Williams Lake, BC news and events as they happen
- RCMP report quiet weekend in Williams Lake
- Skateboard thief arrested and released
- Remembering, recovering, reconciling: SJM Residential School
- Bear spray used in downtown robbery this afternoon
- Be safe as you travel this long weekend
- Friday farmers market returns to Boitanio Park
- City to respond to wrongful dismissal claims by 'former' CAO
- Family hoping for safe return of dog involved in yesterday's tragic crash
- Highway 20 claims another life
- Cariboo-Chilcotin Liberals celebrate victory
- Serious crash slows traffic on Highway 20 this afternoon
- StrongStart petting zoo wildly popular with kids and parents
- Maratha Christian School hosts annual carnival
- WLFD had a busy afternoon
On the morning of April 25, the City of Williams Lake contacted 9-1-1 due to a bomb threat hoax at the Public Works Yard on 2nd Avenue. A bomb look-alike was discovered at about 8:00am. Police and emergency services attended. There were no injuries.
Although this was a hoax, the City takes threats to employee and public safety very seriously. As it would in any similar serious incident, the City acted appropriately by calling 9-1-1 and evacuating the site.
The City appreciates the prompt response from emergency services, and thanks the public for their patience during this incident.
The fire danger rating west of the Fraser River has increased to moderate with certain areas at high due to the warm, dry weather.
Yesterday, the smoke was sitting low in the valley near Sheep Creek Bridge caused by three wildfires currently burning west of Williams Lake.
The President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the national organization for the Canadian mining industry whose members are engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication, spoke to approximately 60 people at The Pointe Restaurant in Williams Lake last Thursday evening.
Pierre Gratton, began by reminding people that mining companies across the country produce a ‘whole bunch of things’ that people need to live on. “Mining is such an essential industry, people can't live without mining -- it's got to come from somewhere. I'd rather it came from here, because that means that the jobs are here, he said, adding Canada has the strongest environmental awareness, laws and regulations in the world.
By Jennifer Nickel
This past weekend the Esket First Nation community (Alkali Lake) hosted a ball hockey tournament in honour of local teen, Nick Paul, who passed away in 2012 after a courageous battle with Leukemia.
All proceeds from the multi team tournament went to the Nicholas Paul Foundation, a local organization founded by the family of Nick Paul to support other local families whose children are facing a serious medical crisis.
At approximately 5:30 this morning, the Williams Lake Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire in the back alley of 5th Avenue North, between Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and Carson Drive.
The thick, black smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Fox Mountain Road and Highway 97.
The first annual Community 10 km Walk/Run, designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, took place in Alexis Creek this past weekend. “What a day we had!” said Kelly Feldinger, Alexis Creek Community Club President. “Warm, sunny weather made the event even more enjoyable.”
Twenty eight of the 31 people who registered to participate, walked, ran and even cycled the route. “Unfortunately, nasty shin splints and terrible colds kept three people away,” Kelly added. The youngest participant was a six year old girl who rode her bike, the most ‘seasoned’ runner was 55+ and many dogs ran alongside their owners, as well. Garrett Madley came in first in the 19-49 years run category, despite wearing his work boots for the entire run.
(Photos by Krista Mangan.)
The St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School Commemoration Project recently announced a series of events and initiatives in the coming weeks to commemorate and create awareness and recognition of the residential school experience in the Cariboo.
The project aims to encourage, support and engage in a shared First Nations and non-First Nations dialogue on how to achieve reconciliation in the Cariboo region, and to support efforts by all those affected by the legacy of this residential school as they continue on their personal healing journey.
On Saturday, April 27, the Nenqayni Wellness Centre unveiled a monument recognizing the three nations; Chilcotin, (Alexandria, Anaham, Alexis Creek, Xeni Gwet’ln, Stone, and Toosey), Shuswap (Alkali Lake, Canim Lake, Canoe Creek, Soda Creek, Williams Lake) and Carrier (Red Bluff, Nazko, Kluskus, and Ulkatcho).
Sometime overnight thieves struck in the 700 Block of 4th Avenue North and 800 Block of Western Avenue.
Thieves smashed out windows and attempted to take two Ford Ranger pickups.
Anyone that witnessed anyone suspicious in this area between the hours of midnight to 5:00am are asked to call local the Williams Lake RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Independent candidate Gary Young, speaking at a recent all-candidates meeting, has made incorrect statements with respect to the New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project.
Mr. Young is wrong to suggest the project will harm Fish Lake. The truth is that Fish Lake and its trout population will be protected during all phases of mine operations. There will be no harmful impact to Fish Lake.
The Williams Lake Fire Department carried out their annual controlled burn in Boitanio Park this evening.
The burn is to remove long grasses that represent a potential fire hazard and will also serve as a training session for firefighters. This burn will produce smoke, and residents in the area are asked to take any necessary action to prevent the smoke from entering residences.
- CCSAR's online auction closes at midnight tonight
- Gentles back in court to face seven Criminal Code charges
- Spike belt used to stop suspected drunk driver
- Children lucky to escape injury after setting dumpster fire
- Fire training exercises taking place today
- 3064 Army Cadets camp out under the stars
- Bike Park improvements increase hang time
- SPIN Farming – local and healthy food production
- Police warn of powerful narcotic sold in Prince George recently
- Hodgson Road water main repairs underway
- Controlled burn west of Williams Lake in mop-up stage today
- Prescribed burn near Riske Creek creates smokey skies
- Man with gun in Boitanio Park arrested
- TRU’s ‘I Give’ program helping students
- Rescued bear cubs returning to the Cariboo