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Hwy 5 partially closed

8:30 P.M. UPDATE

Highway 5 between Merritt and Kamloops remains closed after a motor vehicle accident. 

The current estimated time of reopening is between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m.

A motor vehicle accident has closed the southbound lanes of Highway 5 between Merritt and Kamloops. 

Merritt RCMP could not be immediately reached for details.

An assessment is in progress and there is currently no estimated time of reopening. 

More to come.


Week in Review


Big White celebrates summer

Big White have a big celebration planned for the final long weekend of the summer.

The ski hill will open the Bullet Chair Lift this Saturday through Monday for what it calls the Bike, Bike and Beverage Festival.

As part of the festival, residents and tourists alike are invited to ride the Bullet Chair to an elevation of 2,151m above sea level and walk or ride the chair back down.

Access to the chair is by cash or food donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

The festival itself will include biking and hiking races, mountain bike demos, an outdoor carnival, live music and beverage tastings.

"We are excited to once again be offering rides to the alpine on the Bullet Express lift over the September long weekend," says Sr VP, Michael J Ballingall.

"Last time we did this was 10 years ago and over 1,000 people showed up."

Click here for more information on the festival.


Myra Canyon park opens

Despite a blatant attempt to ruin the summer season for a new outdoor adventure company, the group has opened their doors, for free, for some of their sections.

Back in July Castanet brought you the story of the vandalism at the Myra Canyon Adventure Park. Vandals chainsawed multiple trees on the property, trees that were being used in the adult tree course.

This damage delayed the park opening and caused the park to cancel the adult course for this summer entirely.

Owner Rolf von Andrian says despite the setback they wanted to open their doors and allow the public try out the new park, for free, before the summer ends.

“We wanted to open what we had ready despite the damage that was done. We do it for free because we are not 100 per cent ready and we do not want to charge for it when we are not 100 per cent ready,” says von Andrian. “Just come and see for yourself.”

He says the adult course, that was badly damaged by the vandals, is still not safe and will not be up and running until it is completely repaired next spring.

However, the kindercourse, the mini slack line park and the frisbee golf course are now all open.

von Andrian says his team is excited about the park opening and hosting the community but still frustrated the damage nearly destroyed their entire summer.

“The damage hurt us a lot. We didn't have insurance, because why would we insure something that isn't even open yet, so the damage was very big, but we survived.”

The Myra Canyon Adventure Park is currently free to the public and will be until Sept 7, 2014. 

“We want people to see what we did and get a taste of it and provide feedback so we don't charge for it,” says von Andrian.

Since the park opened last Sunday they are getting busier day by day and are happy with the response so far.

“Everybody is welcome. I think we did a good job and we are really happy with our product so we are excited to host everybody in the community,” adds von Andrian. 

Alcohol fueled crash


A crash on Highway 97 near the entrance to Lake Country Wednesday afternoon was alcohol and speed induced.

RCMP confirm the driver of a Subaru Legacy provided blood samples following the crash that were four times the legal limit.

The 45-year-old Prince George man was handed an Indefinite Driving Prohibition and faces impaired driving charges.

According to witnesses the man drove his vehicle into the back of an RV at a high rate of speed.


Highway 97 on the southern reaches of Lake Country has claimed another vehicle.

The stretch of highway, just south of Beaver Lake Road in front of Voyager RV, has been the scene of three vehicle crashes in less than a month.

Zach, who worked at the RV centre, says people never seem to obey the 50km/hr speed signs.

On Wednesday, the driver of a red station wagon plowed into the back of an RV that was merging onto the highway after leaving the RV lot.

The force of the crash sent the RV several metres forward.

The bumper of the sedan remained under the RV while the car's battery was completely dislodged from under the hood.

The driver of the car was able to vacate the vehicle under his own power.

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