The Pine Street Bridge which crosses the South Thompson River from Chase to Adams Lake Band land was temporarily blocked Tuesday morning. One lane of the street on the band side of the river remained closed Tuesday afternoon.
Chase RCMP Cpl. Scott Linklater reports that Chase RCMP were called to the bridge about 8 a.m., responding to reports that people were going to block the bridge and had a small fire going.
Upon arrival, a small group of people were gathered midspan. One protestor was arrested, but because of an unrelated incident, Linklater said.
“Adam’s Lake Band members continued their peaceful protest, moving to the north end of the bridge.”
One lane of the street remained blocked but the bridge was completely open, Linklater reported late Tuesday afternoon.
“At this time the northbound lane is blocked but vehicles are being let through in both directions.”
He confirmed that the road seemed to have been blocked in connection with continued upheavals within the band.
“I didn’t get the full scope – it seems that there are still some internal band issues going on. I think it stems from that.”
The band has been struggling with internal governance for several months after three council members were removed from office, reinstated while they appealed the removal process and, in February, removed from office once again when their appeal through the courts was dismissed. A March 6 letter on the band’s website states the three councillors were reinstated again pending another appeal. Late last year former Chief Robin Billy resigned and Chief Paul Michel was elected.
The Adams Lake Band has not commented on the closure.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.