By: Katie Neustaeter

Katie Neustaeter is a creative writer/producer/announcer for the Jim Pattison Broadcast Centre, fill-in host for the CFJCTV Midday Show, community volunteer, emcee and speaker. Katie grew up in Kamloops and is dedicated to the people who live here and the issues that effect their lives. 

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution - Another Police Incident in my Neighbourhood

February 17, 2019 - 10:04am

A significant police incident played out in my neighbourhood on Thursday morning of this week at a home within a 5 minute walk of our elementary school and in the back yards of dozens of families (One man charged in connection to Kamloops robbery, kidnapping) and it was unnerving to say the least.

The painful irony of the anti-vaxxer

February 8, 2019 - 2:24pm Updated: February 10, 2019 - 7:50am

LAST WEEK, in the midst of a global measles outbreak,* an anti-vaxxer mother in the USA made headlines when she non-ironically took to her ‘natural health' anti-vaccination Facebook group to plead for advice about how to prevent her three year old from contracting the disease.

Almost needless to say, innumerable variations of the answer, “Have your child vaccinated!” came pouring in swiftly, mercilessly and justly from the internet.

Well, I finally used the Heimlich maneuver

February 3, 2019 - 7:00am Updated: February 3, 2019 - 8:54am

THE FIRST TIME I TOOK A first aid class I was 12 years old.

After reading every book in the Babysitter’s Club cover to cover twice I had an adequately romanticized picture in my mind of the glories, perils and adventures of child care to decide that it was the perfect first career path for me. (Also, I needed the cash to keep me in candy)

Better late than never: why we need to start listening to each other

January 20, 2019 - 7:00am Updated: January 20, 2019 - 8:22am

I must admit that I have never been a great listener.

Almost every report card of my entire life read some version of, “Katie’s a great student but she would greatly benefit from listening to others more.” I remember thinking, “Awesome! They said I was a great student... and something else.” See what I did there? That’s some great irony, meaning: they were absolutely right. I’ve continued to be a bad listener for a very long time; it’s a groove that I wore into the paths of my mind and it isn’t an easy habit to change, but I’m trying.

A Performing Arts Centre, Act 2

January 13, 2019 - 7:00am Updated: January 13, 2019 - 11:32am

THE PERFORMING ARTS were a very important part of my life growing up, and I certainly would not have the career or skills I do today without them, so I am not without my bias. On many occasions the Sagebrush Theatre became my second home as I worked on a production and I am both deeply grateful and affectionate toward it, but the fact is that what was sufficient to meet the needs of Kamloops in the 1990s is no longer so.

Forget the kids; adults are the problem at Sparkling Hill

January 6, 2019 - 7:00am

I HAD BEEN ACHING to visit Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa near Vernon since it first opened and this year, after carefully planning, saving and splurging to make it possible, my husband surprised me with a weekend there for our 16th wedding anniversary.

It was every bit as beautiful, relaxing, luxurious and other-worldly as I had hoped and anticipated; the facilities were unparalleled, the infinity pool was breathtaking and our room was nothing short of spectacular.

The only snag in the perfection of the weekend was some of the other guests.

New Year, New Me – Just Joking.

December 30, 2018 - 7:58am

Last year my husband and I proudly made a long overdue New Year’s resolution.

*recommended listening while you read: The theme music for The Office (on repeat)

Noticing that we had been staying up increasingly later each night binging on Netflix, we resolved to put a firm stop in place in order to limit our bedtime. We decided we would not allow ourselves to start another episode of our show after 10:00pm.

Top 10 - Traditions of Christmas

December 23, 2018 - 7:58am

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS about raising a family of my own has been the ability to build, discover and happen into our own traditions; this is never on full display more than at Christmas! Some of our traditions have roots in the families we grew up in, but others are of our own creation and have evolved over the years.

In case you’re looking to adopt some traditions of your own and want some ideas, here’s our Top 10:

1. Potato Bacon Soup and A Christmas Story: