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Public demands higher distracted-driving fines

Public demands higher distracted-driving fines

Halfway through a consultation on distracted-driving policy, the vast majority of B.C. residents who have responded want fines increased. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said thousands of people have participated on the B.C. government’s consultation website and more than 90 per cent want stronger action to stop people talking or texting on their phones while they are behind the wheel. The ...

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Storm produces flash flooding in Westsyde neighbourhood of Kamloops

Storm produces flash flooding in Westsyde neighbourhood of Kamloops

Parts of Westsyde Road in Kamloops resemble muddy rivers as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday after a thunderstorm rolled through the neighbourhood, unleashing a brief, torrential downpour. Jen Fretz, City of Kamloops public-works director, said there is some localized flooding in Oak Hills. “We have crews on scene and on the way,” she said. “We will sweep the road, too, ...

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Residents decide against fire-protection service in Pinantan Lake

Residents decide against fire-protection service in Pinantan Lake

Fire protection in Pinantan came to the fore in April 2014 after the Pinantan General Store burned to the ground. The store has now been rebuilt. KTW file photo Pinantan Lake residents have spoken and the rural community about 40 minutes northeast of Kamloops will not be getting fire-protection service. The service, which was put to area residents for approval ...

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City, province team up for affordable housing

City, province team up for affordable housing

Four years after they were first tapped for affordable housing, three City of Kamloops properties are today closer to hosting low-income residents. The city and provincial government announced on Tuesday they have reached an agreement to put up to 98 units of affordable housing at 1685 and 1940 Pacific Way in Aberdeen and 1050 McMurdo Drive in South Kamloops. The ...

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Campfire ban in effect as of July 3

Campfire ban in effect as of July 3

Bad news for campers — campfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre will be banned as of noon on Friday. The campfire ban this summer comes two weeks earlier than last’s year’s prohibition, which went into effect on July 16. The B.C. Wildfire Service announced the ban on Tuesday, a day after two thunderstorms rolled through Kamloops, electrifying a 50-kilometre radius ...

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Private fireworks show a no-go on Canada Day

Private fireworks show a no-go on Canada Day

With a weekend of hot weather behind it, Kamloops Fire Rescue is keeping a close eye on conditions as Canada Day draws nearer — and reminding residents not to think about setting off any impromptu rockets of their own. City of Kamloops bylaws only allow fireworks to be shot off without a permit around Halloween and New Year’s Eve, said ...

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Tour bus company will be audited

Tour bus company will be audited

The British Columbia government will audit a bus company involved in a serious weekend collision on the Coquihalla Highway that sent more than three dozen people to hospitals across the region. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said its investigation of Universal Coach Lines will include a review of the company’s drivers. “An audit is standard for operators involved ...

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Kamloops firefighters douse Schubert Drive brush fire

Kamloops firefighters douse Schubert Drive brush fire

Kamloops firefighters were  called to a brush fire off Schubert Drive on Sunday night by anxious residents. Kamloops Fire rescue Deputy Chief Mike Adams said the call came in about 10 p.m. The department responded with one engine and later called in more resources. The fire was contained to brush and grass off the North Thompson River. Crews remained at ...

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