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Eight men, including one from Vernon, have been arrested near Oliver after RCMP seized approximately 119 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday that was believed to be headed across the border. The RC M P Integrated Border Enforcement Team stopped a 2004 Ford F150 white pickup truck without incident



on Camp McKinney Road in Oliver. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the vehicle was heading south towards the United States border. Police arrested three men in the vehicle and seized the marijuana. Further down the road, a second vehicle, a 1995 green Toyota 4Runner, was located in connection with this incident and an additional five men were arrested. “The second vehicle contained various pieces of smuggling equipment such as camouflage clothing, camouflage backpacks, outdoor gear and radios,” said Moskaluk.

“By intercepting these drugs, we are removing the fuel that drives organized crime.” — Dan Moskaluk Of the eight men arrested, besides the man from Vernon, one was from Kaleden, four were from Kelowna and two from Grand Forks. “With the recent organized crime and gang activity in other Okanagan communities, it is important for the public to know that police officers are working tirelessly

to combat organized crime everywhere. By intercepting these drugs, we are removing the fuel that drives organized crime,” said Moskaluk. A number of police agencies were involved in the arrests including North Okanagan traffic services, South Okanagan traffic services, Oliver/ Osoyoos RCMP,

Penticton police dog service, Oroville Station U.S. Border Patrol, Curlew Station U.S. Border Patrol and the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional general investigation section. Integrated Border Enforcement Teams consist of Canadian and American law enforcement teams sharing information and resources to maximize border security. The teams share a common border and common objective — to stop criminals from using the border as a conduit for illegal activities.

Please be advised that Aberdeen Road will be closed to through traf¿c at the railway crossing on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Regional growth strategy adopted

This closure is required to allow Kelowna Paci¿c Railway crews to upgrade the existing crossing.

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All traf¿c will be required to use an alternate route during this time. Please watch for and obey all Traf¿c Control Personnel and signage.

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A blueprint for the future is now official. The Regional District of the North Okanagan board has adopted a regional growth strategy for the next 20 years and it covers all communities. “For the first time ever, there is a common vision for the region and what’s important for the region,” said Rob Smailes, planning and building general manager. Rob Smailes “All of the communities have been doing their own thing and this will look at directing growth and that benefits everyone.”

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The process leading up to a strategy began in 2007 and among the issues identified in the document are rural lifestyles, agriculture, economic development, transportation, housing and energy. Officials says the strategy doesn’t promote development or prevent growth. “It encourages responsible long-term planning,” said Smailes. While RDNO oversaw the process, Smailes says it doesn’t prevent individual jurisdictions from making land use decisions that meet their specific needs. “Nobody is giving up anything. They are just looking at opportunities to work together.” In fact, the strategy was developed through open houses, public surveys and meetings with various stakeholders. First Nations were invited to participate. The next stage is to implement the various components of the strategy. “There will be a five-year action plan where key priorities are identified and we will try to complete them within that period,” said Anthony Kittel, growth strategy co-ordinator.

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Vernon Morning Star Sept 25, 2011


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