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The bees are still buzzing

Apr 23, 2014 / 12:19 pm

The population of honeybees has recently been declining around the world, but one expert in the field says that is not the case in the Okanagan. Victor Macdonald, with Bees Incorporated, is a breeder of bees, specifically the Victorian Queen Bee which has responded well to the beekeeping...

BC wines going global

Apr 23, 2014 / 5:00 am

It may come as no surprise to those of us in the Okanagan that BC produces some award winning wines, but now the rest of the world may have to sit up and take notice. In an attempt to ensure BC can compete internationally, as well as on a domestic market, the Federal Government has announced an...

Busy day for COSAR

Apr 22, 2014 / 9:50 am

Viewer video by Nicole Gray shows part of the dramatic rescue. The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team had a busy start to the week, as they were called out to two different emergencies on Monday. Around 3 p.m. they responded to an injured mountain biker in West Kelowna, near...

Earth Day activities

Apr 21, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Community cleanups are planned for all over the world Tuesday, as residents celebrate Earth Day by showing their support for environmental protection. The annual event challenges people to promote solutions for a healthier environment and participants typically engage in a day of spring-cleaning...

OK College better than OK

Apr 20, 2014 / 6:45 pm

If the future of our region is dependent on a skilled workforce, the Okanagan is in good shape. Nearly a dozen Okanagan College trades and technology students have returned home after podium finishes at the BC Skills Canada competition, held earlier this month in Abbotsford. The College earned...

Water Advisory

Apr 19, 2014 / 7:19 pm

All of Peachland is on a Water Quality Advisory. According to Shawn Grundy from the District of Peachland Water Department, the recent weather caused a rise in turbidity on Saturday April 19, to a level above 1.0NTU. As such, a Water Quality Advisory has been issued and will remain in force...

The race was just 'ducky'

Apr 19, 2014 / 2:00 pm

500 rubber duckies went swimming down Trepanier Creek as fast as the current would take them in the first ever Peachland Rubber Ducky Race. Tourism Advisory Committee Chair, Doris Muhs, says they came up with the race idea to fundraise for the of Peachland Bats Education & Conservation...

Water advisory for Star Place

Apr 17, 2014 / 12:00 pm

A water quality advisory is in effect for residents served by the Star Place water system. The Regional District of Central Okanagan issued the advisory Thursday morning. The advisory affects eight properties connected to the community water system on Star Place off Trepanier Road near the...

Oyama 'bomb' man charged

Apr 17, 2014 / 11:40 am

A 36-year-old Oyama man has been charged for allegedly possessing and making explosive devices. Late in August 2013 the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) received a tip that the man was making explosive devices in his West Kelowna home and was in the...

Doctor shortage survey

Apr 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice has begun preparations to combat what they say is a shortage of family medical practitioners in the area that will only get worse with time. Together, along with funding from the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC, they’ve launched "A...

Better water for Lake Country

Apr 16, 2014 / 2:27 pm

Lake Country hopes to improve the quality of its water with a grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The municipality was awarded a $10,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant from the water board to support the Vernon Creek Watershed/Beaver Lake Road Drainage Assessment...

Westshore water restored

Apr 15, 2014 / 2:05 pm

Westshore water system users can go back to using their tap water. A water quality advisory, in effect since Thursday, was removed Tuesday morning by the Regional District of Central Okanagan in consultation with Interior Health. The advisory was originally issued after fears the Upper...

Remains found not human

Apr 15, 2014 / 10:55 am

Update -- April 15, 10:30 a.m. Sgt. Rob Vermeulen has now confirmed it was the partial skeletal remains of a bear. Update -- April 14, 2 p.m. Sgt. Rob Vermeulen of the BCRCMP has now backtracked off his previous statement, after a further forensic investigation determined the remains found...

Clouds could eclipse eclipse

Apr 14, 2014 / 10:38 am

Sky gazers in the Okanagan are in for a rare treat tonight - if the weather cooperates. What is known as a "blood moon" lunar eclipse will occur in the skies from about 11 p.m. until around 1:30 a.m. The forecast for the Okanagan Monday calls for sunshine today with a mix of cloud...

Arson in Lake Country

Apr 14, 2014 / 6:17 am

The motorhome and house fire on April 4, is now being investigated as an arson. At approximately 12:40 a.m. the Lake Country RCMP and the Lake Country Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire, located in the 11000 Block of Lang Court in Lake Country. A single family house,...

The Ski 2 Sea race is on

Apr 13, 2014 / 9:10 am

Expect some road closures Sunday as outdoor enthusiasts race from the slopes of Big White to the shores of Kelowna's City Park. The 34th annual Ski2Sea relay race runs from 9.a.m. to 5 p.m. and will see teams of up to seven people and soloists race against each other and time. The course...

Businesses in the spotlight

Apr 12, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Peachland businesses are the focus of the community's 21st Annual Business Expo being held today (Saturday.) The event is put on by the Chamber of Commerce and is meant to showcase to the community, and visitors to the area, the diverse range of products and services that are on offer in the...

Hail insurance for orchards

Apr 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Following last year’s freak hailstorm that surprised growers and damaged crops in South Kelowna, the BC government is now strongly recommending tree fruit growers get hail insurance. The largest of the summer storms blew through the Central Okanagan around 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 and severely...

School district $4M short

Apr 11, 2014 / 2:00 pm

School District 23 will have to do more with less during the next school year. The board this week learned its shrinking budget will get even lighter for the 2014-2015 school year -- to the tune of $4M. "It is frustrating in yet I want to be fair and say that I do understand that the...

Letnick takes over agriculture

Apr 11, 2014 / 11:42 am

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick will be sworn in as the province's new Agriculture Minister later today. Premier Christy Clark made the surprise announcement Friday morning. In a brief statement, Clark says “The protection of farmland and support for farming families is a...

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