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Armed robber gets fine, probation

Armed robber gets fine, probation

A 35-year-old Chase man who held up a North Kamloops convenience store in what a prosecutor called a “non-confrontational way” has been given a $500 fine and placed on one year of probation by a provincial court judge. Douglas Piggot pleaded guilty on Thursday, July 31, to possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The Crown dropped a robbery charge ...

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HIV rate steady among gay, bisexual men

HIV rate steady among gay, bisexual men

The head of ASK (AIDS Society of Kamloops) Wellness says a recent report showing the numbers of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV in B.C. as staying steady isn’t all that surprising. Bob Hughes also said the Interior’s relatively low HIV figures are indicative of the lack of a                     large ...

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Money for days out of classroom during strike

Money for days out of classroom during strike

A plan by the provincial government to spend $12 million each school day if the teachers’ strike continues has been condemned by the union representing the educators. Jim Iker, president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation said the $40 the government has committed to parents of children 13 and younger in the public-education system for each day teachers remain out of ...

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Supreme Court places limits on Mr. Big stings

Supreme Court places limits on Mr. Big stings

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the RCMP’s Mr. Big stings — what it called a “Canadian invention” — can still be used to elicit murder confessions, but it placed severe restrictions on its admissibility and police tactics that can be used. The ruling on Thursday, July 31, means the conviction of Nelson Hart, a Newfoundland  father of two ...

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Market liquor process ‘bucketful of bureaucracy’

Market liquor process ‘bucketful of bureaucracy’

The Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market Society is hoping an appeal to city council will cut through  the red tape keeping local wineries from selling their wares but, so far, councillors are showing little interest in fast-tracking the process. Saturday market manager Annelise Grube-Cavers said the society has already cleared vendors to sell wine at the market but, when the organization ...

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Sullivan hears final bell

Sullivan hears final bell

Terry Sullivan’s mother may have had the greatest influence on his 40-year career as an educator. The superintendent of the Kamloops-Thompson school district — who retires on Thursday, July 31, after 15 years on the job — said his mother was a strong-willed woman who turned a challenge into what was, at the time, innovation. After the birth of one ...

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Will BCTF/BCPSEA talks resume?

Will BCTF/BCPSEA talks resume?

Bargaining between the province and its teachers could resume next month. David Komljenovic, president of the Kamloops-Thompson Teachers’ Association (KTTA), said dates had been set through the summer, but each July date was cancelled. August dates, however, remain in place and he’s optimistic there will be some discussion between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ ...

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Unlucky-in-love Kamloops lawyer launches lawsuit

Unlucky-in-love Kamloops lawyer launches lawsuit

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the lawsuit when your Vietnamese bride ditches you after receiving her Canadian visa. That’s how it went for Kamloops lawyer Rod McLeod, who has filed a notice of claim in B.C. Supreme Court seeking money from Nguyen Xuan Bach Phung. According to court documents, the two met on a social-networking site in ...

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City hall briefs: Police station desk closed Saturdays to save costs

City hall briefs: Police station desk closed Saturdays to save costs

The doors will be open, but don’t expect to find anyone waiting behind the front counter of the Kamloops RCMP detachment on Saturdays. In a closed meeting earlier this month, Kamloops city council agreed the detachment could close its front counter at 560 Battle St. to the public on Saturdays and use the funds for other police activities. Director of ...

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Kamloops tipping fees — and dumping fines — to rise

Kamloops tipping fees — and dumping fines — to rise

Tipping fees at city landfills are set to rise Jan. 1, 2015 — and city staff are concerned that could lead to more residents dumping their garbage in the bush. As a result, those who engage in illegal dumping will see maximum fines increase five-fold — to $10,000 from $2,000. The decision to raise fees was not made by the ...

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