Managing The Geese

Sep 13, 2005 / 4:00 pm
The Okanagan Regional Goose Management Committee is holding a series of public meetings to discuss plans for development of a valley-wide goose management strategy. While local governments in the Okanagan have been attempting, with some success, to address the problem of large numbers of geese in...

Proposed Westside Park Land Purchase

Sep 13, 2005 / 8:43 am
The Regional Board has approved the Alternative Approval Process to seek elector support to establish a new Service Area for the purchase of the former Westbank Elementary School property. The site will be used as a future community park and addition to Glen Canyon Regional Park. The Regional...

RCMP Zodiacs Pulled

Sep 13, 2005 / 4:00 am
BC RCMP are without a boat. BC Mounties have pulled their zodiac police boats out of the water as a result of the ongoing investigation dealing with the death of a Vernon police officer. Constable Jean Minguy drowned last July after being thrown from a zodiac police boat while taking it for a...

Truck Full Of Stolen Goods

Sep 12, 2005 / 4:21 pm
On July 15th, 2005, a 2001 white, Ford F-250 pick-up was reported stolen from 15th St. in Vernon. Within 24 hrs the same vehicle was recovered in Peachland, B.C. When returned to the rightful owner, he advised police that the rear bed of the pick-up was full of stolen property. Over the past two...

Restoring Kal Lake Park

Sep 9, 2005 / 5:00 am
BC Parks will host a public information meeting this month to discuss future ecological restoration work in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, the Ministry of Environment announced today. Working from the park's 2001 Ecosystem Restoration Plan, the meeting will look at current threats to the park's...

More Library Funding

Sep 8, 2005 / 5:00 pm
More than $150,000 in provincial funding will go to improve services throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system, Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe announced Thursday. The Okanagan Regional Library is receiving a total of $151,400 in funding. Of that, $67,400 will go to support literacy...

Westside Fire Planning Underway

Sep 8, 2005 / 4:17 pm
Planning is well underway to bring the Westside Fire Protection District under the jurisdiction of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. A committee comprised of Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe, Westside Electoral Area Director Aaron Dinwoodie, Westside Fire Chair Joe Strocen and Westbank...

Toy Guns Result In Take-down

Sep 8, 2005 / 11:11 am
The normally bustling Vernon downtown was disrupted this morning when scores of pedestrians witnessed police take down two suspects at gunpoint. Police had been alerted at 9:23 AM that a male had entered a downtown beer & wine store with a gun showing. As police attended, the two suspects...

Local Y Donates To Katrina

Sep 7, 2005 / 7:36 pm
To date, national offices of YMCA of the USA and YMCA Canada, along with member associations, have pledged substantial financial assistance to support YMCAs and their respective communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. The local YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan immediately contributed $2,500 to...

Teen Smashes Into Seniors Home

Sep 7, 2005 / 12:18 pm
Penticton police are investing an unusual accident early this morning. Around 1:45 am, a 1992 Jaguar XJ6, was traveling southbound on Argyle Street at a high rate of speed. It went through a stop sign at the T intersection of Hastings Avenue and Argyle Street and smashed into the common area of...

Vernon Crash Victims Identified

Sep 7, 2005 / 5:00 am
RCMP have released the names of the victims involved in one of the deadliest accidents in Vernon's history. The crash happened at 3 a.m. Sunday south of Vernon on Highway 97 near the intersection of Bailey Rd. where two cars collided head on. Both were Dodge Neons. For some reason, Scott...

Okanagan Woman Murdered

Sep 7, 2005 / 5:00 am
The search for a missing North Okanagan woman has ended on a tragic note. Police say the body of Belinda Scott has been found. The Vernon woman was 39. Scott was reported missing a few months ago following the discovery of her boyfriend's body on the side of a Vernon road. Ronald Thom, 31, was...

Westside Road Update

Sep 6, 2005 / 6:55 pm
Arthon Construction will begin work on a lock block wall adjacent to the slide area where the existing temporary wall exists. Some 800+ lock blocks will be installed over a 120m length - 10 blocks high - which will require longer closures of Westside Road while the blocks are unloaded and...

Street Racers Nabbed

Sep 5, 2005 / 6:26 am
Three motorcyclists will appear in court in November following an episode of street racing along Highway 97 Sunday afternoon. Motorists complained of near collisions and many incidents of illegal passing during the cyclists journey from the Predator Ridge turnoff until they were finally nabbed at...

Westbank Assault Nabs Two

Sep 4, 2005 / 6:28 am
Two men are in custody facing several charges following a pair of separate incidents Saturday on the Westside. The string of violence began when a man complained he was punched and robbed of a gold chain at the Chevron in Westbank. The suspects fled in a white Pontiac Grand Am. A short time...

Four Dead In Vernon Crash

Sep 4, 2005 / 6:11 am
Four people are dead following a two vehicle accident on Highway 97 near Bailey Road south of Vernon this morning. The lone occupant of one vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Three occupants of the other vehicle, including the driver died as a result of their injuries. A fourth occupant...

Male Accuses RCMP Of Assault

Sep 2, 2005 / 8:42 am
On August 28, 2005 Merritt RCMP were alerted by Merritt RCMP Victim Services that a 25 year old native male from the Merritt area was alleging to have been picked up in Merritt by an on duty police officer in a marked police car, taken to a remote area and then assaulted by that officer in the...

Okanagan Gas Prices Jump

Sep 1, 2005 / 4:57 pm
It was only a matter of time. Gas prices in the Okanagan skyrocketed Thursday -- a day after prices shot up across the country. The South Okanagan got stung first followed by Vernon and finally Kelowna. At the end of the day, gas in Kelowna was selling for 123.9 cents a litre. That's a 13 cent...

Cougar Attacks Woman & Dog

Sep 1, 2005 / 7:55 am
Lisa Nicholson of Port Hardy suffered a minor puncture wound to her left leg when a cougar attacked her and her dog in her front yard on Beaver Harbour Road, Port Hardy, BC. At approximately 7:05 pm Lisa Nicholson was walking her small “pug” dog on a leash in her front yard when she felt...

Man Beaten For Groceries

Aug 30, 2005 / 4:28 pm
On August 30th, 2005 at 12:56 A.M., Penticton RCMP responded to a call of a fight outside the 24/7 Store at 702 Main St. Upon attendance RCMP found a 59 year old male of Penticton had been beaten by a younger male with a green metal object. The 59 year old male was taken to Penticton Regional...

Wanted Okanagan Man

Aug 30, 2005 / 10:30 am
Crime Stoppers is asking the publics assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on Provincial wide warrants. As of August 30th at 09:40 hrs Chet Lee BRADLEY (BD: 1978-July-22) is wanted for Break &Enter in Prince George, Kelowna and Vernon. BRADLEY is described as a white male 27...

Local Bear Spray Attack

Aug 30, 2005 / 9:55 am
Kelowna RCMP have a young man in custody following a bear spray attack. It happened early Monday afternoon in downtown Westbank where the suspect ran up to a young woman walking along a road and sprayed her in the face. The suspect took off on foot toward the Johnson Bentley pool area. He was...

Chopper Loses Bucket

Aug 30, 2005 / 5:00 am
Area residents say it's a miracle no one was hurt or killed. Transportation officials are investigating a bizarre incident related to the Rose Valley fire on Kelowna's Westside last weekend involving a helicopter. The incident happened Sunday in Penticton where a helicopter carrying a water...

Peachland Power Outage

Aug 29, 2005 / 7:58 am
BC Hydro is reporting a long power outage for the Peachland and Summerland area Sunday evening. It happened at around 6:15 pm when wires went down off a pole in the Drought Hill area and started a small grass fire. About 2,700 customers were affected south of Drought Road to Shingle Creek...

Boater Swamps Swimmer

Aug 28, 2005 / 7:21 pm
Lake Country RCMP report that a 36 year old man swimming in Wood Lake around 4:30 pm Sunday was swamped by a passing boat and forced under water. Friends saw him go under several times before boating over to him and pulling him out of the water unconscioius. The man regained conciousness by the...

Removing Car Doors Is Illegal

Aug 28, 2005 / 5:00 am
The RC.M.P. would like to remind owners and drivers of Jeep style vehicles with removable doors that it is illegal to remove the door of a vehicle and drive on a roadway. The door on a vehicle is one of the most essential parts that a vehicle must have. The humble car door has evolved from a one...

Lake Country Council Notes

Aug 27, 2005 / 8:35 am
Hydro-Generation Project A grant of up to $73,250 has been awarded to the District under the Green Municipal Funds. These funds will be used to establish the feasibility of the hydro-generation project on the Winfield-Okanagan Centre Water System. Tourism Funding The Province has announced that...

Ironman Fills City Coffers

Aug 27, 2005 / 7:43 am
It seems the Ironman is good for business. The 23rd annual Subaru Ironman Triathlon doesn't roll through Penticton and the South Okanagan until Sunday, but already, businesses are calling the event a success. All 1,800 hotel and motel rooms in the city are completely booked. So are 1,125...

Okanagan Boy Stabbed In Neck

Aug 26, 2005 / 12:16 pm
A young South Okanagan resident is recovering in hospital from a stab wound. The 16-year-old male was stabbed in the neck Thursday night. He was initially rushed to South Okanagan General Hospital and later transferred to Penticton Regional where he's listed in stable condition. The boy's...

To Sean Harvey: Send Money

Aug 25, 2005 / 4:22 pm
The former mayor of Vernon is being asked to cough-up some dough he owes taxpayers. When Sean Harvey was forced to resign several weeks ago after it was revealed he lied about his expenses, he promised to pay back the money. So far Harvey has failed to pay a single cent. Vernon council is now...

Six Years For Armed Robbery

Aug 25, 2005 / 8:25 am
An Oliver man will spend six years in jail for an armed robbery earlier this year. Sarbjit Gill, 23, pleaded guilty earlier this week to armed robbery and use of an imitation firearm during the commission of an offence. Gill will serve five years on the armed robbery charge and another year, to...

Kal Lake Store Robbery

Aug 24, 2005 / 5:00 pm
The Vernon RCMP were called to Kal Lake Store on Kalamalka Lake Road last evening for a report of a robbery. A male suspect asked the teller for change. When she opened the till the suspect jumped the counter and grabbed the cash from the till. The suspect then pushed the teller aside and ran...

Westside Condo Fire: Update

Aug 24, 2005 / 4:00 pm
It started in a flower pot. Westside fire officials have wrapped up their investigation into last weekend's condo fire off Boucherie Rd. that destroyed dozens of units and left more than 100 people homeless. Investigators say the fire started on a second floor balcony. There was speculation...

New Composting Facility

Aug 24, 2005 / 2:27 pm
Work will soon begin on a Regional Biosolids Composting Facility jointly owned by the City of Kelowna and the City of Vernon. The new regional facility will be located on a 33 hectare parcel on Commonage Road south of Vernon. The facility will use the aerated static pile process and will replace...

Fatal Crash Near Merritt

Aug 24, 2005 / 8:12 am
One person is dead, two others are in hospital following a single vehicle accident early this morning on Highway 5. Merritt RCMP says a vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 5 left the road about one and a half kilometers north of the Quilchena Hotel shortly before 2am. The two passengers, who...

Be Bear Aware

Aug 24, 2005 / 8:07 am
A tranquilized black bear being removed from the Parkinson Recreation Center in Kelowna by Conservation Officers and RCMP is a stark reminder that bears are actively foraging in and around our communities. Bears live to eat and as we approach the fall, an increasing number of bears will be visiting...

Chase Man Faces Murder Charges

Aug 24, 2005 / 6:40 am
A Chase man is now facing 2nd degree murder charges in connection with that standoff at a mobile home park in Chase two weeks ago. Ronald Ivan Brown, 66, has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Melvin Pugsley. RCMP responded to the mobile home park after people complained of...

Vernon Boil Water Lifted

Aug 23, 2005 / 4:06 pm
Greater Vernon Water, in conjunction with the Interior Health, is Lifting a precautionary BOIL WATER ADVISORY for customers in the Swan Lake, Bella Vista and BX area. At approximately 9:30 pm Sunday August 14 evening a water main break on Alexis Park Drive caused an increased in the turbidity or...

Vernon Trailer Thefts

Aug 23, 2005 / 1:56 pm
The Vernon RCMP are asking the publics help in locating two trailers loaded with cedar lumber that was stolen from compound in the 2500 block of 37th St. last weekend. The two trailers were “Doepker” flat deck trailers grey in color joined together they are called a super “B” unit. The...

Westside Needs More Help: Fire Chief

Aug 23, 2005 / 5:00 am
Officials say this weekend's major structure fire is a wake-up call the Westside needs a fully staffed fire hall. More than 100 people were left homeless after a 48 unit apartment building on Boucherie Rd. went up in flames Sunday. The cause is still under investigation, but it's believed the...
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