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Search and Rescue found snowmobiler sheltered in snow cave

Missing sledder found safe

South Cariboo Search and Rescue is applauding a backcountry snowmobiler who went missing Saturday night for doing all the right things in an emergency situation.

On their Facebook page, the Search and Rescue team said the 17-year-old got separated from his group in the backcountry northeast of Canim Lake, in an area of terrain unfamiliar to him. After multiple attempts to leave the area, he decided to settle down for the night.

“He parked his sled in a wide open area, walked over to a nearby treed area, and built himself an incredible snow cave to spend the night,” South Cariboo Search and Rescue said.

“When our team members came across him he was in the shelter with food and water. This young man made our task a little less difficult by staying in place and having some backcountry winter survival knowledge.”

The snowmobiler was reported missing by his family and friends around 6:15 p.m. in the area of Spanish Lake, northeast of Canim Lake.

South Cariboo Search and Rescue mobilized to search the area, and sent a message around 10:30 p.m. confirming they found the youth in good condition.They said the actions of everyone involved was “spot on” for a successful outcome.





Chefs in the City continue a 12 year tradition, only with a different look in 2021

Chefs remain in the City

The Chefs in the City won’t be stopped because of Covid-19.

It will just look a little different in Kamloops this year.

Carrying on a 12 year tradition, the event featuring the best restaurants, wineries and breweries will take a bubble approach for 2021.

The celebration of the culinary scene in Kamloops helps numerous community groups supported by the Rotary Club of Kamloops.

The Chefs have reworked the event this year, but still intend to include three dinners, each as a five course meal with wine pairings, with those who have bubbled together.

The three dinners scheduled are going to be held on Monday’s, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year, people can purchase tickets for their bubble, and a week before the dinner they will be assigned a participating restaurant.

The restaurant will present their version of the set theme, with either two pours of wine or a flight of wine from local establishments who have been involved in the past.

The first dinner is set for Monday, Jan. 25 with the theme of ‘Flavours of the West Coast’.

Restaurants involved in this first dinner include Cordo Resto and Bar, Earls Kitchen and Bar, Mittz Kitchen, Twisted Olive and Romeo’s Kitchen and Spirits.

As for the other two dinners, the dates will be Monday, Feb. 22 and Monday Mar. 29, but the themes and restaurants will be announced later.

All three dinners are available for $200 per person, or an individual dinner is $75 per person.

Tickets for each ‘Covid bubble’ should be purchased as a separate transaction so organizers know to put the group at a shared table.

Mingling between tables will not be allowed this year due to Covid protocols, however there will be a presentation segment at each restaurant by the chef and featured beverage provider.

These will also be broadcasted on Facebook Live, and it is encouraged that diners share online so that they can interact with other in-restaurant diners, as well as those at the other locations.

Over the past 12 years, Chefs in the City has raised $400,000 for the community.

For more information on the event, click here.



Kamloops firefighters pull 'unresponsive' man from South Thompson River in Valleyview

Crews pull man from river

An "unresponsive" man was rushed to hospital after being pulled from the frigid South Thompson River in Valleyview on Saturday.

Emergency crews were called to an area along the water near Kelly Douglas Road at about noon.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Capt. Wade Lindoff told Castanet Kamloops a man was found in the water not far from shore.

“We had two guys in water suits down by the river's edge and they located the person,” Lindoff said. “The person was unresponsive so they pulled him onto shore and they initiated CPR.”

Lindoff said firefighters set up a rope system to pull the man out of the water.

“The ambulance arrived to transport him to the hospital, one of our guys went with them," he said. "They were doing CPR on him, he was unresponsive when we left him at the hospital. I don't know his condition after that.”

Lindoff said the man looked to be middle-aged.

There is no word on the man's condition.

Calls to RCMP from Castanet Kamloops have not yet been returned.





Suspect in serious Shuswap stabbing, robbery granted bail

Bail for stabbing suspect

An attempted murder suspect arrested in downtown Kamloops earlier this week is no longer behind bars.

Terrance Jones was arrested on Monday after being spotted on Victoria Street, according to police. The 40-year-old had been wanted on warrants and is facing charges including attempted murder, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and robbery with a firearm.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in Blind Bay in August in which a 30-year-old man was stabbed. At the time, police said they believed the incident was targeted.

Jones is one of three men charged in relation to the Aug. 16 allegations, the others being Alex Boucher and Jordy Moyan.

Jones was granted bail on Friday with a $10,000 deposit, and he was ordered to live under conditions amounting to house arrest at a residence in Kamloops.

His trial is slated to get underway on April 6 in B.C. Supreme Court in Salmon Arm.



The Chamber Musicians of Kamloops announce their next performance in the virtual series Passions

CMK continues Passions

Chamber Musicians of Kamloops have announced the next performance in their ongoing virtual series, Passions.

Local pianist, Dimiter Terziev, will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 20.

This will be a livestream starting at 7:30 p.m. and will be available on-demand until 10 p.m. on Feb. 27.

In his solo piano recital, Terziev explores passion through a repertoire of classic works, including Beethoven’s “Appassionata,” Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz No.1,” works by Chopin and Pancho Vladigerov.

Terziev will be showcasing a Canadian premiere of the Bulgarian Composer Vladigerov’s work, “Water Colours”.

Tickets can be purchased here and are $15 and a discounted $10 for students and CMK members.



Positive COVID-19 case at Kamloops Real Canadian Superstore

Virus case at Superstore

Kamloops’ Real Canadian Superstore on Columbia Street has reported a staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Loblaws, Superstore's parent company, announced that on Jan. 12, the single team member tested positive for the virus.

The last time the individual worked at the store was Jan. 4.

Loblaws regularly updates all positive cases reported at stores across Canada.

In recent weeks, staff have tested positive at Loblaws stores in Kelowna, Oliver, Vernon and Kamloops.



Spike in Thompson region COVID-19 cases coming largely from Cariboo, not Kamloops: BCCDC data

COVID spikes in Cariboo

While the Kamloops local health area saw a slight dip in weekly COVID-19 cases in the most recent week for which data is available, significant spikes were recorded in a number of neighbouring Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap regions.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, 62 cases were recorded between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9 in the Kamloops local health area — the city as well as Sun Peaks, Logan Lake and Barriere. That’s a decrease of six from the week prior.

The data for Jan. 3 to Jan. 9 was made available by the BCCDC late Friday.

The most significant spikes in the region in that time were in the Cariboo.

Thirty-one cases were recorded in the Williams Lake area, up from eight the previous week. In the 100 Mile House area, 29 cases were recorded — an increase of 21 from the previous week.

The Salmon Arm area also saw a significant increase in positive tests, recording 17 — up from four the week prior.



Kamloops curling to be well-represented at Brier, Scotties

Kamloops rep'd at nationals

There will be no shortage of Kamloops content when Canada's best curlers enter a Calgary bubble later this year to play for the country's top prizes.

With provincial playdowns cancelled across much of Canada due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many provincial associations were left to pick who to send — and that means Kamloops will be well represented.

Kamloops’ Team Brown, last year's B.C. champions, will represent the province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, slated for Feb. 19 to Feb. 28 in Calgary.

On the men's side, Kamloops' Matt Dunstone and his team will represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Horton’s Brier, scheduled for March 5 to March 14, also in Calgary.

Dunstone's squad represented Saskatchewan at the 2020 Brier. Curling officials in the prairie province announced Thursday playdowns would not take place, meaning Team Dunstone gets another kick at the can after coming up one win short of a berth last year in the Brier final.

Though they are happy to be heading back to Nationals, Erin Pincott of Team Brown and Dunstone, her boyfriend and Saskatchewan's skip, both admit this one is a little bitter sweet.

“Having that high of winning, getting to celebrate with your team, you know, so many emotions — and feeling like all your hard work paid off in that moment — makes it definitely a different feeling," Pincott tells Castanet Kamloops.

Dunstone and Pincott have not played competitively since November, but are lucky enough to have had some time on the ice — something not many curlers can say.

Three of the four members of Team Brown live in Kamloops, so they've been practicing together at McArthur Island Curling Centre. Dunstone, on the other hand, has had to get reps in on his own, two provinces away from his teammates.

"I'm used to being the odd one out with the other three over in Regina, so I've kind of figured out my own practice plans," Dunstone says.

Dunstone said he is in negotiations with the provinces to see if the team will be able to practice together before heading to the Brier.



Nutrients to be added to Kamloops-area lake in effort to bolster low Adams River sockeye runs

$2.8M salmon rehabilitation

Nutrients will be added to a Kamloops-area lake in a $2.8-million effort to boost salmon returns in the Adams River.

Agricultural-grade liquid fertilizer is slated to be applied to Adams Lake over the next four years with treatment starting this spring, part of a joint effort to increase lake productivity and rebuild early summer sockeye escapement.

“This lake lacks nutrients,” Don Holmes, Upper Adams Salmon Restoration Program manager, told Castanet Kamloops.

“Things don’t grow very well there. The idea is if we can provide a little more food, the sockeye smolts will be a little bit larger and they’ll do a little bit better.”

Adams Lake is deep and clear, Holmes said, with not much going on from a biological perspective — but that was not always the case.

“Historically, the salmon running up the river, when they died, their carcasses would go back into the lake and provide nutrients,” Holmes said.

“When we lost the salmon runs, we lost the nutrients. It’s a cycle.”

The program was spearheaded by the Adams Lake Indian Band, working with B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment, the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, funded by the B.C. Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.

According to Holmes, carefully applying fertilizer to the lake will create more food for sockeye smolts and, hopefully, lead to a healthier salmon population and stronger returns.

“It’s all a balance,” he said. “When that primary productivity is really low, you don’t have any growth.”

Holmes, a registered professional biologist who has worked in the past for provincial ministries, said it’s too early to predict how returns might be impacted.

“There are so many factors — the biggest being ocean survival,” he said.

“The first thing is getting the population back up, then the goals are unlimited. We have hopes to bring the population back to a pretty substantial number but, at this point, we can’t actually set a number.”

If things go well, Holmes said, the Adams Lake smolts will be measurably larger next year.

Fertilizer applications are slated to take place every two weeks beginning in April, Holmes said, noting he doesn’t expect any negative effect on water quality in the area.



Merritt-area First Nation confirms pair of recent positive COVID-19 cases

Upper Nicola COVID cases

A First Nations community near Merritt has reported two recent confirmed COVID-19 cases.

In a statement, Upper Nicola Band Chief Harvey McLeod said the band was advised Wednesday that two of its members had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease. McLeod said Interior Health is conducting contact tracing.

“Please stay home as often as possible,” McLeod said.

“Wear a mask and social distance yourself.”

McLeod also urged community members to avoid pointing fingers.

“During these trying ties, it is important for us to stay kind to one another and help each other out if possible,” he said.

“It is nobody’s fault we get sick and we cannot blame anyone, but we can be kind and help each other out.”



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