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YEAR IN REVIEW: The most memorable quotes of 2016

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - When journalists put something in quotes, it’s because the subject put it much better than we ever could.

Here are some of the most memorable quotes of 2016, from the hilarious to the heartwarming, and in some cases, heartbreaking. Whether they made us laugh, or made us cry, they sure stuck with us.


"About two weeks ago it seems like some sort of porn-bots decided to inundate our hashtag with offensive, pornographic tweets."

— Kamloops Coun. Donovan Cavers

STORY: City councillor fed up up with Twitter porn bots abusing Kamloops


“You have to laugh, right? Here he is breaking into a business and he steals lube."

— Owner of Libra Love Boutique after a break and enter at her store.

STORY: Suspect breaks into Vernon love boutique, steals four bottles of discounted lube


“I view the wonderful gifts nature gives us. Those hills with the yellow sunflowers and the trees budding out. I just marvel at it. People should take a little more time to look at how a flower opens up. You can go by a bush one day and it’s in bud, the next day it’s opening and the next it’s come out. I think that’s just marvellous.”

— Helen Sidney, Vernon senior who spends two hours a day cleaning up roadside garbage.

STORY: 93-year-old Vernon woman spends two hours a day picking up garbage to 'keep busy'


“I was angry our son died in this manner. He didn’t want to die and it could have been different."

— Leo Pouliot, father of fentanyl overdose victim.

STORY: Heartbroken parents speak out after fentanyl crisis claims life of Vernon man


“I was just screaming. I’ve never screamed like that in my life."

—  Lisa David, victim of a bizarre assault with a BMW. 

STORY: Judge sides with North Okanagan man who stabbed driver trying to save girlfriend in bizarre case


“He was reaching and digging around — it was so gross. They were out there for a good four hours. The smell, I can’t believe he stayed in there that long.”

— Dani Jacobsen, who lost her engagement ring down the toilet and miraculously had it returned to her three years later.

STORY: Search for flushed jewelry gets a happy ending in Salmon Arm


“We are in this position of trust to serve our communities. When the community has lost complete trust in this board we are no longer effective and then what is the point?”

— former School District 83 trustee Kelly Rowe.

STORY: Another trustee resigns from North Okanagan-Shuswap School Board


"He just started swinging. This guy seemed normal so that’s why it was so surprising. Being a cab driver, I’m pretty good at reading people. This guy showed no signs.”

— Kamloops cab driver Cal Huntington

STORY'He just started swinging': Kamloops cab driver talks about the day he was stabbed


"I wanted to be an electrician. I don’t know anyone who’d hire a blind electrician.”

— Brett Devloo, Kamloops skateboarder

STORY: Kamloops skateboarder may have lost his vision, but didn't lose his passion


"Have a kit and don’t be alone. Never be alone. My son was alone, there was nobody with him.”

— Sandy Kraft, mother of fentanyl overdose victim.

STORYKamloops mom who lost son to fentanyl doing her part to end overdose crisis


“My client’s thought process is diametrically opposed to Albert Einstein's when these matters come up.”

— Defence lawyer Robert Maxwell speaking at a theft case in Penticton court.

STORY: Man sentenced for attempted smash and grab at Penticton mall


“He’s like his lawyer — indigent."

— Defence lawyer Robert Maxwell asking for fees to be waived against his client in Penticton court.

STORY: South Okanagan thief holds hope rehab will change his ways


“'Coming down the stairs and seeing two RCMP officers there, I distinctly remember thinking ‘Holy crap. I hope that she was shoplifting or spray-painted a bench somewhere, anything. Please be anything.’”

— Cameron Gatey, father of Kamloops teen killed in hit and run the day before her seventeenth birthday.

STORY: HIT AND RUN: Dad remembers Jennifer Gatey for who she was, not how she died


“My brother was their pack leader. They were protecting him.”

— Sister of Kelowna man who was found dead with his three dogs at his side.

STORY: Riding a Kelowna bus to find owner is only half this dog's story


“The only indication that Mr. Dhami had actually touched the lotion was the dot on his face. It does not take an anatomist to appreciate that a person’s face is a long way away from his rectum.”

— Justice Peter Rogers giving a decision in a Kelowna drug case.

STORYLotion, joint led to illegal Kelowna arrest of man with 53 bags of heroin up his bottom


“I miss her and we just need to find her.”

— Sister of missing First Nations woman Caitlin Potts.

STORY: 'I just want to know where she is:' Sister desperate for answers in the disappearance of Caitlin Potts


“Housing is always more of an issue than the food. I eat at the (Gospel) Mission but even if you’re barred you can always get a sandwich at the hospital.”

— Tex Weatherbee, one of Kelowna’s homeless.

STORY: Few options for homeless man barred from Kelowna shelter

We'd love to hear about the quotes that resonated with our readers this year. Please feel welcome to add them in the comments below. Happy New Year from the team. 

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