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Kamloops water thieves, holdouts put on notice

Kamloops water thieves, holdouts put on notice

About 50 H2O thieves and 150 water-meter holdouts are getting warning letters from the City of Kamloops when utility are sent out this fall. Public works director Jen Fretz said the city has installed meters in more than 20,000 homes across the municipality, but repeated attempts have failed to bring the last 150 households into the fold. Fretz said those ...

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Kamloops council will mull park smoking ban in November

Kamloops council will mull park smoking ban in November

A Kamloops resident wants smokers to butt out in parks — but council won’t decide whether to support his request until November. Bob Wren said he’s a big fan of the city’s parks, but finds second-hand smoke a constant irritant at events. “You just can’t get away from it,” Wren said. “I’ve tried moving, but sometimes that doesn’t help, either, ...

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Kamloops council wants both sides in Ajax mine debate to pony up

Kamloops council wants both sides in Ajax mine debate to pony up

Both sides of the Ajax mine debate are being asked to chip in to pay for the City of Kamloops’ review of KGHM’s proposed copper and gold project south of Aberdeen. Kamloops city council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ask both KGHM Ajax and the Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA) to help cover the costs of the $300,000 review of ...

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Election forum hears call for an end to current voting system

Election forum hears call for an end to current voting system

All in favour of electoral change, say “aye.” Speakers and candidates at an electoral forum on Tuesday night spoke in favour of changing the way Canadians vote. “We don’t get what we voted for, at least most of us,” Gisela Ruckert, a local representative of Fair Vote Canada, told about 125 people gathered in the Alumni Theatre in Thompson Rivers ...

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Another fatal crash on Highway 5 North

Another fatal crash on Highway 5 North

A Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 5 North at Vinsulla has claimed one life and left three people in hospital in serious condition. Vinsulla is 27 kilometres north of Kamloops. Sgt. Mike Pears of the RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services said the two-vehicle collision occurred when the driver of a northbound pickup truck was attempting to turn left on to ...

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TRU, Domtar embrace partnership

TRU, Domtar embrace partnership

When Carol Lapointe was hired as general manager at Domtar in 2011, one of the first visits he made was to Alan Shaver’s office. Lapointe told Shaver, president of Thompson Rivers University, he wanted to create a closer relationship between the pulp mill and the university beyond the scholarships and bursaries provided. The result was a partnership Shaver described as ...

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Young firestarter nabbed in Brocklehurst

Young firestarter nabbed in Brocklehurst

Kamloops RCMP say a child is the suspect in a series of paper fires on front lawns in a North Kamloops neighbourhood late Monday night. There was no damage to the properties on Kamwood Place, said Const. Jason Epp, noting the fires were easily extinguished. Police said the child lit gasoline-soaked papers on the lawns of three neighbouring homes. Mounties found ...

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Check your bank and credit-card records to see if you were skimmed

Check your bank and credit-card records to see if you were skimmed

Kamloops RCMP don’t yet know whether a credit- and debit-card skimmer attached to a gas pump at a Valleyview gas station gathered valuable numbers and pin codes. Const. Jason Epp said police were called on July 16 after staff working at the Chevron station at 1795 Trans-Canada Hwy. discovered the card skimmer in one of the pumps. “It was really ...

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South Thompson among regions placed on highest drought level

South Thompson among regions placed on highest drought level

The province has placed the region on a level four drought rating, warning local water managers could turn off the taps to conserve fish stocks. The level four rating — the highest — was placed on the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas. Those areas join the South Coast, Nicola and Vancouver Island as stricken with level four drought. ...

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Former city councillor Joe Leong reaches plea agreement in court

Former city councillor Joe Leong reaches plea agreement in court

Joe Leong, a former Kamloops councillor, was facing six criminal charges stemming from his role as treasurer of the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society. He will instead plead guilty to contravening two sections of the Society Act, which will result in the criminal charges being stayed. KTW file photo A former veteran Kamloops councillor has struck a deal to avoid trial on six ...

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