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Bountiful leader back in court

Feb 28, 2015 / 1:33 pm

A leader of a British Columbia polygamous commune is asking the province's Supreme Court to quash a criminal charge against him. Winston Blackmore filed documents on Friday arguing that the polygamy charge must be thrown out on a legal technicality. The documents argue that the B.C....

Off-road vehicle open house

Feb 28, 2015 / 8:26 am

Residents of the Okanagan are invited to discuss the impact of off-road vehicles on the environment next week. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource operations will be holding two open houses; one in Osoyoos on March 11 and one in Oliver on March 12, to discuss sensitive ecosystems...

Dog falls from highrise

Feb 28, 2015 / 7:28 am

Vancouver firefighters were called to rescue a dog Friday that fell from a highrise and was saved when it landed in a shop awning. It’s not known how many storeys the dog fell from before it landed on the awning of a business on the ground floor. Onlookers gathered outside the Yaletown...

Makeup artist top 50 in Canada

Feb 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

A makeup artist from Salmon Arm has made the top 50 in Canada in an international L'Oreal Paris makeup competition. The Brush Contest is the first-ever online international makeup artist contest happening exclusively on YouTube. On a whim, Missy MacKintosh, 29, submitted a three minute...

Winter Games in action

Feb 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed The Canada Winter Games wrap up this weekend in Prince George, and B.C....

Less diversity = fewer seagulls

Feb 27, 2015 / 8:13 pm

There are half as many seagulls in southern British Columbia as there were in the mid-1980s because they can't get the food they prefer, a University of British Columbia study says. "Gulls are an indicator of our coastal marine ecosystems," said Louise Bright, the study's lead...

Kinder Morgan under fire

Feb 27, 2015 / 6:15 pm

Kinder Morgan has come under fire from two Metro Vancouver mayors for failing to answer hundreds of questions about a proposed $5.4-billion pipeline expansion. The mayors of Vancouver and Burnaby issued a news release Friday criticizing the company for only answering half of their questions...

Great turnout at open house

Feb 27, 2015 / 4:04 pm

More than 100 people turned out at an open house in Kaleden Thursday night to share their opinions and dreams for the future of electoral area D-1. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is in the process of updating the official community plan for D-1, which includes Kaleden, Twin Lakes...

The next Schmirler the curler

Feb 27, 2015 / 1:09 pm

Shannon England crisscrossed the globe during his wife's sporting career, and it would suit him just fine to do the same with another family member. The husband of late curling legend Sandra Schmirler, England is at the Canada Winter Games watching his 17-year-old daughter Sara compete for...

Hydro scam hits businesses

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:55 pm

Police in Delta say scammers have defrauded several businesses out of thousands of dollars by posing as BC Hydro employees collecting on supposedly overdue charges. Business owners were told on the phone that unless they paid immediately their power would be cut off in less than an...

Canada's subs finally ready

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:51 pm

Canada's Navy has fired off two simulated torpedo test shots in waters near Victoria to show the readiness of its submarine fleet after years of mechanical, technical and fire-related issues. The force of the blowback from two simulated torpedo launches from the sub HMCS Victoria sent hats...

700 plants seized, 4 arrested

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:34 pm

More than 700 pot plants were seized, and four individuals were arrested, after police took down a large marijuana grow-op in Falkland. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the Vernon North Okanagan Rural General Investigation Section began an investigation into the suspected grow operation last...

Body found in SUV

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:08 pm

Surrey RCMP's Serious Crime Unit is on the scene investigating a possible murder after a body was discovered inside a SUV. RCMP report they received a call at 9:50 a.m. Friday morning to assist emergency health services with an unresponsive person in the 9500 block of 139th Street in...

Canada-wide hunt for man

Feb 27, 2015 / 9:17 am

Burnaby RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating James Patrick Benson, who is wanted on a B.C. and Canada-wide arrest warrant. A B.C. warrant was issued against Benson, 34, following an alleged assault on Feb. 10. A Canada-wide warrant was subsequently issued under the...

That's one big ball of snakes

Feb 27, 2015 / 6:40 am

Workers unearthed writhing ball of more than 400 garter snakes in South Delta, Thursday. The wriggling mass was found underneath rocks along a dyke at Boundary Bay. The snakes were carefully put into storage containers and are now in the care of Burnaby’s Wildlife Rescue...

Shock as sisters die days apart

Feb 27, 2015 / 6:31 am

After 20-year-old Keziah Johnston died suddenly in early February, her devastated sister Shiloh wrote an email to their mother. "You never know when your time's going to come. You have to cherish every moment," she wrote. Just 10 days later, 22-year-old Shiloh died after being...

Blockade damages overturned

Feb 26, 2015 / 10:29 pm

British Columbia's top court says the province isn't liable for nearly $2 million in damages suffered by a logging company as a result of a First Nations' blockade. The case in the B.C. Court of Appeal pitted the provincial government, Moulton Contracting Ltd., and several members of...

Tick season is upon us

Feb 26, 2015 / 6:51 pm

This February's weather has been warmer than a typical winter and with that some pesky bugs are making an earlier than usual appearance. West Kelowna veterinarian Dr. Moshe Oz is urging pet owners of the Okanagan to consider protecting their furry family from ticks as soon as...

New rules for party buses

Feb 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm

New rules have been rolled out for a B.C. industry that's supposed to be about good times but has come under scrutiny after the deaths of at least two teens. The Ministry of Transportation says operators of stretch SUVs, limo-buses and party buses with perimeter seating used to receive a...

Tragedy strikes twice

Feb 26, 2015 / 3:15 pm

When 20-year-old Keziah Johnston of Coquitlam, B.C., died suddenly earlier this month, her sister Shiloh wrote an email to their mother about cherishing every moment. Just 10 days later, 22-year-old Shiloh died after being struck by a car that plowed into a power pole where she was standing in...

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