Brittany Kapsha and the Armchair Mayor at awards day.

Thanks to all who helped create new Journalism bursary

I had the pleasure of presenting the first Armchair Mayor News Journalism Bursary to Brittany Kapsha at the recent TRU awards day. Brittany is completing her Journalism degree in public relations and marketing. What's special about this bursary is that it's being provided by readers of the former Armchair Mayor News site who donated towards the site. When I transitioned into the new site, there was enough in donations to provide for six years of $500 bursaries for deserving J-school students, succeeding the three years of Mel Rothenburger Journalism Bursaries that were so generously provided by Glacier Media when I retired. I'm finding that more and more Journalism students are going into related fields as job opportunities decline in mainstream journalism, while at the same time, journalism skills are extremely valuable in fields such as PR, marketing, event … [Read More...]


Kamloopa Pow Wow 2015

Kamloopa Pow Wow 2015

By DANIELA GINTA Summer in Kamloops means redefining hot weather yet again, and it means evening swims at the river as well as great music in the park. Yet every long … [Read More...]

Phoenixevent copy

Jazz and dinner for Phoenix Centre

COMMUNITY — The Phoenix Centre and the Country Garden Greenhouse will team up to host an evening of entertainment and food Aug. 2 to raise money for the work done by the … [Read More...]


‘Thanks, Mom’

Fogerty fans flames of admiration By MIKE YOUDS A rainstorm set in as John Fogerty and band came back on stage with Bad Moon and Proud Mary on Saturday night, all … [Read More...]

Map and suitecase

TRAVEL — How do travel agents make money?

COLUMN — I often come across prospective clients who are skeptical about using a travel agent. Many people are under the impression that they can get better prices if … [Read More...]

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Back row (from left), Gregg Drinnan, Linda Friesen, Claude Richmond, Steve Ceron. Front, Mike Youds, Mel Rothenburger.

Big changes in store for Armchair Mayor News as it joins

Some big changes are coming for The Armchair Mayor News. This coming week, the blog will merge with a new website called, an … [Read More...]

Area of Cisco Road fire which saw a flare-up Saturday. (B.C. Wildfire Management Branch)

Extreme heat worries firefighters

NEWS/ WILDFIRES — Action stepped up today on the long-burning Cisco Road wildfire 10 km. south of Lytton, prompting a surge in efforts to contain … [Read More...]

River searched after report someone jumped from bridge

NEWS/ POLICE — Kamloops Fire and Rescue and RCMP searched the South Thompson River today looking a bridge jumper but didn't find one. A report came … [Read More...]


Beware of the credit card skimmer

NEWS/ POLICE — Kamloops RCMP today released photos of a credit card skimmer used at a local gas station and warned the public to beware. The … [Read More...]

City Hall

Ban on smoking in parks is up in the air

NEWS/ HEALTH - Fed up with second-hand smoke in Riverside Park, Bob Wren has challenged the City to ban smoking in parks as other communities have … [Read More...]

‘Our peace of mind, the health of our families’ is suffering

Dallas residents push for action on biosolids project NEWS/ ENVIRONMENT - Outraged that their health concerns have been ignored, a delegation of … [Read More...]

At the Ajax open-pit site, looking toward Knutsford.

Council wants both KGHM, KAPA to chip in for independent study on Ajax mine application

By MIKE YOUDS The City will ask mine proponent KGHM as well as its chief opponent, Kamloops Area Preservation Association, to contribute to the … [Read More...]


Candidates to talk on electoral reform

NEWS/ POLITICS — Three of the four candidates in the upcoming federal election — all except incumbent Conservative MP Cathy McLeod — will talk about … [Read More...]

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Photo from A GP For Me, Divisions of Family Practice website.

LETTER — Confirming ‘that you are an unattached patient’

Further to your article about the family physician crisis and my reply, here’s the email I received from DoFP, Thompson Region,back in April of this year : “I hope you are doing well. I’d like to clarify that the Division is maintaining a registry of contact information, not a waitlist. The Division is currently conducting a pilot project … [Read More...]


EDITORIAL — Media, public don’t judge Harper the same way

EDITORIAL — Now that the media are finished whining about the cost of the extra-long election campaign, we can get on with figuring out who's best qualified to lead the country for the next few years. It's certainly not evident from anything Stephen Harper has said why we must endure such a long political exercise. He says we must go by the … [Read More...]

Rogers, Mark

ROGERS — All we really want is a ride

Mark Rogers writes a column about social media and hosts a blog at COLUMN — The great thing about cars is that they allow you to go wherever you want whenever you want. That's freedom. But what if you could go wherever you want whenever you want without a car? And without paying for insurance and gas? In cities … [Read More...]

Jack Knox

KNOX — Taxpayers on hook for longer election campaign

Former Kamloopsian Jack Knox writes for the Times Colonist in Victoria, where they know a thing or two about politics. COLUMN — It’s not just the extra $60 million being scooped straight out of taxpayers’ wallets. Really, we can handle that. From Jean Chrétien’s sponsorship scandal, to Bev Oda’s $16 glass of orange juice, to Nancy Ruth’s ice … [Read More...]


RAESIDE — Neighbourhood water watch

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Print shows African captives being taken on board a ship.

ROTHENBURGER — Things I learn from what people send me

COLUMN — People are always giving me things to read. I think they have high hopes that if I read enough I'll smarten up. Christopher Seguin, the VP Advancement at TRU, handed me an article recently about student debt, because I'm always bugging him about it — that, and high student fees. Alex Usher, who writes for a group called Higher … [Read More...]

Cecil the lion.

EDITORIAL — Killing of Cecil the lion a stupid, cowardly act

EDITORIAL — The killing of Cecil the lion was wrong on so many counts it's hard to know where to start. Cecil, of course, is the famous lion wounded with an arrow from the bow of now-infamous American dentist and big-game hunter Walter Palmer, and finished off with a rifle two days later. The lion was being studied by scientists in Zimbabwe's … [Read More...]

(Daniela Ginta photo)

GINTA — Why every vote counts

Daniela Ginta writes for the Armchair Mayor News on Fridays. COLUMN — A couple of weeks ago Canadians living abroad woke up to sobering news: those who have lived abroad for more than five years do not have the right to vote in Canada anymore. The reason, according to the Ontario Court of Appeal, is that their vote would harm Canada’s … [Read More...]


RAESIDE — Now accepting applications

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David Charbonneau.

CHARBONNEAU – Bureaucracy (the word) is dead

COLUMN - Nobody talks about bureaucracy anymore. When they do, it’s a quaint word from the Sixties when hippies raged against faceless bureaucrats.   Those faceless gray bureaucrats turned us into numbers, not the individualistic, free-willed, peace-loving, flower children that we were. Paperbacks like The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit … [Read More...]

Rogers, Mark

ROGERS — Amazon could turn Walmart into a dinosaur

Mark Rogers writes a column about social media and hosts a blog at COLUMN — It wasn't that long ago that big box stores were the ones shaking up local economies. Low prices and a wide selection made it hard for smaller stores to compete. Downtowns in some small communities practically died out. Even bigger department … [Read More...]

Jack Knox

KNOX — Disappearing glaciers a climate sign from above

COLUMN — When Mayor Phil Kent waved to the Duncan Days parade crowd on the weekend, it was from a dust-caked convertible covered in signs reading “Don’t Wash Me” and “Save Water.” Also in the parade were costumed superheroes Water Woman and Wilma the Watershed Warrior, along with the Cowichan Watershed Board’s Conservation Cruiser. Meanwhile, … [Read More...]

Ajax, pro and con.

ROTHENBURGER — Asking for letters, vs. actually writing them

COLUMN — Reading up on Ajax is no walk in the park. How anyone is going to decipher thousands of pages of stuff once KGHM submits its environmental assessment application is beyond me. The City is going to decide next week whether to spend $300,000 to hire an expert to study the application, and may ask KGHM to help with the bill. It’s hard … [Read More...]

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