Lake Country Explosions

Jun 22, 2004 / 6:30 am
Around 130 this morning, two men sleeping in a trailer at a construction storage site on the corner of Carion and Jim Bailey Road (north of Duck Lake) were awakened by explosions and fire. They managed to escape unharmed. Several construction vehicles went up in flames. While there is no...

Beaver Lake Road Grass Fire

Jun 21, 2004 / 6:15 am
A stubborn grass fire kept Kelowna fire crews on their toes yesterday. Some grass, trees and a fence were scorched when a grass fire broke out on Beaver Lake Road. Even though the blaze was small, it garnered lots of attention as it fell right on the jurisdictional border between Lake Country and...

Cheap Gas in Summerland

Jun 19, 2004 / 7:00 am
You may want to take a drive south today if you need gas for your vehicle. Regular unleaded is selling for 84.5 cents a litre, about 12 cents a litre cheaper than the price in Kelowna. Gas is usually a little cheaper in Summerland but no-one is saying why that occurs.

Osoyoos Man Gets The Boot

Jun 17, 2004 / 5:00 am
An Osoyoos man convicted of murder in his Native India has been ordered out of the country. Malkiat Singh Bhandol fled India after being convicted of killing another man in 1975. Police in India say it was a revenge killing from a family feud. Immigration officials have ordered Bhandol be...

Vernon's Theft From Autos Problem

Jun 16, 2004 / 5:00 am
Vernon RCMP are dealing with a rash of thefts from autos. Between June 1 and 15, there have been 90 reported thefts from autos within Vernon city limits. That works out to an average of six a day. During that same time, there have been 15 auto thefts in Vernon. Spokesman Henry Proce says the...

Thorpe Has Memory Lapse

Jun 16, 2004 / 5:00 am
Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe forgot to mention some important details in Tuesday's announcement regarding the expansion of Mount Boucherie Secondary on the Westside. Thorpe says "the expansion will increase capacity for the school from 925 to 1300, accommodating all Grade 10 to 12 students...

Mount Boucherie School Expansion

Jun 15, 2004 / 4:00 pm
Mount Boucherie Secondary on the Westside is about to get bigger. The provincial government has given the Central Okanagan School District approval to construct an addition to the school in its 2006/07 capital plan. "The expansion will increase capacity for the school from 925 to 1300,...

Vernon Armed Robbery

Jun 15, 2004 / 2:40 pm
Vernon RCMP are looking for two males who robbed a local corner store. They barged into the People's Store on 27th St. Tuesday morning and roughed up the clerk. The suspects, who said they were armed, got away with a "small amount" of cash and fled in a stolen vehicle. The car is described as...

Ellison OCP To Be Updated

Jun 11, 2004 / 12:59 pm
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is beginning the public process of updating the policies that guide land use decisions in the Ellison area. There are two opportunities over the next month for residents of Ellison to make their thoughts, ideas and comments known. Households in the area...

Vernon Going Up In Smoke

Jun 11, 2004 / 6:15 am
The City of Vernon will be going up in smoke during a high-tech mock exercise. The Ministry of Forest says it will be setting up a simulated forest fire that threatens the City of Vernon on June 19th and will be using satellite technology to combat the fictitious blaze. The ministry says...

Thugs Beat Vernon Man

Jun 9, 2004 / 1:27 pm
Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in tracking down a handful of thugs who beat a man for no apparent reason. The attack occured last Saturday in the 9600 block of Kalamalka Rd. where the victim was woken up by the males who were yelling and making noise. Police say the man...

Westside Moose Spectacle

Jun 9, 2004 / 12:15 pm
Nature lovers got an unexpected surprise this week when two young moose showed up on the shores of Okanagan Lake on the Westside. They spent several hours on the shores of Gellatly Bay to the pleasure of on-lookers. It's believed the pair became separated from their mother, who was nowhere to...

Ogopogo Sighted in Vernon

Jun 4, 2004 / 7:19 am
Debbie Gelter of New Port Beach off Westside Road in Vernon is the latest to have seen the Ogopogo. Gelter says there were no boats in the area when she saw three long shiny black humps in the water earlier this week. In total the humps were 5 meters in length. A loud bang preceded her...

Vernon Water Advisory Lifted

Jun 3, 2004 / 5:22 pm
Greater Vernon Water in consultation with the Interior Health Region advises that the BOIL WATER ADVISORY in effect for all Duteau Creek water users in the Greater Vernon area is now lifted. At approximately 4:30 pm Sunday, May 30th, the turbidity or cloudiness of Duteau Creek rose reducing the...

Major Theft In Vernon

Jun 1, 2004 / 10:03 am
Thieves got away with several thousand dollars worth of electronic goods in Vernon Monday. RCMP say the culprits broke into a tractor-trailer unit parked in the 2000 block of East Vernon Rd at around 3 p.m. They stole some 20 Sony Playstations and Sony LCD TV's. The thieves also vandalized...

Vernon Murder Trial Under Way

May 31, 2004 / 11:08 am
A Vernon murder trial is slated to get underway Monday. Elke Marie Lamprecht is accused of stabbing to death Gerald Neudorf in a Vernon apartment on Boxing Day in 2002. The trial is expected to last about a week in Vernon court.

North Vernon - Boil Water

May 31, 2004 / 7:13 am
Greater Vernon Water, in conjunction with the Interior Health Region, has issued a BOIL WATER ADVISORY for all Duteau Creek water users in the Greater Vernon area. This includes areas of Lavington, Coldstream Uplands, Middleton Mountain, Palfry Drive East and West, East Vernon, Regional District...

Postill Lake Punk

May 29, 2004 / 9:38 am
RCMP are asking for help in identifying four teenagers, one of whom injured a driver and damaged a vehicle last Sunday at Postill Lake. Police say the victim offered a ride to two young males and two young females about 11:30 that evening. The four were camping in the area and when they were being...

Sicamous Shooting ID

May 29, 2004 / 9:27 am
Sicamous RCMP have now released the name of the man who died from a single gunshot wound May 27 in Craigallechie. He is 29-year-old Graham John Maryancik of Revelstoke. Police say he was shot early Wednesday morning by a Sicamous RCMP officer. The investigation into the fatal shooting is...

Westside Dog Seizure

May 27, 2004 / 5:00 pm
Charges are pending against a Westside man following the seizure of more than half a dozen dogs. The Kelowna SPCA seized eight dogs from the man's residence on the 20th of May following complaints they were being neglected. The dogs are of various breeds including two Dalmatians. Officials...

Vernon Couple Charged

May 25, 2004 / 5:54 pm
A Vernon woman faces robbery charges and her male accomplice is charged with forcible confinement after a bizarre incident near downtown Vernon yesterday afternoon. At around 2:00 pm yesterday a man was driving on 29th Street when he stopped to assist a cyclist requesting assistance. The cyclist...

Westside Multiplex Gets $10K

May 18, 2004 / 6:34 am
In the wake of the Memorial Cup, MasterCard Canada is leaving behind a little extra in the Central Okanagan. The company announced yesterday it is making a $10,000 donation towards construction of the new Westside Multiplex at Mt. Boucherie Community Centre. Under the ongoing fundraising efforts...

Kokanee To Be Released

May 18, 2004 / 6:05 am
After being in school since September, kokanee fry are breaking out and heading back to Mission Creek. Stop by the interpretive kiosk near the EECO Centre at Mission Creek Regional Park on Wednesday at 9:30 am and on Thursday at 11:30 am to watch the kokanee return to their natural home. The...

Vernon Votes Yes

May 16, 2004 / 7:54 am
It was a small turnout but voters in Vernon have overwhelmingly approved borrowing millions of dollars for future water system upgrades. The results show 81% yes and 19% no with only a 12% turnout or about 3,400 voters. The vote means Greater Vernon Water can proceed with water system upgrades to...

Vernon Water Vote Today

May 15, 2004 / 5:00 am
Vernon water users vote today on water system upgrades. The question will read, “Greater Vernon Water is proceeding with water system upgrades to improve water quality, community health and to provide a more dependable water supply. Are you in favour of borrowing up to $35 million to minimize...

Class A Park For Myra-Bellevue

May 12, 2004 / 4:32 pm
The provincial government is expanding British Columbia's provincial parks system Water, Land and Air Protection Minister Bill Barisoff announced today. Amendments introduced in the legislature today to the Park Act and the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act create 37 new Class A parks and...

Fatal Crash In Vernon

May 10, 2004 / 10:27 am
Alcohol has ruled out in a fatal crash in Vernon over the weekend. The single vehicle crash happened Friday night on Highway 97 at 48th street where a car failed to negotiate a curve. The car hit a light standard and rolled three times before landing upside in Vernon Creek. The driver was...

Westbank Booze Heist

May 10, 2004 / 6:32 am
Wonder if it was Labatt’s product? The Liquor Store in Westbank was broken into shortly after 1 am yesterday morning. A police dog was called in and sniffed out three suspects in a wooded area near Johnson Bentley Pool. The trio was sitting amongst a quantity of booze believed stolen from the...

Westside Four Car Pileup

May 5, 2004 / 1:30 pm
Traffic on Highway 97 on the Westside came to a grinding halt Wednesday afternoon as the result of a four vehicle accident. It happened at around 12:30 in the northbound lane in front of the Super Save Gas Station. A pick-up truck, two cars and a semi were involved in the chain reaction crash....

Joe Rich Creek Restoration

Apr 21, 2004 / 7:53 am
An effort is underway to restore a section of Joe Rich Creek thanks to the cooperation and participation of several people and agencies. The creek is a major tributary of Mission Creek and has been facing increasing pressure from development activities in the Joe Rich area. This week, young...

Update On Peachland Murders

Apr 19, 2004 / 2:58 pm
The two people found dead in a Peachland home over the weekend have been identified as a 24-year-old Peachland resident and a 31-year-old Vernon man. Their names have not been released. Police are not saying how they died but foul play is suspected. RCMP were called to the Victoria Street home...

Peachland Murder Update

Apr 19, 2004 / 10:51 am
A strip of yellow police tape continues to surround a Peachland home following the discovery of two bodies inside the luxurious residence. Police were called to the Victoria Street home early Sunday morning following reports of shots being fired and found the bodies of two males...

Westside Propane Fire

Apr 18, 2004 / 12:06 pm
Westside Assistant Fire Chief Craig Weddell says there are a lot of safety devices built into propane and gasoline filling stations. He says they all worked Sunday morning when a fire started as a man was filling a large propane tank on his pickup. The Assistant Chief says auto shutoff valves on...

Westside Peregrine Squadron

Apr 18, 2004 / 6:05 am
Our area is growing, and so the Commanding Officer, Staff, and Parents of the Westside Sponsoring Committee have chartered the new Westside 909 Peregrine Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. This is the Westside's first official Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. Air Cadets are encouraged to...

Peachland Fire Seminar

Apr 16, 2004 / 8:39 am
The Peachland Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a Forest Fuel Reduction in Interface Areas public awareness presentation Thursday, April 22, 7 p. at the Peachland Community Centre. The evening’s topics of discussion will include the role fire plays in our forests and fire behavior. Information...

Westside Power Outages

Apr 14, 2004 / 3:45 pm
BC Hydro is planning two planned power outages for the Westside on Thursday. The outages will affect residents in the Lakeview Heights area. The first outage will take place at 8:30 am affecting residents living on Trevor Drive, Ourtoland Drive, Memu Road, Lakeview Cove, Topham Road, and...

CORD -- WFN Sign Deal

Apr 14, 2004 / 3:29 pm
The Regional District of Central Okangan and Westbank First Nation have signed a Memorandun of Understanding(MOU). The MOU says that both the WFN and Regional District, "Wish to encourage and develop improved retail, business and industrial opportunities" on the Westside and that by "Planning and...

Westside Head On Crash

Apr 14, 2004 / 1:58 pm
A Kelowna man was taken to hospital Wednesday following a head-on crash with a flatbed truck on Boucherie Road on the Westside. Police say the 42-year-old man's SUV was heading southbound on Boucherie Road near Highway 97 shortly before 11:00 this morning when it suddenly crossed the centre line...

Draft Westside OCP

Apr 14, 2004 / 6:40 am
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is in the process of updating the Official Community Plan (OCP) policies that guide land use decisions on the Westside. The first draft of the new Westside Official Community Plan has been released for public review after extensive input from government...

Boucherie Gets $2 Million

Apr 13, 2004 / 8:00 am
Mt. Boucherie Multiplex has received an additional $2 million in infrastructure funding from the federal and provincial governments. It's “a dream come true for the Westside” says Rusty Ensign, President of the Mt. Boucherie Expansion Society. “The Canada British Columbia Infrastructure...
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