CBC Kamloops Archives

TRU trades student blames staffing shortages for delaying his graduation by six months

Posted: March 10, 2015 8:23 AM Last Updated: March 10, 2015 8:23 AM

(TRU Trades and Technology building/tru.ca) Help Wanted. The Trades department at Thompson Rivers University is looking for qualified industrial instructors.And at least one student says the shortage of teachers is holding him back from graduating.J.F. Cloutier is studying for his Red...

Stem-cell donor sought by TRU baseball player for his sister

Posted: March 9, 2015 8:23 AM Last Updated: March 9, 2015 8:23 AM

(Member of the TRU baseball squad Alex Reid is hosting a stem-cell donor clinic with the hopes of finding a match for his sister/CBC) A baseball player from Thompson Rivers University is going to bat for a very good...

"Long Night Against Procrastination" goes off without a delay

Posted: March 6, 2015 10:01 AM Last Updated: March 6, 2015 10:01 AM

Never put off until tomorrow what you can get done....in the middle of the night.The first ever "Night Against Procrastination" has just wrapped up at TRU.Some students spent all night in the campus Library fighting the urge to slack off and getting things done.Our...

Will the Kamloops Blazers make the cut?

Posted: March 6, 2015 9:56 AM Last Updated: March 6, 2015 9:56 AM

(Marty Hastings) It's the million-dollar hockey question in Kamloops right now: Will the Blazers make the playoffs?It's coming down to the wire.  So we'll find out soon enough if the team can handle the heat.Sports reporter Marty Hastings dropped...

Kamloops students learn the business of art

Posted: March 4, 2015 8:53 AM Last Updated: March 4, 2015 8:53 AM

It's an art show, that is more about the basics of business than how to paint a portrait.A class of grade 5 and 6 students in Kamloops are getting a lesson in entrepreneurship.Sara Schreiner is a Kamloops mother.She's also a...

From Oaxaca to Canoe- two local women start Frog Friendly Fair Trade coffee company

Posted: March 4, 2015 8:51 AM Last Updated: March 4, 2015 8:51 AM

(Jennifer Justin and Karla Ferster have brought Fair Trade coffee from Oaxaca Mexico to the Shuswap/CBC) The town of Canoe B.C.- just outside Salmon Arm is a long way from the village of Oaxaca, Mexico. They're more than 5,000 kms...

Kamloops mom ecstatic over funding for son who survived childhood cancer

Posted: March 4, 2015 8:34 AM Last Updated: March 4, 2015 8:38 AM

(Canadian Cancer Society) Children who have survived cancer. They've already been through more than you can imagine.  But after they are cancer free, the follow up care can be intense as well.  That's why a year ago, we got a...

Kamloops transgender community outraged, told to use bathrooms of birth gender

Posted: March 4, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: March 4, 2015 8:32 AM

(Corey Keith is an LGBTQ advocate in Kamloops and is angered by the amendments to Bill C-279/Facebook) Bill C-279 is a new law proposed by the Federal Government. It's meant to strengthen anti-discrimination protection for the transgender community. When it...

Lessons from Mount Polley from the north Shuswap

Posted: March 3, 2015 10:25 AM Last Updated: March 3, 2015 10:25 AM

(Jacinda Mack the mining response coordinator with the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council. She is speaking at TRU about the lessons learned from the Mount Polley tailings disaster/photos courtesy Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, Canadian Press) Just seven months ago, the...

Kamloops resident asks for change on aggressive panhandlers

Posted: March 3, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: March 3, 2015 8:35 AM

(Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) The issue of aggressive pan-handling is once again before Kamloops City Council today. A public request asks council to direct the RCMP to crack down on pan-handling on outdoor patios and parking pay stations. This comes...

Surgery delays in BC have increased

Posted: March 2, 2015 9:12 AM Last Updated: March 2, 2015 10:09 AM

(Royal Inland Hospital/CBC) A couple of weeks ago, Daybreak told the story of Hillary Rockvam.  She's the Kamloops woman who's been waiting literally years for hip replacement surgery.This morning, two more people are Going Public.They too are waiting for hip...

New program educates teens about dangers of radicalization

Posted: March 2, 2015 8:27 AM Last Updated: March 2, 2015 8:30 AM

(Daniel Gallant/Photo taken from extremedialogue.org) A law student at Thompson Rivers University is trying to prevent young Canadians from joining terrorist groups.  Just last week there were reports that ISIS has recruited several more Canadians including women to join the...

Will the Blazers make the playoffs? We asked Marty Hastings

Posted: February 27, 2015 9:24 AM Last Updated: February 27, 2015 9:24 AM

The playoffs are still a few weeks away.  But right now is crunch time for the Kamloops Blazers.They're in danger of missing the playoffs for a second year in a row.  It would be the first time that's ever happened.Reporter...

Kamloops Museum opens new exhibit featuring Mary Spencer

Posted: February 27, 2015 9:18 AM Last Updated: February 27, 2015 9:19 AM

(Photo of Billy Miner/Photo by Mary Spencer) 110 years ago, Mary Spencer may have sat right where the CBC building is.  Her photography studio was right here at the corner of 2nd and Victoria.Mary Spencer was a pioneer.  In...

Art Exposed opens tonight in Kamloops at the Old Courthouse

Posted: February 27, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: February 27, 2015 8:33 AM

(Kirsten Atkins with her creation/CBC)Art Exposed opens tonight at the Old Courthouse.  Even the head of the Kamloops Arts Council was shocked by the community's response.Two hundred wild wonderful submissions from mostly unknown artists.  Daybreak popped in for the installation.Art...

Beef prices have increased but do Nicola Valley ranchers have a better lifestyle?

Posted: February 26, 2015 9:24 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:12 AM

(Owner of Chutter Ranch Dave Chutter and Daybreak's Shelley Joyce / CBC)Ranching is a big part of Merritt's history, but times have not always been good in the cattle business.Several years ago, Daybreak spoke with Dave Chutter.  He's been...

Merritt dance academy sees numbers double after return of deported instructor

Posted: February 26, 2015 9:18 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:17 AM

(The Love to Dance Academy in Merritt and its elegant and graceful tree/CBC) The only dance academy in the city of Merritt is thriving. Not too long ago, it was in danger of closing down.  The much-loved dance instructor was...

What does future hold for the city of Merritt? We ask Mayor Menard

Posted: February 26, 2015 9:15 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 10:38 AM

(Mayor of Merritt Neil Menard and Daybreak Host Shelley Joyce / CBC) He says he's just an ordinary, everyday, semi-retired guy.  Neil Menard is the Mayor of Merritt. He's fairly new to politics - but won the election last...

Daybreak is at Brambles Bakery in Merritt this morning

Posted: February 26, 2015 8:39 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:04 AM

(The staff of Brambles Bakery poses for a photo with Shelley Joyce and Samantha Garvey. Below Shelley interviews local children's author Jeff Bloom/CBC) Brambles Bakery in Merritt is our home-away-from-home this morning.   They strive to make creative, healthy...

BioWaste proposal is raising a stink in Merritt

Posted: February 26, 2015 8:33 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:12 AM

(Top Left: At Daybreak's live show in Merritt, more than 30 protestors showed up to stand against bio-waste composting. Soil scientist John Paul gives Daybreak host Shelley Joyce a tour of a bio-waste composting site north of Merritt/CBC) Bio-waste...

Post-secondary education on wheels through Merritt program

Posted: February 26, 2015 8:23 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 8:23 AM

(NVIT's new trailer/CBC) It's no secret that getting an education can be expensive.  Going to school in your own community is lot more affordable - and accessible.  Here in Merritt,  the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is working with...

Merritt Heritage building becomes giant time capsule

Posted: February 26, 2015 8:10 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:18 AM

(Morgan Hampton is co-owner of Mirror Vintages/CBC) There is a really unique antique shop here in Merritt.  Picture an old heritage building filled floor to ceiling with forgotten treasures. When they pried open the doors for the first time...

Cidery business came out of left field- meet the sisters behind Left Field Cidery north of Merritt

Posted: February 26, 2015 7:59 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:15 AM

Just North of Merritt - on Highway 97C to Logan Lake, you'll come across the rolling hills around Merritt Lake and you might notice a small grove of apple trees.  Well, those apples are some of the raw ingredients...

Kamloops Search and Rescue will be losing access to the local RCMP helicopter

Posted: February 25, 2015 8:52 AM Last Updated: February 25, 2015 8:52 AM

(RCMP Helicopter/CBC) Kamloops RCMP will be losing their helicopter.  The Kamloops copter will be making it's way to Prince George.  This isn't just a loss for local RCMP, this will also be a loss for Kamloops Search and Rescue....

Kamloops man speaks to being denied education due to religion

Posted: February 25, 2015 8:29 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 11:40 AM

(Missagh Manshadi/CBC) There is a documentary showing in Kamloops this week, that Missagh Manshadi would like us all to see.  It's called "To Light A Candle."  It was filmed in Iran.It looks at how people of the Baha'i faith are...

690 kilometres, temperatures as low as minus 40-- Kamloops woman completes Yukon Arctic Ultra Marathon

Posted: February 25, 2015 8:11 AM Last Updated: February 26, 2015 10:04 AM

(Jessie Thomson-Gladish/Photo provided by Jessie Thomson-Gladish) A Kamloops woman is taking such much deserved down-time this week.She's just back from finishing the Yukon Arctic Ultra Marathon- a gruelling 690 km race. The temperatures dipped as low as minus 40!Daybreak...

A Kamloops Jury considers fate of young man from the Lyton area

Posted: February 24, 2015 9:58 AM Last Updated: February 24, 2015 9:58 AM

(Taken from Cory Bird murder trial, interview with RCMP video) Was it murder.  Self defence?  Or something in between?  A Kamloops jury is now deliberating the fate of a young man who stabbed an older man dozens of times. It happened...

The price of a higher education in BC

Posted: February 24, 2015 8:48 AM Last Updated: February 24, 2015 8:48 AM

(B.C. Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson says 70 per cent of students in B.C. graduate without any debt./Province of British Columbia) What's the price of a higher education in BC these days?  BC's Minister of Advanced Education says it's...

One of Canada's top tattoo artists hits Kamloops

Posted: February 24, 2015 8:39 AM Last Updated: February 24, 2015 8:39 AM

(Kirt Silver/Photo from kirtsilver.com) One of this country's top tattoo artists is in Kamloops right now. Kirt Silver is an expert in Colour realism. He's based in Halifax and he's here to teach and do a few tattoos.Some of the top...

Tagging explosion has Kamloops Graffiti Task Force run off its feet

Posted: February 23, 2015 8:12 AM Last Updated: February 23, 2015 8:12 AM

(Examples of tags around Kamloops/Photos by Doug Herbert) Look around, and you'll see them on just about any flat surface around town.  Spray painted scribbles. Signatures called "Tags."  For some reason, there's been an explosion of tagging around Kamloops.Ever since...

Post secondary training results in higher lifetime earnings in BC, but cost of education remains unreachable for many

Posted: February 23, 2015 8:08 AM Last Updated: February 23, 2015 8:08 AM

(Thompson Rivers University's building Old Main/TRU flickr) British Columbians who attend post-secondary institutions will make hundreds of thousands of dollars more over their lifetime than the average high school grad.   Those numbers are outlined in a new report...

Community to give back to local volunteer

Posted: February 20, 2015 10:07 AM Last Updated: February 20, 2015 10:07 AM

For more than 20 years, Pete Friedel has volunteered for various sports organizations in Kamloops.  Now, it's Pete who needs help.He's suffering severe complications from diabetes.  Doctors have had to remove most of both feet.  He needs a kidney...

Williams Lake veteran will receive surprise award

Posted: February 20, 2015 9:16 AM Last Updated: February 20, 2015 9:16 AM

Can you keep a secret? Tomorrow, Frederic Hjalmarson of Williams Lake will receive a high honour from the government of France - The National Order of the Legion of Honour.It's for his efforts in the World War II and the  Battle of...

Local mom with terminal cancer creates legacy for her two little girls

Posted: February 20, 2015 8:56 AM Last Updated: February 20, 2015 8:56 AM

(Kendra Brown and her daughters/Photo from Facebook) A local mom with two little girls has been fighting terminal cancer.She wanted to give her girls something to remember her by and to show them how hard she fought for them.We...

Today start of The BC Special Olympics in Kamloops

Posted: February 19, 2015 8:55 AM Last Updated: February 19, 2015 8:55 AM

(The BC Special Olympics logo) The BC Special Olympics Winter Games start today in Kamloops.  Skiing, curling, snowshoeing, floor hockey, speed skating, figure skating and more. Over 700 athletes will be competing for the next few few days.Kamloops' Pat...

Some old homes in Kamloops recognized with heritage status

Posted: February 19, 2015 8:42 AM Last Updated: February 19, 2015 8:42 AM

A couple of old houses in Kamloops are getting special recognition.As part of BC's Heritage Week, two homes downtown will receive Heritage plaques.Daybreak's  Doug Herbert discovered the story behind one of those homes.  He met up with Andrew Yarmie, Chair...

1 in 5 Canadian university students have self-harmed in their lives-new report

Posted: February 19, 2015 8:26 AM Last Updated: February 19, 2015 8:26 AM

(Victoria Maxwell will open the dialogue about mental health to TRU students tonight, with her one-woman theatrical show titled "Crazy For Life."/VictoriaMaxwell.com) There's an alarming new study about the mental health of Canadian university students, including those at Thompson...

2015 Winter Special Olympic Games start today in Kamloops!

Posted: February 18, 2015 3:38 PM Last Updated: February 18, 2015 3:38 PM

Well, there's skiing, curling, snowshoeing, floor hockey, speed skating and figure skating and more. It all starts today for the BC Special Olympics Winter Games in Kamloops! Over 700 athletes with intellectual disabilities will be competing here over the weekend. Below...

BC Budget - is the official opposition satisfied?

Posted: February 18, 2015 10:17 AM Last Updated: February 18, 2015 10:17 AM

(BC NDP Leader John Horgan/CBC) In Victoria yesterday, the BC Liberal government delivered its third-straight balanced budget. There's more money for health cares. Some minor tax breaks. The "claw-back" of child support payments to low income single parents was eliminated....

Terry Lake talks BC budget

Posted: February 18, 2015 9:25 AM Last Updated: February 18, 2015 9:25 AM

(Terry Lake and Royal Inland Hospital/CBC) BC's health care system got a boost in yesterday's provincial budget.  More money.  An extra $500 million.  In total, next year, $19 billion will be spent on health care in BC.But is it...

Kamloops man's aboriginal background factors into reduced sentence for fatal traffic accident

Posted: February 17, 2015 8:37 AM Last Updated: February 17, 2015 8:37 AM

(Victoria and 6th-the intersection where a woman was hit and killed by Donald Isadore in 2012/Google Street View) The driver who killed a woman in a downtown Kamloops crosswalk has had his jail sentence reduced to "house arrest" because...

Clearwater Secondary School has unique way to keep rugby alive and well

Posted: February 17, 2015 8:35 AM Last Updated: February 17, 2015 8:35 AM

(Rugby ball/Shutterstock) Teamwork, commitment, dedication.  Any player or coach can tell you about the benefits of high school sports. But in small towns with small schools, fielding teams can sometimes be tough. Take Clearwater Secondary for instance. Their brand-new Rugby team...

Westsyde Swimming Pool closed for repairs

Posted: February 17, 2015 8:13 AM Last Updated: February 17, 2015 8:13 AM

(City of Kamloops/Byron McCorkell) There's no swimming right now in the Westsyde Swimming Pool. It was suddenly closed last week when the roof started to leak and some wall panels began to sag.Is the news making a splash with regular...

Kamloops man's flea shop is a way of life- and a way to live

Posted: February 17, 2015 8:06 AM Last Updated: February 17, 2015 8:06 AM

(Bill Brundritt owns First Pick Flea Market on Mount Paul Way. Janet Goeson shows a top that once belonged to her mother/CBC) There's a little bit of everything at the "First Pick Flea Shop" in Kamloops.Hand made pottery, Loads...

Big Little Science Centre requests a little space in future Performing Arts Centre in Kamloops

Posted: February 17, 2015 10:44 AM Last Updated: February 17, 2015 10:44 AM

(The Big Little Science Centre is hoping to take its interactions with youngsters to the future Performing Arts Centre in Kamloops/courtesy Big Little Science Centre) Is it time to give the Big Little Science Centre a home of their...

"To have this around my neck, amazing"- Dylan Armstrong receives Olympic Bronze medal six and half years later

Posted: February 16, 2015 8:17 AM Last Updated: February 16, 2015 9:34 AM

(A six and half year wait- Dylan Armstrong receives the Olympic Bronze Medal for shotput from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games/photos courtesy Michelle Young) Dylan Armstrong is an Olympic Medallist. The Kamloops athlete was presented the Bronze medal...

The Kamloops Independent Short-Short Film Festival wants your work

Posted: February 16, 2015 8:19 AM Last Updated: February 16, 2015 8:19 AM

(Tim Unsegbu and Jon Fulton/Photo by Sam Garvey)  Calling all filmakers!  The Kamloops Independent Short-Short Film Festival is coming up and they want your work.Jon Fulton is one of the festival organizers and Tim Unsegbu was the winner of last...

Romance Tips from Kamloops Blazers

Posted: February 13, 2015 12:35 PM Last Updated: February 13, 2015 12:38 PM

(Collin Shirley / Instagram) The Blazers' Collin Shirley may not be the biggest or fastest player on the team.But according to his teammates - he's definitely the most romantic.Marty Hastings filed a special Blazers Valentine report...

"We've never said anyone is banned" - Dean of TRU Law

Posted: February 13, 2015 12:31 PM Last Updated: February 13, 2015 12:39 PM

(Bradford Morse / TRU) Some students say they were offended, but the Dean of the TRU Law school wants to make it perfectly clear: no one has been banned from speaking on campus.One week after Daybreak told the story...

Angels in Brick Turn Heads

Posted: February 13, 2015 12:25 PM Last Updated: February 13, 2015 12:28 PM

(Angels in Brick / William Frymire)"Angels in Brick" is the head-turning centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Chazou Gallery in Kamloops.Seeing Red runs from February 14 until March 27.Shelley Joyce spoke with artists Tricia Selmer and William Frymire....

175 jobs at stake as Interior Health takes next step in privatizing laundry services

Posted: February 12, 2015 8:58 AM Last Updated: February 12, 2015 8:58 AM

It's a dirty job that's critical to the cleanliness of our hospitals and health centres. Laundry. Think of all the sheets, gowns and towels a place like Royal Inland Hospital goes through.Now, to save money, Interior Health is looking...

Allan Schoenborn, convicted Merritt killer, back before review board

Posted: February 12, 2015 8:50 AM Last Updated: February 12, 2015 8:50 AM

(Allan Schoenborn was found guilty but not criminally responsible for killing his three children, due to mental illness, and is in a B.C. psychiatric hospital/CBC) Convicted killer Allan Schoenborn appears before the BC Review Board this morning.His freedoms will...

Surveillance cameras coming to Kamloops buses

Posted: February 12, 2015 8:36 AM Last Updated: February 12, 2015 8:36 AM

(Buses in Kamloops will soon be equipped with surveillance video cameras/BC Transit) Video cameras are coming soon to BC Transit buses in Kamloops. Daybreak's Doug Herbert uncovered the news in a call for proposals to install cameras on 25...

Trial begins for fatal boat collision on Shuswap Lake

Posted: February 11, 2015 9:34 AM Last Updated: February 11, 2015 9:34 AM

(A collision of a speedboat and houseboat left one man dead in 2010/photo by Denis Delisle) It was a tragic end to Canada Day on Shuswap lake. Five years ago, the annual fireworks display at Magna Bay ended with a...

Lillooet man searches for birth daughter given up for adoption 24 years ago

Posted: February 11, 2015 7:53 AM Last Updated: February 11, 2015 8:45 AM

(Shayne Higgins made this poster asking his daughter to reconnect. Since posting it to Facebook it's had more than 3,700 shares/Facebook) It's a simple picture on Facebook that has more than 3,700 shares. It shows a man in his Lillooet...

Kamloops forum encourages renting to low-income

Posted: February 11, 2015 11:12 AM Last Updated: February 11, 2015 11:12 AM

(If you've got a place to rent, the HomeFree collective in Kamloops would like you to consider offering it to low-income/CBC) Do you have space to rent? The Home Free collective in Kamloops wants you to consider socially responsible...

TRU has one report of sexual assault in the last 5 years- No standardization for reporting sexual assaults on Canadian campuses

Posted: February 11, 2015 8:26 AM Last Updated: February 11, 2015 8:26 AM

(The new residential building at Thompson Rivers University/tru.ca) This week, CBC News has been digging into the issue of sexual assaults reported on Canadian university and college campuses.  Eighty-seven schools were surveyed - including Thompson Rivers University.In total, over...

New Kamloops kids daycare is entirely outdoors

Posted: February 10, 2015 8:36 AM Last Updated: February 10, 2015 10:17 AM

(Peterson Creek park is home to Kamloops' first all-outdoor preschool/panoramio.ca) Remember your parents yelling "go outside and play"? Well a group of Kamloops parents has made outdoor play mandatory. Their kids go to preschool -in Peterson Creek park. Through...

Right to die gives Kamloops couple new options for their future with MS

Posted: February 10, 2015 8:27 AM Last Updated: February 10, 2015 8:32 AM

(The Gemstone long-term care facility in Kamloops has been Leslie Muir's home for the last two years. She was diagnosed with MS 30 years ago/brockgemstone.ca) Leslie Muir looks ahead to a future with new possibility- a possibility that wasn't...

Outhouse Races to hit the Interlakes

Posted: February 6, 2015 9:37 AM Last Updated: February 6, 2015 9:37 AM

Runny Situation and the Golden throne. Those are the names of two teams that entered last year's Interlakes Outhouse Races.  Yes you heard that right...Outhouse Races. Those were the sounds from last year--- the first ever Interlakes Outhouse Races.  And it was...

Local woman is suing the City of Kamloops due to business costs

Posted: February 6, 2015 9:29 AM Last Updated: February 6, 2015 9:32 AM

The city of Kamloops has been served. A notice of civil claim was delivered to them by two Kamloops residents. They say alleged actions by city staff have cost them thousands.In particular, they are accusing two city staff members of negligence. It's...

Disappointing. Reckless. Disturbing-- TRU Law students' reactions to an Aboriginal law presentation this week

Posted: February 6, 2015 8:14 AM Last Updated: February 9, 2015 1:57 PM

(A presentation at a TRU Law conference this week left some students disturbed and disappointed/law.inside.tru.ca) Disappointing. Reckless. Disturbing.   These are some of the words used to describe a presentation given this week. It was at a TRU Law Conference...

The Williams Lake Fire Department now a professional fire fighting force

Posted: February 5, 2015 8:52 AM Last Updated: February 5, 2015 8:52 AM

(Williams Lake B.C./photo courtesy Andy Bremner) Going the extra mile at work. The Fire department in Williams Lake really deserves credit for it. The department has just achieved 100 per cent accreditation as a professional fire fighting force. It...

Starbucks to serve beer and wine along with your caffeine in Canada

Posted: February 5, 2015 8:29 AM Last Updated: February 5, 2015 8:29 AM

The Starbucks logo hangs on a window inside a newly designed Starbucks coffee shop in Fountain Valley, Calif. The coffee chain says it plans to expand sales of beer and wine to Canadian stores. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Starbucks Canada is...

Hit with dementia in her prime, Kamloops mom shares her story

Posted: February 4, 2015 8:58 AM Last Updated: February 4, 2015 8:58 AM

Linda Blanchet (Shelley Joyce/CBC). About a year ago, Daybreak met Juniper mom Linda Blanchet.  Linda-was diagnosed with early onset dementia in her 50's.The last time we spoke - Linda's  daughter  Monique, and some friends at school, were fundraising for...

BC Wine may have barrier in hitting grocery shelves

Posted: February 3, 2015 9:16 AM Last Updated: February 3, 2015 9:16 AM

(Wine/CBC) Come April 1, the BC Government has said local wines will line the shelves of select grocery stores. But only local wines.  The new policy is hoping to exclude wines from any other country or even from any other province. But...

A better tomorrow for Likely, BC

Posted: February 3, 2015 9:09 AM Last Updated: February 3, 2015 9:09 AM

An aerial view of the Mount Polley mine tailings pond shows the area where the earthen wall gave way early on the morning of August 4. (Ministry of the Environment) Five months later, the cause of the Mount Polley disaster...

Kamloops barber Rolf a cut above the rest with stories...

Posted: February 3, 2015 8:58 AM Last Updated: February 3, 2015 8:58 AM

A hair cut is not just about how you look when you leave, it's about the transformation and the journey you take in a matter of minutes.A local barber has taken quite the journey to get to Kamloops and he has...

Kamloops surgery wait time does not ease local pain

Posted: February 2, 2015 8:56 AM Last Updated: February 2, 2015 8:56 AM

(Terry Lake and Royal Inland Hospital/CBC) Hillary Rockvam, of Kamloops has become an expert on hip replacement surgery. She has been living in pain for four-and-a-half years.  Waiting for a surgery date for more than two years.A date that...

Kamloops City Council has come up with it's "Top 5 Priorities"

Posted: January 29, 2015 8:48 AM Last Updated: January 29, 2015 8:48 AM

(Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar/CBC) Kamloops city council has just set some goals for the next few years.  They've come up with a list of top five immediate short term priorities. The list includes plans for a Cultural Centre and...

Oil patch workers from Kamloops scrambling for jobs

Posted: January 29, 2015 8:37 AM Last Updated: January 29, 2015 8:37 AM

Roughnecks work at a gas facility in the Bakken oil field. (Rod Nickel/Reuters) It sounded too good to be true.  A Canadian dream of sorts.  Jobs. Lots of jobs. High paying work in the Alberta oil sands.One Kamloops man...

BC Hunters want the government to back down on hunting changes

Posted: January 29, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: January 29, 2015 8:32 AM

Big horn sheep near a viewpoint in the Columbia-Shuswap. Under B.C.'s new Wildlife Allocation Policy, residents will get 70 per cent of the Limited Entry Hunt permits for big horn sheep, with guide outfitters getting 30 per cent of...

The phone call every law-enforcement spouse fears- statement from wife of injured Kamloops cop

Posted: January 28, 2015 8:20 AM Last Updated: January 28, 2015 8:20 AM

(The wife of JR Michaud, the Kamloops RCMP who was shot in December, released a statement to the media/CBC) An update on the RCMP officer who was shot in Kamloops before Christmas.Corporal JR Michaud was shot twice during a...

Middle East cuisine now available in Kamloops

Posted: January 28, 2015 8:23 AM Last Updated: January 28, 2015 8:23 AM

(Ooh Kabsa/CBC) A couple of international students from from Saudi Arabia, have opened a restaurant in Kamloops.They're studying business at Thompson Rivers University and spotted a need for authentic Middle East cuisine in the city.The restaurant is called  Ooh...

City of Kamloops drops $300 fine for man feeding crows

Posted: January 27, 2015 8:46 AM Last Updated: January 27, 2015 8:46 AM

Toby Jackson started feeding his neighbourhood crows peanuts to befriend them. (Ferne Williams) Toby Jackson has recently reached Kamloops notoriety for his friendship with the neighbourhood crows.  The Valleyview resident explained to us that he had been making friends...

Ancient yet practical art chain maille revived in Kamloops

Posted: February 2, 2015 9:53 AM Last Updated: February 2, 2015 9:53 AM

(Kamloops experts and newcomers gather to learn and share the ancient art of chain maille/CBC) It's one of those rare art forms that's old, ancient in fact. Beautiful, intricate and even practical. And it's still around.  Chain maille was first used...

Large deer populations found on property, feeding from dump, in Princeton

Posted: January 26, 2015 8:46 AM Last Updated: January 26, 2015 3:43 PM

(Deer are often spotted feeding from the dump in Princeton/photos by Missy Birchard) The garbage dump in the town of Princeton has some unwanted wild vistors. Not bears. Deer. Princeton, like many places in B.C., has a Deer population problem...

Blazers' "quirky" goalie Connor Ingram

Posted: January 23, 2015 11:14 AM Last Updated: January 23, 2015 11:17 AM

(Kamloops Blazers goalie Connor Ingram / Kamloops Blazers)Connor Ingram has become the go-to guy as goalie for the Kamloops Blazers.He's got some impressive game stats.But the numbers don't tell the whole story.Apparently Connor lives up to a long tradition...

Who's still smoking at TRU?

Posted: January 23, 2015 11:05 AM Last Updated: January 23, 2015 11:10 AM

If you were of university age in the 80's, chances are you were a smoker.30 years ago, 43 percent of young Canadians smoked cigarettes.These days, according to Health Canada, it's about 20 percent.Our TRU intern Ashley Wadhwani reports on the...

Kamloops group forms to help northern neighbours with food costs

Posted: January 28, 2015 8:31 AM Last Updated: January 28, 2015 8:31 AM

(The price of a jug of orange juice in Iqaluit/Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick) A litre of milk for $13.A jug of orange juice for $26. And the shelves at the local food bank are bare-- literally cleaned out. This is...

Tickets still available for benefit for RCMP Constable J.R. Michaud

Posted: January 22, 2015 8:37 AM Last Updated: January 22, 2015 8:42 AM

(RCMP Constable J.R. Michaud/CBC) Yesterday's death of the RCMP officer who was shot in Alberta last weekend is being felt here in Kamloops.  The death of RCMP officer David Wynn yesterday has police in mourning across the country.  Constable Wynn...

Three local 'motociclistas amigos' will ride from Argentina to Kamloops

Posted: January 21, 2015 2:34 PM Last Updated: January 26, 2015 3:34 PM

(Ernie Beadle (above), Bryan Daly and Barry Deacon are the Kamloops 'motociclistas amigos'/motociclistasamigos.wordpress.com) 'Don't fear dying. Fear not living.'That's the slogan of three men from Kamloops who call themselves the 'motociclistas amigos'. The 'biker friends' have planned, packed and they're...

Richard Wagamese passes on the power of storytelling in Kamloops

Posted: January 21, 2015 9:04 AM Last Updated: January 21, 2015 9:29 AM

(Richard Wagamese/CBC) Richard Wagamese.  Author.  Storyteller.  Youth mentor.Kamloops' award winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese will be at an event called the Power of Storytelling at the end of the month.We invited him into the studio  to find out more.The...

Want to get fit? The key may be including your spouse

Posted: January 21, 2015 8:26 AM Last Updated: January 21, 2015 8:26 AM

(New research shows couples who strive for healthy living together have more success/WavebreakmediaMicro, Fotolia.com) Have you made a New Year's resolution to get fit or quit smoking? According to a new study having your partner work with you can...

RCMP investigate Lillooet cold case

Posted: January 20, 2015 11:31 AM Last Updated: January 20, 2015 11:43 AM

Age enhanced photo of Roxanne Fleming/RCMPRCMP looking for clues in 1982 disappearanceReported missing in Lillooet back in 1982, Roxanne Fleming hasn't been officially seen since.The RCMP is now taking another crack at finding the First Nations woman. She went...

Kevin Krueger starts First Nations consultant business in Kamloops

Posted: January 20, 2015 8:46 AM Last Updated: January 20, 2015 8:46 AM

(Former Kamloops MLA Kevin Krueger/Photo courtesy of BC Provincial Government) Kamloops South Thompson's former MLA Kevin Krueger has got a new job in the pipe. He left his job with ICBC last week to open his own consulting company. He plans...

WCTC's "Liberation Days" just made its premiere in Kamloops

Posted: January 20, 2015 8:21 AM Last Updated: January 20, 2015 8:22 AM

(Photo of Kamloops' WCTC production of Liberation Days/CBC) Western Canada Theatre Company has a new show opening this week."Liberation Days" just made its world premiere in Calgary, and now comes to the Sagebrush Theatre here in Kamloops. It's a...

Celebration of life for beloved TRU culinary instructor in Kamloops

Posted: January 20, 2015 8:11 AM Last Updated: January 20, 2015 8:11 AM

(A celebration of life will be held for culinary arts instructor Derrick Moffat at TRU this Saturday/courtesy Donna Moffat) Derrick Moffat died Dec 1.At 6'8" Derrick was an imposing figure in the kitchen at TRU. He worked with students in...

7-year-old's letter to Minister Stone after family members die near Lillooet

Posted: January 19, 2015 8:31 AM Last Updated: January 19, 2015 8:34 AM

(7-year-old Riley Donohue (left) wrote a letter regarding the death of her cousin of the same age, McCaul Sage/photos courtesy Stacey Royal) In a letter to transportation Minister Todd Stone...Riley Donohue is asking for barriers on Highway 99 near...

Former RCMP chief sees disturbing trend in police shootings, including Kamloops' own corporal

Posted: January 19, 2015 8:18 AM Last Updated: January 19, 2015 8:23 AM

(Kamloops Cpl. JR Michaud (left) is still recovering from being shot in December. Cst. David Wynn is not expected to survive from gun shot wounds on Saturday/Facebook/St. Albert Gazette) Two RCMP officers in St. Albert, Alberta, were shot Saturday...

Beloved youth hockey company Peter Puck is for sale in Kamloops

Posted: January 19, 2015 8:53 AM Last Updated: January 19, 2015 8:53 AM

(Often, Kamloops kids' first time on skates is through Peter Puck. Now the beloved youth hockey company is for sale/John Ulan, THE CANADIAN PRESS) Peter Puck has been teaching kids in Kamloops to skate for almost three decades, with...

Kamloops' Brown Rink goes to Jr. Nationals

Posted: January 16, 2015 11:36 AM Last Updated: January 16, 2015 11:36 AM

(The Brown Rink from Kamloops / Curling Canada) The Corryn Brown rink of ran away with Provincial Gold in Parksville.Now the four young women from Kamloops are aiming for a Jr. National title.Sports reporter Marty Hastings met them at...

Art from the seat of a CF-18

Posted: January 16, 2015 11:28 AM Last Updated: January 16, 2015 11:31 AM

(Michael Markowsky in the seat of a CF-19/ Michael Markowsky)Michael Markowsky is a Vancouver based artist who loves to move.He draws what he sees from the passenger seat of moving vehicles.His show, "Faster Than the Speed of Sound"takes you...

Health Minister reponds to 55 surgeries cancelled at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops

Posted: January 15, 2015 8:48 AM Last Updated: January 15, 2015 8:48 AM

Fifty-five people who've been waiting for surgery at Royal Inland Hospital have been told, they'll have to keep waiting. The procedures, scheduled for this month, have been cancelled. Apparently the reason is a shortage of anesthetists. To find out more,...

Overcrowding in BC prisons leads to conflict, little access to rehab programs

Posted: January 15, 2015 8:39 AM Last Updated: January 15, 2015 8:39 AM

(The Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre is at 154 per cent capacity/summerlandbc.wordpress.com) Prisons in B.C. are bursting at the seams.The Auditor General has just released a damning report on the state of our institutions. She found double-bunking is a common...

Lytton social worker accused of shaving client's body hair

Posted: January 15, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: January 15, 2015 8:32 AM

Warning: the details in this story may be disturbing to some.  This next story is about a sexual assault trial underway in Kamloops. Some of the details may be too much for some listeners.It's a strange case. A social worker...

'Beautiful Destruction'- aerial shots of the Alberta oil sands from Williams Lake photographer

Posted: January 15, 2015 8:29 AM Last Updated: January 15, 2015 8:29 AM

(An aerial shot of the Alberta oil sands from Williams Lake photographer Louis Helbig/Beautiful Destruction, Louis Helbig) A photographer who first picked up a camera as kid in the Cariboo is getting attention across the country for his new...

Kamloops council proposes $9.7 million plan for emergency back-up water

Posted: January 14, 2015 8:42 AM Last Updated: January 14, 2015 8:42 AM

(Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar) The City of Kamloops is worried about our water supply. The water in our taps comes from a single source - on the South Thompson River.  And if the river were contaminated for any reason,...

Kamloops foster girl reunited with grandmother after long hard-fought battle

Posted: January 14, 2015 8:37 AM Last Updated: January 14, 2015 8:37 AM

(Nicholas Simons, NDP MLA Powell River, Sunshine Coast) The story of a Kamloops grandmother who fought tooth-and-nail to care for her granddaughter. The girl was essentially abandoned by her parents in the United States.As a toddler, she came to Kamloops...

Kamloops student and teacher team up for bullying song

Posted: January 14, 2015 8:32 AM Last Updated: January 14, 2015 8:32 AM

(Jessica Rowat along with her grade 12 teacher created the song "I am not Invisible"/Facebook) I am not Invisible"is a song that carries a strong message about bullying.It's the combined effort of a Kamloops teacher and his former grade...

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