon stock

August
18
,
2016
In a move reminiscent of last summer’s widespread drought conditions, the provincial government urges conservation by those drawing from the Coldwater River. Low flows on the Coldwater are threatening chinook salmon, which are...

Mystery Mosaic features B.C. authors

August
18
,
2016
That’s one mystery-packed afternoon — four mystery writers reading in 90 minutes at Kamloops Library Saturday, Aug. 20. The Mystery Mosaic, 2-3:30 p.m., features Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Linda L. Richards and Owen Laukkanen, all...

City ‘neutered’ by Ajax neutrality, Walsh says

August
18
,
2016
By remaining officially neutral on the question of an open pit mine on its boundaries, the City of Kamloops fails to have a voice in a matter critical to the future of its citizens, says Coun. Denis Walsh. Back in town Thursday after a...

Stolen loader used in ATM theft attempt

August
18
,
2016
By JON MANCHESTER Vernon RCMP say a stolen front-end loader was used to knock over an ATM structure at Interior Savings Credit Union early Wednesday. The bizarre crime happened about 2 a.m. when a loader drove up to the structure and...

Suspects in river theft appear in court

August
18
,
2016
Watchful eyes resulted in the return of a boat stolen earlier in the week from its river moorings. The owner of the Zodiac inflatable called police after the boat was taken from his dock Friday, Aug. 12. Then, Wednesday afternoon, a friend of the...

Resort overhauls marketing team

August
18
,
2016
Sun Peaks Resort has appointed Aidan Kelly as chief marketing officer as part of restructuring the company says will help it achieve growth in coming years. “Sun Peaks Resort is in a very exciting phase of our continued evolution,”...

Wheeling his way to Rio

August
18
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN Five and a half years ago, Tristan Smyth lay in a hospital bed, unable to walk. In less than a month he will be competing in the 1,500-metre and 4x400-metre wheelchair relay in Rio, representing Canada at the Paralympic Games...

Okanagan Lake fire in mop-up stage

August
17
,
2016
UPDATE By CASTANET STAFF KELOWNA — The Cinnabar Creek wildfire off Westside Road is now 100 per cent contained and crews are mopping up remaining hot spots. The fire is estimated to have burned three hectares above and west of...

Roots artists amass in Salmon Arm

August
17
,
2016
More than 40 musical acts, including Colvin & Earle, Whitehorse and folk legend Tim Williams, are in Salmon Arm this weekend for the 24th annual Roots and Blues Festival. The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 19, with a main stage featuring...

Overlanders Day celebrates North Shore

August
17
,
2016
The largest event of the year on the North Shore is sure to be an even bigger celebration as Overlanders Day overtakes McDonald Park this Saturday, Aug. 20. “We have a lot of fun coming up,” said Steven Puhallo, manager of North Shore...

Report sheds light on care home death

August
17
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH A coroner has ruled the death of a senior in a Vernon care facility a homicide, but has made no recommendations. On Aug. 19, 2013, police and ambulance crews were called to the special care unit of the Polson Extended Care...

Stabbing suspect apprehended

August
17
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD KELOWNA — A man is in custody and facing charges after running from police Tuesday morning. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey said Mounties have nabbed the suspect police allege was involved in anearly-morning...

Teen's video implores community to clean up foreshore

August
17
,
2016
The beach is sandy, broad and beautiful, the Rivers Trail above a popular scenic stroll along Schubert Drive at this time of year.  In contrast, the North Thompson River foreshore that lies between them is a disgusting mess and needs to...

Valemount Glacier master plan approved

August
17
,
2016
Valemount Glacier Destination Resort – a potential year-round skiing and alpine resort worth $175 million – has taken another step forward with the B.C. government’s approval of a master plan. The proposed resort is located in...

Council backs Barrier-Free campaign

August
17
,
2016
City council gave unanimous support Tuesday to a campaign calling on the province to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities. A request for support for the Barrier-Free B.C. campaign came from Vern Short of the Kamloops White Cane Club,...

Police catch suspected boat thieves

August
17
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE KELOWNA — Two men felt the long arm of the law after a boat was stolen from where it had been moored on Okanagan Lake. The owner discovered his 19-foot Sea Ray was missing early Friday morning from Poplar Point...

Seized animals handed over to Kamloops SPCA

August
17
,
2016
Nineteen dogs, most of them puppies, were seized by City bylaw enforcement Tuesday night. Late Tuesday, Aug. 16, RCMP received a report from a concerned citizen who saw a van parked at a local hotel with numerous full grown dogs in it. Puppies...

WolfPack women drop close one

August
17
,
2016
For 13 members of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s soccer team, this was their baptism.  Soccer baptism, that is. The 13 made their university soccer debut in North Vancouver as the WolfPack opened their Canada West...

Weekend to bring hottest of heat

August
17
,
2016
A hot spell is not only supposed to continue for southern B.C. through to the end of August, it’s expected to get hotter. Wednesday’s high of 31 should be cooled slightly by winds out of the west at 30 km/h. The same wind keeps...

Crematorium urn turns up at bottle depot

August
17
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN Employees at the Columbia Bottle Depot in Kelowna had a bit of a surprise Tuesday after someone dropped off a full urn at the bottle return station. A box full of electronics was brought in for recycling by someone in...

Safeway gas bar robbed at knifepoint

August
17
,
2016
Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Safeway Gas Bar on Fortune Drive Tuesday night, Aug. 16. Around 10:30 p.m. a male entered the Safeway Gas Bar. While brandishing a knife, he demanded cash and cigarettes from the two employees...

Reopening of vets office confirmed

August
16
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD More than 3,500 veterans in the Central Okanagan will again have a Veterans Affairs office to serve them this fall. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr was joined by Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr to make the announcement...

Free parking granted for Alive After Five

August
16
,
2016
Free parking is more than a square on a Monopoly board. On a request from Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, City council approved free downtown parking from 5-8 p.m., Aug. 22-Sept. 2, in support of a tourism development...

Design work to help secure required provincial funds

August
16
,
2016
A multi-use path to connect Sahali with the downtown will stand a better chance of receiving provincial funding support with a detailed design. Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday with Urban Systems to cover design of the Peterson...

Wading pool delayed by new guidelines

August
16
,
2016
A wading pool originally planned in tandem with a new spray park at McDonald Park had to be delayed due to tighter provincial health regulation, City council was told Tuesday. Parks director Byron McCorkell said the province changed its...

Police action under investigation by IIOBC

August
16
,
2016
A police vehicle involved in a collision Monday while executing a U-turn on Hwy. 1 was turning on a red light, not a green light as first reported. RCMP made the correction Tuesday after preliminary investigation. It was initially indicated that...

Three-car accident takes out storefront

August
16
,
2016
UPDATE A downtown collision Tuesday morning destroyed a salon storefront when one of three vehicles involved jumped the sidewalk, almost hitting a pedestrian. Around 10:30 a.m., two vehicles collided at 4th Avenue and Seymour. The driver...

Foreign recruits ease rural shortage, IHA says

August
16
,
2016
A program that recruits internationally trained physicians to fill shortages in rural communities had made progress in the in its first year. A total of 38 physicians have been placed in various Interior communities, Interior Health reported....

Bidding platform signs with NewLeaf

August
16
,
2016
There may be airline discounts to be had even below the rockbottom prices advertised with last month’s takeoff of NewLeaf in 11 Canadian cities. Jump On Flyaways, a Calgary-based bidding platform, has partnered with the...

Two more medical pot shops lose licences

August
16
,
2016
By DUSTIN GODFREY PENTICTON — City council has doubled down on its position on cannabis dispensaries in the city. Two more pot shops are losing their business licences as city hall continues to deliberate regulating them. Council...

Manhunt follows assault in Rutland

August
16
,
2016
UPDATED By CARMEN WELD KELOWNA — RCMP are confirming that officers are investigating whether the stabbing in Rutland this morning is related to the machete attack in Ben Lee Park on Aug. 8. Police are continuing to search...

Request to suspend Ajax process draws mixed reaction

August
16
,
2016
Ajax isn’t on the agenda, but it’s almost certain to be on the minds of those around the table at City council’s first meeting in three weeks, Tuesday, Aug. 16. A letter sent late last week to Premier Christy Clark, Coun....

Two youths hit while crossing Hwy. 1

August
16
,
2016
Two youths were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries Monday night after they were hit by a vehicle while crossing the Trans-Canada at Tanager Road in Valleyview. The two 17-year-olds were crossing in a marked crosswalk when they...

Team closes exhibition in win column

August
15
,
2016
A strong second half propelled the TRU WolfPack onto a 4-0 shutout of the visiting UNBC Timberwolves in exhibition Canada West men’s soccer action. The match was played Monday, Aug 15, at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. The result leaves John...

Co-ordinator needed for homelessness action

August
15
,
2016
Organizers of Homelessness Action Week and the annual homeless count are seeking a project co-ordinator as they prepare for fall activities. Homelessness Action Week will be held the week of October 10-14. HomeFree is seeking a project...

Clinical Service Building open for service

August
15
,
2016
With the help of colour-coded floors named after flora — P1 is mushroom, P2 wheatgrass and so on — the RIH Clinical Services Building was open to the public for the first time Monday. As trades workers put on finishing interior...

Crew battle blaze at East Barriere Lake

August
15
,
2016
A crew of 14 firefighters was battling hot weather and flames Monday, Aug. 15, trying to build a hand guard around a wildfire at East Barriere Lake. Estimated to be a hectare in size, the fire is believed to have been started by lightning on...

Anti-gang unit makes eight arrests

August
15
,
2016
Joint enforcement with the province’s integrated anti-gang police unit enabled Kamloops RCMP to make eight arrests over the weekend. Officers from the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) were in town over three days to assist the...

Tick infestation common in moose

August
15
,
2016
Roughly two thirds of the moose in B.C. show signs of a potentially deadly tick infestation. More than 60 of moose in a provincewide study showed signs of hair loss associated with winter tick infestation, according to a report released Monday by...

Finance committee consults Sept. 20

August
15
,
2016
Anyone who wants a say in how the province spends may wish to take note of Tuesday, Sept. 20, when the select standing committee on finance and government services consults in Kamloops. The committee holds annual provincewide public consultations...

Vet suspects trap caused cat's injuries

August
15
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH Alana Reinhardt is appalled someone could be so cruel. Her eight-month-old cat, Bruce, had to be rushed to a veterinarian for emergency surgery after getting his paw caught in some sort of trap over the weekend. ...

Okanagan man last seen three weeks ago

August
15
,
2016
UPDATE RCMP confirmed Friday, Aug. 19, that 57-year-old Michael Garthe was located, safe and sound. By CARMEN WELD Kelowna RCMP are seeking the public's help locating a man who was last seen three weeks ago. Michael Garthe, 57, was...

Group arrested trying to pass fake C-notes

August
15
,
2016
UPDATED Thanks to swift reporting by local businesses, RCMP arrested five Lower Mainland men over the weekend for attempting to pass counterfeit $100 US bills. Police were notified by a business on Saturday, Aug. 13, that a man had attempted...

No crush at the gate for hen registration

August
15
,
2016
Here come the hens, or at least an indication of hens already here and not registered. The City is set to begin its online registration of urban hens later this week, one of the initial steps in implementing new rules that allow residents to rear...

Canada Games Pool reopens

August
15
,
2016
The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is back open for business after two weeks of annual maintenance work and cleaning. Swimming lesson programs are back in session starting Monday, Aug. 15, and public swimming is also available daily. For current...

Driver runs red light, hits police cruiser

August
15
,
2016
A collision involving a police cruiser in pursuit on the east Trans-Canada tied up traffic but caused no serious injuries in Valleyview Monday morning, Aug. 15. The police officer involved had activated lights and siren, then attempted a...

’Pack give up two late goals

August
14
,
2016
TRU WolfPack have seen their 2016 exhibition men’s soccer record dip to .500. The WolfPack gave up a goal in the 90th minute and fell to the visiting Douglas College Royals (PACWEST) of New Westminster 3-2.  The game was played...

TRU beats McEwan, back in win column

August
14
,
2016
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team is back into the win column in exhibition play. Hosting their own tournament at Hillside Stadium, the ‘Pack moved to 2-1 on the season in Canada West preseason activity. They...

UNBC narrowly defeats WolfPack 

August
13
,
2016
Exhibition matches are for evaluation.  Both Thompson Rivers University WolfPack coach John Antulov and UNBC Timberwolves boss Steve Simonson got a chance to do a lot of that as the teams met in pre-season Canada West men’s soccer...

Downtown piloting Alive After 5

August
12
,
2016
Alive After 5, a tourism initiative to attract business to the downtown, will have a two-week trial before the summer season draws to a close. Focus Downtown, a committee representing the City, chamber, KCBIA, Venture Kamloops, Rocky...

Pot shops appeal loss of business licences

August
12
,
2016
By DEBORAH PFEIFFER Operators of two Penticton medical marijuana businesses are being given the chance to appeal to city council. The appeal by Green Essence at 409 Martin St. and Avitas Pharmaco, 150 1636 Main St., at a special...

Help yourself to some harsh criticism

August
12
,
2016
Ever want to speak your mind on artistic expression of one sort or another? Ever want to expose your own creative work to criticism? Two upcoming sessions of Harsh Crit at Kamloops Art Gallery might be just the chance you’ve been waiting...

The LP turned out to have longer play than anyone imagined

August
12
,
2016
Vinyl records once again represent the fastest growing segment of music sales, a surprising turn of affairs considering Emile Berliner spun the first flat disc on a gramaphone in 1888. No one could be more pleased with the resurgent trend than...

Projects pilot golf cart use on some roads

August
12
,
2016
Two B.C. municipalities, including Chase, are testing viability of golf carts on low-traffic roads. A new pilot project will now allow golf carts to operate on certain local roads in Chase and in Qualicum Beach, providing drivers with more...

City steps back to review arming officers

August
12
,
2016
After considering the idea of arming bylaw officers with defensive weaponry, the City has opted to put the brakes on to ensure all implications are weighed. David Duckworth, community safety director, said the decision was made to delay the...

Hot spell is here at long last

August
12
,
2016
Late in arriving and after too many false starts to recall, a long awaited spell of hot summer weather may be at hand. Environment Canada forecasts temperatures in Kamloops averaging into the mid-30s next week while The Weather Network’s...

Nightclub attack victim dies of injuries

August
12
,
2016
By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN A 28-year-old woman who was brutally beaten outside of Caprice Nightclub in Vancouver early Thursday morning has died in hospital. The victim is believed to have had an altercation with two woman inside the club. The...

Guitar shop burns in Armstrong

August
12
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY A business in Armstrong specializing in handmade guitars has been seriously damaged by fire. The Armstrong/Spallumcheen fire department was called to the scene on Patterson Avenue at 8:20 p.m. Thursday night where a 600...

Yellowhead upgrades completed

August
12
,
2016
Improvements along a stretch of the Yellowhead Highway in the North Thompson have been completed ahead of schedule. The project to pave 48.5 km of Hwy. 5 between the North Thompson Bridge in Avola and Whitewater Bridge was undertaken by Anderson...

Former TRU teammates face each other in Olympic volleyball

August
12
,
2016
A men’s volleyball match was billed in local circles as the Battle of the WolfPack Alumna as Canada took on France at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Gord Perrin (Creston) and Team Canada had a Pool “A” match against Kevin...

Shuswap house fire spreads to forest

August
12
,
2016
UPDATED By JON MANCHESTER Fire crews remain on the scene of a house fire that spread to nearby grassland and trees near Salmon Arm Thursday night, Aug. 12. “There are still a few hot spots and there are firefighters on-site doing...

New Veterans Affairs office promised

August
11
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE KELOWNA — It would appear one of Stephen Fuhr's election promises has been taken care of. The Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP said he would bring a Veterans Affairs office back to Kelowna if elected. That is...

Arts council holds AGM in fitting form

August
11
,
2016
Kamloops Arts Council dressed up for its volunteer support night, donning the outfits of favourite artists. Between volunteer recognition, supporter appreciation and appointment of new board, Georgia O'Keeffe, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell...

Restriction one of many hurdles facing urban farmers

August
11
,
2016
Local growers face no shortage of hurdles as they seek to fill rising demand for locally grown foods, not the least of which is a lack of poultry processing capacity in Kamloops. With a number of abattoir operators in outlying areas retiring from...

Charity golf buys eco-stoves for Guatemala

August
11
,
2016
Golfers are invited to get their game on for a great cause at the annual Developing World Connections-Home Hardware charity golf tournament in Kamloops. This is the ninth year for this major fundraising event, being held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at...

Arctic Fuji apple under review in U.S.

August
11
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE A third variety of apple produced through biotechnology in Summerland is closer to gaining regulatory approval in the United States. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulatory...

’Pack opens tourney with 2-1 win

August
11
,
2016
WolfPack opened their own exhibition tournament with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Quest University Kermodes of Squamish (PACWEST). The WolfPack opened the scoring in the 10th minute on a goal from Mitch Popadynetz (3rd year,...

Murder conviction appeal dismissed

August
11
,
2016
By DEBORAH PFEIFFER A most recent appeal by a former RCMP officer convicted of murdering his common-law wife in Penticton has been dismissed. According to a Supreme Court of Canada judgment, dated Aug. 4, the court denied Keith...

Sunburst stage features Retro Rock

August
11
,
2016
The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith won’t be rocking Sun Peaks village, but their music will be centre stage. This weekend, Aug. 12-15, the resort plays host to the 7th annual Retro Concert Weekend. The musical event features the legendary...

Accused to enter plea on attempted murder

August
11
,
2016
Charged with the attempted murder of a Savona teen, Kristopher Teichrieb appeared briefly by video in Kamloops court Thursday. Teichrieb’s next court appearance was set for Thursday, Sept. 15, when he will be arraigned on the charge and is...

Riding survey suggests sizeable majority prefers referendum

August
11
,
2016
More than three-quarters of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo residents want a referendum on electoral reform, according to results of a riding survey released Thursday by MP Cathy McLeod. The result reinforces Opposition insistence that only a vote by...

Two TRU alumni face off in Olympic match

August
10
,
2016
By LARRY READ A lot of people will be watching the Olympic men’s volleyball competition with great interest over the next couple of weeks, but none has more of a connection than TRU’s head coach Pat Hennelly. After all, two of his...

Gardengate hosts Summer Salsa Challenge

August
10
,
2016
Let the tomatoes do the talking. A city tradition tied to the tomato harvest will again tempt taste buds on Friday, Aug. 19 and Gardengate hosts its 13th annual Summer Salsa Challenge. Participants, volunteers, and staff will be joined by...

Reconciliation not for the few, prof says

August
10
,
2016
A year after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued a call to action, an open workshop at TRU Thursday drew about 120 people looking for ways to follow through in earnest. Rebecca Johnson, a UVic law professor, led the all-day...

Government's promises lack substance in face of declining stocks

August
10
,
2016
Rosy language in the absence of concrete action isn’t inspiring confidence in a pledge by Ottawa to follow through on recommendations for sockeye conservation that gathered dust for four years.  Federal Fisheries Minister Dominique...

Signals mean safety, confidence: advocate

August
10
,
2016
The value of audible pedestrian signals should not be underestimated, says one of the city’s leading advocates for visually impaired people. Todd Harding, recently recognized for his years of advocacy with the mayor’s advisory...

Victim entered lake in May, coroner says

August
10
,
2016
A man whose remains were recovered from Kamloops Lake last month had been in the water for more than two months, B.C. Coroners Service reported Wednesday. The body of Darin James Derkson, aged 49, of no fixed address, was found Saturday, July 2...

Woman attacked with Taser

August
10
,
2016
By JOHN BOIVIN Police in Golden are warning residents not to walk alone at night after a woman was attacked with a Taser early Saturday morning. Const. Spencer Lainchbury said the woman was walking near Spirit Square in the early hours...

Kidney support group gathers

August
10
,
2016
The Kamloops kidney support group will gather on Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m., at Romeo’s Kitchen in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1260 Rogers Way. They meet on the second Saturday of every month to chat and/or answer...

Hotel blaze may have started in kitchen

August
10
,
2016
UPDATE Columbia Street reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 10, after Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to a hotel fire believed to have started in the kitchen. The blaze at the Travelodge, 430 Columbia St., was quickly brought...

'Just try it,' air cadet says to peers

August
10
,
2016
Cadets is completely underrated, says a Brock Middle School student spending her summer at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre (CTC) in Victoria. Cadet Cpl. Gabrielle Israel-Armand, 12, belongs to the 204 Black Maria Royal Canadian Air Cadet...

Pattern of mixed, unsettled weather about to end, meteorologist says

August
10
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD While the perception may be that this is one of the coolest and wettest summers on record, Environment Canada says it's actually pretty average. “When you try to compare this year's stats to normal, it comes out as...

Mentor program wins national award

August
10
,
2016
A TRU career mentoring program (CMP) that has mushroomed since 2011 from 40 local mentors to more than 800 regional, provincial, national and international partnerships has gained recognition. The program has won the Conference Board of...

RCMP say those behind July 27 shooting have moved on

August
10
,
2016
Polices say suspects in a gunfire investigation were unlawful residents of a North Kamloops house and have since moved on. The “problem residence” in the 1300 block of 13th Street as been the cause of numerous police calls, the most...

Drone used for mischief over Nanaimo

August
9
,
2016
By DARREN HANDSCHUH Police in Nanaimo suspect a drone operator was fishing for mischief last week. BC Hydro contacted the Nanaimo RCMP on Aug. 5 to report hydro crews had been taking down 50-pound test fishing line wrapped...

Electoral reform town hall planned

August
9
,
2016
Community consultation on federal electoral reform is expected to pick up pace starting next week, leading up to a town hall discussion in Kamloops on Monday, Sept. 12. Murray Todd, a former federal Liberal candidate, said the local initiative...

Housing starts higher across region

August
9
,
2016
By CASTANET STAFF Housing starts in Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops are up, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Housing starts in the Kelowna Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 2,301 units in July, up from 2...

Ex-project manager sues KGHM over dismissal

August
9
,
2016
The former project manager of KGHM-Ajax is suing the company for wrongful dismissal. Clyde Gillespie, who was dismissed as the company’s top executive in Kamloops in May after playing a pivotal role in the project for two years, has filed a...

First funding goes to rural diversification

August
9
,
2016
Project development grants, the first aimed at economic diversification of rural communities through B.C.’s Rural Dividend Fund, were announced Tuesday for 10 local government in the region. In the first intake of the three-year,...

Community donors challenged to reach goal by October

August
9
,
2016
A permanent fund supporting arts education will provide a fitting legacy for the late Jann Bailey, a passionate advocate of teaching young children an appreciation of arts and culture. The fund is now more than halfway towards its goal of $28,000...

Air travel rebound expected next year

August
9
,
2016
Kamloops Airport management remains confident passenger traffic will rebound is six month’s time as reconstruction from wildfire damage proceeds in northern Alberta. Figures released by the airport Tuesday show a continued downward trend in...

Federal government invites World Heritage site submissions

August
9
,
2016
Plans are moving ahead to have a vast area of the North Thompson corridor declared a “geopark,” seen as an incremental step toward eventual recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still, Cathy Hickson, a volcanologist and one of...

Body recovered from Arrow Lake

August
9
,
2016
By KATE BOUEY A group of boaters planning to land along the shore of Arrow Lake was in for a shock on Saturday afternoon when a body was found near the shoreline. “Boaters who had been planning on landing along the shore observed what...

Study looks at second lake crossing

August
9
,
2016
By WAYNE MOORE Central Okanagan residents could get a look at some alignment options for a potential second crossing of Okanagan Lake. The study is looking at the possibility of a second crossing, as well as other transportation solutions...

Westsyde Pool bids in, work set to begin

August
9
,
2016
A six-month repair job to rehabilitate Westsyde Pool could begin next week once City council authorizes the successful bid on the long-awaited project. Three bids were submitted for structural repairs to the roof of the 40-year-old building,...

Woman killed in jet ski collision

August
8
,
2016
By DUSTIN GODFREY Osoyoos RCMP have confirmed that a woman died after a jet ski collision on Osoyoos Lake over the weekend. The woman and a man, both 24 years old, were involved in the accident. Officers responded to a call to the...

Upholding claim to carbon-neutral weddings

August
8
,
2016
They may be mere retaining walls, but the latest enhancement of the TRU Horticulture Gardens supports more than soil. The new walls add to the garden esthetic and will be dedicated to Steve Wong, who was one of the founding faculty members of the...

Opiate OD antidote made widely available

August
8
,
2016
Naloxone, an antidote that can reverse the potentially deadly effects of an opiate overdose is now available at 70 sites in the health region. The sites include all Interior Health emergency departments, public health centres, mental health and...

Fear No Art opens Wednesday

August
8
,
2016
Fear No Art is the name of a joint art exhibition featuring work by two well-known Kamloops artists. Within their distinctive practices, Garry Davies and Maureen Light have certainly lived up to that admonishment. The couple’s collection of...

Additional charges possible in bike shooting

August
8
,
2016
By CARMEN WELD A man charged in a brazen West Kelowna shooting last week has been named by RCMP. Tyrone Reynolds McGee, 29, of West Kelowna was taken into custody after a man was shot outside a car wash on Hudson Road in West...

Homicide victim identified

August
8
,
2016
By DAVID WYLIE KELOWNA — Police have identified the man murdered last week on Kelowna's infamous Hein Road. Benjamin Cory Virgint, 35, was found shot to death in his home Friday morning. “Police...

Small plane crash lands at airport

August
8
,
2016
No one was injured in the crash landing of a small plane Monday morning at Kamloops Airport. The pilot was touching down around 10:30 a.m. when one of the aircraft’s main landing gears collapsed, causing it to the veer off the runway. There...

Nominations soar for business awards

August
8
,
2016
Nominees for the 30th annual Business Excellence Awards were released Monday, Aug. 8, by Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and awards sponsor TD Bank Group. A total of 509 nominations were received, nominating 368 Kamloops businesses in 16 award...

Suspect in mail theft case arrested

August
8
,
2016
A man suspected of stealing mail from an apartment building on Tranquille Road was arrested over the weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 6, a Kamloops police officer located the 24 year old male and arrested him without incident.  RCMP are...

Remains linked to abandoned vehicle in Savona

August
8
,
2016
The body of a man whose vehicle was found abandoned in Savona last week has been recovered from Kamloops Lake. On Sunday, July 31, Kamloops Rural RCMP received a report of vehicle that appeared to be abandoned near the dump road in Savona.  ...

Woman assaulted after dog poop remark

August
8
,
2016
Police are asking the public to help them identify a man who assaulted a woman after she asked him to clean up after his dog. The assault took place on Thursday, July 28, when the woman was walking with her young daughter on St. Paul Street. She...

Remote system to cut avalanche delays

August
8
,
2016
A Swiss company has been hired by the province to automate avalanche control on Hwy. 1 near Revelstoke with the promise of shorter delays. “In June of last year I committed to improving the safety and mobility on the Trans-Canada Highway...

Threshold change allows muscle cars

August
8
,
2016
Make way for the muscle era. The province is making changes to its modified collector vehicle program to allow specialty cars and trucks, up to and including 1974, into the program. ICBC's modified collector vehicle program that allows...

Mudslide forces closure of Hwy. 8

August
8
,
2016
A mudslide forced closure of Hwy. 8 16 km east of Spences Bridge overnight Sunday, Aug. 7. Mud covered the road surface after a heavy downpour swept through the area Sunday evening, 15 km west of the Dot Ranch Cutoff Road. There was no report of...

Perfect weather greets 50,000 or more in downtown

August
6
,
2016
Boosted by a simultaneous dragon boat festival and an expanded Ribfest, Hot Nite was sure to set an attendance record Saturday in downtown Kamloops. A Belair-blue sky and 29 C greeted tens of thousands of spectators who packed Victoria Street to...