Posts Tagged ‘Marty Hastings’

Marty The Reporter faces off against, and insults, NHL greats

February 28, 2011 Comments off

The latest installment of Kamloops This Week’s Marty The Reporter Hastings‘s amusing escapades sees our intrepid hero bringing, in the words of KTW publisher Kelly Hall, his “limited skills and abilities” and “interesting speed” to a charity game against a team of NHL oldtimers.

Apparently his speed skating training hasn’t paid off, although Marty still had enough confidence to tell former 70-goal scorer Bernie Nicholls that he is powerless without his mullet. He also said Cliff Ronning is only fast now “while running to the fridge for a beer.” Meanwhile, Ronning’s standing beside him.

Skating on a line with former NHLer Chris Murray and Kamloops Daily News reporter Mark Hunter, a The Reporter giveaway led to a Heroes goal. Needless to say, Hall was not impressed, calling his play “marginal.”

Anyways, watch the video here. Very, very amusing.


Bobsleds, drug dealers, and landfill rage (!)

February 7, 2011 1 comment

A bobsled wipes out at last year's Rossland Winter Carnival

The roundup is back this week with a look at papers in the Interior.

There’s a very interesting story by Tracy Hughes and Lachlan Labere in the Salmon Arm Observer that is a little too twisted for me to summarize completely without just ripping off, word-for-word, everything Tracy and Lachlan very capably write. In short: a court has pulled a $1.75 million house off the market because one of its residents is a convicted drug traffickers facing new charges. However, the property’s owners is not facing charges and only a little bit of pot was found on the property. But the alleged traffickers did own the home in the past. Great reportage.

Also, in the Salmon Arm Observer, Barb Brouwer reports on what may be British Columbia’s single worst job: defending the local landfill from angry and violent would-be dumpers.

Anger from customers continues to be an issue at the Salmon Arm Landfill and police are recommending assault charges following the latest instance of violence.

For the second time in three months, attendant Debbie Dystant has been injured on the job by a customer expressing his anger over the 4 p.m. closing.


Over the past three years, Dystant has been sworn at and had angry customers attempt to run her down. But, while she was vocal about her previous experiences, she has hired a lawyer following this latest incident and did not comment. In November, another irate customer sprayed Dystant with gravel by peeling his tires, which bruised her legs and ruined her eyeglasses in the process.


I. Will. Never. Complain. About. My. Job. Again. (Or at least I’ll feel a tinge of guilt when I do so.)

A 100-year-old Kamloops curler is is the oldest active curler in the world according to no less an authority than the Guiness Book of World Records. Marty The Reporter Hastings of Kamloops This Week has the story, while photographer Dave Eagles‘s very imaginative and all-round awesome profile shot may be included in the 2012 version of the book. Here’s what centenarian Steve Gittus has to say about being in the book:

“I don’t know why I should be in there,” Gittus said.

“I didn’t have anything to do with me getting older. That’s just the way it is. I didn’t make a deliberate choice to become old.

“It just happened.”


An aside that has nothing to do with any of the story’s mentioned today: don’t use the word “noted” if it’s not absolutely perfect for the sentence. Use “said” instead. When you write “noted” it implies that the writer accepts whatever is being said as the clear and unarguable truth. It’s also just clumsy.

Matt Coxford of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman writes about mullet madness on the local junior hockey team:

Whether it’s lying down in front of a speeding puck or colouring his mullet red and black, Kimberley Dynamiter Rylan Duley will do what it takes to help his team win.

“Blocking shots is hard, but committing to a mullet is a different thing,” said Duley, shrugging off the suggestion it takes courage to sport the short-in-front, long-in-back hairdo.

“It makes you faster out there.”


Elsewhere in the crazy Kootenay International Junior Hockey Leauge, there’s this Nelson Star story and photo, I think by Andrea Klassen (?), about a crazy end to a recent game between Nelson and Castlegar:

“I looked at the ref before I even shot the puck, and I’m like, ‘how hasn’t he blown the whistle?'” a bemused Moir told the Star following the game. “The goalie’s behind the net without his helmet, just swarmed. I shot the puck anyway. It’s probably the greasiest goal I’ve ever scored in my life.”

By the time play resumed a smattering of Castlegar fans were climbing the glass at the Nelson and District Community Complex and screaming from the stands, while a water bottle went sailing from the Rebel bench.


Meanwhile, a terrific helmet-cam video (from YouTube) of a bobsled run down city streets is attached to the Rossland News’ story on the annual race, which was attended by Rick Mercer last year. Watch the video, it’s insane.

In the Castlegar News: a mother whose 11-year-old son *Cole (*CORRECTED) “suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury while skiing” leaving him paralyzed from the waist down — at least for now — writes a long and touching letter about her child’s recover and future. Making things more difficult is the fact that *Cole’s parents are separated meaning that there are two houses that need to be made wheelchair accessible. I wonder how often that happens, or how a paralysis affects families that have already split up. I don’t know how you’d get access to someone to write that feature, though…

Will someone write a column about the thousands of dollars ICBC is spending on all those bloody Vicky Gabereau advertisements? They’re fucking everywhere.

Finally, from the better-late-than never files: last week Prince George Free Press editor Bill Phillips wrote on his blog that the competing Citizen failed to sufficiently correct a wrong Page 1 story last week.

Monday’s banner story in the Citizen says the college board is “vowing to keep” the aboriginal programs. Nowhere in the story does it mention that they got it wrong on Saturday. To top it off, there is a small correction on page two that simply states their page one story on Saturday contained incorrect information … without offering any corrected information.

As mentioned above, the measure of a newspaper is in how it handles its own mistakes. I rest my case.


Photo by urbanbenchwork via Flickr.

Gregggate: Drinnan still banned, will meet Jan. 11 with Blazers

January 4, 2011 1 comment

This is the second post on Gregggate. Find the first post here. Find the third (and newest one) here.

According to the Twitter feed of Gregg’s Kamloops This Week counterpart Marty The Reporter Hastings, the Blazers and the Daily News will meet next week “to discuss reporting restrictions on reporter Gregg Drinnan.”

I hope that by “reporting restrictions,” we’re talking in the current, not the future, tense. Actually, scratch that; by “reporting restrictions,” we better-the-fuck be talking about the current, not the future tense.

More from Marty The Reporter’s Twitter:

“It’s our hope we can come to an immediate resolution.” — #WHL communications director Cory Flett on Jan. 11 meeting with Blazers, Daily.


#Kamloops Blazers GM Craig Bonner told Kamloops This Week the #WHL has instructed him not to comment on Drinnan, Daily, Blazers situation.

Kelowna radio sports guy Regan Bartel wrote on his blog Monday:

I was surprised to learn that the Blazers hockey club has essentially cut off player and coach accessibility to the Kamloops Daily News. The local newspaper was issued a letter from Blazers ownership before Christmas saying the decision was made because of negative reporting by the paper towards the hockey club. That means veteran WHL writer Gregg Drinnan is unable to obtain quotes from the hockey club and is forced to interview the opposition team instead. In a day and age where WHL teams like the Seattle Thunderbirds and Portland Winterhawks are thirsting for more media coverage, be it positive or negative, the Blazers theory is they are best served by radio, TV and the Internet.

Burnaby Now sports editor Tom Berridge wrote (in a post titled Send in the clowns):

The sad reality in this case is the example they are setting makes them look like clowns in my opinion, or worse, very immature clowns. I applaud the position taken by the newspaper standing behind their writers. I am less enthusiastic about how the Western Hockey League has handled the situation, in particular because it is supposed to be against the league rules. I’ll let this article speak for itself. I think it sums up the situation nicely. What do you think?


Former colleague Angela MacIsaac reminisces about how Gregg got her a job 10 years ago in a touching blog post that concludes in a similar vein:

It is a local newspaper’s job to report the news in a manner that allows you to make up your own mind. They write columns or opinion pieces to stir your thoughts, incite your fire and provoke your response.

When it comes to Gregg’s work, it is always based in fact … and a desire to ensure his readers are the most informed they can be.

I’ll go to my grave respecting the body of work Gregg Drinnan has compiled on the WHL.

But tonight, I lose quite a bit for the Blazers, a team of which I became a fan after I put my sports writing days behind me.


The Province has published Mel Rothenburger‘s editorial and the issue has spread across language barriers. La Soleil reporter Mikaël Lalancette sums up the story on his Metro Montreal blog:

On ne parle pas d’un blogueur sévissant sur Internet : on parle d’un bonhomme respecté de ses pairs et qui livre quotidiennement un travail d’une grande qualité.

That roughly translates (I think?) into: “We’re not talking about a Internet blogger. We’re talking about a gentleman respected by his peers who delivers daily work of great quality.”


I would still like to see someone craft an open letter, to be signed by local sports reporters, that can be forwarded to the league.

Any takers?


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Night of the Long Blades

December 23, 2010 Comments off

The plan was to not post anything more (aside from an open thread to come later) on this blog until I return from Christmas. Then I was directed to a video titled “Night of the Long Blades” on the Kamloops This Week website.

The video opens with:

The Kamloops Long Blades Festival, what was supposed to be a fun gathering for family and friends, turned into a heated competition between Kamloops This Week’s Marty The Reporter Hastings and speed-skater extraordinaire Chelsea Reith after Hastings challenged her to a race. What follows will go down in short-track history.

Then KTW reporter Tim Petruk tries to stifle a laugh while interviewing a suspender-bedecked Hastings. (Nice microphone, by the way.) (Marty The Reporter got his start taking a pounding in the wrestling ring from TWA champion Seth Knight.)

“I’m expecting to dominate this race. You can take one look at me and see that I’m in peak condition and have been for months,” Marty tells Tim. “I’ve been training for this. I’m ready to go,  I just hope she is.”

Marty stretching

Cut to a video of Marty doing jumping jacks and Reith talking smack about her opponent’s weight. Apparently Marty hadn’t trained enough because he couldn’t fit into a skin suit.

OK, that’s enough typing for me. I’m going to eat turkey.

Just watch the rest of the video.


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