Williams Lake has a couple of new and unique landmarks

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

All the way from New Jersey -- via Clinton, BC -- two enormous and magnificent cast iron lion statues have come to rest at the entrance to the Super 8 Motel in Williams Lake.

"I saw them about three days after they arrived at the Clinton Emporium," said Super 8 owner Scott Nelson. "They were purchased at an estate sale in New Jersey and shipped to Clinton." Nelson explained that he made the store owner an offer, and after a short bargaining process, took ownership of the leonine pair. "I thought they'd be both a great attraction, and a nice entrance to the best place in the world." The Super 8 Motel is located on Broadway Avenue, visible from Highway 97 at the south end of Williams Lake, so people will see them whether they're coming or going.

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VIDEO: Memorial tribute smoke show across the finish line

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Thunder Mountain Speedway hosted 'Christmas in July' this past weekend, a food and toy drive for the local branch of the Salvation Army.

The day began and ended with a tribute to a former local racer, Hugh Freeman, who recently passed away. Arnie and Donny Kunka led a black flag (memorial) lap at the beginning of the day, and when the #27 car piloted by Arnie Kunka crossed the finished line first in the Street Stock main, after completing a reverse victory lap, he put on a crowd-pleasing smoke show for the fans and dedicated it to Freeman.

Clinton police impounded a vehicle for going nearly twice the speed limit

Posted in 100 Mile House News

Police impounded a car for excessive speeding on Friday afternoon from a stretch of highway that is no stranger to this dangerous behaviour.

On July 25,  at 2:50 pm, a member of the Clinton RCMP was conducting mobile radar enforcement on Highway 97 near 83 Mile Road. The posted speed limit was 100 km/h with two northbound lanes where the officer observed a red vehicle passing others. The car was subsequently "clocked" doing 194 km/h, nearly twice the posted limit. The police officer engaged his emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop on the red Lexus.

Clinton RCMP nab Lexus doing twice the posted speed limit, car impounded.


RCMP officer threatened and shot at in Alexis Creek this morning

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP in Alexis Creek shot at this morningOn Sunday, July 27 at approximately 1:00am, an Alexis Creek RCMP officer was on the Anaham Reserve to conduct curfew checks. While there, the officer witnessed two men allegedly attempting to start a stolen pick-up truck. Upon approach, the passenger fled, but the driver was taken into custody.

While the officer was dealing with the man in custody, two other men, one of them armed with a knife approached the arresting officer and threatened him.

The reconstruction of Borland Street is underway

Posted in Williams Lake News

The City's contractor will begin stripping pavement on Borland Street, beginning at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street on Monday, July 28th as part of the reconstruction project. The work will proceed east toward 7th Avenue.

Traffic will be alternating as this work progresses.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late September.

The reconstruction of Borland Street in Williams Lake has begin.


Several items stolen during Bella Coola hardware break-in

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP logoOn Friday, July 25th, Bella Coola RCMP responded to a report of a break, enter and theft from Tru Hardware on Cliff Street. The suspects took two generators in boxes (Powermate 3000W and 5000W), a Haussmann brand 15 amp 10-inch sliding compound mitre saw and a black Raleigh 21 speed full suspension mountain bike with front disk brakes and a quick release seat.

If you have information regarding these incidents or any other criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 or the Bella Coola RCMP at 250-799-5363. CrimeStoppers also subscribes to web tips at www.bccrimestoppers.com . Callers remain anonymous and tips can lead to cash rewards.

No time like the present for a water safety reminder

Posted in Provincial

As temperatures remain high across our region, many people are hitting the water to keep cool.  It's important to be safe when in, near or on the water.

More people die from drowning in the Interior region than in any other area of the province. So far this year, there have been 25 deaths in BC due to accidental drowning, 15 of which have occurred in the Interior.

"Water activities like swimming and boating can be a lot of fun and a great way to cool down, but drowning is a real danger," said Dr. Lizette Elumir, resident public health physician with Interior Health. "Drowning can happen fast, sometimes in less than a minute."

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Code Orange activated at Cariboo Memorial Hospital for bus crash

Posted in Williams Lake News

Williams Lake's Cariboo Memorial Hospital initiated a 'Code Orange' response in anticipation of a number of patients from the Mount Polley employee bus incident on July 24. According to the Williams Lake police, it was initially reported that 45 people were on board, and it wasn't until RCMP members arrived on scene that they determined that 11 people were actually on the bus – the driver and ten employees.

"A Code Orange response means the activation of a command centre and additional staff and physicians were brought in, including the services of Mental Health clinicians and social workers," explained Michaela Swan, Communications Officer for Interior Health. "And all were ready to support patients and their families as they arrived at the hospital."

Code Orange activated at Cariboo Memorial Hospital for mine employee bus crash

Mobile digital cameras doing residential photo update for assessment purposes

Posted in Williams Lake News

Digital cameras mounted on a clearly-marked van will soon be on the residential streets throughout the Cariboo region as BC Assessment uses innovation to update photos used for property assessment purposes.

The residential photo update initiative will take street front digital photos of approximately 4,000 single family homes in the Quesnel area, 3,300 in the Williams Lake area and 475 in 100 Mile House starting late July through early August. This technology has already been successfully used throughout much of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, Kamloops, Prince George and Nanaimo.

BC Assessment innovation driving through Cariboo

Cycle to the Sacred bike tour raising funds and awareness

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Beyond Boarding’s 'Cycle to the Sacred' bike tour arrives in the Cariboo this weekend.Beyond Boarding has set off on another adventure – 'Cycle to the Sacred' is a bike tour that aims to generate financial and social support for a group of indigenous land defenders, the Klabona Keepers, in the Sacred Headwaters of British Columbia.

The tour will take place over the course of one and a half months, between July and August. "Our goals with this tour are to raise $25,000 to stand in solidarity with the Klabona Keepers, to bring attention to the beauty and culture that pervades British Columbia and how it is at risk," says Beyond Boarding Co-Founder Landon Yerex.

"We will be coming to 100 Mile House on July 28th and Wiliams Lake on the 30th of July."

Province-wide warrant issued for Williams Lake RCMP file

Posted in Williams Lake News

Williams Lake RCMP seek assistance in locating man wanted on province-wide warrant. CrimeStoppers is asking the public's assistance in locating Farron Patrick Paul.

As of July 24, 2014, Farron Paul, born August 24, 1977, is wanted on British Columbia wide warrants for 'Fail to Appear'. Paul is a First Nations male, 5'10" tall, weighs 250 lbs, has black hair and brown eyes.

If you have information regarding Mr. Paul's location, please call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392-6211. CrimeStoppers also subscribes to web tips, visit bccrimestoppers.com.

Williams Lake RCMP File 2014-1655