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...]

Vancouver firefighters visit

Visiting Firefighters

Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue’s Work Experience Program (WEP) is gaining attention around B.C. with representatives from the Vancouver Fire Department visiting Sun Peaks to address WEP participants in May. Chief Colin Cannon said it was the first time the Vancouver department had visited the community. “They’d heard about the WEP program and . . . they’ve hired members who’ve taken part in it,” Cannon … [Read more...]

Black and white is best for photographer Bill Fell

Bill Fell 01

When Bill Fell finished university and headed to Europe to travel, his father gave him his first camera to record his favourite holiday moments. Little did Fell suspect the gift would spark a lifelong passion and grow into a career spanning decades, with his work being showcased in exhibitions in his home province of Ontario. Now residing in Sun Peaks to be closer to family — including his three young grandchildren … [Read more...]

The Voice of Foreigner looks back on a lifetime of rock

Lou Gramm

It’s all about perspective. And from where Lou Gramm is sitting, there’s a lot to be grateful for. After riding a wave of tremendous fame throughout the 70s and 80s as lead vocalist and co-writer for the multi-platinum band Foreigner, he’s overcome both drug addiction and a life threating brain tumour. “I’d been thinking about it (my story),” said Gramm, speaking about his recent autobiography, Juke Box Hero: … [Read more...]