Okanagan Fatal MVA

Mar 4, 2005 / 12:46 pm
A two vehicle accident in the North Okanagan has claimed the life of a young woman. The crash happened Friday morning on Highway 97 where the woman was making a left hand turn onto the highway from a side road. Her car was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead in...

Okanagan Man Killed

Mar 3, 2005 / 10:36 am
A Vernon man is dead and another is clinging to life after being struck down by a vehicle Wednesday night in Richmond. The incident happened at a crosswalk at around 8 o'clock. The driver of the truck is a Surrey man, who is in police custody on suspicion of drunk driving. No names have been...

Violent Offender Wanted

Mar 3, 2005 / 5:00 am
Crime Stoppers is asking the publics assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on Canada Wide Warrants for a suspension of his Statutory Release. Stanley Wade POLAK (BD: 1968-Aug 08) is described as a 36 year old non white male, 180 cm or 5’11” tall, weighs 81 kgs or 180 lbs. He...

Lake Country Council News

Mar 2, 2005 / 9:03 pm
VERNON CREEK INTAKE POND CLEANING COMPLETED The Engineering Department completed a week-long cleaning of the Vernon Creek intake pond on February 18, 2005. Excess sediment must periodically be removed to allow adequate storage volume for the Winfield/Okanagan Centre Water System. 2004 FINANCIAL...

Crack Down On Passing

Mar 2, 2005 / 8:58 pm
RCMP Press Release The Central Okanagan Traffic Services from the Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment will be working in conjunction with a large trucking company to catch drivers who are passing large tractor trailer transport trucks on Highway 33 in a dangerous manner. The trucking companies are...

Radio Expansions Denied

Mar 2, 2005 / 8:00 am
In the past two days the CRTC has made two significant decisions on local radio programming in the Okanagan. Thirteen months ago Silk FM applied to have its signal rebroadcast in Penticton & Vernon. The CRTC issued its decision yesterday - no way. Silk FM Broadcasting Owner Nick Frost says he...

New Vernon Bike Lane

Mar 2, 2005 / 5:00 am
Vernon is getting a new 700-metre bike lane that will run west along Okanagan Landing Road, Boulevard and Linear Park from 43rd Street. It is part of a larger "Ribbon of Green" plan that will eventually see a network of cycling and hiking trails connect the city centre with Okanagan Lake. The...

Pugsley Wins NDP Nomination

Mar 1, 2005 / 7:00 pm
OUC faculty association President John Pugsley has won the NDP nomination to run in Kelowna-Lake Country in the May 17th election. The nomination meeting was held Monday night at Elks Hall. Over 250 attended and former NDP premier Dave Barrett, now 74, gave the keynote address. Barrett called...

Very Dry February

Mar 1, 2005 / 6:41 am
At just 1 millmeter measured, Kelowna received virtually no precipitation in February. Normally our area receives 9.6 millimeters 16 cm of which is snow. A strong high pressure ridge over the province most of the month is the culprit. As a result, we were drier than Los Angeles and had less snow...

Baggage Handler Removed

Feb 26, 2005 / 8:32 am
Frank is moving. A statue in Penticton called the Baggage Handler, but known to locals as Frank, has been so heavily damaged in the last week it has been removed for repairs. Artist Michael Hermish is very distressed about what has happened to his creation since it was put up in the traffic...

Paramedics 24 Hours

Feb 26, 2005 / 5:00 am
Release Ambulance stations in Summerland, Peachland, and Westbank will soon be staffed by paramedics 24 hours a day to improve local response times, Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe announced Friday. “Our government is investing $3 million in a new paramedic deployment model,” says Thorpe....

Missing Man Found Dead

Feb 25, 2005 / 6:24 am
A sad turn in the search for a missing Penticton man. Yesterday an employee with Gorman’s Brothers found a burnt vehicle on a forestry road up near the Connector. About 1 km further down the road, a man’s body was discovered. While the body has not yet been positively identified, police...

Driver Unharmed By Rock

Feb 25, 2005 / 6:21 am
The outcome could’ve been a lot worse. Police are investigating a rock-throwing incident on the Westside around 3:20 yesterday afternoon. A car was traveling along Highway 97 near Boucherie, when a rock came crashing through the front window, hit the driver and then exited through the rear...

New Osoyoos Visitor Ctr

Feb 25, 2005 / 5:00 am
Release Premier Gordon Campbell announced Thursday that the Thompson Okanagan region is poised to receive $4 million in direct benefits under the third component of the Province's tourism marketing strategy, which includes a new gateway signage program and $14 million in proposed funding to...

Fixing Corner Of Doom

Feb 25, 2005 / 5:00 am
Construction starts on Corner of Doom -- Release Construction to fix a dangerous portion of Westside Road near Bear Creek Park, is expected to begin next week, says Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe. “Improving the alignment and width on this road will increases safety and eliminate an...

Vernon Man Beaten

Feb 24, 2005 / 8:10 am
A 22 year old Vernon man suffered facial injuries after a robbery attempt around 1:30 last night. It happened in the 3000 block of 39th Avenue when two vehicles pulled up to the man and demanded money. Three or four men left the cars, hit him on the head, and then kicked him in the face while he...

Safe Schools Act Endorsed

Feb 24, 2005 / 7:35 am
School District #23 trustees met last night at its regular meeting. Here are some highlights: The school board is seeking a staff report so that it can begin to remove pressure treated wood from school playgrounds. It's believed that pesticides in the wood could cause health hazards. The wood...

Summerland 97 Widening

Feb 23, 2005 / 8:54 am
Rick Thorpe Press Release Preliminary design work to four-lane seven kilometres of Highway 97, between Summerland and Peachland, has been completed and a contract has now been awarded to complete the detailed and functional design from Bentley Road north, which will be used for discussion with...

Regional District Highlights

Feb 23, 2005 / 5:00 am
Mt. Boucherie Arena Safe Air Procedures The Regional Board has approved the procedures carried out by staff when resurfacing the ice at the Mount Boucherie arena. Among the steps taken to ensure the safety of air in public areas: exhaust fans are turned on before, during and after the resurfacing...

Vernon Purse Snatching

Feb 22, 2005 / 12:00 pm
An 86 year old Vernon woman is recovering after a purse snatching Monday afternoon. The woman was walking near her home in the 3300 block of 39th Avenue when a teenage boy snatched the purse. The woman says he seen running toward the curling rink in the Becker Park area. RCMP say the teenage boy...

Lost Skiers Found

Feb 22, 2005 / 6:11 am
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Two Ontario skiers are lucky to be alive after getting lost in the backcountry at Big White. The 50-year old man and his 45-year old wife had been skiing in the Gem Lake area Sunday and became confused when they tried to take a different...

Coroner Investigating Death

Feb 21, 2005 / 2:58 pm
A coroner's investigation is being conducted, looking into the death of a skier February 18th at Apex Ski Resort in Penticton. 18 year old Welton Vo of Vancouver died of injuries sustained while taking part in the "Iron Legs" ski event. He lost control on Grandfather Trail and entered a wooded...

Firefighter Charged With Arson

Feb 21, 2005 / 2:18 pm
A former member of the Silver Star Volunteer Fire Department has been charged in connection with several fires set in slash piles in the Silver Star Rd. area in 2003 and 2004. Mark Dawson Sherwin has been charged with two counts of Cause damage by fire and two counts of Mischief. Sherwin is...

RCMP Get Their Man

Feb 20, 2005 / 6:16 am
A 50 year old male is in police custody, arrested without incident at a residence in Lake Country about eight o'clock Saturday night. The Lake Country suspect will be charged with five recent armed robberies in Westbank, Rutland and Lake Country. The Comfort Inn on Westgate Road in Westbank was...

Gas Station Robberies

Feb 19, 2005 / 6:20 am
Kelowna RCMP are helping Lake Country police this morning deal with a couple of gas station robberies in Winfield. Few details about the robberies are available but it is known one took place about nine o'clock Friday night. There are reports that the suspect left a car parked in the Coopers...

Skier Dies At Apex

Feb 18, 2005 / 7:06 pm
There is another tragedy to report on a local ski hill. Around 10:00 this morning an 18 year old man was fatally injured while skiing at Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton. He was on a double black diamond run participating in the annual "Iron Legs" event. Officials suspect he was going too...

Westside Roads Study

Feb 18, 2005 / 5:00 am
Tax payers are forking out $150,000 to study roads on the Westside. The price tag is being shared with the Regional District picking up half the tab. "This funding will help them determine current conditions and assess future road needs for the Westside," says Westside MLA Rick Thorpe. The area...

Safeway Robber Cuffed

Feb 17, 2005 / 6:16 am
Acting on a tip from the public, Penticton RCMP arrested Robert Pisozub at a Penticton Hotel Wednesday afternoon. Pisozub was taken into custody without incident on an outstanding warrant for the Vernon Square Safeway armed robbery on January 30th. The RCMP would like to thank all the members...

Waste Diversion Project

Feb 16, 2005 / 8:30 am
RDCO Press Release The Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna are working with stakeholders to conduct a pilot project aimed at diverting demolition, land clearing and construction (DLC) waste from the Glenmore landfill. The project will serve as a feasibility study to...

More OUC Strike Action

Feb 16, 2005 / 6:38 am
Rotating strike action returns to Okanagan University College on Wednesday, to press union demands for a fair wage settlement, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced Tuesday. The BCGEU represents over 500 support workers at Okanagan University College. Campuses in...

Big White Axe Assault

Feb 16, 2005 / 6:19 am
They wouldn't leave when asked and then took their frustrations out with an axe. Two suspects are in custody after they assaulted three men with an axe last night at Big White. It all started when the men were asked to leave a home. A police dog later found the axe that had been thrown away...

Big Police Score In Vernon

Feb 15, 2005 / 10:44 am
A 48-year-old Vernon man is facing several charges in connection with a drug raid last week. The bust happened on Thursday Feb. 10. RCMP say, in addition to drugs, they also seized 12 suspected stolen vehicles from the property. Two of the vehicles have been confirmed as stolen from the Vernon...

Drywall Landfill Ban

Feb 15, 2005 / 5:00 am
Release Gypsum Wallboard Now Banned at Landfills The Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna have added gypsum wallboard to the list of mandatory recyclable materials banned at local landfills. New gypsum wallboard, commonly also known as drywall, has been banned at local...

Car Plunges Into Lake

Feb 14, 2005 / 1:20 pm
An unidentified motorist escaped serious injury after her car plunged into Okanagan Lake. The single vehicle accident happened early Monday morning on Highway 97 where the car veered off the road just south of Peachland. The vehicle smashed into some large rocks at the edge of the lake before...

Greens Announce Candidates

Feb 13, 2005 / 12:00 pm
The Okanagan Green Party will be holding a nomination meeting to announce their candidates for the 2005 provincial election on Thursday, February 17th, 2005 at 5.30 pm at Bunches Bistro in Kelowna. It will be followed by a fundraising dinner for ticketholders. The Nomination Meeting is open to the...

Duck Lake Crash

Feb 13, 2005 / 6:28 am
A suspected car thief is under arrest after a two car crash on Highway 97 near Duck Lake just before noon Saturday. RCMP took a 22 year old Penticton man into custody after responding to the accident which injured a mother and her two daughters from Salmon Arm. The suspected car thief totaled a...

Local Crash Injures Two

Feb 12, 2005 / 6:38 am
One man is in Kelowna General hospital after running a stop sign at Elk Road and Highway 97 Friday night. RCMP say about 10:45 the east bound car failed to stop at the stop sign, entered the highway and was struck by a north bound Semi truck. The jaws of life had to be used to get the unconscious...

Castle Full Of Dope

Feb 12, 2005 / 5:00 am
The police were checking into Haymour Castle in Peachland Thursday and they checked out with marijuana -- lots of it. The former hotel, which has been closed for several years, was loaded with over 600 marijuana plants. RCMP say it was a "very sophisticated operation" which included a...

Local Police Pursuit

Feb 11, 2005 / 3:00 pm
Local police have a woman in custody and are still looking for her accomplices following a brief chase Friday morning. Things began to unfold at around 7 a.m. in Westbank when the woman jumped into a pick-up truck that was left idling at a residence in the 3300 block of McIver Rd. The truck was...

House Blocks Highway

Feb 11, 2005 / 1:26 pm
Traffic on Highway 97 in Winfield came to a halt late Friday morning when a truck lost its load -- and the load was a house. The incident happened at Barry Rd. where the driver was making a left hand turn onto Highway 97 and was forced to brake for a car ahead of him. Witnesses say that's when...
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