Salmon Arm Suspicious Death

Aug 16, 2005 / 4:24 pm
RCMP have a suspicious death on their hands. A woman in her late 30's or early 40's was found dead inside a residence in the 100 block of Shuswap Ave. South West in Salmon Arm on Monday evening. The woman has not been conclusively identified, and since no cause of death is known at this time,...

RCMP Stand-off In Chase

Aug 16, 2005 / 10:41 am
Chase RCMP received a call at approximately 7 pm last night that two gun shots had been fired in a trailer park two blocks from the RCMP office. Once RCMP arrived there was more gun fire. At that time the RCMP evacuated and secured the area around the trailer before RCMP proceeded to try and...

Oliver Fire Contained

Aug 16, 2005 / 7:35 am
Firefighters have now fully contained the McKinney Road fire just east of Oliver. The wildfire, which broke out eight days ago from sparks off a riding lawnmower, was brought under control much quicker than officials had anticipated. BC Forest Service information officer Garry Horley says they...

Oliver Fire Update

Aug 15, 2005 / 1:58 pm
Firefighters expect to have the McKinney Road wildfire east of Oliver 100% contained sometime later today. BC Forest Service information officer Garry Horley says crews are concentrating on the northeast corner of the fire which has given crews the most trouble since the fire broke out last...

Vernon - Boil Water Advisory

Aug 15, 2005 / 11:54 am
Greater Vernon Water, in conjunction with the Interior Health Region, is issuing a precautionary BOIL WATER ADVISORY for customers in the Swan Lake Bella Vista area. This includes areas of the BX lying north of BX creek including Pleasant Valley Road, Silver Star Road and the L&A road areas,...

Oliver Fire Progress

Aug 14, 2005 / 9:55 am
Firefighters in Oliver have the McKinney Road blaze completely guarded this morning and 90% contained. Fire Information Officer Garry Horley says 126 people are working with a variety of equipment and will be in the area for some time yet. The fire is about 500 hectares in size and Horley says...

Strong Community Support

Aug 14, 2005 / 8:14 am
Although the wildfire evacuation alert has now been rescinded for the McKinney Road wildfire, Oliver residents are providing generous community support for those affected by the blaze. Officials say residents and businesses in the Town of Oliver, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and...

Oliver Alert Rescinded

Aug 13, 2005 / 8:14 pm
The Osoyoos Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have rescinded the McKinney Road wildfire evacuation alert. The Evacuation Alert is rescinded for the entire alert area: South boundary: Inkaneep Creek East boundary: easterly boundary of District Lot 1048 North...

Oliver Fire Calming Down

Aug 13, 2005 / 8:02 am
Firefighters continue to have success in battling the McKinney Road wildfire just east of Oliver. BC Forest Service spokesman Garry Horley says the fire "behaved itself" overnight, and remains 500 hectares in size. Crews have guards around 60% of the fire, and have successfully beaten down that...

You Can't Legislate Stupidity

Aug 12, 2005 / 3:00 pm
Blake Ducharme is just the latest in a long line of people who have either suffered serious injuries or died as a result of cliff jumping in Kalamalka Provincial Park. This latest incident has prompted Parks B.C. to look at different measures that can be taken to prevent the practice. Ultimately,...

Vehicle Break-In Suspects Nabbed

Aug 12, 2005 / 10:18 am
Two Vernon men have been arrested in connection with vehicle break-ins Thursday evening in Vernon. Vernon RCMP were called to the 4300 block of 29th Street, and apprehended a man fleeing the area. A second man was was later nabbed. With the help of a concerned citizen, police were eventually...

Vernon Man Wanted

Aug 12, 2005 / 10:13 am
Crime Stoppers is asking your assistance in locating Brian William DUNNILL, wanted on Provincial wide warrants. As of 8:30am Friday, August 12th, Dunnill is wanted on a warrant for a Breach of his undertaking. He is described as a 23 year old white male, 188 cm or 6’2” tall and weighs 86...

Oliver Fire Update

Aug 12, 2005 / 9:32 am
A portion of the McKinney Road fire in Oliver has gotten away from fire crews, causing a bit of concern for firefighters. BC Forest Service Information Officer Dale Bojahra says a 2.5 hectare break has occurred in the northeast corner. "It looks like it burned through some of the retardant and...

Oliver Wild Holding Steady

Aug 11, 2005 / 11:44 am
Some good news from the McKinney fire front Thursday. The wildfire, burning east of Oliver remains at about 400 hectares, the same size as Wednesday night. The lack of growth can be attributed in part to cooler temperatures and lighter winds overnight. BC Forest Services spokesman Dale Bojahra...

Dress Down For AIDS

Aug 11, 2005 / 10:21 am
Did you know that the BC Centre for Disease Control estimates that 1,500 people in the Okanagan are HIV positive, and as many as two-thirds of them may not be aware that they are carrying the virus? A surprising new statistic shows that in 2004 in the Okanagan, 20% of new HIV infections reported...

Cliff Jumper Speaks Out

Aug 11, 2005 / 9:30 am
Blake Ducharme should know better than anyone the hazards of cliff diving. Ducharme is the 30 year-old man from Sugarland Texas who landed on the rocks while cliff diving at Kalamalka Provincial Park this past Saturday night. Castanet.net was able to speak with Ducharme by phone on Wednesday...

Skaha Fire 100% Contained

Aug 10, 2005 / 9:10 pm
There's good news out of the south Okanagan tonight. BC Forest Spokesperson Shelly Marsh says that the OK Falls/Skaha fire has been fully contained and crews are in mop up stage now. The fire had grown to 5.2 hectares before being contained. March credits early air tanker and helicopter action...

Skaha Wildfire Update

Aug 10, 2005 / 6:00 pm
Another day---another Okanagan Wildfire. A second wildfire in the South Okanagan broke mid-afternoon today. The wildfire is off Eastside Road at the end of Skaha Lake between Penticton and Okanagan Centre. BC Forest Services spokesperson Shelly Marsh says the blaze is currently six hectares in...

Mower Caused Oliver Fire

Aug 10, 2005 / 5:09 pm
The cause of the wildfire burning out of control near Oliver has now been determined. BC Forest Service spokesman Dale Bojahra says it was a spark from the blade of a riding lawnmower that started the blaze. Bojahra says the man attempted to put the fire out, but it got away from him. The blaze,...

Oliver Evacuation Alert

Aug 10, 2005 / 4:51 pm
The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District and the Osoyoos Indian Band have issued evacuation alerts for residents in the following area near Oliver. South boundary: Inkaneep Creek East boundary: easterly boundary of District Lot 1048 North boundary: 10.5 km east of McAlpine Bridge West...

Oliver Fire Update

Aug 10, 2005 / 1:51 pm
The wildfire just east of Oliver continues to grow and burn out of control. The fire, which began around noon Tuesday, has grown to 400 hectares in size, almost double what it was last night. Heavy winds, gusting at times to 50 km/h Tuesday night, and hot temperatures continue to fuel the fire's...

Murder Charges Laid

Aug 10, 2005 / 11:42 am
Murder charges have been laid in connection with Monday's nights shooting death in Penticton. Michaell Russel Myers, 23, of Penticton has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of Michael Cutillo, 19, also of Penticton. Penticton RCMP have also recovered a firearm, believed related to...

Oliver Wildfire Growing

Aug 10, 2005 / 8:53 am
The wildfire just east of Oliver has grown in size since Tuesday evening. BC Forest Service spokesman Dale Bojahra says the last report he received Tuesday evening, the fire had consumed 250 hectares. He says it did grow overnight, but is still awaiting exact data. Seventeen firefighters manned...

Oliver Fire Grows Again

Aug 9, 2005 / 8:39 pm
BC Forest Service News Release Issued 7:43 pm The fire adjacent to Camp McKinney road in Oliver has grown to an estimated 200 hectares. No structures are immediately threatened at this time. Four air tanker groups and six helicopters provided support for ground resources. The BC Forest Service...

Oliver Fire Evacuations

Aug 9, 2005 / 5:00 pm
A forest fire just east of Oliver has prompted the voluntary evacuation of about 15 homes in the area. BC Forest Service spokesman Dale Bojahra stresses no structures are immediately threatened. Bojahra says the fire, which started around noon today adjacent to Camp McKinney Road, has grown to...

Vernon Woman Missing

Aug 9, 2005 / 4:03 pm
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing female, Diana Lynn BOWERS (age: 47) of Vernon. BOWERS sister called police on July 15th and stated that although she has not seen her sister in years, they do call each other on a monthly basis. The sister last heard from BOWERS...

Tragic Accident On The Shuswap

Aug 9, 2005 / 11:40 am
A tragic accident has claimed the life of a 2 year old girl on Shuswap Lake. Sicamous RCMP Constable Jim Harrison says two fishermen found the girl in the channel about 7:20 Monday morning. They tried to revive her while waiting for emergency crews to arrive. The girl was transported to hospital...

Grass Fire On Highway 97

Aug 9, 2005 / 6:54 am
Fire crews in the South Okanagan were quick to jump on a grass fire burning on Highway 97 south of Okanagan Falls Monday. Fire personnel from both Okanagan Falls and Oliver were on scene dealing with a grass fire right along Highway 97 at Vaseaux Lake. Firefighters quickly had everything under...

Kal Cliff Diver Breaks Legs

Aug 9, 2005 / 5:00 am
It's time for the yearly warning about the dangers of cliff diving in Kalamalka Provincial Park. A 30 year old man suffered two broken legs and several lacerations to his hands and feet after a cliff diving accident at a popular location Saturday night. An eyewitness says the man jumped from a...

New Crime Fighting Unit

Aug 8, 2005 / 4:28 pm
The Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment is forming a new street level enforcement unit consisting of three full time constables. The Community Response Unit (CRU) will utilize three of the four new constables positions recently provided the Detachment by Vernon City Council. Therefore, current...

Cliff Diver Injured

Aug 8, 2005 / 9:21 am
An unidentified man is lucky to be alive following a cliff diving accident in Kal Park near Vernon Saturday night. An eyewitness tells castanet.net the man jumped from a height of at least 60 feet and came in contact with the rocks before entering the water. The man apparently suffered two broken...

Lake Country Annual Report

Aug 6, 2005 / 1:37 pm
The District of Lake Country's 2004 Annual Report is now finalized. The Annual Report provides information on each department's objectives and accomplishments for 2004, along with initiatives for 2005. Also included are the 2004 consolidated financial statements and 2004 tax exemptions provided by...

Boucherie Multiplex Construction WebCam

Aug 6, 2005 / 5:00 am
Regional District Press Release You can keep an eye on the work at the Mount Boucherie Multiplex without setting foot near the construction site! That’s because a web camera has been set up on the Regional District website. Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “The camera has...

Pump Prices Jump Again

Aug 5, 2005 / 2:00 pm
If you are going to fill up, you are going to have to open your wallet a little wider. Gas prices in Kelowna jumped 2 cents a litre Thursday. Gas now stands at 101.9 cents a litre up from 99.9. BCgasprices.com, an independent web site that reports on gas prices from around the province, shows...

Westside Road: Update

Aug 5, 2005 / 12:00 pm
Release from Arthon Construction issued Friday morning Work is continuing on the high scaling and rock mesh placement on the rock wall. Scalers will bring down loose rock in preparation for a mesh system which will be put in place through the use of a large crane - to be on site in the next...

Local Native Leader Dies

Aug 4, 2005 / 12:15 pm
Penticton Indian Band Press Release Members of the Penticton Indian Band and member Bands of the Okanagan Nation are mourning the sudden passing of Grand Chief Archie Jack. Grand Chief Jack was killed in a single motor vehicle accident near Swift Current Saskatchewan early yesterday morning....

Fall Webworm Attacks Trees

Aug 3, 2005 / 12:00 pm
City of Kelowna Press Release If you’ve noticed web-like wraps appearing in your trees, it’s the work of the fall webworm. Although many people blame the “tent caterpillar”, the webs are actually created by an insect known as fall webworm and, unlike true tent caterpillars, fall webworm...

More New Senior Beds

Aug 3, 2005 / 5:00 am
Health Minister and Salmon Arm MLA George Abbott announced Tuesday that Interior Health’s Board of Directors has endorsed contracts with private and not-for-profit care providers to develop and operate 490 new seniors care beds for the health authority. Construction is expected to get underway as...

Westside Motorcycle Crash

Aug 2, 2005 / 5:20 pm
A young Okanagan resident is clinging to life following a serious accident involving a motorcycle. The two vehicle accident happened early Tuesday afternoon on Highway 97 at Gellatly Rd. and involved a brand new Yamaha motorcycle and a van. Witnesses say the impact happened as the van was...

Vernon Vehicles Vandalized

Aug 2, 2005 / 4:00 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating a rash of vandalism complaints throughout the Easthill neighborhood over the past month. Between July 7th - July 22nd some 20 parked vehicles were randomly vandalized by having rocks thrown at them or through their windows. The only clue available to police is that...
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