100 Mile House RCMP kept busy with theft complaints

Posted in 100 Mile House News

RCMP logoSometime between Friday the 7th and Monday the 10th, unknown culprits attempted to break into four storage lockers located at Big Country Storage. Only one locker is believed to have had property stolen including a set of tires and a miter saw.

Sometime within the last two weeks, a residence on the 90 Mile Loop Road was broken into. Five non-restricted rifles were stolen from the residence along with a flat-screen TV.

Sometime overnight of November 11th, two vehicles parked outside of a business on Jens Street had an unknown quantity of fuel stolen from the gas tanks.

Sometime overnight of November 12th, a 2007 Honda ATV which was on a trailer was stolen from a business on Alder Avenue. The trailer is a 2013 Karavan flat deck trailer with BC plate number UTS16S.

If you have any information on this or any other crimes in the 100 Mile House area, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also contact bccrimestoppers.com. Your identity will remain unknown. Should your information lead to the arrest of the responsible party CrimeStoppers will pay cash for the tip.


International Education Week 2014

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

A growing number of international students are looking to learn about the benefits of learning and living in BC.

International students have found great educational opportunities in BC and, in many cases, are staying to take advantage
of the growing economy and exceptional quality of life.

Mount Polley sediment samples in Hazeltine Creek

Posted in Williams Lake News

Soil and sediment samples collected along Hazeltine Creek by Mount Polley Mining Corporation between Sept. 3 and Oct. 3, 2014, are consistent with samples taken by the Ministry of Environment on September 4, 2014.

Mount Polley Mining Corporation collected a total of 108 soil samples from 18 different locations in the spill impact area between the tailings storage facility and Quesnel Lake. Both tailings and native soils were tested at an independent lab for exceedances of the contaminated sites regulation (CSR) Urban Park Land Use standard.

Tailings samples showed exceedances for total copper and vanadium, with a single sample indicating an exceedance for total arsenic. No other metals reported in the tailings samples exceeded the CSR standards. These results are expected due to the known quality of tailings stored in the tailings storage facility when it breached.

Police arrest early morning thief in Boitanio Mall

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP in Williams Lake arrest guy stealing from mall at 5amOn November 20 at approximately 5:00am, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to an alarm at the Boitanio Mall where the suspect was believed to still be inside.

Officers made an immediate patrol to the mall and found one of the main doors at the front of the mall unlocked. Officers entered the mall and interrupted a male in the process leaving with bags on his back. The was in possession of several items taken from at least two stores located in the mall, and was arrested.

The 32 year old male, who is well known to police, was arrested by the officers without incident and is currently in custody.

Air Quality Advisory issued for Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Ministry of Environment has issued an Air Quality Advisory and open burning restrictions for Williams Lake because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until the weather changes.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure.

Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Open burning restrictions are now in effect for Williams Lake and surrounding areas for the next two days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. For more information on burning restrictions, see the section below entitled 'Mandatory Emission Reduction Actions.'

Air Quality Advisory issued for Williams Lake, November 20, 2014.

Close race for Mayor in 100 Mile House

Posted in 100 Mile House News

The preliminary results from the 2014 municipal election in 100 Mile House reveal a tight race for the position of Mayor, with incumbent Mitch Campsall receiving 295 votes and Maureen Pinkney tallying 285 votes.

Councillor Tally Summary:
David Mingo: 425
Ralph Fossum: 386
Bill Hadden: 385
Spencer Henderson: 307
Rita Giesbrecht: 231
John McCarvill: 176
Peter Reid: 143

Sam Ketcham Pool renovations approved by voters in the CRD

Posted in Williams Lake News

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, qualified electors within the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services Area voted on the following question:  Are you in favour of the Cariboo Regional District adopting Bylaws 4906 and 4907, which will authorize the borrowing of up to $10 million over 20 years and increase the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services annual taxation limit to a maximum of the greater of $3,500,000 or $1.98/$1,000 of assessed value of land and improvements, to provide for the upgrade and renovation of the pool and amenities at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex? (Based on 2014 assessed values, the estimated annual cost to undertake this borrowing and operate the upgraded pool translates to a residential tax rate increase of approximately $40/$100,000. The new taxation limit for recreation services of $3,500,000 translates to a residential tax rate of $148/$100,000 of the net taxable assessed value of land and improvements.)

The numbers provided below include eligible votes from the fringe areas of Electoral Areas D, E and F and do not include the numbers from the City of Williams Lake. As soon as the Williams Lake numbers are available, they will be provided.

Yes: 619
No: 330


Preliminary results in for Cariboo Regional District Directors

Posted in Williams Lake News

Below are the preliminary results from today's Cariboo Regional District elections. Official CRD results will be announced early next week.

Ted Armstrong - 241
Cory Delves - 174
Susan MacNeill - 220

Jerry Bruce - 264
Heloise Dixon-Warren - 151

Penny Daffurn - 96
Steve Forseth - 138
Blaine Wiggins - 121

Unofficial election results for the City of Quesnel

Posted in Quesnel News

The City of Quesnel's Chief Electoral Officer has released the unofficial results of the Nov. 15 Municipal Election. The numbers include totals from all three voting stations, advance voting, special opportunity voting, and mail-in ballots.

The results, in order of highest votes received, are:

Bob Simpson 2,128 -- elected
Mary Sjostrom 884

Councillor – Six elected

Ed Coleman 1,979
Scott Elliott 1,830
Ron Paull 1,753
Sushil Thapar 1,539
John Brisco 1,477
Laurey-Anne Roodenburg 1,435
Ernest Gamache 1,342
Kyle Jones 1,140
Shawna Siemens 980

These results remain preliminary until the official election results are determined prior to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 19.

Preliminary 2014 local government election results for Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

The preliminary results from the City of Williams Lake local government elections below will serve until the declaration of official results, which will be made at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 19 in council chambers at City Hall.

Mayor total votes received:

Walt Cobb  elected with 1,334 votes

Surinderpal Rathor 1,219

Kerry Cook 880

John Bjornstrom 91

In 2014 a total of 3,565 of 7,777 estimated eligible electors voted resulting in a 45.8.% voter turnout, compared to the 2011 general local election in which a total of 3638 of 7173 estimated eligible electors voted resulting in a 50.7% voter turnout, the 2008 election, in which a total of 2989 of 6682 estimated eligible electors voted resulting in a 44.7% voter turnout, and the 2005 general local election in which 3,857 of 7,769 eligible electors resulting in a voter turnout of 49.6%.