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The big melt

The big melt

It seems the groundhogs back East were correct on Feb. 2 when they failed to see their shadows, a sign that spring will come early. In Kamloops, sights like this melting icicle are becoming more common as the mercury continues to rise. Friday’s forecast high is 10 C and the temperature is expected to remain in the high single-digits through ...

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Jail time for theft from home of former Blazers’ GM

Jail time for theft from home of former Blazers’ GM

A 23-year-old man who broke into the Dufferin home of the former general manager of the Kamloops Blazers and made off with valuable hockey memorabilia will spend the next five months behind bars. Timothy Ginther pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court yesterday to one count each of break-and-enter and possession of a controlled substance. Ginther broke into the Pacific Way ...

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New research chair at TRU

New research chair at TRU

Courtney Mason (right) speaks during a press conference Wednesday at the Culinary Arts Building dining room at Thompson Rivers University. Mason has been named Tier II Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities, working in the faculty of adventure, culinary arts and tourism at the university. The first Canada Research Chair for the faculty of adventure, culinary arts and tourism ...

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Business briefs: Venture Kamloops launches online tool

Business briefs: Venture Kamloops launches online tool

Kamloops’ economic-development organization is rolling out an online tool to help businesses get information faster. Start Here, available through venturekamloops.com/starthere, allows owners of existing or new businesses to reach out to Venture Kamloops for information they need to start up or expand. Jamie Mayes, Venture Kamloops’ business retention and expansion specialist, said the new tool allows clients to explain who ...

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$24,000 spent in Kamloops arts-centre debate

$24,000 spent in Kamloops arts-centre debate

Graffiti covers the west side of the former Kamloops Daily News building at Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue. The building remains empty and its lot is being used to park vehicles after voters in November rejected a $91-million performing-arts centre proposal for the city-owned parcel. Dave Eagles/KTW Nearly $14,000 in donations wasn’t enough to secure a victory for supporters of ...

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Love hurts . . . the wallet

Love hurts . . .  the wallet

Love hurts sometimes, especially in your wallet, according to a new study. The annual findings released by RateSupermarket.ca on Monday say that the costs linked to romance for Canadian couples has increased by 22.8 per cent since last year. The study, which is the fourth put together by the financial service company, takes into account the averages expenses associated with ...

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Water should be flowing to Aberdeen homes Tuesday night

Water should be flowing to Aberdeen homes Tuesday night

Residents in Aberdeen who have been without city water service due to a broken pipe near the Aberdeen Glen Village mobile home park should be able to start running the taps again on Tuesday night. Utility services manager Mike Firlotte said city workers are in the process of fixing the pipe, with a goal of completing repairs on Tuesday night. “They’re ...

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Throne speech focus on fuel, food

Throne speech focus on fuel, food

Premier Christy Clark has doubled down on her election promise to pay off B.C.’s debt with revenues from liquefied natural-gas exports, despite delays in proposed projects in the face of a global glut of oil and gas. “Success is not for quitters,” declared the government’s speech from the throne, delivered Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to open the spring ...

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Beckett murder trial: Paramedic treated body of wife as crime scene

Beckett murder trial: Paramedic treated body of wife as crime scene

  An off-duty BC Ambulance paramedic who was on the scene when Laura Letts-Beckett’s lifeless body was brought to shore in August 2010 treated the situation as “a potential crime scene,” a jury has been told. Former New Zealand politician Peter Beckett, 59, is standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on one count of first-degree murder. Letts-Beckett, his ...

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Killer asks for, and gets, separation from rival gang in prison

Killer asks for, and gets, separation from rival gang in prison

Travis Johnny and Anthony Scotchman will be sentenced next month for the March 2011 murder of 23-year-old Archie LePretre, who was killed while playing basketball at Stuart Wood elementary. KTW file photo An alleged gangster who admitted last year to his role in a 2011 broad-daylight slaying in a downtown Kamloops schoolyard has been granted his wish to be separated ...

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