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Friday, February 28, 2014

UCL 20 Ascension a hit with fans, fighters Fighters were dropping like flies – and that was before Kamloops’ first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) event got underway. What was originally scheduled to have a full dozen fights on the card – four professional and eight amateur – turned out to have two professional and 5 amateur fights in UCL 20: Ascension, Unified Combat League’s first MMA event of the year. UCL 20 Ascension was billed as a “battle of the borders” style with the pro fights, pitting B.C. fighters against American, and a few Canadian, challengers. On the amateur portion of the card, local fighters were to take on opponents from Chase, Merritt, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Campbell River and Calgary. Due to injuries, illness, job conflicts and procrastination, a number of bouts didn’t happen, and a few fighters wound up facing different opponents that originally scheduled. The highly touted main event between WSOF lightweight Myles “The Cowboy” Merola and Season 9 Ultimate Fighter alum Richie “Hellboy” Whitson didn’t happen, nor did the originally scheduled co-main event between Kamloops’ own Morgan “Mad Dog” Littlechild and Josh Gow of Spokane. Another much anticipated fight that didn’t happen was the rematch between Kamloops’ Mikel Dupont and Merritt’s Michael Heppner after Heppner didn’t clear his fight day medical check. But despite all the glitches – and there were a few technical ones on fight night – the fans got their money’s worth. The first fight of the night featured Vernon’s Kenny Pope and Penticton’s Mitch Burke (170 lb. class) in a fight that went the full three rounds, which saw Pope declared the winner by unanimous decision in his first cage fight. The second fight of the under card saw Bry-

GROUND GAME. Laine Keyes of Chase (top) controls his opponent, Devon Brown of Merritt. Keyes won the match after catching Brown in a mounted traingle choke at 2:51 of the first round during MMA action at the TCC Saturday night. Judi Dupont photo

an Janzen of Vernon defeat Kamloops’ Jaxson Stead (155 lb.) by submission via armbar at 1:29 of the second round. In fight three of the night Patrick Ward of Calgary defeated Walter Barrios (135 lb.) of Kamloops by TKO after the referee stopped the fight at 1:56 of the second round. Fight four on the night saw Kamloops’ Derek Apps defeat Darcy Caissie (185 lb.) by submission via armbar at 0:47 of the second round after sending Caissie’s mouthguard flying out of the cage with a hard right hand. The final under card fight of the night saw Chase’s Laine Keyes defeat Merritt’s Devon

Brown (145 lb.) by submission via triangle choke with nine seconds remaining in the first round. The co-main event of the night saw Chilliwack’s Jamie Siraj defeat Jordan Mackin (145 lb.) of Coeur d’Alene, ID, by TKO after the ref stopped the fight at 4:46 of the first round. The main event of the evening pitted Vancouver’s Sabah Fadai against Edmonton’s Andrew Bard (150 lb.), a fight that saw Fadai defeat Bard by knock out at 2:47 of the second round. UCL 20: Ascension was televised, and will be broadcast on the Fight Network in Canada at a later date. Check your local listings.





Police raid NS home

It was like a scene right out of a Hollywood movie according to residents in the 400-block of Linden Avenue as police raided a home known for suspected illegal activity. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 25, Kamloops RCMP Targeted Enforcement Unit, along with the Southeast District Emergency Response team, surrounded a home a 417 Linden Ave. to execute a search warrant, which was initiated to recover a firearm. Activity at the home has gener-

ated more than 360 calls to police since 2011. Residents have reported alleged drug activity, suspicious activity and violence in and around the residence. Six occupants, including the homeowner, were removed from the home and detained during the search. The search came up negative for the firearm, but some drug paraphernalia was located by investigators. RCMP say the address will remain a priority for investigators in an attempt to curb the criminal activity associated to the home.

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Horoscopes March 3 - March 9, 2014 You’ve entered a period of personal review that’ll last ‘til May 20. This’ll involve others in some way as well as perhaps the effect they have upon your life. It’s more about expectations of you. Pressure in this direction may reach a head this week. Getting the right foundations in place is the way to move forward. Any recent health issues may not be as easily resolved as you expected. You need to diligently follow routines involving perhaps exercise or eating plans that have been established ‘til late May. Something you haven’t been fully satisfied about with someone else in the past may re-emerge from now to late July to deal with. Pay attention to what you’ve thought about since mid –Jan. regarding future goals, esp. anything you feel you’ve learnt or learnt about yourself. You may now find you won’t easily manage & over-abundance of social activity with the demands of daily routine. Both areas require a review to establish balance. Something is changing around you that started in Nov., involving others, that has gone through stages where you haven’t been certain about their true position. From now to mid-July your focus needs to be on what you can develop on a personal level because there’ll be plenty of opportunity you should take advantage of. Something seems to open up more in situations involving other people, esp. with a group or friends. There’ll be more interaction with others to early April after feeling isolated in some ways since Nov. Mentally going back over things to late May, may result in putting foundations in place differently to July. Review any areas in which you’ve overspent & cut back on them now to late May. It’s not been a bad thing but it can’t go on, as it’ll begin to worry you. Someone else may encourage you to behave differently but you need to do what you feel is sensible, even if restrictive in some way. Whatever new directions you may have felt you were generating since early Dec. will now go through a slow, & at times, backward moving stage, ‘til May 20. Foundations you’ve put in place since Feb. have been useful though probably not the whole solution. Create some pleasurable distractions to early April. You’ll now go through a sober period of personal review ‘til July 21. Go over all situations you’ve seriously committed yourself to since Oct/12. Also, you need to find quiet time to yourself to be able to reflect properly. This’ll result in great progress & success from late July. Put your ideas forward to any people who are in a position where they need to understand what you’re thinking or wanting to accomplish. It’s as if you need to sell it to them. You can turn them around although they may not reveal to you the degree of success you have had. Past connections to a group of people can occur.

C A N A D I A N PRIDE. A large Maple Leaf flies proudly on the Eric Davis family home in the Guerin Creek subdivision to show their patriotic pride during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, earlier this month. The flag was visible from the Summit Connector as well as from the North Shore. The interior of the home was similarly decorated.

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Bear in mind all the things you’ve been weighing up about yourself since early Nov. as well as any pressures you feel you want to break down to become more content with your life. It’s more important you’ve made some decisions that you plan to develop, as there’ll be no quick way to break down obligations.

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You’re in a position of expectations with no movement forward since early Nov. ‘til April 6. You’ll get the opportunity to see the most balanced approach you can take towards feeling more content with personal needs or desires. Something may come to a head that’ll make you realise that what somebody else desires isn’t what you’d presumed. You need time to yourself, to early April, to search for inner peace. Get involved or go back to situations that are creative, entertaining or just pleasurable – they’re great in encouraging optimism.

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AROUND TOWN • USED BOOK & CHOCOLATE SALE, Feb. 28, 5 – 8 p.m.; March 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; March 2, 12 – 5 p.m. at Northills Mall next to the lottery kiosk. All books/$1; chocolates/$3. All proceeds to NorKam & BMS music students. • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY POTLUCK LUNCH, March 7, 12 – 2 p.m. Hosted by Kamloops Immigrant Services, 448 Tranquille Rd. Everyone welcome. RSVP with dish you’re bringing to Coby Piazza, 778-470-6101, or • AT THE BLUE GROTTO, 1 – 319 Victoria St., Feb. 28 - March 1: Fourplay. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Call 250-372-9901. • Brock Central Lions Club annual COOPERS FOOD LOTTERY. Eight prizes totalling $2,300 in food certificates. Only 4,800 tickets printed. Tickets are $5/3 from Brock Lions Club members, Coopers stores or by calling Victor, 250-554-8031. • CINEPLEX FAMILY FAVOURITES. $2.50 movies (taxes included) Saturday mornings: March 1: Gnomeo & Juliet. March 8: Dolphin Tale. March 15: Despicable Me. March 22: The Little Rascals. March 29: Monsters vs. Aliens. • The Rotary Club of Kamloops hosts FAMILY DINNERS for less fortunate families at NorKam Secondary school, March 12, 25, April 16, 30, May 14 & 27, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. • VAN DJANGO, an acoustic gypsy jazz string quartet ensemble, will make a much-awaited return to Kamloops for a performance March 20 at St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets from Kamloops Live Box Office, 250-374-5483. • BROCK CENTRAL LIONS CLUB meets the first & third Wednesday of the month (March 19) at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagles club, 755 Tranquille Rd. New members always welcome. Call Victor, 250-554-8031. • KAMLOOPS OLD TIME SE THE EWS FIDDLERS DANCE, March 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Heritage LASSIFIEDS House, 100 Lorne St. Members: Have an item to sell? Look- $6, non-members:$7. Everyone ing for an item? Having a craft welcome.




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• Western Canada Theatre presents the world premiere of SILENT CHAP at the Sagebrush Theatre, Feb. 28 – March 1. An innovative multi-media production set entirely to music, Silent Chap explores the relationship between the artist & his creation. Step back into the 1920s for the story of Charlie Chaplin & his beloved Tramp character. • FUN LAUGHTER FRIENDS EVENTS: Feb. 28: Taco Potluck Meet & Greet; Udon Lunch. March 2: Coffee/Snack Meet & Greet, 11 a.m. at a local coffee shop. Cost: pay your own bill. March 8, Wing night. March 14: Meet & Greet, 6:30 p.m., lounge; March 16: Bonfire/ Wiener Roast; March 18, Meet & Greet, 6:30 p.m. Rummoli night one Saturday in March. Contact for events locations. • LET’S DANCE, hosted by Thompson Valley Activity & Social Club (TVASC), March 15, 8 p.m. – midnight, at Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Music by Sierra. Tickets: $10 from Ed, 250-374-2774, Francoise, 250-372-3782, Zonia, 250-372-0091. TVASC Info Line: 250-571-5111; email:; website: • AT THE NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 730 Cottonwood Ave.: FLEA MARKETS, Sundays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission by donation. For information or to book a vendor table, call 250-376-4777. SPRING ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SALE, March 15 & 16, Sat. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $4. Call 250-376-4777. • TRU Actors Workshop Theatre (AWT) presents THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM, by George Farquhar, adapted by Thornton Wilder & Ken Ludwig, Feb. 28, March 1 & March 6 – 8, 7:30 p.m.; matinees, Feb. 28 & March 7, 11 a.m. at the Black Box Theatre (Old Main). Tickets: $12 from AWT Box Office, 250-377-6100, or Kamloops Live! Box Office, 250-374-5483 or • 2014 TIM HORTONS BRIER at the ISC, March 1 – 9. • The Ukrainian Women’s Association hosts its annual EASTER BAKE SALE Sat. April 5, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1044 Eighth St. (new location); handicap accessible. Ukrainian Easter breads & baking; Ukrainian Easter eggs & egg writing supplies; Ukrainian ceramics; perogies, cabbage rolls & sausage. Call Donna, 250-376-0581. • HIPPITY HOPPITY HOORAY, first annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, Sun. April 20, 2 – 5 p.m., at St. Andrews On The Square, 159 Seymour St. Crafts, including making own Easter baskets for the Easter egg hunt; ponies from My Little Pony Horse Rescue; reptiles from Zen Reptiles; lots of photo opportunities (so bring your cameras); & much more. Admission by donation. Proceeds to Kamloops SPCA. • THE INTERIOR BLUES ASSOCIATION OF BC DANCE, with special guest, Juno nominated guitarist David Gogo, March 1 at the Plaza. Tickets: $20/members; $25/non-members; $30/members with appy; $35/non-members with appy, from the Plaza. • GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meetings Thurs, 10 a.m. at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. Call Wally, 250-679-7877, or Sunny, 250-374-9165. • SABRINA WEEKS & SWING CAT BOUNCE, March 8, 7 p.m. at Powder Hounds, Sun Peaks; March 9, 1 p.m. at the Brier Patch, Memorial Arena.


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Blazers win in a shootout on the road

Bolton Pouliot was the game’s third star with 42 saves as the Kamloops Blazers lost 4-2 to the Portland Winterhawks last Friday night. The Blazers scored first in this one as they converted on a turnover by the Winterhawks. Matt Revel picked up a puck in the defensive zone and chose to shoot on a 2-on-1 rifling a shot over the glove of Corbin Boes to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead 3:12 into the first period. The Winterhawks replied four minutes later on the power play to make it 1-1. The Blazers took the lead back as Carson Bolduc scored on a turnover. Defenseman Edson Harlacher did a great job getting the puck deep and Bolduc picked off a pass scoring his fifth goal of the year. Pouliot was outstanding for the Blazers in goal as the Winterhawks outshot the Blazers 14-6 in the period, but the Blazers led 2-1. It didn’t take long for the Winterhawks to tie the game up as they scored 42 seconds into the second period to make it 2-2. From there, Pouliot took over and was lights out for the Blazers as the Winterhawks carried the play in the second period. The Winterhawks outshot the Blazers 13-7 in the period. Pouliot started the third period with an unbelievable save. He dove across the net to stone Oliver

Bjorkstrand on a wide open net. Bjorkstrand celebrated assuming he scored, but somehow Pouliot got across to make the save. The brick wall broke 5:27 into the third period on an offensive rush and a blast past Pouliot to make it 3-2 Winterhawks. The Winterhawks made it 4-2 on the power play midway through the period. The Blazers struggled to generate any offense in the third period as they were outshot 19-3 in the period and 46-16 in the game. The Winterhawks power play finished the night 2-for-7, while the Blazers were 1-for-2. Pouliot was sensational in goal despite the loss with 42 saves, while Corbin Boes was not busy making 14 saves. The Blazers rode the back of 16-year-old goaltender Cole Kehler as he made 33 saves and three more in the shootout to give the Blazers a 3-2 shootout win in Seattle against the Thunderbirds last Saturday. The Thunderbirds scored 6:14 into the game to take a 1-0 lead as a point shot found its way through a maze of bodies. There was a scare shortly later as a T’Bird bulled over Pouliot 7:03 into the game. Pouliot struggled to get up, so 16-year-old Kehler was forced to take over early in the game. Kehler was solid and the Blazers took advantage of a turnover. Collin Shirley picked off a pass and beat former Blazer goaltender Taran Kozun through the legs for his 12th goal of the season to make it 1-1 with four and a half minutes to go in the period. Cole Ully made it 2-1 for the Blazers 16 seconds later as his attempted pass went off Justin Hickman and past Kozun. The Blazers took the 2-1 lead into the second period. The Blazers had a solid second period but weren’t able to score.

The Thunderbirds got a goal past Kehler on the power play to tie the game up at 2-2. The game carried on at 2-2 into the third period. The Blazers continued to play short as Matt Needham was unable to play due to an injury suffered in Portland. With only 17 available skaters and one goaltender, the Blazers were worn down in the third period. It was time for Kehler to shine as he made 16 saves in the period as the Thunderbirds outshot the Blazers 16-2 in the final frame to send the game to overtime. Each team had their chances in overtime as Kehler robbed Ryan Gropp stacking the pads and Kozun stoned Matt Revel on a breakaway. The game headed to the shootout. Jesse Shynkaruk and Matt Bellerive each scored in the shootout as Kehler stopped three out of four shooters to give the Blazers a 3-2 win over the Thunderbirds. The Blazers finished 3-1-0-0 against the Thunderbirds this season including 2-0-0-0 in Seattle. Kehler earned his first career WHL win with 33 saves and three more in the shootout. Kozun stopped 28 shots for the Thunderbirds. The Blazers scored first, but it was all downhill from there as the Chiefs beat the Blazers 9-4 Sunday night in Spokane.

Matt Bellerive opened the scoring on the power play as he deflected in a pass from Sam Grist to make it 1-0 for the Blazers 1:47 into the first period. The Chiefs exploded 6:11 into the period, scoring three times in a span of 1:29 to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead. It was all Chiefs the rest of the period as they added three more goals to finish off the period as the Chiefs outshot the Blazers 20-12 in the first period and outscored the Blazers 6-1. The second period was a much better period for the Blazers. The Blazers cut into the deficit as Josh Connolly one-timed a pass from Ully to make it 6-2. The Blazers had quality chances in the period, but Garret Hughson played well as the Blazers outshot the Chiefs 19-8 in the period. The Chiefs continued their scoring ways in the third period and built the lead up to 8-2. The Blazers responded with two power play goals as Bellerive got his second of the night and Shirley scored his 13th of the season. The Chiefs got the last goal of the game on the power play and rolled to a 9-4 victory. Kehler had a tough night in goal making 32 saves on 41 shots. The Blazers’ power play was hot on

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Blazers continue road trip in Alberta from page 5 the night finishing up 3-for-5, while the penalty kill finished 5-for-7. The Blazers are in Alberta for three games; their first was Wednesday in Red Deer where they couldn’t find the back of the net and fell 2-0 to the Rebels. The Rebels came out with a good first period as they outshot the Blazers 14-6 and scored twice. The first goal was a deflection that ricocheted off the post and behind Pouliot to make it 1-0 Rebels. The Rebels made it 2-0 off a faceoff. The Rebels held on to the 2-0 lead after the first period. The Blazers came back with a better second period as they outshot the Rebels 18-7 but failed to score. They generated more offense, but overall goaltender Patrik Bartosak was able to see most of the shots and gave up very few rebounds on the night. The score remained 2-0 Rebels after two periods. In the third period, the Blazers had two power play chances but couldn’t generate enough in the hard areas around the net. Pouliot made a couple of big saves for the Blazers in the third period as he stopped a shorthanded breakaway. The best chances for the Blazers came in the final minutes as Nick Chyzowski was robbed in front of the net all alone and Ully was denied on a few good chances in tight. The Rebels held on to the lead and won 2-0. Pouliot played well for the Blazers making 34 saves for the Blazers. The Blazers now prepare for two weekend games as they play in Calgary on Friday night and in Medicine Hat on Saturday.

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AROUND TOWN • 2014 KEG LECTURE SERIES at TRU Mountain Room at 7 p.m.: March 12: The Geology of Ceramic Arts by Nancy Van Wagoner; March 27: Looking For Grandma; What Can The Burgess Shale Tell Us About Our Origins? by Jean-Bernard Caron; April 24: Hydraulic Fracturing - The Science, Economics & Politics of the Recovery of Shale Gas & Oil by John Clague. • BC WILDLIFE PARK: SPRING BREAK KIDS CAMP, March 17 – 21. Exciting kids’ science day camps designed to instill enthusiasm & an appreciation for wildlife & nature. Each day is based on an exciting topic with activities specifically designed for ages 6-12. Kids will have an opportunity to explore wildlife & their habitats through interactive educational programs including games & crafts, then apply what they’ve learned during an animal encounter. March 17: Desert Discovery. March 18: Dinosaur Detectives. March 19: Animal Instincts. March 20: Habitat Awareness. March 21: Invertebrates. Call 250-573-3242 ext. 259 or 226. • MOUNT PAUL UNITED CHURCH THRIFT SHOP, 140 Laburnum St., open Tues & Thurs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • UNPLUGGED ACOUSTIC JAM SESSIONS, on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month (March 3 & 17), hosted by Jim Marshall at the Alano Club, 171 Leigh Rd., 8 – 10:30 p.m. All acoustic musicians are welcome; song selections will rotate. Call 250-376-5115. KAMLOOPS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY meets the fourth Thurs of each month at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St., 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. Call 250-372-5679. • RUBE BAND practises most Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Yacht Club, 1140 Rivers St. New members welcome. Call Bob Eley, 250-377-3209. •KAMLOOPS QUIT SMOKING support group meets every Thurs at Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St. • FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE, with special guests Dallas Smith and Chris Lane, will be at the ISC on Fri. April 11. Tickets from TicketMaster. • THE BIG LITTLE SCIENCE CENTRE, 655 Holt St. (Happyvale School), open Tues – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily hands-on fun in the exploration rooms & interactive science shows Sat. at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Robotics Club & Girls only Robotics Club. Call 250-554-2572. • SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP offers meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Sat drop-in 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Mon 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Thurs 7 – 9 p.m. with available meditation instructions. 433B Lansdowne St. Call Liz, 250-376-4224.

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Storm take on Eagles in first round of playoffs

The Kamloops Storm wrapped up regular season play in the KIJHL with a decisive 4-0 shut-out win over the 100 Mile House Wranglers last Saturday at the McArthur Island Sports Centre. Max James had two goals while Bobby Kashuba had a goal and a helper and Felix Larouche scored one; Brock Balson had three helpers and Aiden Silzer-Hooker got two assists in the winning effort. Liam McLeod stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout. The Storm outshot the Wranglers 60-17 in the win. It took double overtime for the Sicamous Eagles to take the win over the Storm in the teams’ first playoff game, Tues. Feb. 25, at the Sports Centre. After a scoreless first period, Luke Gordon got the Storm on the scoreboard with a power play goal 5:01 into the second frame to take a 1-0 lead after 40. The Eagles tied it up with 3:17 left in regulation to send the game to OT. Nothing was settled in the first OT period but it was the Eagles that finally got the lucky bounces to take the win 4:05 into the second OT period to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Storm outshot the Eagles 58-25 on the game. The Storm and Eagles faced off Thurs. Feb. 27, at the Sports Centre. The game was not over by press time. In other Birks division action the Chase Heat and 100 Mile House Wranglers are tied 1-1 after the Wranglers took the first game 504 in OT Feb. 25 while the Heat came away with a 4-3 win Feb. 26 in Chase. The series now goes to 100 Mile House for games 3 and 4 on Feb. 28 and March 1 before returning to Chase March 3 for game 5. If additional games are required, game 6 will take place in 100 Mile House and game 7 will be back at the Art Holding Arena in Chase. In Okanagan division action in the Okanagan/Shuswap conference, the North Okanagan Knights and Summerland Steam are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven series after the Steam won the opening game 3-2 and the Knights defeated the Steam 8-3, while the Osoyoos Coyotes have a 2-0 lead in the series defeating the Kelowna Chiefs 5-2 and 5-0. In Kootenay conference action, The Spokane Braves and N elson Leafs are tied 1-1 in the Neil Murdoch division while the Beaver Valley Nitehawks lead the Castlegar Rebels 1-0. In the Eddie Mountain division, the Creston Valley Thunder Cats lead the Columbia Rockies 2-0 and the Kimberley Dynamiters lead the Fernie Ghostriders 2-0.

BANNER RAISING. Kamloops Storm captain Brock Balson (28), and alternate captains Daniel Buchanan (7), Josh Rasmussen (20) and Luke Gordon (8) help raise the division championship banner prior to their first playoff game. Amanda Makortoff photo





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Beware of Elephants Crossing in Kamloops... No, we don’t have any elephants running wild in the city, especially in the snow. However, you may have noticed (or will notice when the snow melts in the spring) some new markings with the completion of recent road construction projects.

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Elephant’s Feet crossings are specially identified crosswalks that are shared by both pedestrians and cyclists. They look like regular crosswalks but have distinctive dashed lines (Elephant‘s Feet) on one or both sides of the crosswalk. Cyclists using these crosswalks do not have to dismount. Cyclists can only ride their bikes across designated (marked and signed) Elephant’s Feet crossings. At all other crosswalks, cyclists are required to dismount before crossing. Elephant’s Feet crosswalks are marked by any one of the following pavement markings:

And by a “Shared Crossing� sign:


Look for the new pavement markings and signs at the following locations:

New Tranquille Road Multi-Use Pathway (Now) - Across Royal Avenue - Across Don Street - Across the Riverdale Trailer Court access

New Highland Road Multi-Use Pathway (Spring 2014) - Across Valleyview Drive (east leg of intersection) - Across the Valleyview Arena road

What this means for... Cyclists


- Always yield to pedestrians - Cross only when safe to do so - Obey all rules of the road

- Watch for cyclists - Cross only when safe to do so


- Anticipate and yield to pedestrians and cyclists in the crosswalk Watch for more information about cycling-related markings and signage in the spring. For more information, please contact




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One man is in critical condition after a stabbing last night on the south shore. Police were called to the 700 block of Douglas Street just after 7:00 PM. Sergeant Ed Preto says a 20-year old had been reported stabbed at a party. The man was taken to RIH in critical condition and has undergone emergency surgery. Two men were taken into custody and are in police cells this morning. Preto says the Serious Crime unit is now involved in the case. The victim had apparently been partying with the two suspects and a number of other people when they got into a dispute that ultimately led to the stabbing.

Lansdowne Street lane closure,way-finding signage for Brier Kamloops is preparing to host one of the biggest events of the year! The 2014 Tim Hortons Brier – Canadian Men’s Curling Championship takes place at Interior Savings Centre from March 1 to 9. City officials expect a large amount of visitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, and with that, are taking necessary precautions to ensure safety for visitors and residents alike. The City will be closing the curb lane on Lansdowne Street, directly behind Memorial Arena, from Feb. 19 to March 11 to permit loading and unloading of equipment, food and beverages for the Brier Patch festivities taking place at the arena. Java Mountain News 8 February 28, 2014

The City appreciates that there will be a lot of tourist traffic in the city centre and wants to ensure the experience is a positive one. Consequently, the City will also be erecting way-finding signage from Interior Savings Centre to Memorial Arena to assist pedestrians in finding their way between the two venues. Residents are reminded that as Kamloops plays host to this international event, there may be added vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout the city, so be sure to travel safe, wear bright and reflective colours, and obey all signs and traffic signals. Tickets to the event can be purchased at or call 1-877-985-2875.

Jmnews feb 28, 2014  
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