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Read this before cutting a Christmas tree

December
1
,
2015
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Residents in most areas of B.C. can obtain a Christmas tree cutting permit online or contact the FrontCounter B.C. office. Local district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Free use permits...

Three cheers for crud-conquering cleats

November
26
,
2015
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A little snow, a little sun, overnight freezing and, presto, crud season has arrived. Crud is what happens when warm Pacific air meets Arctic influence, the sort of fluctuating, marginal conditions we’re likely to see through this El Nino...

Sun Peaks open, Stake Lake follows

November
20
,
2015
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Lifts at Sun Peaks Resort were running under sunny skies and Stake Lake nordic ski trails follow suit Saturday with Overlander Ski Club’s earliest opening in 21 years. Mount Tod opened at 9 a.m. Friday with a base of 75 cm and three lifts...

The Blob that's threatening salmon

November
19
,
2015
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For the second year in a row, returns of the famed Adams River sockeye have dropped below expected numbers in an alarming contrast to the record return of five years ago. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans suspended its count after one day,...

Stake Lake light-up brightens winter ahead

November
12
,
2015
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Ski season’s poised at the gates, what with frequent Facebook updates from Sun Peaks, opening next weekend, the snow line creeping down mountainsides and last weekend’s ski and board swap at The Dome. For Stake Lake Nordic Centre,...

‘Should we swim for it?’

November
5
,
2015
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A dim photo of a sailboat, silhouetted by the sun setting over the sea, brings a vivid reminder of the power of the Pacific. That scene, the only surviving image of a west coast kayaking trip more than 30 years ago, came to mind after the whale...

The hills are trying to tell us something

October
29
,
2015
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Thunder rumbled from around the other side of the mountain and down the valley, signalling a change in an otherwise perfect summer day of cooling off in the canyon. Time to head back to the truck, I thought, a half-hour, minimum. Lucky if I make it...

Hunter shows how to survive a grizzly attack

October
22
,
2015
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“Grizzly!” There's a word you want to hear without exclamation, preferably in casual conversation. We were in the Nahatlatch Valley on the west side of the Fraser Canyon, scouting for a route to scale Mt. Skihist, which at...

Firewood cutting permits required

October
19
,
2015
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Firewood season is here a pickup trucks loaded with the winter's supply can be seen along backroads around Kamloops. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations reminds firewood cutters to follow local regulations and...

Running of the Red Bull Rampage

October
15
,
2015
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A big storm is brewing over the Mojave Desert, but here’s the good news: the world’s No. 1 freeride mountain bike finals competition has been moved up a day and a Kamloops rider is in the running. Cyclist Graham Agassiz, along with a...