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Crews battle two fronts

Jul 21, 2015 / 9:15 pm

Despite 24 properties remaining on evacuation alert, no structures are being threatened by the Bolean Lake wildfire near Falkland. An evacuation order for the Bolean Lake Lodge was issued Monday, and four campers and the owner fled to safety. Navie Saini, fire information officer with the...

Brush fire beaten back

Jul 21, 2015 / 8:45 pm

UPDATE 8:45 P.M. A small brush fire in the Silver Star area has been beaten down. That according to RCMP officers manning road blocks on the scene. Members of the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department are on scene along with a four-member crew from the Wildfire Management Branch. A bucketing...

Fire causes water advisory

Jul 21, 2015 / 4:59 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a water-quality advisory for residents served by the Killiney Beach and Westshore water systems. The advisory is a precautionary measure due to the current power outage from the Shelter Cove fire, according to Bruce Smith, communications...

Bolean Lake fire at 300 ha

Jul 21, 2015 / 11:54 am

Residents at the Bolean Lake Lodge are under an evacuation order, while 24 properties remain under evacuation alert as the 300-hectare Bolean Lake wildfire continues to burn. The fire is burning northeast of Falkland, located in Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. It is zero per...

Band goes bomb hunting

Jul 21, 2015 / 6:48 am

Ten members from British Columbia's Okanagan Indian Band have been selected for specialized training to learn how to rid their reserve of the buried bullets and bombs that have accumulated over a century. Military training dating back to the Boer War has littered spent and unexploded...

Arena ready to go

Jul 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Ahead of schedule and under budget are not terms often heard when it comes to renovation projects, but both apply to work recently done to Priest Valley Arena in Vernon. The installation of new boards was a major maintenance project for Greater Vernon Recreation Services. Riley Manufacturing of...

Greens go it alone

Jul 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

The North Okangan-Shuswap Greens have extended an olive branch to the Liberals and NDP, but so far their suggestion to team up against the ruling Conservatives has been rebuffed. Greig Crocket, North Okangan-Shuswap Greens CEO, said they contacted both major parties in the spirit of...

Foreign farm workers AWOL

Jul 20, 2015 / 8:59 pm

Vernon RCMP are investigating a report of four missing Mexican workers from an orchard in Vernon. Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the men went missing on June 26, leaving their personal effects behind. However, it appears they took their identification papers with...

Evac alert near Falkland

Jul 20, 2015 / 8:37 pm

High winds are wreaking havoc with a wildfire near Falkland, prompting an evacuation alert for several homes. The Bolean Lake wildfire exploded to 300 hectares in a matter of hours, fueled by high winds and dry conditions. Residents living in the area between Bolean Lake and Chase-Falkland...

Wildfire near Falkland

Jul 20, 2015 / 6:28 pm

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. The wildfire burning near Falkland is about seven kilometres up Chase-Falkland Road, at the top of mountain, near Pillar Lake. Strong winds are blowing the smoke away from Falkland and a nearby farm. It does not appear that any properties are threatened at this...

Woman struck by Jeep

Jul 20, 2015 / 1:48 pm

A 53-year-old Vernon woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition Saturday after being struck by a Jeep driven by a 92-year-old man. The accident happened at 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of Tronson and Okanagan Landing roads. “On attendance, officers learned the pedestrian was...

Tourism a priority for feds

Jul 19, 2015 / 4:20 pm

Increasing the number of U.S. tourists coming to the North Okanagan was a key issue discussed during a round table on tourism in Vernon Friday. More than a dozen representatives from the tourism sector in the region joined the chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus on Tourism MP Blake Richards in...

Searching for missing man

Jul 19, 2015 / 2:48 pm

Family and friends of a missing Alberta man will be back in the Okanagan July 25 to conduct a land search in the Cosens Bay area near Vernon. Curtis Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake. The body is his friend, Shane Letkeman, 32, was...

Power restored to 1,500

Jul 19, 2015 / 1:41 pm

UPDATE 1:40 P.M. Power is now back on for 1,534 customers between Lake Country and Vernon. BC Hydro reports power went back on at 1:34 p.m., after it went out at 9:56 a.m. Sunday morning. The cause of the outage is still under investigation. ORIGINAL Power is out to over 1,500...

Few seeking help

Jul 18, 2015 / 1:31 pm

Despite being given a 60-day eviction notice a month ago, few residents of the Green Valley Motel are reaching out for help in finding a new home. But that is not surprising to Annette Sharkey with the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan. “There has only been a handful of...

Inspiring young lives

Jul 17, 2015 / 5:45 pm

Symphony Hollett could not express enough how the EMPLOY program impacted her life. “This program – in every literal form – changed my life,” Hollett said. Before taking the program, she was struggling to find work, but is now employed and can help her family. The...

First cadets graduate

Jul 17, 2015 / 12:44 pm

The first wave of cadets at the Vernon army camp is already graduating. The first intake of general training cadets finished their two weeks of introductory training at Vernon Cadet Training Centre with a graduation parade Friday morning. Reviewing officer Col. Matthew Haussmann of the 3rd...

Air time at the Star

Jul 17, 2015 / 9:49 am

Mountain bikers will be getting some serious airtime at Silver Star Mountain Resort on Saturday, during a Freeride Mountain Bike Association bronze-sanctioned competition. Top slopestyle talent will show off their speed, agility and technical mastery in the quest to earn points toward the...

Chance to rant on Stickle Rd

Jul 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

North Okanagan residents will have another opportunity to give their input on the contentious Stickle Road issue. An open house is planned for July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Prestige Inn. The open house was originally scheduled for July 30, but because of the long weekend, the Ministry of...

Accused cop takes stand

Jul 16, 2015 / 4:36 pm

A former RCMP officer accused of possessing child pornography took the stand in Kelowna court, Thursday. Ryan Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for contacting his ex-wife when ordered not to, and one count...

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