GHB pill press and 100 litres of chemicals seized

Kelowna – Police are recommending multiple charges against a man and a woman after seizing several items as a result of an international drug seizure conducted in the city earlier this month.

On December 11, 2015, members of the Kelowna RCMP Drug Section became aware of a shipment which originated overseas and was destined for a Kelowna address. The shipment contained what investigators believe to be one hundred (100) litres of Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), a precursor for the controlled substance Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB).

On December 16, 2015, the Kelowna RCMP Drug Section investigated an address associated to the suspicious package located on the 400 block of Neave Court in Kelowna. During the investigation a man and a woman were arrested for importing a class (A) precursor and taken into custody without incident.

On December 17, 2015 police returned to execute a search warrant at the property. The search yielded an industrial grade pill press, which investigators say showed signs of use as it was believed to be heavily contaminated with Fentanyl, and a loaded short barrel shotgun.

“Police estimate that this shipment had the potential to produce as many as 20,000 doses of GHB for an approximate street value of $200,000,” says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey. “The pre cursor materials seized by police posed a potentially significant public safety risk had they made it out in the community.”

“Our investigators took the necessary cautionary steps while handling the equipment believed to be contaminated with Fentanyl due to the substances high level of toxicity,” adds O’Donaghey.

As a result of this investigation a 22-year-old Kelowna woman and a 28-year-old West Kelowna man each face potential charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of importing a schedule six (6) substance, production for the purpose of trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, as well as possession and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Both were released from police custody and are expected to appear in Court on March 21, 2016.

Thieves target Argo twice in a week

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Details a bit sketchy but a report that thieves broke the lock at Argo Road Maintenance this week sometime, stealing a ring of keys and a chainsaw.

Then they came back a couple of days later but the lock on the gate changed. No key. So just cut around it.

They stole a piece of running equipment – found later at the top of a rural road south of Oliver.

Bad week for Argo – one of their snow plows off the road between Cawston and Fairview. Lots of work to do and the thieves are not helping.

Piece of road equipment shown in picture not necessarily the item stolen.

No release from police.

Body found on Kettle River at Grand Forks

Submitted Kyle Fossett
Submitted Kyle Fossett

RCMP confirm crews have found the body of man who fell through the ice.

Search and rescue volunteers (from Oliver/Osoyoos to Nelson SAR) spotted the man’s body once they began clearing ice away in the area where the man was last seen.

An RCMP diver recovered the body, which was located 5.6 metres below the surface.

BC Coroners Service is now investigating this case. Officials are notifying next of kin and the man’s identity is not being revealed at this time.


Nelson Search and Rescue was called out Dec 30th for an unknown male subject that was witnessed struggling for survival in the Kettle River ice just east of Grand Forks. Grand Forks Fire, Grand Forks SAR and RCMP were first on scene and called for the assistance of Nelson SAR who flew one special resource member to the scene and a swiftwater team followed to aid in the rescue.

Before special resources could arrive on scene to aid the unknown subject he was lost to the river. It is unknown how long the individual was in the ice before his calls for help were heard but it appears to be some time. The search for the man was called off after dark as the conditions were unsafe for rescuers to continue.

One the morning of the 31st further special resources from Nelson, Oliver / Osoyoos and Penticton SAR were brought in to aid in the search as well as the RCMP dive recovery team. Around 10:30 am the subject was located in the river by SAR ice rescue teams and the RCMP dive team was able to recover the subject. The subject and investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners service.

Travel on frozen ponds and lakes needs to be 4” or grater to support human loads safely, river ice can be very unpredictable due to moving water and melt freeze cycles. It is never safe to walk on or near ramped river ice without training and proper equipment. Please pay close attention to children and pets near frozen rivers.

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Last sunrise of 2015

Carolyn Tipler Road 18 (Ryegrass) looking to the south

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Give your Christmas Tree and burnt out Christmas lights a second life this holiday season by recycling them at one of many convenient locations throughout the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Used Christmas lights and all other lighting equipment can be recycled for free at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton, the T-2 Bottle Depot in Oliver and the Osoyoos Bottle Depot. The Campbell Mountain Landfill, Oliver and Keremeos Landfills can also accept lighting equipment free of charge. For more information visit

Several communities offer Christmas Tree collection or drop off programs:
• For a donation, the Penticton Fire Fighters Local 1399 will pick up Christmas Trees from December 27 to January 18. All donations received will go to the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and Muscular Dystrophy charities. Penticton and West Bench residents can call 250-490-2315 to register for collection. Residents can also drop off clean natural Christmas Trees at Fire Hall #2 at 285 Dawson Ave from December 26 to January 31.

• Town of Oliver residents can drop off Christmas Trees at the south gate of the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Road. This service will run from December 26 to Friday, January 8. This program is supported by the local Air Cadets.

• Town of Osoyoos residents can drop off Christmas Trees adjacent to the washroom at Kinsmen Park (on boulevard) or at the Northwest Corner of the Parking Lot below Sun Bowl Arena sign until Monday, January 11.

All landfills in the Regional District will accept, free of charge, up to 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of yard waste including clean natural Christmas Trees. Trees must be free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lights. The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost. Burning Christmas Trees create strong smoke due to moisture in the wood and needles. Fine particulates from smoke have been linked to respiratory and heart diseases. Any tinsel, fake snow or ornaments left on the tree will create added pollution.

Agur Lake camp gets help

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Paul Cowen, president and Eric Williams, member of the Silver Eagles 4281 of Penticton presented a $500 cheque to Mirjana Komljenovic, Administrator of the Agur Lake Camp Society (ALCS), today. The Silver Eagles, a motorcycle club, is known in the Okanagan for its money raising projects for charitable community organizations.

Williams explained that he first learned about ALCS when he attended their Swing For Kids golf tournament last summer. At the banquet he heard James Macaulay, born with spina bifida, share his experiences of what Agur Lake Camp means to him. On the spot he decided to encourage his club to support ALCS. The money raising project they ran resulted in the $500 donation.

In 2007 the Robin Agur family signed a 99 year lease on four acres of their land for use by the ALCS for one dollar per year. The land is on the lake, just south of the Agur’s hundred year old log cabin. Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen approved a rural land-use bylaw to allow for construction of the camp.

Some people just like a warm jail cell

Prolific Offender Lasts 12 minutes (Penticton RCMP File # 2015-18839)

The Penticton RCMP are glad that a prolific offender is back in custody, and that their pro-active police work was a success.  On Christmas Eve, a 39 year old Penticton resident, was found asleep behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle parked at a business near the Channel Parkway and Fairview Rd.

The male was held in Police custody since that time and appeared in Penticton Provincial Court Tuesday morning.  He was released and ordered to report to a probation supervisor.

The Penticton Drug Task Force and Crime Reduction Unit watched this male leave the probation office at 130 pm, and observed his actions for the next twelve minutes at which time he smashed a window on a vehicle belonging to Penticton Lock and Key and stole a cash box from inside.

“We pursued this male on foot through downtown alleys, over fences and through yards” advises Cpl. Scott VANEVERY of the Drug Task Force, “We called on all our units, both plain clothed and uniform, they surrounded the area giving him no out.”

The male was arrested on Martin Street close to Orchard Avenue.  He has been charged with one count of mischief under $5000 and one count of theft under $5000.  He will appear in Penticton Provincial Court again on Wednesday

400 refugees set to land in IHA region

Interior Health (IHA) prepares for health-care needs of refugees

The New Year marks a new beginning for Syrian refugees arriving in the Interior region. Refugees will face many challenges as they adjust to new homes, new lives and a new health-care system. Interior Health and its community partners have been working hard over the past several weeks to help ease that transition and be prepared to meet the health-care needs of the new residents, who began arriving in the region earlier this month.

Over the next three months, the Interior region is expecting up to 400 Syrian refugees. The Interior region typically sees an average of 1000 refugees arrive in the area each year.

“This is certainly a higher number than we are used to in a very short time period. It has provided us with an opportunity to focus on ensuring high quality, evidence-based health care for refugees and for all newcomers to our region,” said Dr. Trevor Corneil, Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President of Population Health.

Interior Health’s Population Health department has been working with primary care centres, physicians and other health-care providers, community agencies and local municipalities to develop a response plan to meet the health-care needs of refugees. The team has been working closely with staff from the Bridge Clinic in Vancouver – a preventive and primary care clinic for refugees in the Greater Vancouver area. Together, they have developed protocols, tools and training for health-care providers in the region.

“Although basic health screening takes place prior to refugees’ arrival in Canada, at the local level we have to be prepared to deliver health-care services once they arrive in our region. Immediate health-care needs will range from immunizations to access to medications and mental health supports,” said Leslie Bryant MacLean, Program Manager, Population Health. “We have been working to ensure providers have access to the information they need to provide care in a culturally sensitive manner, while also addressing challenges such as language barriers.”

The Interior region receives approximately 11,000 newcomers to the area each year – this includes refugees, immigrants, and temporary workers. The new care protocols and pathways are expected to improve care for all newcomers to the region.


Man in Kettle River believed lost

grand forksGRAND FORKS–A man has fallen through the ice on the Kettle River near Grand Forks.

RCMP were called to the scene on Highway 3, about five kilometres east of Grand Forks at 2:45 Wednesday afternoon.

Using binoculars, they were able to spot a man clinging to the ice edge before observing him lose his grip and slip under the ice.

Cold water recovery trained Fire Department personnel searched for the man with a call made to Nelson Search and Rescue.

The Grand Forks RCMP say the man’s identity isn’t known.

Emergency operations closed the highway near the Riviera Motel for about an hour, but it has since re-opened.


2015-12-30 16:13 PST

File # 2015-4424

The Grand Forks RCMP and local Fire Department have attended to the Kettle River area along Hwy 3 near Grand Forks following a report of a man falling through the ice.

At around 2:45 pm, on Wednesday December 30, 2015, the Grand Forks RCMP, Grand Forks Fire Department and BC Ambulance Services received a report of a male falling through the ice on the Kettle River just east of Grand Forks. RCMP officers arrived on the scene and spotted the man through binoculars and observed the man in the water hanging on to the ice edge. RCMP officers were a distance away when they spotted him and were unable to reach him prior to the man losing his grip and going under. It is unclear why the man was out on the ice, with possible indications that the man may have been taking a short cut across the river.

The identity of the man is unknown at this time.  Cold water recovery trained Fire Dept personnel are currently beginning a search for the man with additional resources from Nelson Search and Rescue being called out to assist.

The Grand Forks RCMP are unable at this time to provide details of the man’s description and his identity is unknown at this time.


Travel pictures

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Send in your best – travel picture – Canada and the rest of the world

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Picture and brief description of where it was taken. Thanks

Fitness classes starting soon 250.462.3511

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Pilates Plus Fitness

New Fitness Classes starting January 11th

6 week session (Jan 11 – Feb 21):

Morning Spin Class (60 min.) Mondays and Wednesdays 6:15am

Gentle Mat Pilates (1 hour) Fridays 1:15pm

Spin/Pilates Circuit Combined (1 hour) Wednesdays 5:15pm

Check out the website at to see our short YouTube video of the studio.


Spinning: for 2 classes per week for 6 weeks, $151.20 including gst

Other Classes: for 1 class per week for 6 weeks, $88.20 including gst

Please contact Pia at 250.462.3511 for further details or to register for class. Classes are small (max 6 people), pre-registration is required.

Top newsmaker

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Linda Larson MLA – in the middle with strong views – trying to find one answer for two groups of people adamant in their beliefs – but quite close on the points they make.

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The story of the National Park and the need for the Provincial Government to find an answer has been noted in every month of the year on local media. The issue just won’t go away. Larson has been at the center of the debate due to comments that have not pleased her opponents.

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Picture of Linda above taken during the major summer forest fire with the visit of Premier Christy Clark

Top story of 2015

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Two fires started on a stormy Friday August 14 ( one in town – one at Testalinda Creeek) and lasted what seemed like an age – but less than three weeks before the fire camp and the helicopters were gone. Fire crews seen at SOSS where they staged their fight.

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Judges decision

Three pictures – three word contest

Winner – First Prize – Marion Soames (Ladderlodge, Densefence, Mountaindew)

2nd Prize Kevin Tomlin (Yesteryears, Offseason, Solotude)

3rd Prize Pat Whalley – (Steps, Footsteps, Steppes)

Judges decision not made on spellin’ or the use of an actual word

Originality, accuracy of subject rewarded – no appeals

Please take heed

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Lock vehicles and or disable garage door openers

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Suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and stole loose change. Another garage door opener was left in this vehicle, however police did not find any evidence to suggest that the garage had been opened or entered by the suspect.

“The part that is most disconcerting to me is that registered owners are leaving their vehicles unlocked, along with their garage door openers inside,” says RCMP Cst. Katrina Claypool “doing so allows the suspect access the victim’s garage where they could potentially steal even more valuable property.”

Police would also like to suggest that the public consider going as far as disabling their automatic overhead garage doors when they are home, as some newer model vehicles with the garage door opener built in can sometimes be used when the vehicle is turned off.

Condolences to his Beaver Lodge family

Ricky (Rick) Marvey Isaacks

February 18, 1965 – December 21, 2015

On Monday December 21, 2015, Rick Isaacks of Oliver passed away at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 50 years.

Service details will be published soon.