Four safe after plane crash in Bella Bella

Posted in Williams Lake News

On July 11 at 3:50pm, the BC Coast Guard and RCMP Emergency Center received a distress call from a small plane that had crashed in the St. John Harbour near Bella Bella during take off.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the four men who were on board at the time are all British Columbia residents. They were transported to the local hospital where two of the four were treated for minor injuries and the two others for serious but non life threatening injuries.

The investigation is in its early very early stages and more information may be released at a later time.

RCMP water fight highlight of family street party

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake's Street Party grows in popularity. This year the event included a free BBQ, face painting, glitter tattoos, and various art areas where kids could paint or draw with chalk or create beaded trinkets to take home with them as a memento.

"Along with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we had involvement from Scout Island Nature Centre for the nature display, the Women's Contact Society who helped the kids make home-made bouncy balls, and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Child Development Centre with the remote control race cars," said Stefanie Hendrickson, Operations Coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District. "Our volunteers and staff who helped out were amazing!" she beamed.

Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake annual Street Party (2014) was a huge hits with kids of all ages.


Northerly flow bringing smoke to the Cariboo

Posted in Williams Lake News

Williams Lake air quality not affected by smoke in the valley caused by fires further north in the province.Sandra Wagner, the Communications Specialist with the Cariboo Fire Centre says the smoke settled in the Cariboo currently is likely drifting in from the Red Deer Creek fire near Tumbler Ridge, approximately 285 km NE of Williams Lake.

Wagner added that there are other wildfires in the northern fire centres that could also be contributing to the smoke, and the smoky conditions are expected to continue in the Cariboo as smoke drifts from the northwest in the coming days. However, there are currently no active fires burning near Williams Lake.

$1.1M in street reconstuction projects awarded by Williams Lake City Council

Posted in Williams Lake News

City of Williams Lake Streetworks planned for 2014.Williams Lake City Council has awarded the Pavement Rehabilitation 2014 tender to Peter Bros. Construction Ltd. for a total amount of $427,390.55, excluding GST.

The total budget amount for this project is approximately $630,000, well above the tender amount.

$95,000 will be reallocated as extra contingency for the Borland Street Reconstruction project, and the remainder used for additional paving.

Smoke in the Cariboo today

Posted in Williams Lake News

We are fielding many inquiries about the visible smoke hanging in the valley, as well as the strong smell of smoke in some area. We are waiting to hear back from the Fire Information Officer at the Cariboo Fire Centre, who is out of her office on training today. We will post the official word the moment we receive it.

Smoke was first noticed at about 9:40pm, as seen in the sunset photo taken from Douglas Drive and Highway 97 North in Williams Lake last night. Water tankers were also noted returning to the Williams Lake airport quite late in the evening.

Wildfire smoke filtering in to Williams Lake (Cariboo) area today, July 9, 2014.


100 Mile House RCMP conduct considerable amount of traffic enforcement

Posted in 100 Mile House News

100 Mile House weekly activity report to July 8, 2014.

100 Mile House RCMP responded to 87 complaints and calls for service this past week.

On July 5th, shortly after 11:00pm, 100 Mile House RCMP and emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 97 near the Lac la Hache transfer station. The driver of a 2007 Dodge pick-up truck left the road, hit an embankment and rolled several times. The male driver was helped from the vehicle by passers-by. He was assessed at scene and transported to 100 Mile Hospital by ambulance. Speed was a factor in this collision. The investigation into this matter is continuing.

Performance in the Park this Thursday

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Performances in the Park 2014 in Williams Lake, BCThis week's Performance in the Park will feature 'Beautifully Haunting', a young up and coming rock band from Williams Lake who plays alternative rock.

The main act of the evening is the instrumental band 'Pugs and Crows', winners of the 2013 Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year. Pugs and Crows blends Indie rock and modern jazz to exhibit a playful, absurdist bent while evoking lush cinematic soundscapes. 

Cody's Bannock, Smashin' Smoothies and Taylor Made Cakes will be on hand with food and snacks for everyone during the performances.

17 year old in critical condition following motor vehicle versus bicycle collision

Posted in Quesnel News

On July 7 at approximately 9:55pm, Quesnel RCMP along with the BC Ambulance Service responded to a report of a collision involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle on Doherty Drive at Warden Street in Quesnel.

A vehicle travelling northbound on Doherty Drive, a through street at this location, collided with a westbound cyclist who exited into his path from Warden Street. The 17 year old Quesnel youth was not wearing a helmet at the time and as a result of the collision suffered several serious injuries including what is being described as a fractured skull. The youth has subsequently been flown to a Vancouver General Hospital for specialized treatment of his injuries.

 A 17 year old Quesnel youth is in critical condition following motor vehicle versus bicycle collision


Taseko's Gibraltar Mine recipient of the BC Mining and Sustainability Award

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Mining Association of BC (MABC) and the Province of British Columbia are pleased to announce Taseko's Gibraltar Mine and Teck Resources Limited as the 2013 co-recipients of the BC Mining and Sustainability Award.

The Gibraltar Mine (Taseko-Gibraltar), a copper-molybdenum mine located 65 km north of Williams Lake, was constructed in 1971, and purchased by Taseko in 1999 at a time when it was closed and scheduled for demolition. Taseko reopened the mine in 2004 and in 2013 completed its third phase of modernization and upgrading. Taseko-Gibraltar is now the second largest copper mine in Canada and currently employs approximately 700 people, the majority of whom live in the Cariboo. Over the past decade, through the rebuilding of Taseko-Gibraltar, Taseko has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to the principles of responsible development and continuous improvement at all levels of its operation.

2013 Mining and Sustainability Award Winners, Gibraltar Mine near Williams Lake, BC

Taseko announces second quarter production results

Posted in Williams Lake News

Taseko Mines Ltd. has announced the second quarter 2014 production of 38.5 million pounds of copper and 667 thousand pounds of molybdenum from the Gibraltar Mine, increases of 37% and 100%, respectively, over the same period in 2013. Total production for the first half of 2014 was 73 million pounds of copper and 1.2 million pounds of molybdenum.

In the second quarter 2014, total sales were 38.7 million pounds of copper and 731 thousand pounds of molybdenum.

Taseko announces second quarter production results from it's Gibraltar Mine location