Vernon man rides to conquer cancer
Mike Kreuger spent much of 2019 working out, but not for the same reasons that most do. He didn’t do it merely to improve his personal health, or to get into shape for beach season. He dis it for a cause, one that hit close to home.
The 47-year-old Vernon resident was gearing up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day, 200-kilometre bike ride in support of the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
For Kreuger, the cancer research fundraiser is personal. Six months ago his wife Meghan was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Beset by feelings of helplessness, the ride presented a way for Kreuger to get off the sidelines.
“Being able to fundraise was a way that I could participate in Meghan’s journey and feel that I’m doing something to prevent this from happening to our daughter Maddison.”
Kreuger ended up raising more than $25,000 for the foundation.
Adventure Park proposed for Spallumcheen
A Spallumcheen couple applied to the Township to develop an adventure park on their farm property with 123 years of family history.
Jack Wood and his wife Patti, have seen their proposal to build Wood Mountain Adventure Park slowly move forward by council. The application was granted third reading in early September.
The proposal was met by considerable pushback from neighbouring residents, who went in numbers to public consultations to voice concerns about the project’s potential effects on water supply, road safety, noise and light pollution, wildfire risk and more.
Phase 1 of the Woods’ proposal entails an alpine coaster ride, children’s play areas and challenge courses. Phase 2 outlines plans for a zip line, tree climb, rock climbing and hiking and biking trails, but that phase still needs to be approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Deadpool costumed robber thwarted
A 19-year-old Vernon man was taken into custody following a gas station robbery on Aug. 1, where the suspect was described as wearing a Deadpool mask and brandishing a weapon.
He didn’t get any cash, but he helped himself to some items. The man threatened staff with a knife and demanded money, but then grew impatient and fled the store without any cash — however not before helping himself to a beverage and a small toy.
The man was wearing a black, red and white Deadpool mask, a red T-shirt under a black and red checkered long-sleeve shirt, black pants and sneakers. The teen was arrested less than three weeks after the robbery on 34th Street.
OKIB sues feds over clean water access
The Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) has filed a suit on Aug. 15, in federal court against the federal government over its failure to ensure the safety of drinking water.
“The federal government has put the lives of our people at risk,” Okanagan Chief Byron Louis said.
The suit seeks confirmation that First Nations communities have the same access to safe, clean drinking water as the rest of Canada — compelling the federal government to ensure water infrastructure complies to safety standards.
Mom rescues son from burning home
A mother’s instinct kicked in immediately as a Vernon mom rescued her one-year-old son from their burning home on Aug. 22.
Tina Sinclair and her family’s Commonage Place home on Mission Hill went up in flames while the youngest was sleeping. The family of five, including three boys, had been renters at the home for eight years.
“I ran across the street to a neighbour’s step only to watch my home, within 10 to 20 minutes, totally engulfed in flames,” Sinclair said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was fast and furious.”
A GoFundMe campaign raised just shy of $3,000 for the family. Picking up and moving on hasn’t been easy since the traumatic event. Fortunately, though, the sifting the family did after the embers had cooled did produce one silver lining.
“Amazingly enough, almost anything sentimental was untouched. I feel that luxury, as a fire victim, was a miracle in itself.”
Cabrejos captures XFC middleweight belt
After a 10-year hiatus, MMA officially made its return to Vernon.
The sport was banned by a 2014 city bylaw that prohibited professional and amateur mixed martial fights within the municipal limits. That decision was rescinded in March, and on Aug. 24 the aptly titled XFC “Unbanned” saw 22 fights unfold.
Local fighter Jordan Caberjos became the new XFC middleweight champ after defeating Will Grieves and improving his record to 3-1-1.
“This is amazing, a dream come true,” said a beaming Cabrejos in the ring to announcer Kevin Rothwell, with loud cheers thundering down from the crowd. “To do this so close to my home, with my girlfriend, family and all these guys in the crowd, it’s awesome.”