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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...

Remembering Jim Flaherty

Apr 10, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Jim Flaherty is being fondly remembered today. The 64-year-old former federal finance minister died suddenly at his home in Ottawa Thursday, at the age of 64. Word of his death prompted a halt to question period in the House of Commons. Reached in Ottawa, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan...

Massive layoffs at SRI Homes

Apr 9, 2014 / 5:00 pm

More than 100 workers have been given layoff notices at a company that builds factory homes in the Okanagan. Employees at SRI Homes in Winfield were given a week's notice at the end of their shift on Tuesday, stating they will be laid off on April 15. General manager Jim Stevenson...

Top snowboarders compete

Apr 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

The top Snowboard Cross riders from across Canada have converged on Big White. The local ski hill is hosting the 2014 Sport Chek Canadian Snowboard Cross National Championships April 5 and 6. Riders from across Canada as well as riders who have joined us internationally will compete in their...

Searchers find missing man

Apr 4, 2014 / 6:13 am

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and the RCMP were called out Thursday night to search for a man in his 70s, with a medical condition. He had gone for drive in the area of Three Forks Road on Thursday afternoon and failed to return home. Around 10:30 p.m. his wife called the RCMP,...

Fire rips through home

Apr 4, 2014 / 5:23 am

Update: Several homes were evacuated Friday morning after a large motorhome caught fire and threatened nearby structures. Lake Country Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner said that upon the crews arrival the blaze had spread from the motorhome to the corner of a carport and into the attic of the...

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