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...

Okanagan 9-1-1 Operator Fired

May 11, 2005 / 5:00 am
A 9-1-1 dispatcher is out of job following an internal investigation dealing with a violent domestic dispute in the Vernon area. Last June, a woman called 9-1-1 because a man was assaulting her. The call was disconnected prior to the victim giving police details and the operator didn't report the...

Regional District Highlights

May 10, 2005 / 12:16 pm
West Nile Risk Reduction Funding The Regional Board has received funding through the Union of BC Municipalities to support Mosquito Control programs throughout the Central Okanagan. The provincial Ministry of Health Services is providing the $221,246 in response to an application from the...

Chinook Endangered Species?

May 10, 2005 / 7:03 am
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), has recommended that the Minister of Environment emergency list Okanagan River chinook as endangered under Canada's Species at Risk Act based on an Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) stock status report. The classification of this...

Big Bust In Peachland

May 9, 2005 / 12:04 pm
Another big score for the Kelowna RCMP Property Crimes Unit. It has seized another $200,000 worth of stolen property, drugs and guns. The seizure happened last Friday at a "well-known" property in the 4900 block of Trepanier Rd. in Peachland. Police seized 13 motor-vehicles, two snowmobiles,...

Small Bush & House Fire

May 9, 2005 / 6:39 am
Let's hope this is not a sign of things to come. Firefighters were called out to the hills above North Glenmore to snuff out an abandoned camp fire. The blaze burned a 10 foot by 10 foot area of bush. Officials are reminding us that conditions are very dry and to douse camp fires thoroughly after...

Bridge Jumper Stalls Traffic

May 9, 2005 / 5:00 am
RCMP and the Kelowna Fire department responded to the bridge span around 3:15 yesterday after a caller indicated that a man in his forties appeared that he may jump. The RCMP Helicopter was in the area and observed the man climb over the north railing of the bridge span and jump as police...

Vandalism At RCMP Detachment

May 8, 2005 / 6:52 am
Who would be brazen enough to vandalize an RCMP detachment? That's the question Vernon RCMP are asking today. RCMP are asking the publics assistance in locating the person who threw rocks through all seven windows of the Vernon RCMP detachment early Saturday morning. Officers had vacated the...

Environmental Mind Grind

May 7, 2005 / 9:28 am
Teams from the North and Central Okanagan, the Okanagan Similkameen and the Kootenays are vying for the title of the Environmental Mind Grind Regional Championships today, Saturday, May 7th. Winning teams from elementary, middle and high schools local play-offs from each community will be competing...

Vernon Girl May Appeal Ruling

May 7, 2005 / 9:07 am
A Vernon teenager being treated for cancer may decide early next week whether to appeal a court decision in Ontario that prohibits her from refusing blood transfusions that would violate her faith as a Jehovah's Witness. The girl's lawyer, Shane Brady, said the family is trying to decide whether...

Vernon Water Advisory

May 5, 2005 / 2:57 pm
Greater Vernon Services, in conjunction with the Interior Health Authority, issued a water quality advisory on April 22, 2005 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...

Food For Fines

May 5, 2005 / 10:00 am
OUC Library has announced a forgiveness program that will benefit community food banks across the region. The Food for Fines program allows borrowers - whether they are students, staff, or community members - to donate food instead of paying a fine for overdue materials. The program is available...

Centennial Video Flap

May 5, 2005 / 8:12 am
A $25,000 Centennial video production funded by city tax dollars is causing controversy amidst this week’s centennial celebrations and Arts and Life Festival. The money was paid to the Alternator Gallery to produce a video celebrating Kelowna’s 100th birthday. Seven artists were commissioned...

Hybrid Bus Now In Kelowna

May 5, 2005 / 7:26 am
Yesterday, Canada's first new hybrid electric bus was unveiled in Kelowna. This new technology for heavy duty vehicles will set the standards for fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly bus fleets in Canada. "The hybrid-buses are an excellent example of using technologies to help address climate...

Mount Boucherie Multiplex Expansion

May 5, 2005 / 5:00 am
Within the next month and a half, you can expect to see a flurry of activity at the site of the Mount Boucherie Multiplex Expansion. Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Our Construction Manager is seeking Expressions of Interest from qualified trade contractors for several areas of...

Crooks Strike In Summerland

May 4, 2005 / 12:43 pm
A Summerland contractor is out of work thanks to some brazen thieves. The crooks stole the man's cargo trailer early Wednesday morning from a construction site on Lakeshore Resort on Lakeshore Dr. in Summerland. It's believed the theft occurred at around 4:30 a.m. Police say the suspects...

Lunch Hour Teen Car Shows

May 4, 2005 / 6:45 am
Students in local high schools will have a chance to put their vehicles on display and learn a valuable lesson in road safety according to ICBC. The lunch hour show will have students competing in categories such as vintage, best decorated, cleanest, best street legal custom and best of show....

Westside Governance Meeting

May 4, 2005 / 6:30 am
The Westside Governance Committee will meet on May 12 to finalize details of new Terms of Reference and the Workplan for the Phase 2 Study that will provide Westside residents with an in-depth picture of two alternative governance options for the area. The study will be undertaken over the next...

Okanagan Jehovah's Witness Loses Court Battle

May 4, 2005 / 5:00 am
A young Vernon girl's bid to reject blood tranfusions to treat her cancer has been ordered to return to BC for treatment. The 14-year-old Jehovah Witness made headlines a few weeks ago when a BC judge ruled that because of her age, she can't refuse tranfusions. She fled to Ontario where a...

Mayor Harvey Cleared

May 3, 2005 / 7:15 am
Vernon council has cleared Mayor Sean Harvey of conflict of interest allegations. A release by the City Vernon says the investigation by a Kelowna lawyer Barry Williamson found no financial misconduct. The finding comes three months after allegations first surfaced. The investgation did find...

Yard Waste Rules Changed

May 3, 2005 / 7:07 am
Effective May 16th, loads of yard waste and prunings up to 20 cm (8”) weighing less than 250 kgs (550 lbs) can be dropped off at the Glenmore and Westside Landfills for no charge. Yard waste and prunings weighing more than 250 kgs will be charged $25/tonne, regardless of its origin. Residents...

"Rock The Vote" In Salmon Arm

May 2, 2005 / 2:32 pm
In any election, it is important for the youth to vote. Recently, many youths have become disinterested in politics because of a lack of attention by candidates both before and after elections. Several students in Salmon Arm are trying to make a difference. They are hosting "Rock The Vote" at...
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