Over and out – Adam Earle signs off from SPIN

Adam Earle

Time flies when you’re having fun - the proof is the past 13 years of owning and publishing Sun Peaks Independent News Inc. (SPIN), has been both a blast and a blur. Back in December 2002, my wife Cathy and I nervously launched the first issue of SPIN, without knowing anything about newspapers or the media business. If it wasn’t for the sound advice of our very first customer, it might have been both the beginning … [Read more...]

Online media: a modern scapegoat

Cyber Bully

During one of my many drives between the Lower Mainland and Sun Peaks, I was half listening to the radio, when a discussion on the “root causes” of bullying came on. That got my attention — I wanted to hear what a number of radio personalities would blame for bullying, and it wasn’t surprising to hear them say violence in online media, especially gaming, was causing children to become bullies. Upon further … [Read more...]

Gas tax helps pay for worthy rural projects


By Mel Rothenburger TNRD Director, Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) Upgrades to recreational facilities. Improvements to community halls. Repairs to fire stations. Water and sewer system upgrades. These are the kinds of projects that might never get done if it wasn’t for a very important source of funding for electoral areas in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) — the federal gas … [Read more...]

The Ticketmaster scalping debacle


The venue: Washington, DC’s MCI Centre. In attendance: 18,000 plus cheering fans, including my 18-year-old self. The reason: The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels had just super-kicked the Immortal Hulk Hogan right in his bleached-blonde moustache. It was WWE SummerSlam 2005, and I was sitting with my Dad as we watched a wrestling classic unfold. I’m a fan of wrestling, and what better place to be a wrestling fan … [Read more...]

Thanks Mr. Ohkubo

Village walkway (5)

I’ve lived in this magical town called Sun Peaks for more than half my life, but if it wasn’t for a gentle smile and a firm handshake many years ago, it may have never happened. It was the summer of 1992 and Tod Mountain was bankrupt and at auction. I’d left the ski hill the season prior, after two years with the events department. The skiing was great but there was no future for me. My summer seasons back then … [Read more...]