B&E suspect arrested with bear spray, brass knuckles, cocaine and cash on his person

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP logoOn October 23 at 10:00pm, an 18 year old adult male attempted to break into a local residence. Occupants called the RCMP and patrols were made. The suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.

During the investigation the subject was identified and is known to police.

On October 24 at 10:45am information was received that this same subject was in the Cariboo Regional District Library on 3rd Avenue North in Williams Lake.

Increasing trades training in the Cariboo

Posted in Williams Lake News

This afternoon, Christy Clark announced additional trades training seats for students in Quesnel and Williams Lake.

"Our government is working with local communities, employers and industry in the Cariboo to make sure trades training seats meet local needs," said Premier Clark. "We want British Columbians to be first in line for the one million job openings expected by 2022."

The Ministry of Advanced Education is providing one-time funding of $192,000 to support the additional trades training spaces.

Bill Bennett announces amendments to Mines Act

Posted in Williams Lake News

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, announced today that the Province has tabled amendments to the Mines Act, to ensure there is more time available, if required, to conduct thorough investigations into offences under the act and for a decision by Crown Counsel on whether to pursue charges.

The amendment aligns the time limit for pursuing charges under the Mines Act with other natural resource legislation, such as the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Environmental Management Act.

Currently, under the Mines Act, the Province has six months to one year to pursue charges for offences committed under the act, depending on the nature of the offence. The amendment will increase this limit to three years from when the chief inspector of mines first learns of the incident.

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines announced amendments to the Mines Act

(Photo: From Likely Town Hall in August 2014.)

Cause of Mount Polley tailings impoundment breach due by January 31, 2015

Posted in Williams Lake News

Imperial MEtals stock rose 1.01% today.

Imperial Metals reports on the recovery efforts related to the August 4th tailings impoundment breach at its Mount Polley mine. The initial response and recovery phase has been substantially completed and crews have commenced rehabilitation and restoration activities.

Response and Recovery Phase

The initial response to the tailings impoundment breach included a program to secure the remaining tailings within the impoundment, reduce the water level in Polley Lake, and clean-up woody debris deposited in Quesnel Lake.

  1. Tailings Security: A rock berm was constructed upstream of the breach area to secure the remaining tailings. Additional rock berms were also placed inside the tailings impoundment to further secure the remaining tailings and establish sumps to collect water.
  2. Polley Lake Water Level Reduction: Approximately 6 million cubic metres of water flowed into Polley Lake from the breach and was trapped when the outlet to the lake was plugged. The resulting lake level was 1.7 metres higher than it had been prior to the breach. Eight pumps were installed to pump water out of Polley Lake, around the plug and into Hazeltine Creek through two pipelines. Polley Lake has now been returned to near pre-breach level and is now only pumped as required to maintain the level.
  3. Quesnel Lake Wood Recovery: The flow path of the water and tailings dislodged and deposited trees and bushes in Quesnel Lake, posing a navigational hazard. On August 4 a team was formed, led by local contractors working with two boom boats, a barge and four smaller support craft. Floating wood was secured, following which, crews began the cleanup of beached debris. The wood recovery cleanup is expected to be completed by mid-November.


BREAKING: Human remains found are those of missing Likely man

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP confirm human remains are those of missing Likely man, Gary PriceOn September 19, 2014, the Williams Lake RCMP received a complaint of human remains found on a residential property in Likely, BC.

The North District Major Crime Unit (NDMCU) working in partnership with the BC Coroner Service has positively identified the found remains as Gary Price, who was 60 years old at the time of his disappearance.

Mr. Price has been the main focus of a missing person complaint since he was last seen on February 23rd, 2013.  His disappearance was treated as suspicious in nature.

Federal inmates working to give back benefit Cariboo-Chilcotin communities

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

This afternoon, Sarah Jackman Executive Director at Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society, met with inmates in Abbotsford prisons who have been creating small miracles for Chilcotin communities.

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society is an Aboriginal Not for Profit agency governed by a Board of seven Tsilhqo'tin and Southern Carrier Communities. The Society offers a variety of programs designed to address needs within these communities. One of the newest programs includes an exciting partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada entitled the 'Cariboo-Chilcotin Project'.

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society Work2Give program a huge success in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

(Photo: Sharmon Alphonse, Joyce Cooper, Rhoda Petal, Samantha Dick, Bruce Baptiste, Brian Riding Jr., John Whitlock Sr., Brian Riding, Sarah Jackman, Gene Cooper helped unload the most recent shipment of furniture, toys and clothing from the prisons on October 3, 2014.)

Notice of election and polling information formally announced

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

At 4:30pm on October 20, Cindy Bouchard Chief Election Officer for the City of Williams Lake announced the Notice of Election By Voting.

The nomination period for Mayor and Councillor ended on October 10, and the deadline for candidates to withdraw was October 17th – no withdrawals were received by the City.

The Notice included a list of candidates for four for Mayor, 12 candidates for City Councillor and two for School District Trustee in Zone 6, as well as polling place dates and times.

How to haunt a house, a sneak peek at the Potato House transformation

Posted in Williams Lake Events

After filling up Jazmyn Douillard's Pintrest page with Halloween décor ideas, of course Jordin Lautsch got 'shanghaied' into helping decorate Williams Lake's Potato House for the 1st Editions: Books and Toys sponsored haunted house on October 31.

1st Editions owner Jazmyn Douillard and Jordin were eight hours into decorating the quaint home at 49 Borland Street when Got News Network Inc. got a sneak peek tour on Monday afternoon, and it was already creepy-creepy-creepy.

The usual heritage charm of the Potato House has been transformed into something spooky and not for the faint of heart. "A while ago, we had one of the exterior doors open and one closed," smiles Jazmyn Doulliard. "Apparently, that causes the home to make this really weird noise. We both looked at each other kind of wide-eyed and shook it off," Jazmyn said dismissively, but the hair on everyone's arms stood up, nonetheless.

Click to see more photos inside the haunting of the Potato House.

Stabbing victim uncooperative with police

Posted in Williams Lake News

Stabbing victim uncooperative with police, making arrest impossible

On October 18 at approximately 5:40pm, the Williams Lake RCMP were dispatched to a stabbing on Dodwell Street. Police attended and located two females and a male who was bleeding from the head and arm.

Paramedics were called and they transported the injured party to the hospital.

Due to lack of cooperation from the victim no arrests were made.

Stabbing victim won't help RCMP locate his attacker

Whitebark pine experiment takes aim at blister rust

Posted in Provincial

A unique tree-planting experiment by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations started late this summer at Idaho Peak in the Kokanee Range of the Selkirk Mountains near New Denver.

Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted by a six-person crew in the subalpine near the old wildfire lookout, high above Slocan Lake at an elevation of almost 2,300 metres.

The Whitebark pine is an endangered high-mountain tree. But, the seedlings planted at Idaho Peak may be resistant to the destructive white pine blister rust disease, which has killed or infected most Whitebark pines in the Selkirk Mountains.

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