Quesnel replaces aged fire engine

Posted in Quesnel News

The City of Quesnel has purchased a new fire engine for use at the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department.

The new engine which cost $630,000 is a replacement and, along with the 2009 fire engine, now provides the City of Quesnel with a modernized fleet to service the community.

"Our staff and volunteers at the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department have shown their commitment to the safety of
our community time and time again," said Mayor Mary Sjostrom. "This engine is just one way the City can assist in
providing a reliable, state‐of‐the‐art machine for our fire fighters and is certainly something we can all be proud of."

The community of Quesnel has added a state-of-the-art fire engine to their fleet.

Heavy equipment operators in the thick of things in a wildfire

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

When a wildfire starts, one of the least noticeable entities that rush to the scene to help contain the blaze, are the heavy equipment operators and equipment movers.

Brenda and Dave Phillips are two of those unsung heroes in the Cariboo. Their equipment and equipment operators are often on stand-by during fire season. "Some fires are a state of emergency," says Brenda. "As soon as we hear of a fire, we stick by the phones because we know the call could come in at any time." A Logistics Officer at the Cariboo Fire Centre contacts the Phillips', they're directed to a given point, the 40 ton D8 bulldozer is unloaded and the construction of a fire guard begins immediately.

The important role heavy equipment operators play in the suppression of wildfires can often go unnoticed, as they're often in the shadows.

Another successful Billy Barker Days

Posted in Quesnel News

RCMP in Quesnel report fairly quiet Billy Barker Days 2014.Quesnel RCMP report that Billy Barker Days was noticeably quieter this year.

Between noon on Thursday, July 17th and midnight on Sunday July 20th, 2014, Quesnel RCMP investigated a total of 231 police files, the bulk of which involved intoxicated persons.

Police arrested 72 people for being intoxicated in public and responded to several assaults, some property related crime and other general calls for service. These numbers are significantly lower than 2013 when RCMP received 289 police files and arrested 96 people for being intoxicated in public.

Heavy rains and thunder forecast for the Cariboo this week

Posted in Williams Lake Events

There is a possibility for 25 to 50 mm of rain with thunderstorms Wednesday through Thursday in the Cariboo.

Environment Canada forecasts an area of low pressure crossing the British Columbia Interior will produce heavy showers with embedded thunderstorms beginning Wednesday. The thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall locally with amounts ranging between 25 to 50 mm, and have the potential to fall in short periods of time.

The exact locations of the thunderstorms are uncertain, but have the potential to become severe producing lightning wind gusts and hail. Predictions forecast that heavy precipitation and thunderstorms will persist Wednesday through Thursday.

Heavy rains and severe thunder could be in the forecast for the Cariboo this week, according to Environment Canada's forecast.

No serious injuries in minor fender-bender this afternoon

Posted in Williams Lake News

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A green Jeep impacted the fence above the sports filed at Sacred Heart School in Williams Lake this afternoon.

There was some minor visible damage to the vehicle, but there did not appear to be any injuries as a result of the incident.

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Subjects involved in late night assualt were known to each other

Posted in Williams Lake News

On July 20th at 10:50pm, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to a call that a 21 year old male had been assaulted.

The male was walking near the 200 block of Donald Road in Williams Lake BC when he was confronted by three individuals.

One male, wearing a bandana over his face, brandished bear spray and attempted to spray him. The wind carried the spray away allowing him the opportunity to run into a nearby store to call the RCMP.

Police say all subjects involved in a late night assault in Williams Lake weer known to each other.


Suspicious fire claims the Esdilagh First Nation band office

Posted in Quesnel News

RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire which resulted in the total loss of the Esdilagh First Nation Band Office located in Alexandria.

Shortly after 1:30am on Saturday, July 19th, Quesnel RCMP received a report of a commercial alarm at the Esdilagh First Nation Band Office situated on the Esdilagh (Alexandria) First Nation Reserve in Alexandria, BC.

Suspicious fire claims the Esdilagh First Nation band office on Saturday morning, July 19, 2014.


Perfect Match and Nice Verdes featured at this week’s Performances in the Park

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Performances in the Park free outdoor concert series in Williams Lake during the summer of 2014

If you are looking for a rocking, dancing, singing-along good time this is your night to come out and take part in the July 24 'Performances in the Park', which features two main acts.

The first one is Perfect Match who play cross-over country / pop/ light rock with lively originals. This is a crowd favorite versatile dance band – easy on the ear and good for the heart. Cindy Lightfoot and LeRae Haynes are the 'Perfect Match' dance band, playing music characterized by rich vocal harmonies, rollicking piano riffs and lively original tunes.

Smoke advisory lifted for Williams Lake and area

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Ministry of Environment has ended the Smoke Advisory for Williams Lake and surrounding areas.

The change in weather over the past days has reduced the amount of smoke being carried from wildfires to communities in the area. The forecast is for continued cooler and moist weather.

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Car stolen and burned this morning

Posted in Williams Lake News

Another stolen vehicle torched in Williams Lake today.At about 7:00am today, the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from the 700 block of 11th Avenue North.

The vehicle, a 1991 green Honda Civic, had been taken some time over night from the owners residence. Just before 10:00am, the vehicle was located on Bond Lake Road. It had been set on fire and was completely destroyed.

The Williams Lake RCMP are requesting anyone with information on this matter to call the detachment at 250-392-6211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222 8477.