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SD 83 is in the money

Officials with North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 are in the enviable position of trying to figure out the best way to spend $500,000 of unallocated funds.

A message from official trustee Mike McKay said “senior staff and the budget committee, which includes partner group representatives, are reviewing the many thoughtful proposals that have come in for program and service enhancements for 2018/19.”

With anticipated enrolment growth, McKay said the district expects funding from government to increase by close to $3 million.

“A large percentage of that money will be needed to provide direct services to the additional students. We will likely have about $500,000 of unallocated funds that can be used to support budget requests from staff, our partner group reps and from proposals presented at the public budget consultation session on April 16.”

A budget process and information overview can be accessed on the district’s website.



Arrested for child porn

Salmon Arm RCMP have searched a home in Canoe in connection with a child porn investigation launched last June.

Police searched the home on Thursday and arrested a man for possession of child pornography. All computers and hard drives in the home were seized.

The man was released as police continue their investigation.

A report will be sent to the B.C. Prosecution Service for assessment of criminal charges.

Police say they have no evidence or information to suggest the suspect has offended against any local children.

A dream second birthday

More than 100 of Alice Wolter's family and friends gathered in Salmon Arm Saturday afternoon to put on a dream second birthday party for her. 

Alice has spent the last six months at BC Children's Hospital, battling leukemia, and she's had three bone marrow transplants.

“She has relapsed and it's not looking bright at all,” said Megan Glendinning, a family friend. “They gave her unfortunately about two months left.”

Over the past eight days, Alice's parents, Jeff and Korinna, along with others, organized an Alice in Wonderland-themed birthday party, complete with pony rides, a bouncy castle, face painting, music, and of course, a unicorn-themed cake.

“Korinna had put a post on Facebook to her friends saying that she would like to have a birthday party for her daughter and she was looking for a party planner,” Glendinning said. “A few friends got together and started throwing out ideas and it just kind of snowballed from there.”

Avalon Party Rentals donated a tent, tables and chairs, Bounce Hire donated the bouncy castle, Sugar Sweet Cake Company donated the cake, Art Knapp donated flowers and a friend brought her horse for the pony rides.

“Most things for this birthday were donated,” Glendinning said.

And by all accounts, the party was a success.

“She's been able to enjoy the party and have her little treats and get to see everybody,” Glendinning said. “You can see her hugging her mom lots because she's very shy, but she is really enjoying all of the colours and loving the flowers and balloons and the candy.”

In lieu of presents, Alice's parents asked those in attendance to donate to the Children's Cancer Foundation.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $30,000 since September to help cover the family's travel costs and medical expenses.



'Bee' part of the solution

No bees, no food.

It is a mantra concerned citizens have been saying for years and as bee populations in North American dramatically decline, saving the yellow and black insects is taking on a new urgency.

Anyone interested in helping restore bee populations can take a beekeeping course at a Shuswap farm.

Sweetacre Apiaries is offering The Bee-ginners Bee Course April 14-15.

According to the Sweetacre website, Saturday will be a full day going over equipment, placement, bee biology, basic management. As well as swarming, diseases and pests. Sunday will consist of summer management, honey removal wintering hives.

Sunday will consist of summer management, honey removal and wintering hives. The day will finish with a trip to a commercial bee-yard (apiary) and time to ask questions

More than 200 people have taken the course over the years.

The cost is $275 per person and includes lunches and manuals.

More information can be found on online.

Two vehicle crash on hwy

Two vehicles collided near Salmon Arm on Monday while driving along the 5200 block of the Trans Canada Highway.

At about 4:30 p.m. Salmon Arm RCMP and fire crews arrived on scene to find a two vehicle crash.

A Vernon man driving a westbound pickup truck apparently crossed the centre line hitting an eastbound car, according to witnesses.

The truck ended up down the bank near the side of the highway.

A Salmon Arm woman was driving the car occupied by two other people.

Both drivers and passengers suffered minor injuries and were transported to Shuswap Lakes General Hospital where they were later released.

The incident remains under investigation.

A Shuswap success story

A B.C. Liberal MLA received a lesson in manufacturing this week when he visited a Shuswap company to learn from their success.

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo visited Valid Manufacturing in Salmon Arm's Industrial Park to discuss Valid's recent success providing custom electronic, mechanical and electrical engineering and manufacturing solutions for several diverse markets.

"Jobs and potential for the future are always a welcome story in the Shuswap, and the province," said Kyllo, who is also the Official Opposition Critic for Jobs, Trade and Technology. "It was satisfying to view not only their diversity, but their understanding and responsiveness to the rapid changes in the marketplace."

Valid Manufacturing is a locally owned advanced manufacturing company that serves multiple industries including: the film industry, highways, forestry and custom coaches and others.

In its 27th year of operation, Valid has experienced rapid growth and employs more than 100 staff throughout four facilities totalling more than 90,000 square feet.

Trans Canada rollover

There were no serious injuries as a result of a single vehicle rollover on the Trans Canada Highway near Sicamous Monday afternoon.

Castanet news director Rob Gibson was in the area at the time of the crash.

He says the driver of a Hyundai Santa Fe lost control heading west near Malakwa Road northeast of Sicamous.

The vehicle apparently swerved into a ditch, pitched out, then back into the ditch before flipping over and landing on its roof.

All occupants were able to get out of the vehicle.

Man's body found

Salmon Arm RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the discovery of a dead body in the Blind Bay Road area.

Police say they were called to the area around 7:30 a.m. after the discovery a man's body near the beach. 

The man appears to be in his 30s. 

RCMP investigators and the BC Coroners Service have made a determination that the man’s death is non-suspicious in nature.

Heli drug ring guilty plea

A Canadian man who spent nearly a decade fighting his extradition to the U.S. for running a helicopter-based drug-smuggling ring has pleaded guilty.

Colin Hugh Martin, formerly of Malakwa, B.C., entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to a conspiracy charge.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said it would recommend no more than 10 years when he is sentenced in June.

The 46-year-old admitted he headed a drug ring that flew marijuana and MDMA south into Washington state and cocaine north into Canada.

One of his pilots, Sam Lindsay-Brown, died by suicide in the Spokane County Jail after flying into a law-enforcement set-up in 2009.

In an interview with the Associated Press that year, Martin said he became involved in the drug trade after watching his best friend get killed in a logging accident and seeing the region's logging industry dry up.

Traffic stop nets a lot

A routine traffic stop netted RCMP more than they expected - a lot more.

Const. Mike Halskov said on March 15, the BC RCMP Traffic Services Roving Traffic Unit stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 1 near Malakwa, between Sicamous and Revelstoke.

The rental vehicle’s three occupants were not Canadian citizens, did not have passports or valid driver’s licences.

“The officer noted a distinct odour emanating from the vehicle which led to the arrest of the three occupants with the assistance of Sicamous RCMP. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a small quantity of marijuana, a significant sum of Canadian and American currency and several bags of jewellery,” said Halskov.

The identity of the individuals have not been confirmed, however, the Canada Border Services Agency is assisting RCMP with the investigation to determine the immigration status of all three suspects.

“At this time, investigators believe that these individuals are involved in an organized theft ring, traveling across the province and possibly Canada, committing thefts to obtain valuables and cash,” said Halskov.

“This demonstrates yet again how a vehicle stop for speeding can result in significant seizures and arrests that have implications beyond Canada’s borders.”

Halskov said the BC RCMP Traffic Services Roving Traffic Unit’s mission is to interdict the flow of illicit drugs, guns and offence-related money and property in addition to identifying and removing traveling criminals from our roadways in the ongoing effort to make our roadways safer for everyone.

Police are looking for the rightful owners of the jewellery which is believed to have been stolen.

“If you have been the victim of a recent jewellery theft anywhere in southern B.C. and believe any of this jewellery belongs to you, please contact Constable Christopher Coleman by email at [email protected],” said Halskov.

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