Sportscentre anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole get a quick course in milking as the popular pair kick off TSN’s Kraft Celebration Tour festivities in Armstrong.

Sportscentre anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole get a quick course in milking as the popular pair kick off TSN’s Kraft Celebration Tour festivities in Armstrong.

Year in Review – August 2011

A look back at the news and events that shaped 2011

  • Jan. 1, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Police are advising the public to use caution on the still-high and fast-flowing Shuswap River after a 23-year-old Kelowna woman dies after being pulled into a logjam while rafting.

Thousands of music lovers gather at the Komasket Music Festival to see acts such as Jon Anderson of YES fame and Canadian legend Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Health Minister Michael de Jong insists resolving overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee Hospital is a priority, but there’s no timeline for new beds.

Business leader Jim Pattison visits Vernon, including local radio station Kiss FM (owned by Jim Pattison Group), and gives his thoughts on the economy, saying: “Canada is really, relative to the rest of the world, in good shape.”

After years of lobbying, Lumby residents find out that a 46-unit residential care facility will be constructed on Norris Avenue. The facility is expected to be completed in November 2012.

Vernon RCMP pursue a cross-dressing robber after a man dressed in women’s clothing makes off with an undisclosed amount from the Interior Savings Credit Union.

Falkland residents hold a public rally at the stampede grounds to protest frequent overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. “While the name on the hospital is Vernon, it’s not just for Vernon people,” said Kelli Rose, a rally organizer.

The District of Coldstream officially opens the new College Way extension that will see traffic diverted from both Westkal Road and Kickwillie Loop.

The Coldstream Fire Department celebrates 50 years of service with a look back at the volunteers who have tirelessly served the community.

Vernon tennis player Vasek Pospisil registers the biggest win of his career at Montreal’s Rogers Cup, upsetting the 22nd ranked player in the world, Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela, 4-6,6-3,6-4.

Fans and critic of the harmonized sales tax (HST) are bolstered by voter turnout as 1.6 million people cast their ballots in the mail-in referendum whether to keep the tax or not.

A 21-year-old Peachland man is found dead  after he and a 20-year-old Kelowna man fall down an embankment into Monashee Creek one kilometre north of the Gold Panner Campground in  Cherryville. Search and Rescue volunteers continue to search for the 20 year old.

A second trial date is scheduled for former Vernon teacher Deborah Ashton, charged with allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student, after her first trial results in a hung jury. A Supreme Court judge, and not a jury, will hear the trial slated to begin Feb. 6, 2012.

Longtime Powerhouse Theatre member Sarah “Scotty” McLean is surprised with a presentation of Theatre’s B.C. Eric Hamber Award for her contributions to community theatre.

Sportscentre hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are given a warm welcome by at least 4,000 people as they conduct their live broadcast in downtown Armstrong to kick off the 2011 Kraft Celebration Tour.

The country mourns the loss of federal NDP and opposition leader, Jack Layton, who succumbs to cancer at the age of 61 Aug. 22.

The Royal Bank branch in The Shops at Polson Park is robbed for the third time in more than a month.