Monday, October 26

Mayor of Quesnel asked to resign!

A QUESNEL CITY COUNCILLOR IS CALLING FOR MAYOR MARY SJOSTROM TO RESIGN !    SHUSHIL THAPAR SAYS THE INFORMATION JUST RELEASED ABOUT THE FORMER CITY MANAGER'S REMUNERATION PAYMENT IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.    HE SAYS THERE ARE MORE BILLS TO COME AND THAT THEY HAVEN'T EVEN RELEASED WHAT THE COST IS AROUND LEGAL FEES.    THAPAR SAYS THE CITY IS NOW ONTO IT'S 4TH MANAGER IN JUST THE PAST FEW YEARS AND HE WANTS TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE DEPARTURES OF BYRON JOHNSON AND CHARLES HAMILTON COST THE CITY.    HE SAYS THE CITY SHOULD BE RELEASING THIS INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AND NOT BE HIDING IT BY GOING IN-CAMERA.    ON THE TOPIC OF HIS CENSURE, THAPAR SAYS HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG AND HE WILL TAKE EVERY AVENUE TO DEFEND HIS NA...
Body Found in Williams Lake

Body Found in Williams Lake

The Williams Lake RCMP are reporting they found a body in the Williams Lake area Tuesday. The RCMP along with the Central Cariboo Search & Rescue located the body of a 42-year old male in the Williams Creek area just to the north of the city. The body was discovered Tuesday afternoon and RCMP say foul play is not suspected. The matter remains under investigation by the BC Coroner's Service.
Vehicle Ends Up in Quesnel River

Vehicle Ends Up in Quesnel River

IF YOU THINK YOU HAD A ROUGH MONDAY A VEHICLE ENDED UP IN THE QUESNEL RIVER THIS MORNING.   CONSTABLE KRISTA VROLEK, THE MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER FOR THE QUESNEL R-C-M-P, SAYS A PASSENGER CAR LEFT THE ROAD ON THE JOHNSTON BRIDGE LOOP NEAR CEAL TINGLEY PARK JUST BEFORE 8 O'CLOCK.    SHE SAYS THE FEMALE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND WAS NOT INJURED.    VROLEK SAYS THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS SIMPLY DRIVING TOO FAST FOR ROAD CONDITIONS AS IT WAS ICY AT THE TIME.   SHE SAYS THEY ARE WORKING ON GETTING THE PASSENGER CAR OUT OF THE RIVER BUT VROLEK SAYS IT WON'T BE UNTIL THIS EVENING BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THIS ISN'T YOUR ORDINARY TOW.   VROLEK SAYS THE TOWING COMPANY WILL BE USING A BOAT TO GET THE ...
Crash Claims Life Near Quesnel

Crash Claims Life Near Quesnel

ONE PERSON IS DEAD FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 97 SOUTH OF QUESNEL.    R-C-M-P WERE CALLED OUT TO KERLSEY JUST AFTER 3-30 MONDAY AFTERNOON ABOUT HALF A MILE SOUTH OF THE ALAMO RESTAURANT.    POLICE SAY A NORTHBOUND VEHICLE DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD TO THE LEFT, CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AS WELL AS THE SOUTHBOUND LANE, BEFORE COLLIDING WITH A FENCE IN THE SOUTHBOUND DITCH.    THE 53-YEAR OLD DRIVER AND SOLE OCCUPANT OF THE VEHICLE WAS PRONOUNCED AT G-R BAKER HOSPITAL.    THE VICTIM'S NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED BUT R-C-M-P DO CONFIRM THAT THEY WERE NOT FROM THE CARIBOO.    PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION SUGGESTS THAT MEDICAL DISTRESS WAS LIKELY THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH AS ROAD CONDITIONS WERE GOOD AT T...
Quesnel Woman Saves Bear

Quesnel Woman Saves Bear

IT'S AN AMAZING STORY THAT IS ABOUT TO COME FULL CIRCLE.    OUR STORY STARTS WITH A BABY BEAR ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND A LADY CRYING IN A CAR WITH A COUPLE OF YOUNG CHILDREN INSIDE.    THE BEAR HAD OBVIOUSLY BEEN STRUCK BY THE VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 97 JUST PAST THE COTTONWOOD BRIDGE.    ENTER ANGIE ZYCHKOWSKY.    SHE AND HER HUSBAND CURT AT FIRST DROVE BY BUT THEN CIRCLED BACK TO HELP.    BY THEN HOWEVER THE WOMAN WAS GONE AND JUST THE BEAR REMAINED.    THE MOTHER BEAR AND ANOTHER CUB WERE ALSO NEARBY BUT THE SOW EVENTUALLY SNIFFED HER CUB AND LEFT FOR A NEARBY HILL.    AFTER MUCH CONVINCING ANGIE FINALLY TALKED CURT INTO LETTING HER OUT OF THE CAR.    SHE GRABBED A ...

More Details on Fatal Accident Near Quesnel

A 72-year old Quesnel woman has been identified as the victim in yesterday morning's fatal accident on Highway 97 just north of the city.    RCMP say she was the driver of a southbound vehicle that lost control and crossed the center line colliding with the tractor unit of a northbound semi truck.    The crash happened at around 9:45 Friday morning about 15 kilometres north of Quesnel. RCMP say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.    Her name is not being released at this time out of respect for the grieving family.    The collision remains under investigation and police say Highway 97 reopened at approximately 6pm yesterday evening.

Bad Accident in Quesnel

THERE HAS BEEN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 97 NORTH OF QUESNEL.    CONSTABLE KRISTA VROLEK, THE MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER AT THE DETACHMENT, SAYS THE HIGHWAY IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ABOUT 15 KILOMETRES NORTH OF QUESNEL.    NOT A LOT OF DETAILS HAVE BEN RELEASED AT THIS POINT BUT VROLEK CONFIRMS THAT THERE ARE SERIOUS INJURIES.    THERE IS NO WORD ON HOW MANY VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH AND AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.    POLICE ARE URGING MOTORISTS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN TRAVELLING TODAY.

Nazko 1st Nation Push Development Plan

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments. That’s the boost the Nazko First Nation are hoping their proposed economic development plan will provide. Here Chief Delores Alec explains what the project is all about: “The Nazko Gateway Project is a comprehensive large scale business development program that will include the installation of three phase power to Nazko Valley which in turn will trigger significant industrial and natural  resource development projects in the region.” To turn the project into a reality, Alec says the project will require the support and involvement of many levels of government and stakeholders. They received the support of the Cariboo Regional District last week. There’s no timeline yet as to when the project will see the light of d...
Crashing Moose Populations in the Chilcotin

Crashing Moose Populations in the Chilcotin

The declining moose population is becoming a serious problem in the Chilcotin. Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair of the Tsilqot’in National Government, says he’s fearful if immediate action is not taken they will be seeing a total elimination of this species within this region. Alphonse says the government needs tighter restrictions on hunting licenses "We think that this current government is issuing out way too many hunting licenses and there had to be tighter restrictions on allowance of how many hunters we get out there in the Chilcotin.  And what are we going to do with this overall moose population and talk about diferent strategies that could be utilized that could be effective." Alphonse states that the Tsilqot’in nation is dependent on the moose population and the...

Fireworks at City Council in Quesnel

MORE ALLEGATIONS OF MISSPENDING AGAINST QUESNEL MAYOR MARY SJOSTROM, ONLY THIS TIME FROM A PRIVATE CITIZEN.    PAT MORTON IS QUESTIONING THE MAYOR'S INTERPRETATION OF THE 1/3RD TAX FREE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS GET.    MORTON HAS MADE A SERIES OF INFORMATION REQUESTS TO STAFF AND WANTED TO KNOW WHY SOME THINGS WEREN'T BEING SUPPLIED.    THE ISSUE CAME TO A HEAD AT MONDAY NIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING DURING QUESTION PERIOD WHEN MAYOR SJOSTROM WANTED TO KNOW WHY MORTON WAS INTERESTED IN HER PERSONAL PHONE RECORDS.    MORTON NOTED THAT IT WAS TAXPAYERS WHO WERE PAYING FOR IT AND THAT SHE SHOULD BE PAYING BACK ANY MONEY SPENT ON PERSONAL CALLS.    MORTON SAYS ALL IN-TOWN EXPENSES ARE COVER...