Vernon and North Okanagan
Dec 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
Silver Star Mountain Resort opened up the backside of the mountain this past weekend where the fresh powder snow has been collecting for weeks. Local skiers and boarders were planning their lines all week on the Putnam Creek side of the mountain known for its black and double black diamond runs.
Resort Operations Manager Brad Baker, says, “Locals know this is the day where we truly offer ‘lift-accessed heli-skiing’. Meaning that once that rope drops it's a sprint to some of the best powder runs in BC.”
Local skiers rose early on Saturday morning and rode the Comet Express Chair to the top before ski patrol members lifted the rope, letting the surge of skiers into the back bowls.
“The Dropping of the Rope has become Silver Star’s version of the Running of the Bulls,” says Anne Haight, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort. “It’s a free-for-all as every skier charges ahead to compete for fresh tracks.”
Once only accessible by helicopter, Putnam Creek has 1,900 acres of skiable terrain with 90 per cent of its runs being made up of black and double black diamond runs. This side of the mountain was first opened in the 1980s. The runs are long and steep, and serviced by its own high-speed lift, the Powder Gulch Express. Groomers, zipper line moguls and narrow chutes comprise most of the runs. A T-Bar and restaurant have also opened to service the area.
It was a busy weekend for Silver Star in general, as the resort also held its Christmas Light Up event with fire jugglers, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.
Okanagan Life Magazine has also recently named Silver Star as the best ski hill and best family resort in the valley.
Dec 10, 2013 / 7:00 pm
7 p.m. update: The highway is now open.
The highway was also closed near Sicamous after a semi caught fire on a bridge.
DriveBC is reporting that Highway 1 is closed in both directions east of Salmon Arm due to a vehicle accident.
There are reports that a semi truck carrying a load of cattle has rolled over, and the other vehicle involved is a FedEx truck.
A detour is in effect via Highway 97A and 97 B. There is no timetable as to when the road is expected to reopen.
Earlier today, DriveBC was reporting compact snow and slippery sections in the area.
Dec 10, 2013 / 3:07 pm
UPDATE 3:00 P.M.
Zee Marcolin, Manager of Greater Vernon Water has released the following update about the water main brake in Vernon.
"The water main on 39th Street at 22nd Avenue continues to be repaired. There are now approximately 19 homes out of water. The crew will remain on site until the repair is complete and water has returned to all homes," says Marcolin.
Most of Okanagan Avenue has reopened with the exception of Okanagan Avenue at 39th Street, he says that intersection will reopen when the repair is complete.
As for when the water turns back on Greater Vernon Water wants you to flush your system before using it.
"Once water returns to the homes affected, customers should flush their cold water until it clears. Customers may experience air in their tap (pour a glass of water and see if the water clears from the bottom up). If the water remains dirty and sediment remains in the bottom of the glass, run the cold water at your tap until it clears, indicating a return to normal water quality," suggests Marcolin
For those who have health concerns, those with compromised immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection can drink boiled water or a safe alternative.
Please watch for crews in your area and check www.rdno.ca for updates.
A second water main has broken in Vernon, this time on Okanagan Avenue at 39th Street.
Crews have isolated the break and are currently on scene and working to repair the pipe.
The Regional District of the North Okanagan says there are approximately 40 homes without water and a portion of Okanagan Avenue is closed at this time.
Crews do not know why the water main broke, and Greater Vernon Water thanks residents in advance for their cooperation. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
The other water main break happened less than a week ago near the Vernon Art Gallery.
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Dec 8, 2013 / 4:55 pm
Three residential fires kept crews busy this weekend in Vernon, leaving several residents homeless for a few days.
On Friday December 6, Vernon fire crews attended to a apartment fire just before midnight on 36th Street.
Fire Captain Doug Imrich says fire crews arrived to find a small fire that had been contained to the bedroom; the apartment tenant had closed the bedroom door to minimize spread of the fire.
Imrich says there is no indication of a cause but the investigation will take place this week. The tenant and tenants on either side were put up in a hotel by Emergency Social Services.
On Saturday around noon Vernon fire was called out to 9845 Eastside Road after a neighbour reported seeing smoke coming from a building.
“When crews arrived there was flames and smoke coming from a smaller detached cabin; it was more of a summer residence with out any hydro hookup,” explains Imrich.
He says the fire was put out quickly and it does not appear to be suspicious, the investigation will also take place on Monday.
Vernon Fire was called once more to a another fire around 1 a.m. Sunday morning at 1207 – 28th Avenue.
Crews arrived to find a small fire contained to the ensuite, all four residents had got out of the building safely.
“Again, our crews did and excellent job and knocked the fire down quickly with minimal damage,” says Imrich.
He adds that this fire is not suspicious in nature and it appears that lit candles were the ignition source. The official cause will be determined on Monday.
The family of four was taken care of for a few nights by Emergency Social Services and Imrich says it is hoped they will get back into their home quickly in time for Christmas.
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Dec 8, 2013 / 12:45 pm
Vernon Firefighters continue to face dumpster fires, a continual problem over the last few months.
This past Friday December 6 crews were called to another dumpster fire on 20th street at 9 p.m.
There was fortunately no exposure to any structures and Fire Captain Doug Imrich says they do know how it started.
He says this adding to a long list of dumpster fires over the past few months and they do not know at this time if they are all connected, RCMP are investigating.
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Dec 7, 2013 / 5:53 pm
Lumby/Cherryville RCMP have had a busy week responding to over 60 complaints or calls for service between Nov. 22nd-Dec. 6th.
The incidents involved theft, mischief, impaired driving and a hit and run.
Officers have responded to numerous complaints regarding theft from vehicles in the Cedar Ridge area and Valeyview Trailer Park on Mabel Lake Road. It appears the suspect was looking for unlocked vehicles with any items of value. During the early hours of Dec. 2nd dozens of vehicles were entered; two vehicles were also stolen. Police arrested a 33-year-old Lumby man in relation to the crimes on Dec. 4th.
On Nov. 29th officers caught two youth defacing Charles Bloom Secondary School. One of the individuals fled, while the other - a 17-year-old Lumby resident - will be charged with Mischief.
Drinking and driving continues to be an ongoing problem. The latest arrest for such matter was an 80-year-old Lumby resident on Nov. 23rd.
Additionally, police are requesting public assistance with a hit-and-run that took place in the Irly Bird parking lot on Nov. 30th at 7:45 am. The victim's parked brown 2003 Toyota Highlander was sideswiped and pushed. If you saw this accident, or have further information on the suspect vehicle, you are asked please call the Lumby RCMP or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.
Dec 6, 2013 / 7:12 pm
Vernon RCMP have two men in custody following a raid on a home in the 2700 block of 35 Street Thursday.
Police were issued a warrant after residents and business owners in the area were concerned about the high volume of traffic coming and going in the area.
Numerous people were inside the residence when police arrived.
A 31-year-old Vernon man was arrested on a trafficking warrant that stemmed from the last undercover operation that was conducted in September.
He will also be facing new charges of possession cocaine and methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon contrary to a Court Order Prohibition, he has been held for court.
A second man - a 29-year-old who also lived there as well - arrived while officers were still in the residence and was arrested. He is expected to face charges of possession of stolen property found that was recovered in the residence. He was released on a Promise to Appear.
A third man 28 years of age was arrested and released for violating court ordered prohibition and was found in possession of a prohibited weapon.
A 17-year-old female was taken from the residence and turned over to her parents.
Several other people at the house were released without any charges. Also seized in the house was trafficking paraphernalia and approximately $1,000 cash.
Vernon police are continuing to investigate this file and further charges are possible.
"This is another example of how Vernon Detachment takes complaints from the citizens and local businesses seriously and are committed to investigating drug trafficking at all levels," says Sgt Dave Evans.
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