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Ferry Creek Fire

Sep 10, 2006 / 11:30 am

A lightning storm through the Monashee Mountains Saturday kept BC Forest Services crews hopping. A spokesperson says 47 lightning strikes were reported, with 37 turning out to be actual fires. The largest of those is in Ferry Creek, about 43 km southeast of Vernon. The fire is about 325 hectares...

Open Burning Delayed

Sep 9, 2006 / 9:00 am

The start of the opening burning season in the Central Okanagan has been delayed. Regional fire chiefs have decided that in light of the extremely dry conditions, the high fire hazard and the poor air quality resulting from smoke from forest fires burning near the Canada-US border, that the start...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Sep 8, 2006 / 10:04 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-Sept-08 2006-23873 B&E and theft to a residence in the 4200 block of 12th St in Vernon. Meat was stolen from the...

Water Shut Down

Sep 8, 2006 / 7:24 am

There will be a emergency shut down for the Rose Valley, Sun View, Caledonia, Sussex, areas and Lakeview Heights North East of Hudson Road today from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For the above-mentioned areas, the District has ordered that no water (including irrigation and all indoor appliances) be used...

Electoral Boundary Reform

Sep 7, 2006 / 4:00 pm

British Columbia’s three-member Electoral Boundaries Commission is embarking on a province-wide consultation to seek public input on the number, boundaries and names of BC’s provincial electoral districts as well as the number of members that should be in the Legislative Assembly. “Under BC...

Stolen Van Trashed

Sep 7, 2006 / 3:00 pm

Vernon RCMP arrested a couple of teenage males following the theft and destruction of a mini van early Wednesday morning. The teens, aged 15 and 18, were nabbed shortly after the stolen mini-van was found in the backyard of a home on Kalamalka Drive. The van had flipped numerous times on its...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Sep 7, 2006 / 11:30 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-Sept-06 2006-23768 Theft of a blue Raleigh ladies bike from the 4900 block of Heritage Dr in Vernon the bike was in the...
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Grow-Op Dismantled

Sep 7, 2006 / 6:14 am

The RCMP helicopter assisted local mounties in taking down an outdoor marijuana grow operation on Tuesday. In all, more than 1500 plants and grow-op related items were seized in a rural area near Philpott Road off Highway 33. The investigation continues.

New IPE Record

Sep 6, 2006 / 3:00 pm

The Interior Provincial Exhibition has once again surpassed the expectation of the Board of Directors and Volunteers who have brought the Fair to the North Okanagan for what is now 107 years. Total attendance for this year's Fair just broke through the 130,000 mark, surpassing the previous record...

Westside Water Woes

Sep 6, 2006 / 2:18 pm

There will be a scheduled shut down for the Rose Valley, Sun View, Caledonia, Sussex, areas and Lakeview Heights North East of Hudson Road on Friday, September 8th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A leak has been found on a section of transmission main feeding the Lakeview Irrigation District between...

AIDS In The Okanagan

Sep 6, 2006 / 2:00 pm

This month, several walks and events will take place across the province to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS. Twenty-two newly identified HIV cases were reported in Interior Health in 2005, matching the number of newly identified cases in 2004. “No new infections should be our ultimate goal,...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Sep 6, 2006 / 9:52 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-Sept-05 2006-23638 Theft from a vehicle in the 4100 block of Alexis Park Dr in Vernon. The driver’s door lock was damaged, the...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Sep 5, 2006 / 2:00 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-Sept-01 2006-23200 Theft of a bike from the 5400 block of 25th Ave in Vernon. The bike was a metallic blue super cycle mountain...

Peachland Accident Update

Sep 5, 2006 / 10:54 am

Two drivers of a motorcycle involved in an accident in Peachland Monday night remain in hospital. The unidentified male driver was transported to Vancouver General Hospital for emergency surgery on a severely damaged foot. He remains in critical condition. His female passenger remains in Kelowna...

Peachland Accident

Sep 5, 2006 / 5:23 am

Two people are in KGH with serious head and body injuries following an accident involving a motorcycle and a car in Peachland Monday evening. RCMP say the vehicle was heading along Princeton Avenue when a motorcycle came around the corner in the opposite direction. The motorcycle was wobbling, at...

School Is In Today

Sep 5, 2006 / 5:00 am

An innovative lawn sign campaign sponsored by your local Autoplan broker means the chances of children getting to school safely this fall are brighter than ever. Twelve thousand bright yellow signs were distributed to more than 1,300 elementary schools throughout the province. The highly visible...

Peachland National Champ

Sep 2, 2006 / 1:00 pm

Kaitlyn Ficociello, Age 9 of Five Pine Ranch, and 2 year old mare Concentual Offer - brought home the Canadian National Championship Buckle. The Canadian National Quarter Horse Show was recently held in Red Deer, Alberta. Kaitlyn and Five Pine Ranch mare Concentual Offer - nicknamed 'Star',...

Accident Witnesses Sought

Sep 2, 2006 / 7:00 am

Rural RCMP are asking for the publics assistance following a single vehicle rollover early Friday morning on Highway 97C, about 35km west of Westbank. The accident occurred about 5am Friday involving a white Hyundai Excel. The female occupant of the vehicle was taken to KGH with serious non-life...

Running Out Of H2O

Sep 1, 2006 / 8:30 am

Can it happen here? The Tofino water crisis has prompted Castanet to resurrect a feature entitled Running Out Of H20. Some might find it hard to believe, but the Okanagan is on the verge of being tapped out. That according to local environmental consultant Brian Guy who spearheaded a seminar last...

Silver Star Reservoir

Aug 30, 2006 / 4:39 pm

Silver Star Resort near Vernon is setting the stage for a big announcement -- but first it has to dig a hole. The resort is in the midst of addressing a water shortage problem by digging a massive reservoir at the top of the hill. CEO Ian Grant says water concerns have kept developers away,...
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