Two & Out

By: James Peters

Douglas Lake fight could have major implications

January 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The radio host Paul Harvey used to have a feature called "This day's news of most lasting significance."

It was always about some under-reported story that would loom much larger in the future than it was during that days news run.

This week's news of most lasting significance here in the Kamloops area may well be the start of a civil trial decades in the making.

It pits the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club, a plucky crew of local outdoors enthusiasts, against the Douglas Lake Cattle Company.

Dial down the pressure on Canadian goalies like Ingram

January 6, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: January 6, 2017 - 4:25pm

KAMLOOPS — In hindsight, I was maybe growing up too fast. I was 19 years old, and I was speaking in front of crowds of several hundred people on Sunday mornings, people who were very protective of their church podiums. For some reason, I thought I had something to say, and for some reason, they let me say it. It was a lot of pressure.

Don't blame the calendar for spate of celebrity deaths

December 30, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — When George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died this week, it all got to be a little much.

This agonizing, this exaggerated lamentation that has reached a fever pitch, with one target in the crosshairs - 2016.

The year, 2016, anthropomorphized as the serial killer taking all of our most beloved celebrities.

Social media users directed all manner of insults and profanity toward their calendars.

They noticed a seemingly unending list of celebrity deaths, and sought to place blame where no blame is warranted.

Where were the massive Trans Mountain protests we were promised?

December 23, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: December 23, 2016 - 8:09am

KAMLOOPS — When Prime Minister Trudeau came to Vancouver this week to sell the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, did you see the crowds of protesters following him? Did you see the phalanx of angry environmentalists greeting him outside of every media outlet, demanding he reverse his government's decision to approve the expansion? Did you see the scores of First Nations demonstrators accusing Trudeau of betraying them?

No you didn't, because that didn't happen.

What's the plan for Stuart Wood, Daily News building?

December 16, 2016 - 5:00pm

KAMLOOPS — They say if you aren't moving forward, the world is passing you by, and it's never been more obvious than in the Kamloops downtown this year.

Nearly two years ago, the city put forward a plan that would have seen tens of millions of dollars in grants and private donations coupled with public funding to build a performing arts centre and parking garage on the site of the Kamloops Daily News building.

It has been more than a year since the voters of Kamloops rejected that plan.

Post-presidential election, some new outlets for online rage

November 18, 2016 - 4:57pm

KAMLOOPS — We've settled in now, haven't we?

We've all come to grips that Donald Trump is the next President of the United States?

We've accepted that, for about 50 million Americans, the fact that their head of state is a mysoginistic tyrant backed by white supremacists is not a deal breaker.

Because that is all part of our reality now, we need other avenues to channel our online rage.

After all, what is social media but an outlet for the constant vitriol that bubbles just underneath the surface for all of us?

Here are a couple of worthy subjects.

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