CBC Kamloops Archives

10 patients, 3 critical, to Royal Inland Hospital after tour bus crash

Posted: August 29, 2014 8:40 AM Last Updated: August 29, 2014 8:46 AM

(The first air ambulance arrives at Royal Inland Hospital with the first patient from a tour bus crash near Merritt B.C./CBC)   Dozens of people have been injured after a tour-bus rolled over on the Coquihalla highway south of...

Blazers explore goalie options

Posted: August 29, 2014 8:29 AM Last Updated: August 29, 2014 8:31 AM

Don Hay is back, that's old news. But how are players reacting to his old-school approach? And, who will his goalies be when the season gets underway on Sept. 19? Sports reporter Marty Hastings joined Shelley Joyce in studio....

Dry tailings stack versus wet tailings pond

Posted: August 28, 2014 8:37 AM Last Updated: August 28, 2014 8:43 AM

(An example of dry tailings at La Coipa, Chile/tailings.info)The spill at the Mount Polley mine has left many British Columbians questioning the risks of tailings ponds. According to the province's Ministry of Energy and Mines, the spill wasn't an...

Imperials Metals meets with Likely residents over water quality, clean up

Posted: August 28, 2014 8:26 AM Last Updated: August 28, 2014 8:45 AM

(CBC)Imperial Metals, the company behind the Mount Polley Mine spill, made itself available for questions last night. And the residents of Likely came with plenty. A meeting was held at the Likely Community Hall. At last night's meeting was...

Secwepemc encampment gathers at Mount Polley

Posted: August 27, 2014 8:32 AM Last Updated: August 27, 2014 10:08 AM

(Elder Henry Saul, member of the Secwepemc encampment stands next to the sacred fire lit outside the entrance to the Mount Polley mine site/photo by Kieran Oudshoorn, Facebook)Members of the Secwepmc First Nation are keeping a close watch on the...

Likely residents updated on water quality

Posted: August 27, 2014 8:41 AM Last Updated: August 27, 2014 10:41 AM

(Arnie Jack at the meeting in Likely B.C. addressing concerns over water quality issues/Facebook)Residents of Likely, B.C. were briefed Monday evening about the quality of their drinking water. Dr. Trevor Corneil is a medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority....

Grade 12 students voice concerns over teachers' dispute

Posted: August 27, 2014 8:20 AM Last Updated: August 27, 2014 11:05 AM

(From left grade 12 students Katherine Gray, Brett Cosco and Jessie Biddlecomb/CBC)We've heard the teachers concerns. Class size, composition, salary and cuts. We've heard from the negotiator and the government too. But those most affected by the strike are...

Teachers and employer to meet

Posted: August 27, 2014 7:51 AM Last Updated: August 27, 2014 7:51 AM

The Ministry of Education confirms a meeting will take place later today (Wednesday) between the government and the teachers' union. The ministry says Education Minister Peter Fassbender, B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and the government's negotiator Peter Cameron...

Cache Creek horses found with West Nile Virus

Posted: August 26, 2014 8:29 AM Last Updated: August 26, 2014 8:48 AM

(CBC)Two horses in Cache Creek have active infections of West Nile Virus. It's the first case in B.C. found in the past few years. The Society of B.C. Veternarians is urging owners to give their horses regular vaccinations for...

Start early to change the fate of murdered and missing aboriginal- BC youth rep

Posted: August 26, 2014 8:01 AM Last Updated: August 26, 2014 8:46 AM

(B.C. representative for children and youth Mary Ellen Turpel Lafonde/CBC)The stories are all over the news. The death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg. Twenty-five-year-old Samantha Paul's remains were discovered at White Lake near Kamloops. The number of missing...

Schools will be ready to open

Posted: August 26, 2014 8:45 AM Last Updated: August 26, 2014 8:45 AM

The Board Chair of the Kamloops Thompson school district says schools will be ready to open should the teachers strike wrap up. Denise Harper says if both sides get to the table it is still possible to have school...

Coffee with the Armchair Mayor and Mark Towhey

Posted: August 25, 2014 11:16 AM Last Updated: August 25, 2014 11:20 AM

(Mark Towhey, photo courtesy of CBC.) A week never seems to go by without a new story about crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Mark Towhey knows Rob Ford well, he's Ford's former Chief of Staff. Towhey grew up in...

Kamloops teachers back on the picket line

Posted: August 25, 2014 10:37 AM Last Updated: August 25, 2014 10:41 AM

(David Komljenovic, President of the Kamloops Thompson Teachers Association.) One week, that's when school is supposed to start and it's been ten weeks since B.C. teachers first began their full-scale strike. The summer is nearly gone and yet bargaining...

Grumpy Cat filming in BC right meow

Posted: August 22, 2014 8:37 AM Last Updated: August 22, 2014 8:50 AM

She's one of the most feted felines in the world. Grumpy Cat is filming a Lifetime movie in Vancouver. It's called..."Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever." The internet cat sensation has over 200,000 followers on Twitter, over six million likes on...

Blazers look to bounce back from worst season ever

Posted: August 22, 2014 8:04 AM Last Updated: August 22, 2014 8:51 AM

Blazer fans may have wiped last season from their memories. It was the worst in franchise history. But the players have just started training camp today, and the team is starting to look ahead to a better season. Joining Doug...

Running late for school-- Education Minister Peter Fassbender talks mediation

Posted: August 22, 2014 7:57 AM Last Updated: August 22, 2014 8:26 AM

(Education Minister Peter Fassbender/CBC)Students and parents are anxious to know whether the school year is going to begin on time. There has been little in the way of news about negotiations between B.C. teachers and the provincial government. One...

Dangers of foreign freelance journalism

Posted: August 21, 2014 8:28 AM Last Updated: August 21, 2014 8:38 AM

(James Foley was killed while working as a foreign freelance journalist/Associate Press)Much of our international news these days comes to us by way of independent journalists. We rely on freelancers to bring us photos and stories from hard to...

BC Wildlife Park's grizzly rehabilitation strategy

Posted: August 21, 2014 8:14 AM Last Updated: August 21, 2014 8:20 AM

(A grizzly through the bars at the B.C. Wildlife Park/CBC)Many of us heard the story about a small, starving orphaned grizzly bear. They called him Littlefoot. Last week he was released back into the wild near Fernie. We started...

Environment Minister on Mount Polley reviews

Posted: August 21, 2014 8:01 AM Last Updated: August 21, 2014 8:06 AM

(Environment Minister Mary Polak) In the last few weeks, environmental concerns about mining have overshadowed any focus on economic activity. Since the massive tailings pond spill at Mount Polley, the B.C. government has announced two reviews. One that will...

Out West photography book showcases Kamloops' backyard

Posted: August 20, 2014 8:54 AM Last Updated: August 20, 2014 8:58 AM

(Photos from the book OutWest showcasing scenes nearby Kamloops/Kyler Zeleny)Kyler Zeleny recently drove over 10,000 miles across Canada, documenting 160 rural communities. That project resulted in a new book called Out West. Many of the communities he photographed are...

Casino to move out of downtown

Posted: August 20, 2014 8:17 AM Last Updated: August 20, 2014 8:41 AM

(A packed public hearing Tuesday night heard the concerns and opinions from Kamloops citizens regarding moving the casino from downtown. Councillor Marg Spina, Mayor Peter Milobar and five more councillors voted yes to the move/CBC)Downtown Kamloops without a casino....

Vince Ready considers job as mediator of BC teachers strike

Posted: August 19, 2014 8:25 AM Last Updated: August 19, 2014 8:39 AM

(CBC)Will school be back in session come September? Time is running short, and parents still don't have an answer. Negotiations have resumed between the government and the BC Teachers' Federation. But are parents prepared for if things don't resolve...

Dawn to dusk golf-athon in Kamloops

Posted: August 19, 2014 7:26 AM Last Updated: August 19, 2014 8:34 AM

(Sun Rivers Golf Course/golf4bc.com)Gathering donations while golfing all day long. Thats the idea behind the annual golf-athon at Sun Rivers in Kamloops. Michael Chmilar is head golf pro at Sun Rivers. He'll be playing golf from dawn to dusk...

Tsilqot'in adds to calls for independent review of Mount Polley

Posted: August 18, 2014 8:36 AM Last Updated: August 18, 2014 9:10 AM

(Chief Roger William/Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press)An independent review of the Mount Polley disaster. It's a demand from many groups in the area. And now the Tsilqotin National Government is calling for one as well. To find out why,...

Summer production at the Stage One Theatre School

Posted: August 18, 2014 8:28 AM Last Updated: August 18, 2014 8:59 AM

(Performers from the Stage One Theatre School will be taking the stage this weekend/Shelley Joyce, CBC)Eleven kids. Three weeks. Throw in some music and dancing. And you've got Western Canada Theatre's "Stage One" Theatre School. The Stage One Theatre...

The aftermath of the Mount Polley mine spill from a Likely resident

Posted: August 15, 2014 9:15 AM Last Updated: August 15, 2014 9:15 AM

(Likely, B.C., photo courtesy of Google.ca.) It's not just employees who have been affected by this spill. Likely is the nearest town to the spill, about 300 people live there. Including Deanna St. Onge who works at the Valley...

The future of the Mount Polley mine workers

Posted: August 15, 2014 8:39 AM Last Updated: August 15, 2014 8:39 AM

(The results of tailing pond breach at Imerial Metals Corp gold and copper mine, photo courtesy of Cariboo Regional District.) A community meeting was held last night at a packed hall in Likely to give an update on the...

Has the tourist season in the Cariboo been washed out by the breach at Mount Polley?

Posted: August 14, 2014 9:29 AM Last Updated: August 14, 2014 9:29 AM

(Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association, photo courtesy of landwithoutlimits.com) The Mount Polley mine may be in a remote part of the Cariboo, but the story from there has gone around the world. Video of the tailings breach went viral...

Sierra Club calls for independent investigation into Mount Polley

Posted: August 14, 2014 9:06 AM Last Updated: August 14, 2014 9:06 AM

(Mount Polley mine spill, CBC) The Sierra Club is calling for an independent investigation into the Mount Polley mine spill. They're calling it an environmental disaster which the B.C. government has mismanaged. They want a committee of experts to investigate....

Kamloops oldest barber turns 85

Posted: August 14, 2014 8:37 AM Last Updated: August 14, 2014 9:06 AM

(Al LaChance, CBC) Kamloops' Al LaChance has a claim to fame that's hard to beat. He's the oldest barber in town. He's been in the hair cutting business since 1951. Daybreak's Doug Herbert popped by for a trim as Al...

Mount Polley tailings spill update expected

Posted: August 14, 2014 7:48 AM Last Updated: August 14, 2014 8:54 AM

Community members in Likely will be given an update on the Mount Polley Mine tailings pool breach tonight (Thursday). Imperial Metals Corporation is holding a public meeting to provide information on the cleanup action plan. It is being held...

Lessons learned from Tsolum River mine spill

Posted: August 13, 2014 8:48 AM Last Updated: August 13, 2014 8:48 AM

(Tsolum River, images courtesy of tsolumriver.org.) Some good news yesterday about the Mount Polley tailings spill: most of the water restrictions are now dropped, and offficially, it's okay to eat fish again in Quesnel Lake. There have also been encouraging developments...

Neskonlith Band wants to evict Imperial Metals over Mount Polley tailings spill

Posted: August 13, 2014 8:24 AM Last Updated: August 13, 2014 8:30 AM

(Ruddock Creek, image courtesy of imperialmetals.com.) The Neskonlith Indian Band is evicting the Imperial Metals Corporation from its territory near the village of Chase. Imperial Metals is surveying the area for zinc and lead for a proposed project called...

Richard Wagamese honours Robin Williams

Posted: August 13, 2014 8:19 AM Last Updated: August 13, 2014 8:30 AM

(Author Richard Wagamese, photo courtesy of CBC) Robin Williams touched a lot of people with his comedy and talent. Including Kamloops and Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. After the news of Robin William's death, Richard wrote a poem in honour of...

Evacuation alert issued for homes near Alexis Creek

Posted: August 13, 2014 7:44 AM Last Updated: August 13, 2014 8:05 AM

The Cariboo regional district has issued an evacuation alert for nine home near Alexis creek because of large wildfire. Traffic on Highway 20 has also been affected due to the 600 hectare fire. Officials hope rain and cooler temperatures...

Home Less Mess

Posted: August 12, 2014 8:30 AM Last Updated: August 14, 2014 10:41 AM

No wall, no roof and no support - being homeless is something most of us will never experience. A bold project in Kamloops is offering some real insight into homelessness this week. It's a play called Home Less Mess....

Did the Province breach its duty to release information on Mount Polley Mine's tailings dam?

Posted: August 12, 2014 8:16 AM Last Updated: August 12, 2014 8:16 AM

(Vincent Gogolek, FIPA Executive Director, photo courtesy of CBC.) The office of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association wants the government of B.C. investigated. Vincent Gogolek wants to find out if the government has breached its duty to...

Samantha Paul's family and local Chiefs call for public inquiry

Posted: August 12, 2014 7:54 AM Last Updated: August 12, 2014 7:57 AM

(The family of Samantha Paul, Kamloops Indian Band office, CBC) It was an emotional press conference at the Kamloops Indian Band office yesterday. The family of Samantha Paul and several local First Nation Chiefs wanted to talk about what they...

BC Indian Chiefs renew call for public inquiry

Posted: August 12, 2014 8:16 AM Last Updated: August 12, 2014 8:16 AM

B.C. Indian Chiefs are once again calling for a public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. The call comes after skeletal remains were identified as those of Samantha Paul, who had been missing since September. The 26 year...

Politics of a tailings pond-- What Mount Polley means for BC Liberals

Posted: August 8, 2014 9:23 AM Last Updated: August 8, 2014 9:29 AM

(Christy Clark took her own aerial tour of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Thursday/Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press)The Mount Polley Mine breach has been called an environmental disaster. Could it also be a political disaster for the Christy Clark...

Finding Kamloops' George McLean-- First World War 100th anniversary

Posted: August 8, 2014 8:34 AM Last Updated: August 8, 2014 8:51 AM

(LEFT: Hector Stewart, Christine Saddleman, Sarah McLeod and Lynne Jorgesen are the search team that located George McLean's burial plot, in front of them with the remnants of his wooden grave marker on the ground. Right: Private George McLean...

World class track athletes compete in Kamloops

Posted: August 8, 2014 8:22 AM Last Updated: August 8, 2014 9:14 AM

(Athletes from Penn State University in Kamloops for the NACAC 2014/Twitter user @PennStateTFXC)Organizers say it might just be the best track meet Kamloops has ever seen. The North American, Central American, Caribbean Under-23 championships. Or NACAC for short. It gets...

Salmon and wildlife habitats may never recover

Posted: August 7, 2014 8:25 AM Last Updated: August 7, 2014 8:40 AM

(Aerial footage shows the debris and milky blue-green tailings pond water that washed into nearby waterways after the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breached Monday, Aug. 4, 2014/Cariboo Regional District Facebook)A river of grey sludge flowing toward Quesnel Lake....

Sun Peaks struggles for employees from Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Posted: August 7, 2014 8:20 AM Last Updated: August 7, 2014 8:35 AM

(Sun Peaks prepares for its winter employment needs as early as August/Kevin Hagett sunpeaksresort.com)Go to any of the online help-wanted sites for Kamloops and you'll see jobs a plenty at Sun Peaks. In fact they are already advertising for...

Ajax addresses tailings pond safety after Mount Polley

Posted: August 6, 2014 9:17 AM Last Updated: August 6, 2014 10:02 AM

(A photo taken by local resident Dawna Chambers shows the Mount Polley mine debris still flowing down local waterways/Dawna Chambers)Could it happen here? Within hours of the disaster at the Mount Polley mine in the Cariboo, the Kamloops Area...

'They've killed my town'- Mount Polley Mine tailings pond burst

Posted: August 5, 2014 4:40 PM Last Updated: August 5, 2014 4:48 PM

(Damage from the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond that burst early Monday morning/Cariboo Regional District).The tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine has burst. Residents are calling it an environmental disaster in the Cariboo - northwest of Williams Lake. Five...

Jim Iker-- teachers dispute ongoing with one month left till school starts

Posted: August 5, 2014 9:04 AM Last Updated: August 5, 2014 4:50 PM

(BCTF President Jim Iker/CBC)A glimmer of hope in the teachers strike. Both sides are at least talking again or they soon will be. They'll sit down to resume negotiations on Friday. The last time they talked was over a month...

Kamloopa Pow Wow expecting 15,000

Posted: August 1, 2014 8:32 AM Last Updated: August 1, 2014 9:13 AM

(Colourful scenes from the Kamloopa Pow Wow of 2013/kamloopscity.ca)Dancing. Drumming. Decorative costumes. They're all part of the Kamloopa Powwow at the Tk'emlups Indian Band. Things get under way Friday morning and extend through Sunday. More than 15,000 people are...

Concerns rise to the surface over Shuswap Lake water quality

Posted: August 1, 2014 8:00 AM Last Updated: August 1, 2014 9:13 AM

(Concerns about Shuswap Lake's water quality include leaks from septic fields/mountainbikingbc.ca)With so many ways to enjoy Shuswap Lake, keeping the water clean is a top priority. Especially for the Shuswap Watershed Council. They've been hosting a series of community open...

28 years and hundreds of kids- Stephanie's Small World daycare closes its doors

Posted: August 1, 2014 7:42 AM Last Updated: August 1, 2014 9:16 AM

(Stephanie Fowls surrounded by her staff and last set of children on the final day of her daycare, Stephanie's Small World. Chelsea Allen attended the daycare more than 20 years ago/CBC).It's a tidy little house on a cul-de-sac in...

Kamloops Superintendent Terry Sullivan retires

Posted: July 31, 2014 8:26 AM Last Updated: July 31, 2014 8:27 AM

From the classroom to the union. And through picket lines and protest signs. Terry Sullivan has been a constant in the Kamloops School District for the past 15 years. But today, Thursday, that changes. The Kamloops School Supertintendent finishes his...

Mosquitos take Kamloops for baseball championships

Posted: July 31, 2014 8:11 AM Last Updated: July 31, 2014 8:15 AM

(Mosquitos from Kamloops prepare for the championship this weekend/CBC) Eleven-year-olds from across BC are in Kamloops this weekend. The provincial Mosquito Triple A provincial baseball championship is happening on McArthur Island. It's a big deal for these kids. The Kamloops...

TRU cuts its Wolfpack hockey team saying it's not sustainable

Posted: July 30, 2014 8:39 AM Last Updated: July 30, 2014 8:39 AM

(Photo courtesy of athletics.inside.tru.ca.) There will be no more competitive hockey at Thompson Rivers Univerisity. TRU announced yesterday that its hockey team will be cut from the Wolfpack roster. The hockey program was created five years ago. Ryan Hanes was...

Disaster assistance for flood victims in Kamloops

Posted: July 30, 2014 8:19 AM Last Updated: July 30, 2014 8:19 AM

(Photos courtesy of CBC.) The flash flood that hig Kamloops last week has left a lot of people high and dry. Apparently, much of that flood damage is not covered by home insurance. The Province has come through, offering...

2 deaths lead to concerns over bad heroin in Kamloops

Posted: July 30, 2014 8:24 AM Last Updated: July 30, 2014 8:24 AM

People who work with drug users in Kamloops are very concerned after there have been 2 heroin related deaths in the past few weeks. Ken Salter with Ask Wellness says they are now looking into a death yesterday that...

Peter Kerek seeks a spot on Kamloops city council

Posted: July 30, 2014 8:04 AM Last Updated: July 30, 2014 8:08 AM

The headline reads: "Activist Joins Race." That from a press release issued by Peter Kerek. The race is for a spot on Kamloops City Council. Peter's the President of Kamloops and District Labour Council. He's also an outspoken opponent...

Cabin fire at Adams Lake has community questioning local fire protection

Posted: July 29, 2014 9:00 AM Last Updated: July 29, 2014 9:16 AM

FireSmart-BC4[1] by chrumkaj   Over the weekend, fire destroyed a cabin on Adams Lake. A family with young children was in the building at the time, luckily no one was injured. We spoke with a witness to that fire on Daybreak...

Disaster assistance granted to Kamloops

Posted: July 29, 2014 7:55 AM Last Updated: July 29, 2014 7:56 AM

The City of Kamloops has now been given disaster assistance from the Province, following last weeks heavy rain caused floods. The torrent of rain hit many homes and businesses hard, causing significant water damage in Wednesdays flooding. People that...

Fire burnt down family cabin on Adams Lake

Posted: July 28, 2014 8:29 AM Last Updated: July 28, 2014 8:41 AM

(Adams Lake, B.C.) It was a family holiday turned into a nightmare this weekend on Adams Lake. A fire completely destroyed a cabin on Agate Bay where two families were vacationing. The cabin used to be the old Adams Lake General...

More rattlesnakes on the hills north of Kamloops this year

Posted: July 28, 2014 8:23 AM Last Updated: July 28, 2014 8:23 AM

(Pacific rattlesnake, photo courtesy of CBC) Dog owners beware. Daybreak's local snake expert says he's seeing a lot more rattlesnakes this year in the hills around Kamloops.  Frank Ritcey is the Provincial Coordinator of Wildsafe B.C. and he's already encountered...

Alexis Creek RCMP officers shot at

Posted: July 28, 2014 8:04 AM Last Updated: July 28, 2014 8:41 AM

Police say an RCMP officer in Alexis Creek was threatened with a knife and shots were fired during an arrest early Sunday morning. The officer confronted two men allegedly attempting to steal a pick-up truck. During the arrest one...

Flood clean up costs reach $3 million

Posted: July 25, 2014 8:27 AM Last Updated: July 25, 2014 9:07 AM

(The fir tree on Lilac Avenue in Kamloops was over 90 feet tall before it was struck by lightning Wednesday. Residents described it as having exploded/CBC)It came down in buckets and left behind quite a mess. Now Kamloops has...

Farms2Chefs- local food celebration in Kamloops

Posted: July 25, 2014 8:41 AM Last Updated: July 25, 2014 8:49 AM

(Chefs David Tombs and Jared Summers are participating in the Farms2Chefs event Sunday, supporting locally grown food/CBC)The annual Farm2Chefs fundraiser is this Sunday. And to tell us more about it, we have two excellent chefs in the studio. And...

Ending domestic violence in rural communities- a video project

Posted: July 25, 2014 8:13 AM Last Updated: July 25, 2014 9:12 AM

Coming to the defence of women. A major oil and gas company is taking on the fight to end domestic violence in B.C. Encana and the B.C. Government are each committing $20,000 to fight domestic abuse. The project is...

BC midwives withdraw services

Posted: July 24, 2014 8:33 AM Last Updated: July 24, 2014 8:36 AM

BC's maternity care system isn't delivering. That's the message the Midwives Association of BC has for Premier Christy Clark. They say some women can't get the care they need. And some are travelling hundreds of kilometres to give birth...

Kamloops rainstorm from the CBC bureau

Posted: July 24, 2014 8:28 AM Last Updated: July 24, 2014 8:28 AM

A lot of people are saying it's the most rain they've ever seen in Kamloops. A rain system moved over Kamloops this afternoon. Immense rainfall caused flooding in the streets (2nd and Victoria/CBC)   (CBC)   (CBC)...

Kamloops Fire Fighters offer assistance in Lytton blaze

Posted: July 23, 2014 8:33 AM Last Updated: July 23, 2014 8:35 AM

(Kamloops Fire Rescue)Ten firefighters with Kamloops Fire Rescue are pitching in with that wildfire burning outside of Lytton. We heard in the news Tuesday that they were sent in to help. Mike Adams is the Deputy Fire Chief for Kamloops...

Bear enters restaurant in Nelson

Posted: July 23, 2014 8:13 AM Last Updated: July 23, 2014 8:25 AM

(Courtesy Øivind Tøien)Bears are not supposed to go to restaurants for lunch. A young black bear learned that the hard way this week in Nelson- after wandering onto a popular lakeside patio. The bear was either confused - or...

Kamloops and Vernon dramatic rivalry on and off the lacrosse floor

Posted: July 23, 2014 8:09 AM Last Updated: July 23, 2014 8:35 AM

(The Kamloops Venom and Vernon Tigers are battling game three tonight/KamloopsThisWeek)The Kamloops Venom and Vernon Tigers are giving each other all they've got in the Junior Lacrosse League Championship right now. Game three of the series is tonight in...

Suspicious Pemberton Festival death prompts security questions

Posted: July 22, 2014 8:25 AM Last Updated: July 22, 2014 8:35 AM

RCMP investigate at Pemberton Music Festival after 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath was found dead in his tent/CBC).An investigation continues following the suspicious death of a young man at the Pemberton Music Festival over the weekend. Police say a 21-year-old was...

120 still forced from homes for Lytton wildfire

Posted: July 22, 2014 8:03 AM Last Updated: July 22, 2014 8:34 AM

(The Botanie Creek fire near Lytton/Denise O'Connor, Twitter) Approximately 120 people who live near Lytton are still out of their homes because of a raging wildfire. The Botanie Creek fire remains uncontained. Public meetings have been held at the Parish...

Kamloops Street Piano School

Posted: July 22, 2014 7:49 AM Last Updated: July 22, 2014 7:56 AM

(KISSM instructor Curtis Howell and his students taking requests for the outdoor piano in downtown Kamloops/CBC)It's hard to miss the bright blue piano on Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops. It's there for everyone and anyone to play, at anytime. Well, Monday,...

The Melawmen Collective make music and art with a message

Posted: July 21, 2014 8:25 AM Last Updated: July 21, 2014 8:55 AM

(Rob Hall, George Ignace and Meeka Morgan are some of the talented members of the Melawman Collective, photo courtesy of CBC.) They come from Savona, Cache Creek and beyond. The Melawmen Collective makes music and art. They want to...

Dousing the camp fire flames-- how fire bans are made

Posted: July 21, 2014 8:30 AM Last Updated: July 21, 2014 8:45 AM

When camping near Kamloops this summer, you'll have to do without a fire due to a ban (CBC.ca).With the record heat, the smoke filled the air. And with many forest fires breaking out in BC, it comes as no...

Needed liver transplant doesn't slow down Kamloops marathon runner

Posted: July 21, 2014 8:14 AM Last Updated: July 21, 2014 8:43 AM

A group of Kamloops runners grinding it out at last year's Kamloops Marathon (kamloopsparents.ca).The Kamloops Marathon is this Sunday. It's a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. And a training run for a local athlete in need of a...

Evacuation ordered north of Lytton

Posted: July 18, 2014 9:06 AM Last Updated: July 18, 2014 10:21 AM

A rapidly moving wildfire, north of Lytton, lead to a tactical evacuation of 45 homes in Botanie Valley last night. Mike Garrett is the Emergency Services supervisor for the Thompson Nicola Regional District. He says the raging fire forced...

Cyclists calling for improved road conditions on the Trans Canada

Posted: July 18, 2014 9:00 AM Last Updated: July 18, 2014 9:00 AM

(Patrick McDonald standing at Rodeo Road, off Highway 97, CBC) On the highway west of Kamloops, near Cherry Creek there's a roadside memorial in honour of Richard McGillvray. It's a red road bike with green handle bars and a...

Evacuation order for Murray Lake, southwest of Merritt

Posted: July 17, 2014 7:48 AM Last Updated: July 17, 2014 7:48 AM

As a wildfire continues to burn, a state of local emergency has been declared in the electoral district of beautiful Nicola Valley South. An evacuation order has also been put in place for around 35 cabins on Murray Lake,...

Stolen horses in Chase

Posted: July 16, 2014 9:42 AM Last Updated: July 16, 2014 9:46 AM

(Photo of two stolen horses in Chase, CBC.) The bulletin board outside the little country store in Pritchard is plastered with paper, but one sign really stands out.   It's a notice about a couple of stolen horses with photos...

Defending champ of Kamloops marathon pulls out of race because of Ajax

Posted: July 16, 2014 9:14 AM Last Updated: July 16, 2014 9:19 AM

(Long distance runner Ryan Day at last year's Kamloops Marathon.) In the past two years he's taken home the top prize at the Kamloops Marathon; but this year, Ryan Day won't be racing. The Secwepemec runner from the Bonapart Indian...

Shane Gottfriedson still considering running for AFN Chief

Posted: July 16, 2014 9:03 AM Last Updated: July 16, 2014 9:17 AM

(Photo from the 2014 annual AFN meeting, courtesy of CBC.) First Nation Chiefs from across Canada are gathered in Halifax for this year's Assembly of First Nations general meetings. They're tackling a number of complex issues from education, to...

Councillors Cavers and Lange push for more public input on Ajax

Posted: July 15, 2014 9:02 AM Last Updated: July 15, 2014 9:02 AM

(Photo courtesy of ajaxmine.ca.) If you live in Kamloops and want to build a basement suite, or redesign your front porch, city council will likely call for public input before giving you the go-ahead. Some city councillors are wondering...

Beating the heat tough for Kamloops' homeless

Posted: July 15, 2014 8:40 AM Last Updated: July 15, 2014 8:40 AM

(Photo courtesy of CBC) When the temperature pushes 40 degrees Celsius, finding a way to dodge the heat can be hard. If you're fortunate you can flip on the air conditioning. But for those living on the streets, escaping...

Campfire ban to begin Wednesday

Posted: July 15, 2014 8:26 AM Last Updated: July 15, 2014 8:50 AM

Campfires will be banned throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, and in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River, starting at noon Wednesday. The fire danger rating remains high, with some areas listed at extreme.  The Forests Ministry...

Gleaning abundance in Kamloops

Posted: July 14, 2014 9:24 AM Last Updated: July 14, 2014 9:24 AM

(gleaningabundance.com) The cherries are still hanging in there and apricots are getting nice and plump; in fact, trees all over Kamloops are full of fruit at this time of year. But some homeowners are finding they have too much,...

Kamloops' first outdoor preschool

Posted: July 14, 2014 9:02 AM Last Updated: July 14, 2014 9:02 AM

(Outdoor preschool, photo courtesy of lovinglearning.com) There are a lot of great outdoor spaces in Kamloops. It's what attracts many people to live here, and now Kamloops is home to the area's first outdoor preschool - there are no...

Temperature records fall

Posted: July 14, 2014 8:53 AM Last Updated: July 14, 2014 10:53 AM

The heat wave continues across the province. In Kamloops a 36 degree high is expected for Monday, with temperatures in many areas hitting 10-15 degrees above normal for this time of year. On Sunday Kamloops had its hottest day...

Doctor shortage still a major issue in Kamloops

Posted: July 11, 2014 8:33 AM Last Updated: July 11, 2014 8:33 AM

(Photo courtesy of CBC.) Word that six new family doctors will be in Kamloops this summer has been met with great enthusiasm. Dr. Shirley Sze released the good news, but with 15 doctor vacancies in Kamloops currently, there's still a need...

25 year old faces charges after motorbike crash

Posted: July 11, 2014 8:26 AM Last Updated: July 11, 2014 8:26 AM

A motorcyclist is facing charges after crashing his bike in Kamloops Thursday night. The 25 year old man was sent to hospital with minor injuries after the accident. Police say he was riding his motor bike westbound on highway...

'McJobs' benefit teens later in life

Posted: July 11, 2014 7:42 AM Last Updated: July 11, 2014 7:48 AM

(UBC Sauder School of Business associate professor Marc-David Seidel, CBC.) Do you remember your first summer job? Was it fun, gruelling, or boring? Daybreak asked people on the street in Kamloops to think back. Those were some people on Victoria...

Footgolf comes to Kamloops

Posted: July 11, 2014 7:28 AM Last Updated: July 11, 2014 7:28 AM

(Photo courtesy of Doug Herbert, CBC.) Footgolf makes its debut in Kamloops this Saturday. It's the game of golf, played with a soccer ball - players kick instead of swing. Sun Rivers Golf Resort is launching it, for a good...

A dream job for summer

Posted: July 10, 2014 9:11 AM Last Updated: July 10, 2014 9:56 AM

(Photo courtesy of CBC.) A Kamloops teenager has a dream summer job and a promising career thanks to a story we ran on Daybreak. A couple of months back, Daybreak Kamloops did a series on teens and career planning....

Canning Kitchens unites seniors and young families

Posted: July 10, 2014 8:56 AM Last Updated: July 10, 2014 9:00 AM

Grow your own, can your own - that's the motto of a community program in Kamloops that pairs seniors with young families for lessons in canning food. The program is offered through Interior Community Services. Daybreak dropped in on a...

Anatoly Bondarchuk and the National Throws Centre

Posted: July 10, 2014 8:46 AM Last Updated: July 10, 2014 8:46 AM

(Shot putter Dylan Armstrong from Kamloops, photo courtesy of CBC.) The National Throws Centre in Kamloops keeps on turning out world class athletes (Dylan Armstrong come to mind?). Most of the credit goes to one man - Anatoly Bondarchuk...

Wildfire spreads near Tumbler Ridge

Posted: July 10, 2014 8:03 AM Last Updated: July 10, 2014 8:40 AM

The province's largest wildfire has grown to more than 31 square kilometers. As many as 120 firefighters have been dispatched to work the Red Deer Creek Fire. It's now reached two oil and gas camps that were evacuated earlier...

B.C. nurses working chronic overtime

Posted: July 9, 2014 8:33 AM Last Updated: July 9, 2014 8:43 AM

(Debra McPherson, photo courtesy of cbc.ca.) Some B.C. nurses are making as much money as doctors because of constant demands for overtime work. The Vancouver Coastal Health authority, for example, has paid three nurses more than $600,000 of overtime over...

Richard Wagamese on his novel Medicine Walk

Posted: July 9, 2014 8:15 AM Last Updated: July 9, 2014 8:33 AM

(Richard Wagamese, author of Medicine Walk.) Award winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese released a new novel this spring. It's called Medicine Walk, and it's on many summer must-read lists. His previous novel Indian Horse chronicled the horrors of residential...

Sorrento grandfather sues RCMP over drunk driving case

Posted: July 8, 2014 8:33 AM Last Updated: July 8, 2014 8:39 AM

(Vancouver Criminal Lawyer, Paul Doroshenko.) A grandfather in the Shuswap-area who failed a roadside brealthalizer is suing the RCMP for compensation. One day last summer, 65 year old Peter Norman of Sorrento had a few beers and got his...

Kamloops schools increase security

Posted: July 8, 2014 8:18 AM Last Updated: July 8, 2014 8:37 AM

(Denise Harper, Chairperson of the Kamloops Thompson School District.) A deadly school shooting in the United States has brought about changes to schools in the Kamloops area. In December 2012, 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary...

More security practices put in place for Kamloops schools

Posted: July 8, 2014 7:55 AM Last Updated: July 8, 2014 9:19 AM

More security practices will be in place when Kamloops students begin school in the fall. An updated review of security and safety practices was presented to the Kamloops Thompson School Board Monday night. One of the new policies in...

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