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Castanet Turns Six

Nov 15, 2006 / 7:24 am

In November 2000, we turned-on the switch that brought new media to life in the Okanagan. Today, we boast more than 130,000 visits each day and the numbers keep climbing. An average day at Castanet sees more than 900,000 pages loaded -- that translates to more 4 million hits. Since March 2004,...

North OK Deadly Weekend

Nov 14, 2006 / 2:29 pm

It was a deadly long weekend in the North Okanagan. RCMP report an unprecedented three fatal motor vehicle accidents. The first one happened last Friday afternoon on Shuswap River Drive near Lumby where a vehicle rolled of the soft shoulder and flipped down a hill. The driver has been...

Killer Semi Crash

Nov 14, 2006 / 8:10 am

One person is dead as the result of a crash involving a semi in the North Okanagan. The crash occurred last Saturday north of Smith Road on Highway 97-A, where a southbound semi collided head-on with a north bound car. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the...

Big White Rollover

Nov 12, 2006 / 6:28 am

Four people were taken to Kelowna General Hospital following a single vehicle rollover at Big White. The accident occurred about 1:30 Sunday morning. Emergency crews on the scene say initially, one person was transported to hospital. Three others later complained of injuries. An ambulance was...

Silver Star Nordic Opens

Nov 10, 2006 / 5:52 pm

A major early-winter storm system moving across British Columbia has dumped over twenty centimetres at Silver Star Mountain Resort, giving the 'green light' to open the Nordic trails on Saturday, November 11. Glenn Bond, Silver Star Nordic Director, says "Wow, what a difference a day makes! The...

O'Brien Sentenced

Nov 10, 2006 / 2:51 pm

A man convicted in the death of one officer and the injuring of another learned his fate Friday. Michael O'Brien, 25, was handed a seven year jail sentence. O'Brien was behind the wheel of a stolen pickup in November, 2004. The pickup slammed into an RCMP vehicle, killing Auxiliary Const. Glen...

Treatment Plant Expansion

Nov 10, 2006 / 2:30 pm

A $9.2 million upgrade is well underway at the Regional District of Central Okanagan Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility is located off Gellatly Road on the Westside. Maple Reinders Limited is conducting the phase 2 upgrade of the plant, which takes in 12 mega-litres (12,000 cubic metres) of...


Vernon Crime Down

Nov 10, 2006 / 10:00 am

Vernon RCMP have seen a decrease in crime numbers over the past six months. They credit the drop to efforts made by police in partnership with local citizens. Comparing numbers for the six month period of May to October over the past two years, residential break and enters are down more than...

Vernon Thief Nabbed

Nov 9, 2006 / 11:58 am

A Vernon thief is heading back to jail. The man was arrested this morning after breaking into a home in the 400 block of 15th Crescent. The owner was home at the time. The suspect fled on foot through some neighbourhood back yards and gave police the 'slip' until some employees at a nearby supply...

Rose Valley Controlled Burn

Nov 8, 2006 / 1:00 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is planning to burn wood debris from last year’s fire in Rose Valley Regional Park. “In accordance with Regional District regulations and when air quality and venting indices permit, wood debris that has been collected in the area of the park west of...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Nov 7, 2006 / 9:30 am

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Nov-06 2006-29689 Theft from a vehicle in the 4100 block of 24th Ave in Vernon. Entry gained through the rear window. Cigarettes,...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Nov 6, 2006 / 7:00 pm

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Nov-04 2006-29559 Theft from a vehicle at the BX Falls Parking lot. A passenger window was smashed and a wallet was stolen...

Vernon Water Advisory

Nov 6, 2006 / 11:30 am

Greater Vernon Services and Interior Health have reissued the Water Quality Advisory on the Duteau Creek Water Source. The recent rain and snow events caused turbidity to rise above 1 NTU reducing the water quality rating to Fair. We are also reminding our customers that a WATER QUALITY ADVISORY...

Comm Vehicles Targeted

Nov 6, 2006 / 11:00 am

Nearly three dozen vehicles were ticketed for various offences during an overnight Commercial vehicle inspection in the North Okanagan. RCMP set up the inspection on Highway 97, north of the Vernon weigh scales, between midnight and 7 am Monday morning. Nearly 20 commercial vehicle drivers were...

Decision Expected Thursday

Nov 6, 2006 / 9:42 am

A judge will hand down her decision this week on whether a Vernon man is guilty of causing the death of an RCMP auxiliary and seriously injuring a constable. Michael O'Brien, 25, has admitted to being behind the wheel of a stolen truck that slammed into a police cruiser in November 2004. The...

Surprise Guilty Plea

Nov 4, 2006 / 4:00 pm

Accused killer Rene Joseph Therrien has admitted to the murder of Derk Roelfsema and Audrey Foster of Enderby. The trial was into its second week when the 35 year old Quebec resident plead guilty to second-degree murder. Therrien was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder in...

Murder Suspect Loose

Nov 4, 2006 / 3:00 pm

A man charged with attempted murder may be on the loose in the BC Interior. Chase RCMP says Clayton Shane Danchuk, 37, was released on bail October 27. Police say he has since breached conditions set out for his release, and was last seen November 1 near Merritt. Police are concerned Danchuk may...

Remains Identified

Nov 4, 2006 / 9:30 am

RCMP in Salmon Arm have put a name to human remains found in the Mount Ida area late last month. Police have identified the remains as those of Luc Laberge of Montreal. Laberge, 40, was reported missing on May 25, 2001. While the cause of death has not been determined, police do not suspect...

Westbank Hit & Run

Nov 2, 2006 / 4:08 pm

Westbank RCMP are looking for a vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of an accident. Just after noon Thursday, police responded to a two-vehicle collision on Shannon Lake Road next to the golf course. The driver of the first vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to KGH by ambulance,...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Nov 2, 2006 / 2:30 pm

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Nov-01 2006-29271 Theft from a vehicle in the 7800 block of Giles Dr in Coldstream. A blank cheque was stolen and then cashed at...
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