Budget shortfall forces closure of 4 Cariboo Chilcotin schools

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It's news parents in the Cariboo Chilcotin school district hoped would never come. 4 of 5 schools on the chopping block in the Cariboo Chilcotin school district are being closed. The district board says there is little choice but to close the schools as they face a major budget shortfall. Schools being closed are The Junior secondary and Buffalo creek elementary in 100 Mile House. In Williams Lake, Glendale and Kwaleen elementary will be shut down as well. A number of other changes will be implemented to deal with extra students. The board is turning Columneetza and Williams Lake secondary schools into one highschool with two campuses. One campus will be predominantly grades 7-9, while the other will host grades 10-12. Wildwood Elementary School was up for closure but will remain open reconfigured to Kindergarten to grade 6. All other area elementary schools will also be reconfigured to K to 6.
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Targeted home invasion in Kamloops

The RCMP say there was a targeted home invasion on Kamloops North shore early Wednesday morning. Sergeant Ed Preto says four masked suspects entered the home in the 1000 block of Kemano street just after 1 AM. They were carrying knives and threatened the people inside. There was a fight and a mask being worn by one of the female suspects came off. Several things inside the home were stolen. Police say they think the suspects knew the people in the home and say the public should not be worried. The 4 people are believed to have got away in a black car.

Williams Lake RCMP assault trial

A Williams Lake teen who claims she was punched in the face by an RCMP officer is expected to testify at his trial today. Constable Andy Yung is charged with assault in connection with the September 2011 incident. 18 year old Jamie Haller was allegedly punched in the face, repeatedly, during her arrest. The Abbotsford Police Department conducted an independent investigation of the incident. An assault charge against Yung was recommended following that investigation.

Shuswap winery considers rebuilding after large fire

The owners of a Shuswap based winery are trying to decide if they will re-build. Last week the bottling building and the majority of the stock at the Granite Creek Estate winery were destroyed in a fire. Gary Kennedy says much of the wine was high-end vintages aging for up to 5 years. Kennedy says one option is to re-build and let his children run the winery. But he says he and his wife would miss the day to day operations of the winery they have been running for the last 10 years.

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