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


DeGagne versus the City of Williams Lake continues

Posted in Williams Lake News

Mayor Kerry Cook, along with two Williams Lake City Councillors, and three staff members are in Vancouver for the wrongful dismissal trial of DeGagne versus the City of Williams Lake today.

On February 6, 2013, the City of Williams Lake issued a formal media release advising that Donald DeGagne was the successful CAO candidate who would fill the vacant position left by the resignation of Brian Carruthers in September of 2012. The media release stated that DeGagne would be hired and would begin work on March 1, 2013. However, the day before Mr. DeGagne was supposed to take his office in City Hall, another media release was sent out by the City, stating DeGagne was not the best fit for the position of CAO, and would not be taking over the position at that time.

DeGagne versus the City of Williams Lake wrongful dismissal trial in BC Supreme Court today.

DeGagne filed a civil claim with the Supreme Court of British Columbia claiming general damages for wrongful dismissal and breach of Contract.

Mr. DeGagne asserts he was not allowed an opportunity to be heard or to respond to the news of his termination, and that the City released the information without his permission.

In court documents filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia by labour and employment lawyers Coutts Pulver LLP, the Plaintiff (DeGagne) claims a $7,500 moving allowance was arranged to accommodate his move from Summerland, BC. Additionally, the civil claim alleges his starting salary was to be $130,500 per year, including two increases in the following 12 months. The contract allegedly included four weeks of vacation, paid time in lieu of overtime, pension contributions and a vehicle allowance.

The civil claim, which was amended on May 8, 2014, outlines significant alleged mental stress and anxiety suffered by Mr. DeGagne as a result of his dismissal. "As a further result of the wrongful dismissal, breach of Contract, the Plaintiff has experienced damage to his reputation which has severely affected his employability (SIC) in a field where there are already limited opportunities."

The trial was scheduled to begin on November 25, 2013, and was expected to last four days, but was postponed due to the unavailability of one of the City of Williams Lake's witnesses.

Got News Network Inc.'s requests for clarification or additional information from the City of Williams Lake have been deferred. According to the City's Communications Coordinator today, the City of Williams Lake's official position on this matter has been, and remains, "That matters concerning the CAO are a personnel issue, and as such, the City won't comment on it."


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Collision north of McLeese Lake sends two to hospital

Posted in Quesnel News

On Saturday July 5 at 9:30am, Quesnel RCMP along with Quesnel Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Services and Air Ambulance out of Kamloops responded to a report of a motor vehicle incident on Highway 97 in the Alexandria area north of McLeese Lake.

A southbound pick up truck hauling a flat deck trailer appeared to have slowly driven off the right side of the highway and down a steep embankment.

Quesnel RCMP attend crash near McLeese Lake

(Photo:  Submitted from the scene by Colleen Phillips.)