Highway maintenance company fires back

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A highway maintenance company being sued by ICBC over potholes on the Coquihalla is fighting back. VSA Highway Maintenance claims that if anyone is to blame for damage done to vehicles it's their drivers. They've filed a response to ICBC's claim in B.C. Supreme Court.   The insurer is trying to recoup nearly $40,000 paid in claims to 19 drivers who hit a pothole on the Coquihalla in February 2011. In a response to that civil claim, VSA now says it fully complied with the agreement it had with the province. The company says if any damage was done it's because drivers failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, and failed to take steps to avoid the pothole. Neither party have commented publically on the suit.

Avalanche risk is high

If you are planning to head into the back country this weekend be warned. The avalanche risk has been to be upgraded to high for the Columbia, Cariboo and Kootenay regions. James Foyer is a forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke. He says the heavy snow falling on top of a weak underlayer could cause large avalanches. Foyer expects the high avalanche risk to last for a number of days. For the latest avalanche conditions click here.

Kamloops South Thompson Conservatives elect candidate

The B.C. Conservative party elected a former Kamloops City Councillor as its candidate for the riding of Kamloops South Thompson Thursday night. Peter Sharp is a retired RCMP officer who was on council for six years before losing his seat in the 2005 election. He ran for re-election twice but didn't make it back in. Sharp thinks the party's plans to scrap the provincial carbon tax and to put more funding into the backlogged court system will resonate with voters.

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