100 Mile House residents return home after two weeks

The nearly 2,000 residents of 100 Mile House are breathing sighs of relief as they’ve been allowed to return home following the cancellation of an evacuation order.

The evacuation was ordered two weeks ago because of worries about the large Gustafsen fire burning to the west of the village. The conditions in the area have calmed enough to allow the safe return of residents to 100 Mile House.

Still, other parts of the Cariboo remain on edge as the weather forecast for Sunday afternoon were calling for gusts of wind up to 50 km/h, but B.C. Wildfire Service officials said the winds would likely die down by Monday. Wind gusts were also expected in the southeastern part of the province, along with possible dry lightning.

Williams Lake is still under evacuation order and “it’s hard to say right now” when residents would be allowed to return, fire information officer Navi Saini said.

“We are making progress,” but the dry conditions and the expected winds were still keeping the situation “fluid,” she said.

Most 100 Mille residents had evacuated south to Kamloops.

“We were very stressed and got on each other’s nerves,” Kathy Brown joked about the two weeks she and husband Brian spent away from their home, which is in a quiet retirement complex in 100 Mile House.

They stayed with Kathy’s niece in Kamloops. Her house backs on to Westsyde Park and the Browns quickly discovered that the park fills with daycamp kids every day.

The solution?

“We’d got out for a drive and watch the planes coming and going (at the airport),” Brian said. “That was quite interesting.”

But the frequent smoky stretches in Kamloops would often force them back home.

The Browns couldn’t offer enough tributes about the graciousness of their hosts, but it was still a hard situation.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Luis Valbuena’s solo homer lifts Angels to win over Red Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday.

Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for the Angels.

Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. Bud Norris earned his 15th save while only giving up a single to Hanley Ramirez to start the ninth. Xander Bogaerts hit into a double play to end the game.

Rick Porcello (4-13) allowed three runs in eight innings, his 18th consecutive start where he threw at least 6 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Ramirez homered to left field with two outs in the top of the sixth that gave Boston a 2-1 lead. Trout promptly answered with a massive shot to centre. It was Trout’s third home run in five games and his fifth RBI of the eight-game homestand.

Bridwell retired the first 10 batters he faced and 14 of 15 Red Sox before Sandy Leon singled with two outs in the fifth. Simmons made a sliding backhand grab on Brock Holt’s ground ball to short but couldn’t get the throw off, putting two runners on. Deven Marrero’s line-drive single then fell in front of a diving Ben Revere in left and scored Leon to tie the game at 1.

After hitting the game-winner homer Saturday night, Simmons sent his 11th home run to left-centre in the fourth to give the Angels a brief 1-0 lead.


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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Brauchler wins Colorado gubernatorial straw poll

George Brauchler, 18th Judicial District attorney, won the Western Conservative Summit’s gubernatorial straw poll, leading a roll of 26 candidates with 38 percent of the vote, organizers said Sunday.

Former Republican state representative Victor Mitchell finished second with 20 percent, and Steve Barlock, who served as Denver co-chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, came in third, with 7 percent.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who has not yet announced his candidacy, followed with 6 percent, and Doug Robinson, a former investment banker, tailed 5 percent, organizers said.

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More than 3,500 participants from 40 states attended the three-day conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Attendees included conservatives, Republican volunteers, Tea Party activists, students and community, religious and business leaders.

Front-runners were all Republicans.

The ballot offered 26 choices, including 18 Republicans, 7 Democrats and one independent.

Director of the Centennial Institute Jeff Hunt said, “The Colorado gubernatorial straw poll is a test of 2017 potential gubernatorial preferences among grassroots conservatives in Colorado.”

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Source:: The Denver Post