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  • Oregon asks firm to stop using fetal tissue from B.C. to generate power

    PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity.

    Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.

    The British Columbia Health Ministry tells The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, including fetal tissue, to Oregon, where it's incinerated in the waste-to-energy plant

    Vancouver-based B.C. Catholic newspaper identified the plant as Covanta Marion, based in Marion County.

    The facility processes about 500 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 13 megawatts of energy sold to Portland General Electric.

  • Sun Peaks adds guided hikes and cross-country bike tours this summer

    SUN PEAKS, B.C. - Sun Peaks Resort is introducing guided interpretive hiking tours on its lift-accessed trails in the B.C. Interior's Shuswap Highland this summer.

    The region offers abundant displays of alpine wildflowers during the peak blooming season from mid-July to mid-August.

    A four-person chairlift takes hikers up to 35 kilometres of trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. The lift begins operating June 27.

    Known in summer as a downhill biking destination, Sun Peaks is also boosting its cross-country offerings.

    "We're seeing a big increase in people who are interested in cross-country biking," said Sun Peaks spokesperson Brandi Schier. "We have a Nordic trail network that is used in winter for skiing and it doubles in the summer for cross-country biking."

    The resort is adding two lift-accessed cross-country biking trails for intermediate riders, totalling 18 kilometres.

    New guided cross-country biking tours will also be offered. If riders aren't sure they have the stamina for a full day on the trails, electric motors can be attached for help on uphill sections.

  • Port Hardy earthquake felt across Okanagan

    KELOWNA - A series of earthquakes 90km south of Port Hardy has several Twitter users saying they felt it here in the Okanagan as well.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 8:10 p.m. and registered 6.7. A second 5.0 quake struck the same area seven minutes later followed by a 4.3 at 8:40 p.m.

    Several Tweet's were sent by Okanagan residents saying they felt the earthquake in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, however this has not been confirmed.

    There are no reports of damage or injuries. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • You dirty rat: almost 80 dead rodents found in southern Alberta landfill

    MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Another 78 dead rats have been pulled from a southern Alberta landfill that has been plagued by the pests.

    The City of Medicine Hat is working to get rid of the rodents and is providing a weekly update.

    Last week, 63 dead rats were discovered and the week before there were 39.

    Jason Storch, an agricultural fieldman with Cypress County, says he can't put a timeline on the situation.

    The rats were spotted at the dump earlier this month after someone reported finding one in a farmyard.

    Alberta has always prided itself on being rat free, but that status has been in question since August 2012 when the vermin were first found in the landfill.

    At least 100 Norway rats were killed by city workers after an 80- metre-long nest was discovered. It took six hours for 21 workers and two excavators to dismantle it.

    The landfill has been continuously monitored since then and the city credits that vigilance for discovering the new cases. City officials said earlier this month that more poison was being put out and that staff would check bait stations daily.

    Agricultural fieldmen known by Albertans as the "rat patrol'' have worked for years to target invading rats in a control zone along the province's eastern boundary.

  • Clearwater man charged with murder

    KAMLOOPS – Police have charged a Clearwater man with the murder of his common-law wife—mother to three children—who was found dead in her home on Stegg Road April 21.

    Iain Scott, 41, of Clearwater B.C. was arrested after a lengthy standoff with police at his Clearwater home.

    Angila Wilson, a nurse at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. She was found in her home April 21.

    Wilson was a mother of a girl and two boys aged six, four, and two. Police said Scott barricaded himself in his home near Joyce Road in Clearwater - holding his children hostage.

    After a seven-hour standoff with police, Scott was arrested without incident.

    The children are safe and physically unharmed.

    The eldest child attends elementary school in Clearwater. School District 73 has taken a proactive approach and has sent counsellors to speak to students who may be emotionally affected by the incident.

    The Crown has approved charges for Scott, but hasn't specified first or second degree murder. His lawyer met with a Justice of the Peace today to confirm a court date.

    Scott is in currently in custody.  He will appear in court over video conference on June 2.

    To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Mining for fun at science centre

    KAMLOOPS — If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive the heavy equipment at New Gold or how to pan for gold Mining Day at the Big Little Science Centre has you covered.

    The Kamloops Exploration Group and the South Central B.C. branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining are hosting the day as a way for adults and kids to learn about the industry through interactive displays.

    From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 New Gold will have a heavy equipment simulator to try out as well as the company fire truck on display. Other heavy equipment will also be on display and a number of hands-on activities and displays will be available.

    Rockhounds can bring in their rocks to be identified and Yukon Dan will show you how to gold pan. From 2:30 - 4 p.m. kids can make a business card with gold on it (while supplies last.)

    The day is being held as part of Mining Week, April 27 to May 3, which will also include a business luncheon on the Friday. The Kamloops group hosted 4,500 delegates at the annual conference earlier this month as well.

    To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Four robberies in four days and no leads

    KAMLOOPS – RCMP are still investigating four robberies which took place between April 15 to 18.

    Cpl. Cheryl Bush says police are still investigating each case to determine if there is a relationship between the male suspects in all four robberies or if it's the same suspect.

    In three of the cases, the robber produced a knife or knife-like object, such as an x-acto blade or a needle, when demanding cash.

    Locations of the robberies included McCleaners on the North Shore, the Adultz sex shop, and two other downtown locations not specified by the RCMP.

    Rick Decap, the owner of McCleaners on Tranquille drive says his staff member was not able to provide a detailed description of the suspect. Although the robber didn’t produce a knife, he did grab hold of his clerk.

    “She was in the process of being manhandled when everything was going on, so I don’t think she worried too much about what he looked like.”

    Decap says the suspect made off with about $200. He says he has not heard since from RCMP.

    James Porvis, the owner of Adultz says he hasn’t heard anything further from the RCMP regarding this robbery or any of the others in proximity to his store.

    In reference to the case files, Bush says Mounties are examining evidence through labs, tracking down witnesses for statements, and reviewing video surveillance.

    “All those things take time,” Bush said.

    “None of the files are concluded. That’s about as much as I can tell you.”

    To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Expect road closures this weekend for Boogie

    KAMLOOPS — There'll be road closures this weekend when more than 2,500 people hit the streets of Kamloops for the annual Boogie the Bridge.

    Sunday, April 27 several blocks in the downtown core will be shutdown, along with the inside travel lanes of the Overlanders Bridge and several streets on the North Shore.

    For travel on the North Shore the city is recommending motorists use the signalized intersection at Fortune Drive and Nelson Avenue (for access to Fortune Drive) and the Halston Bridge where possible.

    Participants can show their race bibs to get free rides on race day as well.

    The race is expected to be the biggest ever and for the first time two local charities, Family Tree Family Centre and CMHA Youth Clubhouse, will benefit from the funds raised.

    The following closures will take place Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
    - Victoria Street between 1 and 5 Avenues
    - 1, 2, 3 and 4 Avenues between Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street
    - Inside travel lanes of Victoria Street West
    - Inside travel lanes of Overlanders Bridge

    Closed from 8 a.m. to noon:
    - Fort Avenue
    - Larch Avenue
    - Baker Street

    Delays from 9:30-11 a.m.:
    - York Avenue
    - Kemano Street
    - Patricia Avenue

    To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

     

  • Port Hardy earthquake felt across Okanagan

    KELOWNA - A series of earthquakes 90km south of Port Hardy has several Twitter users saying they felt it here in the Okanagan as well.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 8:10 p.m. and registered 6.7. A second 5.0 quake struck the same area seven minutes later followed by a 4.3 at 8:40 p.m.

    Several Tweet's were sent by Okanagan residents saying they felt the earthquake in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, however this has not been confirmed.

    There are no reports of damage or injuries. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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  • Clearwater man charged with murder

    KAMLOOPS – Police have charged a Clearwater man with the murder of his common-law wife—mother to three children—who was found dead in her home on Stegg Road April 21.

    Iain Scott, 41, of Clearwater B.C. was arrested after a lengthy standoff with police at his Clearwater home.

    Angila Wilson, a nurse at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. She was found in her home April 21.

    Wilson was a mother of a girl and two boys aged six, four, and two. Police said Scott barricaded himself in his home near Joyce Road in Clearwater - holding his children hostage.

    After a seven-hour standoff with police, Scott was arrested without incident.

    The children are safe and physically unharmed.

    The eldest child attends elementary school in Clearwater. School District 73 has taken a proactive approach and has sent counsellors to speak to students who may be emotionally affected by the incident.

    The Crown has approved charges for Scott, but hasn't specified first or second degree murder. His lawyer met with a Justice of the Peace today to confirm a court date.

    Scott is in currently in custody.  He will appear in court over video conference on June 2.

    To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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  • Mining for fun at science centre

    KAMLOOPS — If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive the heavy equipment at New Gold or how to pan for gold Mining Day at the Big Little Science Centre has you covered.

    The Kamloops Exploration Group and the South Central B.C. branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining are hosting the day as a way for adults and kids to learn about the industry through interactive displays.

    From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 New Gold will have a heavy equipment simulator to try out as well as the company fire truck on display. Other heavy equipment will also be on display and a number of hands-on activities and displays will be available.

    Rockhounds can bring in their rocks to be identified and Yukon Dan will show you how to gold pan. From 2:30 - 4 p.m. kids can make a business card with gold on it (while supplies last.)

    The day is being held as part of Mining Week, April 27 to May 3, which will also include a business luncheon on the Friday. The Kamloops group hosted 4,500 delegates at the annual conference earlier this month as well.

    To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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  • Four robberies in four days and no leads

    KAMLOOPS – RCMP are still investigating four robberies which took place between April 15 to 18.

    Cpl. Cheryl Bush says police are still investigating each case to determine if there is a relationship between the male suspects in all four robberies or if it's the same suspect.

    In three of the cases, the robber produced a knife or knife-like object, such as an x-acto blade or a needle, when demanding cash.

    Locations of the robberies included McCleaners on the North Shore, the Adultz sex shop, and two other downtown locations not specified by the RCMP.

    Rick Decap, the owner of McCleaners on Tranquille drive says his staff member was not able to provide a detailed description of the suspect. Although the robber didn’t produce a knife, he did grab hold of his clerk.

    “She was in the process of being manhandled when everything was going on, so I don’t think she worried too much about what he looked like.”

    Decap says the suspect made off with about $200. He says he has not heard since from RCMP.

    James Porvis, the owner of Adultz says he hasn’t heard anything further from the RCMP regarding this robbery or any of the others in proximity to his store.

    In reference to the case files, Bush says Mounties are examining evidence through labs, tracking down witnesses for statements, and reviewing video surveillance.

    “All those things take time,” Bush said.

    “None of the files are concluded. That’s about as much as I can tell you.”

    To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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  • Expect road closures this weekend for Boogie

    KAMLOOPS — There'll be road closures this weekend when more than 2,500 people hit the streets of Kamloops for the annual Boogie the Bridge.

    Sunday, April 27 several blocks in the downtown core will be shutdown, along with the inside travel lanes of the Overlanders Bridge and several streets on the North Shore.

    For travel on the North Shore the city is recommending motorists use the signalized intersection at Fortune Drive and Nelson Avenue (for access to Fortune Drive) and the Halston Bridge where possible.

    Participants can show their race bibs to get free rides on race day as well.

    The race is expected to be the biggest ever and for the first time two local charities, Family Tree Family Centre and CMHA Youth Clubhouse, will benefit from the funds raised.

    The following closures will take place Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
    - Victoria Street between 1 and 5 Avenues
    - 1, 2, 3 and 4 Avenues between Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street
    - Inside travel lanes of Victoria Street West
    - Inside travel lanes of Overlanders Bridge

    Closed from 8 a.m. to noon:
    - Fort Avenue
    - Larch Avenue
    - Baker Street

    Delays from 9:30-11 a.m.:
    - York Avenue
    - Kemano Street
    - Patricia Avenue

    To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

     

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  • Puppy survives being shot with pellets

    THOMPSON-OKANAGAN — A puppy is recovering in Salmon Arm after being found with multiple pellet-shot wounds near Niskonlith Lake.

    The four-month-old German shepherd puppy was found by a couple people walking their dogs.

    “Some individuals out walking their dogs by Nisquanles Lake earlier this month saw the puppy cowering under a bush,” says B.C. SPCA senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward. “They took him to a veterinary clinic in Salmon Arm, where the pellets were removed.”

    She notes that one of the pellets surgically removed was only one millimetre from puppy’s aorta.

    The veterinarian caring for the puppy is covering the full costs of his medical care and one of the clinic staff plans to adopt the dog.

    “Thankfully, the puppy will recover and will be adopted into a loving home, but the SPCA is seeking information leading to charges in the case,” says Const. Woodward. “It is important that people understand that animal cruelty is not acceptable and those who inflict pain and suffering on animals will be brought to justice.”

    The B.C. SPCA is asking anyone with information about the incident to please contact the B.C. SPCA animal cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

    To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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