Was a truck fire miles away connected to the death of a man near White Lake?
A body found within last 24 hours just off the road between Willowbrook and White Lake Observatory. The road is closed to north and south bound traffic at White Lake junction (N) at the top of the hill north of Yellow Brick Road(S).
Penticton watch commander Cpl. Mike Field (right) says no details are being released. Field and one other officer on duty on the south end of the road closure Wednesday. It is expected investigators have a sudden death scene protected area somewhere near the dry lake. One area resident says police have been going door to door to find witnesses. She said an officer who came to her door asked if she’d heard anything. He said police were investigating a homicide.
RCMP officers at the scene would only say the person died in suspicious circumstances. A large police presence in the area was reported on social media Tuesday.The identity of the male decendent has not yet been announced. Police say an initial investigation has led them to believe there is no risk to the public.
Files from Castanet and Global Okanagan
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment –
“I encourage everyone to show their British Columbia pride and purchase a BC Parks licence plate to do their part to help protect these spectacular natural spaces for future generations. All net proceeds go toward preserving and protected our world-renowned parks system.”
Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure –
“Motorists can choose the design that best reflects their passion and pride for British Columbia, and do their part to help protect these unique natural spaces. Thanks to ICBC for all of their hard work to help the public acquire their very own specialty BC Parks licence plate.”
Ric Careless, chair, Campaign for BC Parks –
“With these new licence plates, British Columbians can show just how much we love our world-class parks. The sales of the plates will add extra dedicated money to the enhanced funding government is investing in our parks. So now, even when stuck in traffic, looking at the parks licence plate on the car ahead, you will be reminded of the beautiful natural protected places across B.C. that you can visit and escape to.”
- B.C.’s provincial parks receive more than 23 million visits each year.
- Parking is free in all provincial parks, making them more accessible to families.
- BC Parks manages the third-largest parks system in North America behind the United States’ National Park Service and Parks Canada.
- British Columbia has the highest percentage of its land base dedicated to protected areas of all provincial Canadian jurisdictions.
- B.C. offers a range of camping experiences in provincial parks as well as recreation sites.
- There are approximately 10,700 vehicle accessible campsites in 270 BC Parks front-country campgrounds and approximately 2,000 backcountry campsites.
- Over the past five years, the Province has invested approximately $60 million in park facilities, delivering projects directed at attracting young families, offering new recreation opportunities and increasing attendance.
White Lake Road, heading toward Willowbrook, is closed for the second day in a row today.
One area resident says police have been going door to door to find witnesses. She said an officer who came to her door asked if she’d heard anything. He said police were investigating a murder.
Penticton RCMP are expected to release information later today.
ODN received two emails on this item this morning.
Now in operation – British Columbians looking to purchase their first home can apply to the B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program, which helps first-time homebuyers create secure and stable futures for their families through home ownership.
The B.C. HOME Partnership is designed to help first-time homebuyers who can afford the costs of home ownership, but are experiencing challenges with the initial step in entering the market – that is, getting together a down payment.
The goal of the program is to help more British Columbians establish a nest egg and ensure the dream of home ownership remains in reach for families. The program contributes to the amount first-time buyers have already saved for their down payment, providing up to $37,500, or up to 5% of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.
Under the B.C. HOME Partnership program, homebuyers must first qualify for an insured high-ratio mortgage, to ensure they can afford payments both today and in the future.
Applications are now being accepted for purchases that close on or after Feb. 15, 2017
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British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame
John Shannon is from Oliver. He was executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC before being named Vice President of Maple Leaf Sports, overseeing the launch of Leafs and Raptors TV. Shannon is the former Executive Vice-President of programming and production for the NHL. John has worked five Olympics receiving an Emmy for his work on NBC’s Olympic coverage at the 2002 Winter Games. He is currently an on-air hockey commentator with Rogers SportsNet.
Beginning this week, the Okanagan Correctional Centre will begin housing inmates in a phased-in approach. The first to move in will be those from the Okanagan catchment area – that is, those whom the courts would send to Corrections with the Okanagan in mind, now that there is a correctional centre there.
Over the coming months, the number of inmates will increase as more inmates are sent to the facility by the courts and as transfers from other centres are scheduled as required.
Source: Government of BC
The Cat came back…the very next year the Cat came back !
Mr.Bobcat was here today on our icy pond around 12:30..noon…we are on the north end of Meadows Drive here in Oliver.
About this time last year….it was seen on our pond.It stayed around just sitting on the cold ice for about a half hour….Ron and I took other pics but its head was always turned away from us.
We had no water Monday…. or all weekend for that matter, the waterline under Cactus Street is frozen and the town crews are trying to fix things but the ground is like concrete and the frost is down to the water line….. four feet. When the water line is directly under the road, traffic driving by pushes the frost down. Never a problem before until this prolonged cold period
As mentioned last week, I shall begin my account of my years in a Christian control church. First though, I need to clarify some necessary details.
The leadership of this group is still active, so I will not be using anyone’s name nor will I be using the real name of the group. In most cases I will use capitalized letters that mean nothing to anyone.
My earliest memory of a spiritual encounter was at the age of 4. It was a sunny, summer morning, the falling rain had ceased, the waist high grass was wet as I made my way to the pumpkin patch. The air felt moist on my skin and smelled fresh and earthy.
My gaze fell to the east, over the tops of the fruit trees to the bluish distant mountain, where I saw banks of fog drifting lazily along its sides. From where it came I don’t know, but a great peace fell upon me and covered me like a blanket, saturating every part of me.
I don’t know how long the presence lasted, but I didn’t forget it, ever.
In my mid teens I was unable to understand how my own church, the United Church of Canada, connected its beliefs to me and visa versa. I began a search outside of my roots.
I looked at the Seventh Day Adventists, the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, none had answers for me. I read books by Dr. Paul Brunton who wrote about metaphysics. The books were interesting but hadn’t any answers for me either, at least nothing I could translate into day to day living.
For those of us who grew up during the 1960’s, we saw great change. The culture changes with long hair, soft drugs, the anti Vietnam war movement,
and the hippies. Out of the hippies came the Jesus Freaks.
The hippie movement was based on love, peace, drugs, and dropping out, which to the spiritual seeker was not permanently life changing. Thus rose the Jesus Freaks. This is a simplistic explanation but it serves my purpose.
When the Jesus Freaks move began to gather steam and numbers grew, the clergy in North America began to see an opportunity. New graduates from Pastors’ collages all over the continent began to actively recruit the Jesus Freaks.
The new Pastors’ goal was to stabilize the youthful Jesus Freaks and turn them into productive, orderly citizens.
In my early 20’s I had encounters with the Jesus Freaks, I didn’t think much of their message at that time, but I listened sometimes.
In my search for truth and how it would relate to day to day living, I realized that Christianity was the most likely avenue to pursue.
I was living in Calgary at the time, 1975, and I looked at several Christian sects, but to no avail. By then I had quit drinking, smoking, and partying, so I was serious about my seeking.
Then I met a fellow, whose message about Jesus Christ brought everything down to day to day living and it all made sense, finally!
I got saved, spoke in heavenly tongues, and began my journey into the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ.
I was now a Bible based, tongue talking, holy ghost, spirit filled, man of God. I was baptized, that is totally immersed in water. As a child I was sprinkled, but full immersion was considered an act of obedience. I was now part of that Church ( PPCE ) and I moved to Edmonton to join the group.
PPCE had a congregation mostly made up of young adults between the ages of 19 and 40, roughly 300 people all told, most were single. To accommodate the singles, the men lived together in houses of 5 to 8 as did the women in their own residences in similar numbers.
The Pastor and his wife lived in their own home, quite a distance from the singles residences. Most singles didn’t have cars therefore many of the residences were close to the site of the church.
We were required to work which would enable us to give more money to God and thereby put more money into the coffers of the PPCE. Church service attendance was mandatory. We had Tuesday night Bible study, Friday night Coffee House, Saturday night service, Sunday morning service, and Sunday night service. The services were usually 3 hours or more in length, except for the Bible study.
It was a wonderful social time getting to know everyone. In a car, wherever we went, we always sang the church songs which were taken out of the Psalms and the Proverbs.
Being together so much brought a wonderful unity. An activity we did a great deal of was to move people and their stuff from one house location to another.
There were things we weren’t allowed to do such as reading anything other than the Bible. Televisions were not allowed until 1980, movie theatres were outlawed, neighborhood sport team activities were banned, university education was highly frowned upon because most students had to miss the mandatory church functions and students were usually poor financially.
The vocational trades were promoted because the students made money while they were learning, and that enriched the church coffers. All our spending was scrutinized until we could prove that we were giving enough to God, then we were on our own. The Pastor always eyed the tithing books. Sickness and financial problems were both attributed to failure to give enough to God.
Another thing we were not allowed to do was go home for 1 year after we came into the PPCE. I took it all in with a grain of salt because I grew up with the social behavior of, “shut the hell up and do your job”! Questioning authority was just not done without a costly price to pay.
PPCE leadership took full advantage of that instilled behavior and milked it for all it was worth. Everything that was demanded was backed up with Biblical scripture. The main PPCE demand was, “listen and obey, for if you do not obey, when you die you will go to Hell for eternity!” Nobody wants to spend their eternity in Hell do they?
I’ll continue this commentary next week.
A: Very, a positive result, a clear victory
Q: What did you do immediately after the Sunday meeting?
A: I was invited into the home of a local farmer with a group of his friends, MLA Harry Bains and others – a frank discussion on farming issues in the Okanagan. I am a farmer, they were clearly impressed with my knowledge of the business of farming and the issues we all face.
Q: Are you prepared?
A: Now that the membership has voted and the decision has been made – it is time to organize: manpower and resources. I do not have the war chest that the Liberals have. We will most likely have two offices one in Grand Forks and one in Oliver with a third a mobile facility moving from town to hamlet and all points in between. It is a large riding from Tulameen, to Apex, to Kaleden, to Big White and the Boundary country.
A: Site C Dam, Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the method of the Liberals in funding school districts and municipalities at the last moment for political gain. I sincerely believe Premier Christy Clark and the Liberals are out of step with the people of BC on the mega projects in the news lately.
Ross says an NDP government will “bring the money to the municipalities in a timely fashion, instead of making our communities political pawns.”
Ross takes a firm stance on long-called-for national park in the riding, stating 70 per cent of the area residents want it.
“Under the NDP, we are going to have a national park in the Boundary-Similkameen. It’s going to happen, we don’t need more negotiation and we need to quit dragging our feet on it.”
While Penticton Councillor Tarik Sayeed says he will hold on his council seat if he manages to defeat Dan Ashton in the Penticton riding, Ross says she will step down in Grand Forks if she wins in May.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to hold two elected seats,” she said.
Saturday February 18, 2017
The Trade Show began in 1993 as a fundraiser for Soroptimists International of Oliver. When that group disbanded in 2003, the Trade Show continued through the work of the WOW Club.
The Trade show title “Mainly for Women” reflects our mission statement, with the funds raised going to support our projects which focus mainly on women and children within our community.
Trade show displays feature everything from beautifully handcrafted jewelry to pottery, wood crafts, fibre art, health products and services, real estate and investments, home improvement, fashion, food, and many more themes.
The ‘Mainly for Women’ Trade Show occurs every February, on the third Saturday of that month. Forty to sixty individual vendors showcase their wares in the Oliver Community Centre, where there is free parking for patrons. A lunch and snack area will be available.
Source: Oliver Community Arts Council
The music of Johnny Cash will take centre stage as Ballet Kelowna brings 150 Moves to the Frank Venables Theatre on Sunday February 12.
In Studies of Cash, the Company pays tribute to country legend Johnny Cash. With a heart-rending mix of Cash recordings, choreographer Simone Orlando’s soulful, stylistic work explores some of the country musician’s most famous songs.
Folk dance, country music and rhythm ‘n’ blues will be experienced in a unique combination of ballet and the works of Johnny Cash. Country fans have the rare opportunity to see their genre of music come to life on an evening you wont want to miss.
Studies of Cash is one of five pieces which together create Ballet Kelowna’s 150 Moves: A Celebration of Canadian Dance. Other pieces include Romeo and Juliette, choreographed by Joshua Beamish and Canadiana Suite featuring the music of Canadian legend Oscar Peterson.
Ballet Kelowna takes the stage Sunday February 12th at 7:00 at the Frank Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala St, (corner of Fairview Rd) Oliver. Tickets are available online at venablestheatre.ca, at the Theatre Box Office and at Beyond Bliss. For information, please visit our website or call (250) 498-1626.
Source: Oliver Community Arts Council
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