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Torn down for a parking lot

Kamloops civic leaders have decided to stick with their original plan and demolish the former Kamloops Daily News building.

City council had received several suggestions of what to do with building, but in the end decided the land would best serve the public as a parking lot.

After the proposed Performing Arts Centre and parkade was defeated at referendum in November 2015, the city accepted nine responses to a public Request for Information to develop the property. Council chose to pursue one response; however, negotiations with that developer recently fell through.

"This parcel of land was originally purchased by the city with the intention of demolishing the building and developing a parking lot," said David Trawin, chief administrative officer for the city. "Council put the demolition on hold twice to evaluate other options for the land, including a Performing Arts Centre and parkade, as well as a property development opportunity. As neither of these has been successful, council has asked staff to bring forward a report outlining the process for demolition."

If this next step is approved by council, a tender package for the building demolition is anticipated to be advertised as early as next month.

The final cost and timeline for demolition will be confirmed when a proponent is selected. At this point, it is anticipated demolition will be completed by late this summer, with the development of the parking lot to follow. 



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Sun Peaks sets record

It was another record-setting winter at Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops.

Figures released by the hill Thursday show, as of the end of March, resort-wide room nights increased by 12 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.

The hill is crediting a packed calendar of events, returning guests and some fantastic late-season snowfalls.

"Our continued commitment to improving the guest experience year after year, is what allows Sun Peaks to enjoy such consistent growth," said Aidan Kelly, chief marketing officer.

"With the recent announcement of our multi-million dollar investment into our key food and beverage outlets, we are poised to continue this ascent in becoming one of the premier ski destinations in North America."

The addition of the successful Snowbombing Canada festival bolstered a strong end to the season, with April occupancy up significantly from last year.
  
“Our robust events calendar, highlighted by the internationally acclaimed Snowbombing Canada festival, went a long way to elevate our profile and broaden Sun Peaks' appeal to new demographics," says Arlene Schieven, president and CEO of Tourism Sun Peaks.

"The addition of new amenities and activities such as our new NHL-sized outdoor skating rink and ice fishing experience, also contributed to our outstanding season."



House fire suspicious

A house fire in Kamloops early Wednesday has been deemed suspicious.

The fire broke out on the 200 block of Oak Road. 

The cause is still unknown, but police and fire investigators believe it is suspicious.  

Police are asking anyone who took video of the fire to contact Cpl. Buliziuk at 250-828-3000.            

Five residents inside of the building all made it out safely, and the Kamloops Fire Department contained the fire within an hour.



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5 escape house fire

Five people were able to escape from a house fire on the 200 block of Oak Road in Kamloops early Wednesday.

RCMP and Kamloops Fire and Rescue were called around 5:30 a.m. and arrived to find the house engulfed by flames.

“There were five people in the residence when the fire broke out but all made it safely out of the house,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, RCMP spokesperson.

The fire was contained within an hour, Shelkie said.

The cause of the fire is not known and both police and fire investigators remain on scene to determine if the fire is suspicious.

Kamloops RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen someone suspicious in the area early this morning to contact them at 250-828-3000.



Gun incident with senior

Police are considering charges against a Kamloops senior following an incident involving a gun.

At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, RCMP were called to a home on Desmond Street in the Brocklehurst area.

Cpl. Jodie Shelkie said caregivers for the 73-year-old man went to his residence, where they found him to be distraught.

The unidentified man allegedly made threats involving a firearm.

“Police attended, contacted the man by phone and asked him to come to the door. When officers confirmed that the man had no firearms on him, he was arrested and taken to Royal Inland Hospital for observation,” said Shelkie. “A firearm was seized from inside the house.”

Charges will be considered pending the outcome of his medical assessment.



Body pulled from river ID'd

Police have identified a woman who was pulled from the Thompson River as a resident of Ashcroft, believed to be in her forties.

A white Dodge truck went into the river Sunday and was recovered by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

Police could only see the roofline of the truck when they arrived on scene about 1:20 p.m.

Kamloops Search and Rescue were also on scene, but were stood down due to water conditions not being conductive.

The woman was the only person in the vehicle.

Ashcroft RCMP and the BC Coroners Service said the incident is non-criminal in nature.

Ashcroft RCMP's Victim Services Unit is providing support to the affected families and community, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

The investigation is ongoing.



Transit driver threatened

A 54-year-old man is in police custody after threatening a transit driver in Kamloops..

BC Transit contacted police shortly before 7:30 Monday evening after a man was seen sharpening a knife on the bus, making other passengers feel uncomfortable.

When the driver asked the man to get off the bus, the man threatened the driver.

Police got on the bus at a stop of Lansdowne Street and arrested the suspect without incident.

They found a four-inch knife and sharpener in his pocket.

The man, previously known to police, is being held in custody.

He will appear in court Tuesday on charges of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and uttering threats.



Kamloops teen missing

Kamloops RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing teenager.

Lane Lewis, 17, who goes by the nickname 'Tia', went missing from a residence on April 12th. 

Lewis is described as First Nations with a slim build, standing five-feet-eleven-inches tall and has blonde hair and brown eyes. 

Lewis was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey cardigan, jeans and black shoes.  

Anyone who sees Lane Lewis is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 as soon as possible.



Car engulfed in flames

A car was engulfed in flames along Highway 97 north of Monte Creek just after 3:30 p.m.

Bystanders say the woman driving the vehicle was on her way to pick up her son, but left the vehicle on the side of the road before it caught on fire. 

No one was in the vehicle when it caught fire. 

Police on scene are unsure of the cause at this point.

–with files from Dustin Godfrey



Fire guts car rental shop

A Kamloops business burned to the ground overnight in what police are calling a suspicious fire.

RCMP were called in at 3:46 a.m. to assist Kamloops Fire Rescue, who were battling a large fire at the Budget car rental centre in the 800 block of Notre Dame Drive. The road was closed to traffic at the time but has since reopened.

Investigators with police and fire rescue remain on the scene, working to determine the cause of the blaze.  

Anyone who had been travelling on Notre Dame Drive near the time of the incident that may have witnessed any suspicious activity is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000



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