Legendary rocker John Fogerty performs at Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park .

Legendary rocker John Fogerty performs at Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park .

Year in Review – July 2011

A look back at the news and events that shaped 2011

  • Jan. 1, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Along with fireworks, Canada Day is marked by a rally at Vernon Jubilee Hospital to call on the B.C. government to fund more acute care beds.The rally is supported by Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster.

Plans to borrow $400,000 to implement water meters in Armstrong have been put on hold in a decision by city council.

Mark Ferner leaves as head coach and general manager of the Vernon Vipers to accept a position with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips. Ferner led the junior hockey team in back-to-back victories at the Royal Bank Cup in 2009 and 2010, plus the runner-up position at the 2011 junior A championships. Assistant coach Jim Williamson is hired to fill Ferner’s position.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee agrees to support the search for a suitable location for a new museum and art gallery.

Vernon cyclist Leah Goldstein, 42, wins the women’s solo division in the Race Across America, a gruelling 3,000-mile event. The event took her across 12 states and on climbs totalling 170,000 vertical feet in 12 days.

TSN’s Sportscentre announces Armstrong as the winner of the 2011 Kraft Celebration Tour. Armstrong beat out Creston for the honour, receiving $25,000 in upgrades for Hassen Arena as well as the opportunity to host a live broadcast of Sportscentre, with sportscasters Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, in August.

Questions arise over the new $29 million Duteau Creek water treatment facility in Lavington after a boil water advisory is issued. “It won’t kill you, but people paid to get better water and they’re not getting it,” said Gyula Kiss, a director with the Greater Vernon Water Advisory Committee.

Rock legend John Fogerty has the audience singing along to his classic hits when he plays the MotoPlex Speedway and Event Park in Spallumcheen, opened by Colin James.

Brothers Hudson and Nelson Schier of Vernon top the world in the RoboCup competition in Istanbul, Turkey.

Twenty-five drug-related charges are laid against 21 different people after a Vernon RCMP undercover sting takes place in May.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery has a sunny reception at its 25th annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts fundraiser auction, held for the first time in Cenotaph Park after a long tradition of being held at the Caetani house gardens.

Unprecedented efforts are made to save the North Okanagan cherry crop after non-stop rain threatens to split clusters of cherries waiting to be harvested.

Movie producer Rick Dugdale, formerly of Enderby, plans to bring his L.A. production company to the Falkland and Enderby areas to shoot No Tell Motel, a horror film expected for release in late 2012.

The City of Vernon uses taxpayer money to purchase the Vernon Flower Shop building for $315,000 – a potential site for future arts and culture space.

Vancouver world beat band Delhi 2 Dublin puts on an energetic performance at the Rarearth Music Festival, held for the first time at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Longtime Vernon Vipers’ owner Duncan Wray is accepted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame along with three NHLers and the Penticton Knights.

Vernon Mayor Wayne Lippert is accused of fuelling disputes with neighbouring jurisdictions after Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick says he is increasingly frustrated over the future of water and parks and recreation. Garlick is particularly upset with comments Lippert made about Coldstream not supporting Vernon withdrawing from water distribution, while Lippert accuses Coldstream of not holding onto the  agreement.

Costs to repair Vernon’s historic clock tower on 32nd Avenue are estimated between $8,400 and $30,000 to get it working after four years of non-operation.


The Upper Room Mission announces it will stop providing meals to the general public on weekends because of a concern that it is fostering a sense of entitlement. General manager Lisa Froom says by turning to the mission on a consistent basis, many people haven’t developed cooking skills and don’t know how to shop on a budget.