Woman killed by falling tree

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November 27, 2012 - 1:37 PM

The B.C. Coronor's Service has just released the identity of a 42-year-old Kamloops woman who died Nov. 25 while felling a tree for firewood on a remote forestry road off Lac Le Jeune Road. 

The woman is Melissa Jane Boisclair and the report states she was with a family member at the time of the accident.


Boisclair was attended by ambulance paramedics, but died of her injuries at the scene.


Family has been notified of the her death.


The B.C. Coroner's Service continues to investigate.

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  • Mounties wonder what thief was after in Lake Country break and enter

    LAKE COUNTRY - A strange break and enter where nothing obvious was taken has police scratching their heads.

    The resident of a home on the 9000 block of Chase Road in Lake Country called RCMP after returning from an outing to find their home broken into. The incident happened sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 23.

    The thief apparently entered the house by breaking a lower rear bathroom window and crawling inside.

    Once in the home, the culprit rummaged through dresser drawers and closets in the bedrooms and living room. It's not known what was taken, and many electronics were left behind.

    A second break and enter happened the following day at the Cash Store on the 10000 block of Highway 97.

    A newspaper carrier making early morning deliveries noticed a smashed door and called police. An investigation revealed the secondary door had also been smashed and suspects were able to enter the business, break into an ATM machine and leave with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Anyone with information about this crime or an other can contact the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or post information online at www.crimestoppers.net. Information could lead to a reward of up to $2000.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Quake felt in Okanagan confirmed

    OKANAGAN – The Pacific Geoscience Centre in Victoria has confirmed that the large earthquake off the coast of Vancouver Island Wednesday evening was detected as far east as the Okanagan.

    Earthquake Seismologist Taimi Mulder says any quake over 5.5 will send “surface waves” out in all directions and can even be registered on the other side of the planet in some cases. According to Mulder, the first quake registered 6.6 and was followed by three smaller quakes within 35 minutes.

    “(Residents of Kelowna) definitely would have felt it,” she says. “It generated a lot of long, low, rolling waves through the earth. I think Kelowna is about the furthest away that it would have been felt.”

    According to Mulder, the larger the area that ruptures, the further away it can be detected.

    “Up at the 6.6 range, there is a lot of low frequencies generated and they travel a lot further,” she says. “This earthquake will be picked up by seismometer’s all around the world.”

    Mulder says the Geoscience Centre has received reports from several residents in Kelowna and Summerland, but hopes that others who felt the quake will register it on their reporting website.

    “We collect that information through the Did You Feel It? website and we use it as part of our studies,” she says. “To know how strongly people felt it and what effects it had is really important for us.”

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Mayoral candidate itching to return to politics

    VERNON - A 74-year-old Vernon man who has already worn many hats is now throwing his in for mayor.

    Klaus Tribes, a former City of Vernon councillor for 18 years, is running for mayor in the upcoming municipal election.

    “I want to get back at it,” he says. “I was retired and I didn’t like it. I want to look after the city 120 per cent.”

    Following an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2002, Klaus took a break from politics. After retiring from a 39 year career running a restaurant in Vernon, he got bored quickly and took a job as a breakfast ambassador at the Fairfield Inn. Now, he’s itching to get back into politics.

    “I love this city and I want to give back again to it,” he says. “Some people will complain and some will want to do something about it. I’m the latter.”

    Before moving to Vernon 40 years ago, Klaus was a police officer in Edmonton. He says he’s kept in shape all his life and isn’t going to let his age hold him back.

    “I'm not the ordinary 70-year-old,” he says.

    Expect to see him going door to door this summer introducing himself and outlining what his priorities would be as mayor. Key points on his agenda are building a trade and convention centre for Vernon, getting a new ice sheet to build on sporting opportunities, and encouraging development.

    “My attitude toward development would be we’re open for business,” he says. 

    He chose to run for mayor rather than councillor because one, he’s already done that for 18 years and two, he thinks it’s where he can make the biggest impact. His campaign strategy won’t involve criticizing the current council.

    “I’ve never criticized others, I simply tell people what I believe in and let them draw their own conclusions,” he says.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Debris flow prompts evacuation order in Shuswap

    SHUSWAP - An evacuation order remains in place for residents living by McIntyre Creek near Salmon Arm due to a large flow of debris Wednesday.

    Debris in the creek created flooding and slide concerns for people and property in the area, and as a precaution, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District has put residents living 50 metres on either side of the creek on evacuation order.

    The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is on site today clearing and repairing Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road, located about 15 km from the TransCanada Highway. The road will be closed for some time Thursday so crews can conduct repairs.

    Due to the instability of the area and other safety concerns, the public is asked to keep clear of the incident site and assist in lowering traffic flow until further notice.

    Uncertainty of debris stability, coupled with a 10 to 12 mm of rain forecasted for the Shuswap area by Environment Canada, were deciding factors in the decision to maintain the Evacuation Order until further assessment has been conducted.

    Those residents requiring Emergency Support Services are asked to report to the Reception Centre located at #2-480 Harbour Front Drive NE, Salmon Arm.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Water quality advisory for Kalamalka Lake customers

    KALAMALKA LAKE - Greater Vernon Water advises customers that the Kalamalka Lake water source will be turned off on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 due to increased turbidity in the water.

    The decision to remove the Kalamalka Lake water source was based on increased turbidity due to spring run-off caused by snow melt in the Coldstream Creek watershed. Water will be supplied from the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant until turbidity decreases in Kalamalka Lake.

    Customers who are not normally on the DCWTP will notice that the water is much softer and the water has a low alkalinity and pH. This may be of interest to those customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums.

    Staff will continue to monitor water quality and notify customers of any further changes.

    Customers will be notified when the Kalamalka Lake water source is turned back on.

    For further information, please call 250-550-3700 or visit www.rdno.ca.

  • Oregon asks firm to stop using fetal tissue from B.C. to generate power

    PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity.

    Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.

    The British Columbia Health Ministry tells The Associated Press that regional health authorities there have a contract with a company that sends biomedical waste, including fetal tissue, to Oregon, where it's incinerated in the waste-to-energy plant

    Vancouver-based B.C. Catholic newspaper identified the plant as Covanta Marion, based in Marion County.

    The facility processes about 500 tonnes per day of municipal solid waste, generating up to 13 megawatts of energy sold to Portland General Electric.

  • Port Hardy earthquake felt across Okanagan

    KELOWNA - A series of earthquakes 90km south of Port Hardy has several Twitter users saying they felt it here in the Okanagan as well.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake hit at 8:10 p.m. and registered 6.7. A second 5.0 quake struck the same area seven minutes later followed by a 4.3 at 8:40 p.m.

    Several Tweet's were sent by Okanagan residents saying they felt the earthquake in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, however this has not been confirmed.

    There are no reports of damage or injuries. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Evening market to entice community to heart of Vernon


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    Avenue Market was given the go ahead by Vernon city council Tuesday and will launch May 9 on 30 Avenue. The 4-7p.m. Friday market will see downtown merchants spill onto the sidewalks and outside vendors pour into the streets.

    Downtown Vernon Association executive director Lara Konkin led the initiative and says it’s a way to bring excitement, and people, to the downtown core.

    “It will open peoples’ eyes to what we really do have downtown,” Konkin says.

    Avenue market will stretch along sidewalks spanning the entire six blocks of 30 Avenue, while two blocks will be closed to traffic so vendors can inhabit the roadways. It will be the only market in Vernon where you can shop for shoes, clothes, produce, listen to music and watch your kids jump on a bouncy castle.

    “It’s almost creating that shopping mall mentality in a couple blocks of downtown,” Konkin says. “That’s something no other market can offer; there is only one downtown.”

    Sidewalk space will be reserved for downtown merchants both on and off 30 Avenue while the road itself will be used for produce stands, artisans, crafters—essentially anything that doesn’t directly compete with a downtown business.

    “We wouldn’t sell knock off Ray Bans, or that type of vendor,” Konkin says. “We think adding outside vendors will only add to the ambience of downtown and be good for economic development.”

    Vernon mayor Rob Sawatzky believes the market will be compliment downtown businesses, not compete with them.

    “I think it’s another step... taken by the community to make downtown the heart of our community and bring life and vibrancy to it,” Sawatzky says. “Where there’s people interacting and life, that’s attractive to others.”

    Rod Neufeld owns Eclectibles Quality Used Books and Vintage Vinyl Records on 30 Avenue and he supports the market, even if his participation in it may not be huge due to his hours of operation and nature of his business.

    “Downtown Vernon is kind of hurting right now. Some businesses are doing okay, some marginal. It certainly does need energizing,” he says.

    He’s not sure what vendors will participate, or just what the market will look like, but he knows how special the downtown core is and how much potential is there.

    “I choose to be downtown, I think it’s where my store belongs,” Neufeld says. “I’ve always thought that’s where the cool shops should be; it wouldn’t work in a strip mall.”

    It’s that local flavour Konkin and the Downtown Vernon Association hope to enhance through the Avenue Market.

    “You’re giving people back that sense of community,” Konkin says. “I think we all crave that town hall, community spirit type atmosphere. Essentially we’re going to create it in a couple of blocks. The biggest comment we’ve been hearing is ‘I can’t wait to bring my family back downtown.’”

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.