Avalanche fatalities drop

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The efforts of the Canadian Avalanche Assocation appear to be paying off.  far fewer people have been killed this avalanche season than usual. Between 1998 and 2007, an average of 14 people died every year in Canada because of an avalanche. But in 2012,  half that number - 7 people - were killed. AdventureSmart Coordinator Sandra Riches believes people are getting the message about safety. The Canadian Avalanche centre says 80 % of all avalanche fatalities happen in B.C.

Federal Liberal leadership hopefuls come to Kamloops

Coming off the first of five leadership debates, Justin Trudeau is visiting Kamloops Monday. He is just one of four candidates coming through town this week. The federal Liberal leadership candidate is in town stumping for votes from party members. He meets with local first nations leaders before speaking at Thompson Rivers University at 5:30 PM. David Bertschi is in town tomorrow while Karen McCrimmon and Martha Hall Findlay visit on Wednesday. The party elects a new leader on April 14 in Ottawa.

Car totalled, fire hydrant unharmed

A 25 year old Kamloops man is facing drunk driving charges after totalling his car Sunday night. Kamloops RCMP say the man was speeding when they flipped on their lights to pull him over. He sped up but soon lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant, near Ridgeview Terrace and Tranquille road. Mounties say that's when he and his passenger got out and ran away. Police set up a perimeter and the pair were caught soon after. Corporal Bob Jones says despite the damage caused to the mans car, the fire hydrant was unscathed.

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