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.

Williams Lake Downtown Business Improvement Association (BIA) 2014 - moving forward

Operation Red Nose takes the wheel on November 28

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

Operation Red Nose in Williams Lake 2014This is the 7th year that the Williams Lake Rotary club has been supporting the program and 31st annual campaign in Canada. With the help of its provincial partner, ICBC, the Operation Red Nose service will be offered each Friday and Saturday evenings from November 28th to December 31st 2013 in Williams Lake.

'This season, hand the reins over to us' is the theme for 2014, and Operation Red Nose is inviting all British Columbians to call and plan a safe ride home. Operation Red Nose is celebrating seven years of successful activity and it's because of the exceptional community involvement of our volunteers.

Highway 20 crash resulted in long wait, but minor injuries

Posted in Williams Lake News

Police report only minor injuries in a crash that slowed morning traffic on Highway 20 near Dog Creek Road on Monday.

When police arrive on scene, they found a blue ford pick-up with extensive front end damage and the air bag deployed. The driver and only occupant stated he had a sore back and injury to his right hand.

At the time of the incident there was a heavy snowfall in the city and roads were compact snow and icy. The white Ford had been travelling westbound, up the hill, in the outside lane. His vehicle began to spin and then crossed two oncoming lanes before being struck broadside on passenger side by an oncoming truck.

Highway 20 crash resulted in long wait, but minor injuries

 

Quesnel RCMP investigate broad daylight robbery

Posted in Quesnel News

RCMP logoInvestigation continues into a robbery which occurred mid Thursday afternoon in downtown Quesnel.

RCMP have conducted a video canvas of nearby businesses after a 61 year old woman reported that she was pushed by a male suspect who then robbed her of an undisclosed amount of money.

Shortly after 2:00pm on Thursday, November 20th, 2014, Quesnel RCMP received a report of the robbery which took place in the alley near Barlow Avenue and Reid Street.

Truck thieves arrested and released

Posted in Williams Lake

On November 22, 100 Mile RCMP received a report that a black 2004 Chevrolet pick-up had been stolen from the parking lot of the Cariboo Mall in 100 Mile House.

Close to the same time that this vehicle was being reported, Williams Lake RCMP received a report of a similar vehicle being abandoned at the 150 Mile House Husky Gas Station. Two female suspects were observed leaving the truck.

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100 Mile House RCMP weekly report

Posted in 100 Mile House News

Hundred Mile House RCMP report for the week ending November 23, 2014

On November 19, 100 Mile House RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a small passenger vehicle and a logging truck at the 17 km marker on Canim Lake Road South. The collision occurred in the middle of a corner. No one was injured in this collision but there was considerable damage to the PT Cruiser. The investigation into this collision is continuing but it appears that speed was a factor on the part of the driver of the passenger vehicle.

November 20th, Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services provided assistance to the Commercial Vehicle Inspector near Lone Butte. The male driver of an older model yellow pick-up truck had been pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. During the investigation, it was learned that the driver was a prohibited driver and had been so for many years. The vehicle was also uninsured. The driver was issued an appearance notice for a Court date on January 13, 2015. The vehicle was towed and impounded.

Pedestrian struck on Highway 97 in Hundred Mile House

Posted in 100 Mile House News

RCMP logoOn November 22 at 3:15am, police and emergency crews from 100 Mile House were called to a serious collision on Highway 97 near the intersection of Tatton-Station Road.

A 25 year old male was believed to be walking in the middle of the north-bound lane at that location. The driver of a fully loaded transport truck was traveling north bound at a reduced rate of speed. The male was struck by the tractor unit and carried north approximately 130 feet.

The male, believed to be from Prince George, was severely injured but conscious when ambulance and rescue crews arrived on scene. He was transported to 100 Mile House Hospital, stabilized and subsequently taken Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops for further treatment.

Preliminary investigation determined that, by driving below the speed limit, the transport truck driver prevented this collision from being a fatality. There are indications that the pedestrian had consumed liquor.

The investigation into the collision is continuing but no charges are being considered at this time.

100 Mile House RCMP kept busy with theft complaints

Posted in 100 Mile House News

RCMP logoSometime between Friday the 7th and Monday the 10th, unknown culprits attempted to break into four storage lockers located at Big Country Storage. Only one locker is believed to have had property stolen including a set of tires and a miter saw.

Sometime within the last two weeks, a residence on the 90 Mile Loop Road was broken into. Five non-restricted rifles were stolen from the residence along with a flat-screen TV.

Sometime overnight of November 11th, two vehicles parked outside of a business on Jens Street had an unknown quantity of fuel stolen from the gas tanks.

Sometime overnight of November 12th, a 2007 Honda ATV which was on a trailer was stolen from a business on Alder Avenue. The trailer is a 2013 Karavan flat deck trailer with BC plate number UTS16S.

If you have any information on this or any other crimes in the 100 Mile House area, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also contact bccrimestoppers.com. Your identity will remain unknown. Should your information lead to the arrest of the responsible party CrimeStoppers will pay cash for the tip.

 

International Education Week 2014

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

A growing number of international students are looking to learn about the benefits of learning and living in BC.

International students have found great educational opportunities in BC and, in many cases, are staying to take advantage
of the growing economy and exceptional quality of life.

Mount Polley sediment samples in Hazeltine Creek

Posted in Williams Lake News

Soil and sediment samples collected along Hazeltine Creek by Mount Polley Mining Corporation between Sept. 3 and Oct. 3, 2014, are consistent with samples taken by the Ministry of Environment on September 4, 2014.

Mount Polley Mining Corporation collected a total of 108 soil samples from 18 different locations in the spill impact area between the tailings storage facility and Quesnel Lake. Both tailings and native soils were tested at an independent lab for exceedances of the contaminated sites regulation (CSR) Urban Park Land Use standard.

Tailings samples showed exceedances for total copper and vanadium, with a single sample indicating an exceedance for total arsenic. No other metals reported in the tailings samples exceeded the CSR standards. These results are expected due to the known quality of tailings stored in the tailings storage facility when it breached.

Police arrest early morning thief in Boitanio Mall

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP in Williams Lake arrest guy stealing from mall at 5amOn November 20 at approximately 5:00am, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to an alarm at the Boitanio Mall where the suspect was believed to still be inside.

Officers made an immediate patrol to the mall and found one of the main doors at the front of the mall unlocked. Officers entered the mall and interrupted a male in the process leaving with bags on his back. The was in possession of several items taken from at least two stores located in the mall, and was arrested.

The 32 year old male, who is well known to police, was arrested by the officers without incident and is currently in custody.