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‘Confidential informant’ tipped off authorities to cross-border poacher, court told

‘Confidential informant’ tipped off authorities to cross-border poacher, court told

The ongoing trial of a Kamloops man accused in the 1999 cross-border poaching of a record-setting Dall sheep underscores an issue plaguing our territorial neighbours to the north — B.C. hunters illegally killing Yukon animals. That’s according to a man who’s spent the last 35 years patrolling the Yukon wilds for illegal hunting. Kris Gustafson, a conservation officer based in ...

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City looks to province for money to fix storm damage

City looks to province for money to fix storm damage

The city of Kamloops is looking to the province for financial help after July 23′s short, yet fierce, downpour did as much as $3 million in damage to city infrastructure. Mayor Peter Milobar said the city has filed an application under B.C.’s disaster financia-assistance program, which could cover up to 80 per cent of the city’s costs if the claim ...

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Campfire bans limited, remain in place for Kamloops

Campfire bans limited, remain in place for Kamloops

Authorities have rescinded evacuation notices on two fires burning in the area and will allow residents to return to homes and cabins, but a campfire ban on most of the region will remain in place. Cool weather and significant showers in the region have lowered fire risk from extreme to low in most of the area. But, the B.C. Wildfire ...

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Kamloops hunter on trial for alleged cross-border poaching

Kamloops hunter on trial for alleged cross-border poaching

Ministerial unit 628 is a relatively small swath of land in B.C.’s far northwest corner — that part of the province that juts into the southern-stretching finger of Alaska. To the north is the Yukon. To the south is Alaska. Mountains are everywhere. Less than 70 kilometres wide, ministerial unit 628 is bounded by Bennett Lake to the east and ...

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Councillor eyes ‘hot-dog’ bylaw

For years, the RCMP, SPCA and other organizations have put the message out that leaving pets in a hot car is a bad idea. Councillor Tina Lange thinks it’s time the city added some bite to the campaign. At council’s next meeting on Tuesday, July 29, Lange plans to push for a so-called “hot dog” bylaw, similar to those in ...

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Wild weather leaves plenty of work behind

Wild weather leaves plenty of work behind

Alfred Bell has seen his share of summer storms in the 35 years he’s lived in Kamloops, but it’s safe to say this week’s will stick in his memory longer than most. For one, it’s the first time he’s been close to a lightning strike and an exploding tree. The Lilac Avenue resident was watching the mid-afternoon downpour on Wednesday, ...

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Teeing up again at Sun Rivers

Teeing up again at Sun Rivers

Sun Rivers Golf Resort was closed to play on Thursday, July 24, the result of the Wednesday rainstorm that swept through the city. Officials were relieved when they assessed the grounds the following day and said golfers will be back on the fairways today (Friday, July 25). “It looks terrible, but we were fortunate,” marketing and public relations vice-president Leslie ...

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Get out the shovel — here comes the rain

Get out the shovel — here comes the rain

Craig Hall stood in front of Dollarama in Lansdowne Village, using a snow shovel to fight back the water as it flowed from a storm drain. As the water level rose in the parking lot, in spots as much as a foot and a half deep, the inside of the store stayed dry, as did most of the businesses in ...

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Judge spares man from jail

Judge spares man from jail

A 20-year-old spared jail on Thursday, July 24, went through a childhood “no person should endure,” said a provincial court judge. Tyson Dowds pleaded guilty to assault and theft under $5,000 following an incident Feb. 19 at Cooper’s Foods in North Kamloops. Crown lawyer Catriona Elliott said a loss-prevention officer saw Dowds stuffing bagels in his clothes, as well as ...

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Water-park idea floated again for Kamloops

Water-park idea floated again for Kamloops

An unknown Kamloops developer is once again eyeing the Tournament Capital as the site for a “destination water park.” A 11-hectare, privately developed park, with wave pool and lazy river, is one of several concepts being pitched to the public for the Tournament Capital Ranchlands (TCR) south of the Rayleigh Slo-Pitch Park. The city has 80 hectares of undeveloped land ...

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