GoByBike Week in Kamloops starts Monday

GoByBike Week starts

Kamloopsians can dust off their handlebars for a chance win prizes with GoByBike week starting Monday.

Spring GoByBike Week runs from May 30 to June 5.

Residents can register for the program here and start tracking their kilometres biked, as well as how many kilograms of greenhouse gases saved.

GoByBike BC said last year, more than 50,000 British Columbians participated in the event, which resulted in saving 418,026 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the organization, by creating a team and logging trips during GoByBike Week, participants will have the chance to win one of many prizes, including the grand prize, a trip for two to the Netherlands.

Large youth party at McArthur Island leaves one assaulted, police say

Youth party turns violent

Police are investigating a large party at McArthur Island after it turned violent last weekend.

Mounties said they responded to McArthur Island on Saturday, May 21 around 10:20 p.m. after receiving multiple calls reporting a group of about 80 to 100 youth partying and fighting.

According to police, many of the youth scattered once officers arrived.

One youth was located with minor injuries who was reportedly struck by several people. Police said they are also investigating the uttering of threats related to the same event.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed or has video footage of the incident to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Drugs and cash seized from vehicle on the North Shore, police say

Drugs and cash seized

Police say more than 300 grams of illegal drugs and $3000 in cash were seized from a vehicle on the North Shore.

Last Saturday, around 8 a.m., Mounties said they were patrolling the 600-block of Schubert Drive when they saw two people sleeping in the front seat of a vehicle along with paraphernalia consistent with drug use and trafficking.

Both people were arrested for drug possession, according to police.

Roughly $3000 in cash, 300 grams of suspected drugs and other items, including identification and electronics suspected to be stolen, were seized as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident can call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Residents lined up since 2 a.m. for downtown apartment pre-sales

Line for apartment pre-sale

People have been lined up since 2 a.m. to be first for the sales launch of Trillium – the first tower to be constructed in the new City Gardens development in Kamloops.

Pre-sales of suites in the tower started Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Kelson Group posted to a social media that people showed up at the site eight hours early.

City Gardens said the suites would be available at pre-sale pricing only on Saturday, and would be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The two towers will have nearly 300 apartment units between them and they'll be the tallest buildings in Kamloops, with one being 20 floors and the other 24 storeys.

The build is expected to be complete by 2028.

WCT opening Indigenous language show

World premiere at Pavilion

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Echoes of the Homesick Heart, a play exploring language reclamation and revitalization from the perspective of a multi-generational Indigenous family will premiere Thursday at the Pavilion Theatre.

The show's creator, Laura Michel — an Indigenous artist hailing from the Adams Lake area — conducted more than 40 interviews across the Secwépemc Nation as she worked to create the play.

Issiah Bull Bear, who plays the character of Sunec, said the play sees his character going through what a lot of young Indigenous people face.

“He's [Sunec] going through a struggle of being told the negative sides of being Indigenous, that's plagued by stereotypes and all that,” Bull Bear told Castanet Kamloops.

“But then he also has an Indigenous family for which it's beautiful, and trying to navigate that, in a world that really doesn't, for lack of better term, doesn't want you to be Indigenous, and wants you to assimilate.”

The play takes place in a black box theatre, which means a more intimate experience for audience members, according Merewyn Comeau, the actor who plays Emily.

“It's gonna be kind of like, as if you were watching a documentary, live as it happens,” she said.

“It's so small and intimate. You can see the sweat dripping off of the actor's face. You're in this tight, enclosed space, where you can just be with each other, feel each other's energy.”

Although it was written based on local experiences, Bull Bear said the show is incredibly relatable even as a Blackfoot man of Siksika Nation, near Calgary.

Bull Bear said the show has a lot to take away for audiences of all backgrounds.

“I think there is going to be two groups that watch this play. There's going to be white folks, of course, and I hope that they gain more appreciation for the language and also say the name right,” he said with a laugh, adding that many in Kamloops pronounce Secwepemctsín the way it is written instead of how it should be pronounced.

“For the Indigenous folks, I hope that younger folks come in and see the theatre and just think ‘I could do that’, be it as an actor or in language or other stuff or even see my character and say, ‘I relate to that.’”

Growing up, Bull Bear said he never got to see people who looked like him on stage, so he hopes his work will inspire other Indigenous kids.

Echoes of the Homesick Heart runs from June 2 to June 11 at the Pavilion Theatre.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Kamloops woman facing arson charges granted bail Friday

Accused arsonist gets bail

A Kamloops woman accused of setting a string of fires in the Lac Le Jeune and Monte Lake areas in recent weeks has been released from jail.

Angela Elise Cornish, 42, was granted bail Friday and released on a number of conditions, including electronic monitoring.

Cornish is facing four counts of arson stemming from a fire on April 30 in Monte Lake, along with additional fires between May 7 and May 11 in the Lac Le Jeune area.

Police said she was identified as a suspect after a sharp-eyed Monte Lake resident spotted a suspicious truck in the area of a fire on April 30.

A number of Monte Lake residents attended Cornish’s bail hearing last week. One man said the community is just starting to recover from last year’s wildfire season, which devastated the rural area.

“With this string of fires, it’s been so stressful," he said. "I can’t describe it. It’s like the fires coming up from all over again."

A publication ban covers all of the evidence presented at Cornish’s bail hearing. The circumstances of the allegations against her likely won’t become public until she stands trial or pleads guilty. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 9 in Kamloops court.

Dozens of homes were destroyed during last summer's White Rock Lake wildfire, which swept through the community in early August. That fire, the province's most destructive last year, would later grow to the south, destroying many more homes along Westside Road.

Blowout sale on used books, CD's, records next week, KSO says

KSO 'Blowout Sale'

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra says it will be holding a blowout sale edition of Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale.

According to KSO, the orchestra received an overwhelming amount of donations for the spring edition of their sale and they don’t have the space to store the remaining books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records.

In order to free up needed space, KSO said it will be holding a blowout sale on Thursday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 444 Seymour Street.

The orchestra said most standard items will be available for $1 each, but the more items a shopper buys the bigger the discount will be be.

Kamloops RCMP respond to report of weapons and bear spray at restaurant

Weapons call at restaurant

Kamloops RCMP had to take extra precautions after being alerted to a potential weapons call at a North Shore restaurant Thursday night.

Intial reports indicated that bear spray may have been deployed and one person may have been stabbed at a restaurant in the 600-block of Fortune Dr. at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday.

RCMP say a man was reportedly inside a restaurant and threatening a person with weapons and subsequent reports indicated a person had possibly been stabbed and that bear spray had been deployed, prompting a heavy police presence in the neighbourhood.

“Inside, police quickly located a man identified as the suspect, who was still in possession of a weapon,” said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. “The presence of a weapon increased the risk to the public and to the officers responding, and the man was quickly taken into custody to prevent escalation.”

RCMP determined that there was no stabbing and bear spray had not been used.

A woman and another man were also arrested in relation to the incident. The accused received a court date and conditions, the victim was wanted and held on a warrant, and a woman was released without being processed.

Weapons and drugs were seized as part of the ongoing investigation.

Merritt man wins big playing Keno

Merritt man wins $400k

A man from Merritt has won the biggest Keno prize ever at a B.C. retail location.

Patrick Lamour said he couldn’t believe his eyes after scanning his Keno ticket to find out he had won $400,052.50 — the largest Keno prize ever sold at a retail location in B.C.

“I was at the store checking the ticket and I thought something was wrong with the machine,” Lamour said.

“I scanned it at a self-checker and then had the retailer scan it as well to be sure.”

Lamour said he started playing Keno last year and enjoys using his kids birthdays to pick his numbers. According to BCLC, the winning ticket was purchased at the Merritt Shell on DeWolf Way.

“I called my daughter and son right away,” Lamour said.

“They were more excited than I was!”

According to BCLC, the Merritt resident plans to have a celebratory meal with children and gift them part of his prize before taking some time to figure out what he will do with the rest of his winnings.

Environment Canada forecasting cloudy weekend in Kamloops

Cloudy weekend ahead

Environment Canada is forecasting a cloudy but mild weekend in the Tournament Capital.

Friday is expected to be mainly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers and high of 21 C. Overnight the temperature drops to 6 C.

Environment Canada forecasts a mix of sun and clouds Saturday with a high of 19 C and overnight low of 10 C. Clouds are expected to roll in overnight Saturday and stick around through out the day Sunday.

Sunday’s expected high is 20 C. The temperatures drop back off overnight with a low of 10 C and a 30 per cent chance of showers.

Warmer temperatures and cloudy sky is forecasted into early next week, with a good chance of showers on Tuesday. Monday’s high is 24 C, Tuesday’s is 23 C.

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