LakeCity Chess tournament looking to attract new players in the region

Posted in Williams Lake Events

The Williams Lake Chess Club is hosting a tournament at the Williams Lake Library, October 18th. Organizer Scott Richardson says it will be the first chess tournament in the Lakecity, perhaps the only one in the interior of British Columbia, and they are hoping players will travel from as far away as the Lower Mainland.

"The LakeCity Chess Open, will be an attempt to draw out chess players from the region," says Richardson. He and his partner Aki have organized the event because they believe it could benefit the Cariboo by developing a chess community within the library system. "Study after study has proven using the game of chess as a tool enhances the cognitive skills of a young mind," he explains. "As well as learning strategy it makes one think about what comes next, and then, what comes after that?"

Williams Lake BC's first ever chess tournament is coming up in October 2014.

(Photo: Kai Richardson and Rob Hamm, front left with Rob looking at Kai's position in a side event just before the GPO tournament in Victoria.)

Williams Lake businessman Craig Smith announces run for City Council

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

"It is with enthusiasm and a passion for the community, that I announce my intentions to run for a position on City Council during the upcoming election," says Williams Lake business leader, Craig Smith.

Smith has been a long time member of the community and an even longer resident of the Cariboo. After over twenty years of work, play and participation in the community, Craig feels it is time to give back in another way.

Having the opportunity to serve the community in this way, Craig feels that he can bring some of his knowledge and expertise to the Council table. His extensive business past has given Craig an inside look at what it takes to sustain business in the downtown and how to weather the ups and downs. He has a passion for business and understands that a community needs a healthy economy to support and sustain business. He has the drive to look for creative and innovative ways to make the business community prosperous. He feels that stimulation of economic development and the recruitment and retention of business is at the heart of what this community needs to stay healthy for generations to come.Williams Lake business leader, Craig Smith, announces bid for City Council seat in upcoming municipal election

Hail left over from evening storm creates driving challenge

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The Big Lake area experienced a massive storm around 5:45pm tonight. Drivers heading toward Likely were faced with lightening, thunder and slush from hail on Likely Road.

(Video courtesy of Cindy Loosely.)

Police turn to public to help locate missing Tatla Lake woman

Posted in Williams Lake News

092914 missingOn Saturday, September 27 at approximately 11:00am, the Alexis Creek RCMP received a complaint that 35 year old Allison McCreadie (also known as Allison Webster or Allison Rohatincky) was missing.

Apparently, around 3:30am on on September 26, Allison left her residence in Tatla Lake after asking a friend to watch over her children so she could attended the hospital in Williams Lake as she wasn't feeling well.

RCMP Auxiliary Fund bottle return program for charity

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary have found a way to allowed seized alcohol to flow back into the community by way of a recycling program that the rest of the community can participate in, as well.

"I recently returned $59 worth of recycling from about one year's worth of confiscated alcohol at the local detachment," explains Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary Constable Andy Walsh. Members will continue to take recycling in to the depot, and at the end of the year, the cash will be donated to a local organization that the group chooses.

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Serving on local government: myths versus reality

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Are you considering a run for City Council, the School Board, or the Regional District (as an Electoral Area Director)? Do you have questions about the work of an elected official and what it entails? As you may know, 2014 is a local election year. Nominations close on October 10th, and voting is on November 15th.

Potential nominees are invited to attend an evening information session on October 1st, 2014. The intent of this information session is to provide clarifications, address your questions, and help you make an informed decision about running for elected office.

Williams Lake RCMP Auxilary Constable numbers double

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The purpose of the Auxiliary Constable program is to strengthen community and police partnerships by providing volunteers with the opportunity to perform authorized activities in support of strategies which address the causes of, or reduce the fear of, crime and disorder.

On September 18, six new Auxiliary Constables were formally welcomed during the RCMP Auxiliary Badge Presentation Ceremony at City Hall. The event was emceed by Constable Bradley LeForte, the Auxiliary Constable Program Coordinator who responsible for all applications as well as overseeing the training for all new Auxiliary Constable training classes. "They're the ultimate volunteer," said Bradley LeForte. "It was something I wanted to do in my home town, but the Cape Breton Regional Police didn't have this program, and the closest RCMP detachment was too far away to make it a workable option."

Williams Lake RCMP Constables receive badges at ceremony help on September 18, 2014

(Photo: Kristin Turnbull, Gino D'Appolonia, Caleb Sheppard, Corwin Smid, Mayor Cook, Staff Sergeant Brissard, Keith Jones, Glenn Ford, Robert Crosina, Michael Olson and Willy DeVuyust.  Mouse over to see different photo.)

Boat and bike among items turned in to 100 Mile House RCMP recently

Posted in 100 Mile House News

RCMP logoSometime over the weekend of September 13-15, unknown culprits operating a white Ford F-350 drove into a parking lot at a business on McDermid Road in the 100 Mile House Industrial Complex and stole a tidy-tank from another vehicle parked there.

On September 17th, 100 Mile RCMP were advised of a boat which had been adrift on Sheridan Lake and recovered by a local resident. The boat is described as a 20 foot aluminum boat with a motor and covered by a tan-coloured tarp. If you are aware of this boat being missing from its rightful location, please contact the 100 Mile House RCMP quoting file number 2014-2942.

Forest and range practices near 100 Mile House to be audited

Posted in 100 Mile House News

The Forest Practices Board will audit four Range Act agreements and a First Nations woodland licence in the 100 Mile House
resource district during the weeks of September 29 and October 6, 2014.

Auditors will look at three grazing licences and one hay-cutting licence for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). In addition, Kenkeknem Forest Tenures Ltd.'s woodland licence will be audited for operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and protection practices under FRPA and the Wildfire Act.

A special proclamation gets square dance toes tapping

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

After a four month break, the Williams Lake Square Dancers are eagerly looking forward to another dance season.

Toes started to tap last week as the dancers welcomed the provincial government's proclamation of Square and Round Dance Awareness Week, September 14-20, 2014. The proclamation was signed by the Lieutenant Governor and recognized the many physical and mental health benefits of participating in this type of dancing.

Nick Turner, the club caller is quick to say, "What the proclamation didn't mention was how much fun square dancing is. Like many things in life, you won't learn square dancing in a single evening but dancers laugh a lot while they are learning and they have a blast! Loneliness and stress disappear out the door. Friendships are made and a variety of good music is enjoyed."

Williams Lake Whirlaways Square Dance group looking to expand

(Photo: With the Square Dance Awareness Week Proclamation in hand, Mary Anne Turner reminds caller, Nick Turner, that it is time to get his voice in shape for another square dance season.)


Police investigate possible remains near Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

On September 19, the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of possible human remains in Likely. Williams Lake RCMP are investigating along with the North District Major Crime Unit and the BC Coroners Service.

As the investigation remains ongoing no further comment is available at this time. An update will be provided when possible, and when the investigation allows.

Major Crimes unit investigates human remains found near Likely, BC