Bus Crashes Into Parked Semi

Jun 7, 2005 / 6:57 pm
More than a dozen tourists from China were rushed to hospital after their tour bus smashed into the back of a parked semi on the Connector. The crash happened mid-Tuesday afternoon about two kilometres west of Elkhart Lodge. Police say the bus, carrying 28 passengers including the driver,...

Vernon Woman Stabbed

Jun 7, 2005 / 9:41 am
Vernon RCMP are dealing with another vicious stabbing. The latest one happened early Monday morning. The attack occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. at 2214 St. in Vernon where the victim was repeatedly stabbed. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition, but is expected to survive the attack....

Recreation Site Renamed For Volunteer

Jun 7, 2005 / 6:04 am
At an unveiling ceremony yesterday, the Okanagan Lake Forest Service recreation site was renamed the Evely Forest Service recreation site in honour of the late Glen Evely. Evely, a compliance and enforcement technician at the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District, was killed in a car crash near Vernon...

UBC Okanagan Tuitions Set

Jun 7, 2005 / 5:00 am
The UBC Board of Governors has approved a tuition proposal that will see students at the university's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses pay the same tuition fees for 2005-2006. Undergraduate students will pay a base tuition of $4,029 at both campuses, slightly less than their peers at Simon Fraser...

Unprovoked Attack In Vernon

Jun 6, 2005 / 8:52 am
In a vicious and unprovoked attack, a 66 year old male was stabbed over the weekend in the rear alley of the Fruit Union Plaza. At 1:48 AM on June 4th, police responded to a 9-1-1 call from the victim himself. Upon arrival, the victim was seen to be bleeding profusely and fading in and out of...

Search Continues For Missing RCMP

Jun 6, 2005 / 6:19 am
To date, the missing Vernon RCMP member has not been located. The search involving Vernon Search & Rescue, the Okanagan Landing Fire Dept and RCMP resources will proceed first thing this morning. As of today, the RCMP have brought in a state of the art side scanning sonar from Vancouver. The...

Search Continues For Officer

Jun 5, 2005 / 5:36 am
The search continues in Okanagan Lake this morning for a Vernon RCMP officer who fell from a police Zodiac Friday afternoon. Vernon RCMP have not taken calls from the media this weekend, and no press statements have been issued regarding the search. The unidentified officer fell into Okanagan...

Search For Missing RCMP Officer

Jun 4, 2005 / 11:00 am
The search has resumed in Okanagan Lake for a Vernon RCMP officer after he went overboard Friday afternoon. The officer was in full uniform when he went into the water. A search began almost immediately, involving civilian watercraft, RCMP helicopter, police and civilian dive teams and Vernon's...

Wire Thieves Sought

Jun 4, 2005 / 6:38 am
Penticton RCMP are asking people to be cautious after copper ground wires on power poles were cut off and stolen in the Maclean Creek Road and White Lake Road areas Friday. The act of cutting these wires is extremely dangerous and may leave a hazard for the general public. RCMP are asking anyone...

New Auxiliary Constables

Jun 3, 2005 / 7:25 am
The Vernon Detachment of the RCMP has graduated a new class of auxiliary constables. The ten grads (eight men & two women) were formally presented their badges and I.D. cards last Saturday, at Vernon Senior Secondary. These new auxiliary constables have completed some 250 hours of volunteer...

Murdered Man's Girlfriend Missing

Jun 2, 2005 / 7:58 pm
Vernon RCMP are requesting public assistance in locating Belinda Joan SCOTT, 38, of no fixed address in Vernon. Scott is described as Caucasian, auburn hair, 5'6" and 125 lbs. Scott is a street person, often frequenting the downtown area. She is said to be the girfriend of Ronald James Thom...

Vernon Murder Victim Identified

Jun 2, 2005 / 2:01 pm
Vernon RCMP have identified a body found on the side of a rural road. The man's body was found on the side of Commonage Rd. near Predator Ridge Golf Course early Tuesday morning by a motorist. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Ronald James Thom of no fixed address. Police say he...

Kal Lake Fire Simulation

Jun 2, 2005 / 5:00 am
Emergency response partners from all over the North Okanagan will be participating in an Emergency Response Simulation Exercise this coming Saturday Morning. (June 4th). The simulation will be putting the District of Coldsteam’s emergency response plan to the test. Coldstream firefighters along...

Junior Naturalist Day Camps

May 31, 2005 / 7:00 pm
Registration begins June 1st for another exciting summer of Junior Naturalist Day Camps. Animal Tracking, Compass Capers and Shore Rambling are among the fun-filled and educational themes awaiting youngsters during July and August. The Regional Parks and Recreation Department offers the popular...

Regional District Highlights

May 31, 2005 / 12:49 pm
Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – May 30, 2005 Gellatly Nut Farm Landscaping Contract - The Regional Board has awarded a contract for landscaping and other park services at the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. Two companies submitted bids and Sierra Landscaping Ltd was awarded a...

Vernon Murder

May 31, 2005 / 12:30 pm
At 4:13 am this morning, police responded to the call of a male lying on the travel portion of Commonage Road, approximately one kilometre north of Rosy’s pond. Police had been alerted by a passing motorist. Upon arrival, it was immediately apparent that the individual was deceased. Police...

Open Fires Banned

May 31, 2005 / 6:12 am
BC Ministry of Forests Press Release Effective at noon on May 30, 2005, and until further notice, small pile burning, backyard burning and industrial pile burning (Categories 1, 2 and 3) are banned at all elevations throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. This open fire ban does not include campfires...

Osoyoos Pub Shooting

May 30, 2005 / 6:50 am
There has been a bar shooting and police stand-off in Osoyoos. It happened Saturday night at the Burrowing Owl Pub when a 48 year old man was shot in the leg and foot by a handgun. The police traced the suspects to a house in town and arrested two men. Police locked down the area until the...

Campfire Warning

May 28, 2005 / 5:58 am
With the warm, dry weather trend expected to last throughout the weekend, BC Forest Service Officials remind the public to be careful with campfires this weekend. Campfires are still allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. When building a campfire please remember to: • Remove all...

Mud Bog Attack: Update

May 27, 2005 / 1:10 pm
A young Lake Country man wanted in connection with an alleged sexual assault is in police custody. The alleged incident happened on May 22 at an unsanctioned Mud Bog event on Postill Lake Rd. Police say the alleged attack occurred when the victim became separated from her family while walking...

Noxious Weed Control

May 27, 2005 / 7:14 am
People attending the Mayor’s Environmental Expo are being asked to help fight noxious weeds in the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Staff from the Noxious Weed Control program is taking part in the event through Saturday at Kerry Park. They have a display with information on various weeds...

Westside Tractor Accident

May 26, 2005 / 1:00 pm
It's a good thing he wasn't buckled-up. A Westside man was rushed to hospital following a landscaping accident. It happened at the victim's Parkinson Rd. home mid-Thursday morning when a bobcat rolled onto him. The man and machine ended up in an in-ground pool. "He was on a bobcat and the...

Vernon Disturbed Man

May 26, 2005 / 6:13 am
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a mentally disturbed man that fled from a Vernon residence on Roger’s Road yesterday afternoon prior to police attendance. Police had attended the residence off Silver Star Road in order to execute a Mental Health Act Warrant on the...

Vernon's Mayor Calling It Quits

May 25, 2005 / 2:30 pm
The mayor of Vernon is packing it in. Sean Harvey has announced that he won't be seeking a third term. Harvey was first elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2002. The 30-year-old former radio DJ was recently in the media spotlight amid allegations of conflict of interest. He was eventually...

Peachland Bear Attack: Update

May 24, 2005 / 3:00 pm
A black bear that made the news last week after attacking and killing a pet goat in the Peachland area, has yet to make an encore appearance. The bear broke into a fenced-in pen in Ken Janes' backyard last Wednesday and killed one of his two pigmy goats -- despite efforts by his wife Tracy to...

Vernon House Fire

May 24, 2005 / 9:20 am
Quick work by the Coldstream fire-department saved a Vernon home from severe damage Saturday evening. At the height of the blaze, 24 firefighters were on the scene, and were able to keep the fire to the roof. Two-thirds of the roof was destroyed, and, except for some smoke and water damage, the...

Local Projects Receive Funding

May 21, 2005 / 1:01 pm
Interior Savings Credit Union has donated a total of $9,000 to three local community groups. The Mt. Boucherie Expansion Society received $5,000 to help transform the existing Mt. Boucherie arena into a twin ice sheet recreation and community centre. The upgraded complex will be a true...

Slasher In Custody

May 21, 2005 / 9:15 am
A 32 year old Prince George man is in hospital and a 51 year old Penticton man in custody following a slashing incident in the Peach City Friday. The two had apparently been drinking at a mobile trailer on Old Airport Rd, when the 51 year old suddenly slashed the other man across the neck with a...

Peachland Bear Attack

May 20, 2005 / 9:00 am
It has killed once and officials say it will do it again. A bear has killed a goat in the Peachland area and the owners are bracing for its return. The attack occurred early Thursday morning at Ken Janes' rural home located off Trepanier Rd. The medium-sized bear managed to get into a fenced...

Vernon Pimp Busted

May 19, 2005 / 5:00 am
A Vernon male faces multiple criminal charges after police discovered he was running a common bawdy house in a local hotel. On May 17th, 2005 Vernon RCMP received a complaint from a concerned parent that her 16-year-old daughter was staying in a local hotel under very suspicious...

What About OUC 's Alumni?

May 18, 2005 / 5:00 am
OUC alumni who are concerned about what the upcoming changes to post-secondary education in the Okanagan will mean for their Alumni Association can find out more at the annual general meeting of the OUC Alumni Association (OUCAA) today. The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. at...

What You Can't Recycle

May 17, 2005 / 5:00 am
The blue bag recycling program has been successful since the start. Participation rates are some of the highest in the country and the amount of recyclables collected have been increasing each year. In fact, residents are so eager to recycle they’ve been putting items into the blue bags they...

Vernon Rock Thrower Busted

May 17, 2005 / 5:00 am
Over the past two months some 25 downtown businesses have been victimized by having rocks thrown through their front doors and windows and, in some cases, the premises being entered with money and merchandise being stolen. In most cases, the cost of the vandalism far exceeded the value of goods...

AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 15, 2005 / 7:37 am
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial began in New York and San Francisco in 1983. Since then it has become the world’s largest grassroots HIV/AIDS event, taking place in over 4,500 communities in more than 93 countries. Organized by the Global Health Council, this event unites people as...

Governance Team Confirmed

May 13, 2005 / 6:39 am
The Westside Governance Committee has confirmed a consulting team to carry out the first stage of the Phase 2 Westside Governance Study. The committee met May 12 and ratified the acceptance of a team lead by Peter Adams of Victoria Consulting Network Ltd. (Team Leader for Analysis of Restructure...

Vernon Water Advisory Lifted

May 13, 2005 / 5:00 am
Greater Vernon Services, in conjunction with the Interior Health Authority, is LIFTING the water quality advisory for all Duteau Creek water users in the Greater Vernon area. This includes areas of Lavington, Coldstream Uplands, Middleton Mountain, Palfrey Drive East and West, East Vernon,...

Vernon Sex Shop Robbery

May 12, 2005 / 2:38 pm
Vernon RCMP are looking for two sex shop robbers. The culprits, dressed in black, robbed Adult Source Video in the 3100 block of 48th Avenue Thursday morning. Police say the suspects assaulted the clerk and made off with a large quantity of lingerie and other merchandise -- making several trips...

Downtown Hit & Run

May 12, 2005 / 6:35 am
Police are looking for a banged up Ford Explorer. The suspect vehicle was involved in a hit and run just before midnight at Leon and Water. The Explorer rammed into another vehicle and then sped off. The driver of the second vehicle was hurt, but not seriously and their car heavily...

Westside Fire Spree

May 11, 2005 / 7:02 am
RCMP and fire crews were kept busy last night in the wake of a series of small Westside fires. There were five fires in total that started around 2:00 am. Two of the fires involved dumpsters while the other three involved construction material. Officials are continuing to look for a cause...

Vernon Woman Missing

May 11, 2005 / 6:32 am
Police are seeking the assistance in locating Pamela Anne Jodoin aged 54 of Vernon. Ms. Jodoin left her residence shortly after midnight on May 10th. She is believed to be driving a blue 1997 Dodge Caravan with license plate LDF 395. The missing woman is described as 5'4", 126 lbs, brown hair...
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