Recreational users urged to exercise caution and restraint this coming weekend

Posted in Williams Lake News

Avalanche Canada is issuing a special public avalanche warning for the mountains of BC's interior, including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South Rockies, and Lizard Range and Flathead. This warning applies to recreational backcountry users and is in effect from Friday, November 28 to Monday, December 1.

Heavy snow, strong winds and warm temperatures this week have resulted in high avalanche danger ratings across the regions. But the main concern is the coming weekend, when the weather clears and the temperatures drop. The danger ratings will go down as natural avalanche activity decreases but the potential for large and destructive human-triggered avalanches remains.

 Avalanche warning in the Cariboo region in place until December 1, 2014.


No serious injuries in cube van rollover near McLeese Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

Crash in McLeese Lake November 26, 2014At 2:47pm yesterday, the 9-1-1 dispatch centre received a report that a cube van had rolled over on Highway 97 North, a few miles north of Mcleese Lake. Police attended and found the van resting on the drivers side in the northbound ditch and partially blocking the highway.

The male driver told police that the vehicle began to swerve as it came down the hill, the driver was unable to negotiate the corner at the bottom of the grade and went off the road into the ditch. The vehicle travelled a short distance before tipping onto its side.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, but both men were transported to hospital for further examination.

At the time of the collision there was heavy snow falling, the roads were slippery and visibility was limited. 

Ministry of Health says health-care visitors should be vaccinated

Posted in Provincial

112714 wear a maskSAs of December 1, 2014, all visitors to provincial health-care facilities – including long-term care homes – are asked to be vaccinated against influenza, or to wear a mask while visiting, to help protect those most vulnerable from influenza.

This policy first took effect last year, to help protect patients and seniors who are most at risk of complications from the flu. Anyone who enters a hospital, long-term care facility or any other health-care facility will be expected to wear a mask if they haven't been vaccinated against influenza. Masks will be available, free of charge, for those who have not been vaccinated.

Visitors join health-care workers, volunteers and contractors in their efforts to protect patient safety through this comprehensive influenza prevention strategy. The best way for visitors to help protect their loved ones in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health-care facilities is to get vaccinated.

Imperial Metals granted permanent injunction against Tahltan blockaders

Posted in Provincial

A group of Tahltan elders say they are being permanently kicked off a gold and copper mine site in their traditional territory by a BC mining company behind a massive tailings pond spill.

The elders, calling themselves the Klabona Keepers, blockaded Imperial Metals' nearly-completed Red Chris mine in northwestern BC after its Mount Polley Mine in the Interior suffered a breach in August, sending a surge of effluent into nearby waterways.

The Klabona Keepers say the company's injunction and an enforcement order against them was granted in provincial court in Terrace on Wednesday, although they have already stood down their blockade for a month.

Formal guidance needed to help avoid government paid partisan advertising

Posted in Provincial

The Auditor General of British Columbia, Carol Bellringer, has published today an update to the Office's 1996 study, Public

Communications: Distinguishing Between Government Program and Partisan Political Communications (

Money spent on government advertising has been a topic of on-going debate. The debate continues in British Columbia in part because there are no clear policies or guidelines regarding government partisan communications, including paid advertising.

Road and weather conditions factors in head-on crash near Clinton

Posted in 100 Mile House News

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On November 26 at 4:30pm, the Clinton RCMP responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 97 at Big Bar Hill near the rest area. A snow-covered highway and thick fog were deemed to be contributing factors in this collision Wednesday afternoon.

Apparently, a semi truck with a full load of lumber was travelling slowly in the southbound lanes when a northbound car lost control in the loose snow on the highway and impacted the semi head-on. The force of the collision sent the small car over a 25 foot embankment and the driver had to be extricated by the fire department. The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Visibility was very poor due to thick fog and the highway was closed for some time, later changing to alternating traffic until the crash was cleared.

The RCMP always recommends the use of winter tires and to drive to the conditions.

Explosions damage Alexis Creek property

Posted in Williams Lake News

Explosions damage two outbuildings in the Chilcotin, police investigation underway.On November 22, the Alexis Creek RCMP received a complaint of a concrete outhouse that had been damaged at the Pollywog Rest Area on Highway 20, approximately 16 km East of Tatla Lake. (Tatla Lake is approximately 105 kms west of Alexis Creek) Initial investigation revealed the damage was caused by an explosion.

On November 23, 2014, the Alexis Creek RCMP received a report that a wooden share shed had been damaged at the Tatla Lake Dump Site located on the east side of Tatla Lake. Further investigation revealed the damage was caused by an explosion.

An in-depth investigation is being conducted by the Alexis Creek RCMP, who are being assisted by the BC RCMP Explosives Unit, RCMP National Security Unit and North District General Investigative Services. It has been learned by the investigative team that material used in these explosions is a substance called Tannerite. This substance is currently marketed as an exploding target. It is reported to be quite stable and is set off using a high velocity detonator.

The destruction of these two above mentioned properties is a criminal offence (Section 430 Criminal Code, Mischief to property) and will be fully investigated by the Alexis Creek RCMP.

If you know of anyone who may have purchased a large amount of this substance, or know anything about the destruction to these two buildings, please contact the Alexis Creek RCMP at 250-394-4211 or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Updates to BC Building Code take effect in December

Posted in Provincial

To help support better building practices, including improved energy efficiency in homes, Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced four updates to the BC Building Code this week.

The BC government is introducing four new requirements to the BC Building Code that take effect on December 19, 2014:

Energy Efficiency - BC adopted the 2012 National Building Code for energy efficiency in housing and small buildings. The new code provisions will set a minimum standard for insulation performance, heating and cooling systems, hot water tanks and the performance of doors, windows and skylights. The new requirements broaden energy-efficiency standards to include the entire building, not just the insulation in the walls.

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Uninsured driver crashes twice in one night

Posted in Williams Lake News

Just before 1:00am on Sunday, November 23, witnesses say a pick-up truck blew through the traffic light controlled intersection of Mackenzie Avenue and Highway 97 North, and ended up in the ditch on the southbound side of Highway 97.

The driver of the truck backed out of the ditch and proceeded north on Highway 97. When police caught up to the vehicle, the driver sped up, and then made a sudden right turn onto Dubois Road just before Pine Valley. The truck rolled off an embankment and came to rest near Reservoir Lake.

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Smoke from wood fireplaces and stoves raise health concerns

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

Winter has arrived in the Cariboo. Many of us have been busy getting wood in for the coming cold months and know we'll be able to cope with the dark if we're huddled around our cozy wood stoves. There's nothing quite like wood heat, and while we're grateful for it, there are also a few things to keep in mind to make sure our coziness isn't compromising our air quality.

Many people don't realize that smoke from woodstoves contributes to air pollution in their neighbourhood.

It especially affects the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory or heart conditions. During colder months in fact, smoke from wood fires is a leading cause of neighborhood particulate matter pollution, one of the leading air pollution concerns in British Columbia. The problem is exasperated when this smoke and other pollutants are trapped under a warm layer of air known as an inversion layer. When the air is cold and still, temperature inversions trap wood smoke and other pollutants close to the ground.

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Breathing new life into the downtown core

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The Williams Lake Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) has a fresh new set of faces with new ideas to help improve the downtown shopping and visiting experience for locals and tourists alike.

"We all know that our downtown is suffering, we have an abundance of vacant storefronts in our core, we have merchants without successor ship, businesses for sale and a shaky economy," states the BIA Board of Directors in a letter distributed to downtown merchants last week.

The BIA says they've purchased community branding and downtown development guru Roger Brooks' book, '20 Ingredients to a Destination Downtown', and plan to put every effort forward to learn how to run like a well-oiled machine by implementing some of the key strategies for downtown revitalization.

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