Dustin Godfrey

A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.

Province has no worries about South Okanagan dam breaches

Despite early issues with area dams, officials not worried about a 2010 Testalinden dam breach repeat

A shot of the damage from the Testalinden Creek dam failure in 2010, which sent a torrent of water, mud and debris into a community and farming area south of Oliver. Photo courtesy Province of B.C.
Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

No way of forecasting Okanagan floods: engineer

RDOS released an informational video with expert analysis and drone shots of regional floods Wednesday

Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, speaks to reporters about the state of flooding issues in the province and the Province of B.C.’s efforts to help communities mitigate that flooding, alongside officials with the B.C. government and regional district. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, was named in at least seven lawsuits by inmates since September last year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Suing Okanagan Correctional? File it against the Queen

Only 3 of 7 lawsuits against OCC get response, due to defendant naming issues

The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, was named in at least seven lawsuits by inmates since September last year.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Loren Reagan, accused of major fraud charges in a failed hockey trip to Europe, is guided back into a sheriff’s vehicle to be transported to Okanagan Correctional Centre. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Okanagan hockey fraud trial to spend 1 of 3 weeks in Kelowna

One week of Loren Reagan’s trial, starting on Nov. 5, will be in Kelowna, with two weeks in Penticton

Loren Reagan, accused of major fraud charges in a failed hockey trip to Europe, is guided back into a sheriff’s vehicle to be transported to Okanagan Correctional Centre. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Remedying health care at Okanagan’s jail

PART 6.5: PHSA has gone on a hiring bender to bolster health coverage, but OCC not out of the rough yet

The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Okanagan Correctional Centre inmates help with the sandbagging efforts in the parking lot of the jail. B.C. Public Safety Ministry said the inmates — all determined to be low-risk — are filling about 250 per day.                                Submitted photo

Inmates, machines adding muscle to Oliver flood fight

Inmates are packing 250 sandbags a day, but RDOS says newly acquired machine will push 6,000 an hour

Okanagan Correctional Centre inmates help with the sandbagging efforts in the parking lot of the jail. B.C. Public Safety Ministry said the inmates — all determined to be low-risk — are filling about 250 per day.                                Submitted photo
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo

B.C. pharmacist pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

Joelle Mbamy was handed $1k fine, on top of $5k fine already imposed, and 10-year animal prohibition

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo
The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Ailing health care biggest hurdle for Okanagan jail

PART SIX: Inmates reportedly wait weeks for broken bones to be seen, challenges with maintaining medical staff

The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo

Accused murderer found guilty in unrelated Penticton robbery

McGenn sentenced to 5 years, now faces 2nd-degree murder trial over Abbotsford man’s 2016 death

Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo

South Okanagan woman allegedly had 6 years of SPCA complaints

Penticton woman is set to go to trial on animal cruelty charges on Thursday in provincial court

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo
Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide

Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide

Owner Johnny Aantjes expects the slide to be cleaned up in time for the next race on Sunday

Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Isolation likely factor in drugs, rule-breaking at Okanagan jail

PART FIVE: OCC has highest rate of infractions in B.C. and the second-highest rate of contraband violations

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo

Penticton robbery trial starts days before accused’s murder trial

Narcotics, cash stolen from pharmacy; accused scheduled for murder trial next week in Abbotsford

Shayne McGenn is shown here being escorted out of the Penticton Law Courts in May 2016 after being remanded to Abbotsford to face second-degree murder charges.                                Western News file photo
Michael Elphicke, facing sentencing over major fraud and theft charges, leaves the Penticton Law Courts during trial for lunch hour.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Crown seeking jail time for Okanagan hockey fraudster Elphicke

Defence lawyer hinted at a suggestion of a suspended or conditional sentence with no time in jail

Michael Elphicke, facing sentencing over major fraud and theft charges, leaves the Penticton Law Courts during trial for lunch hour.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

In today’s Okanagan flood water, a reflection of 67-year-old history

In 1951, floods north of Oliver led to the government blowing out the highway to relieve pressure

Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

5 unlocked B.C. Wildfire vehicles hit by thefts in Osoyoos

The service has been helping with sandbagging efforts, as rural Oliver battles flooding

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been in the South Okanagan for a couple days, now, on a seven-day contract to help sandbag areas to help mitigate flooding in the area — particularly around Willowbrook and Sportsmens Bowl Road.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo

Okanagan jail used solitary confinement as overflow: advocate

PART FOUR: Province denies allegations, but Prisoners’ Legal Services says it was part of ‘growing pains’ at jail

Workers at the Okanagan Correctional Centre while it was still under construction in 2015.                                Western News file photo
Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Then and now: Oliver flooding swells over the course of a week

Even with the B.C. Wildfire Service on hand to sandbag, the increased flow is causing damage

Water rushing down Sportsmens Bowl Road near the junction with Highway 97 spills over stacks of sandbags, even as B.C. Wildfire Service crews work to bolster the area’s barriers.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director for rural Oliver Terry Schafer and local resident Gloria Luypen speak with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, who was in the area observing the flooding. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Rural Oliver resident evacuated due to flooding-debris

The evacuation alert remains in place for 148 properties in the rural Oliver area

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director for rural Oliver Terry Schafer and local resident Gloria Luypen speak with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, who was in the area observing the flooding. Dustin Godfrey/Western News
An aerial shot from up Secrest Hill Road of the creek that flooded Sportsmens Bowl Road near Highway 97, pouring into the area from Victoria Creek and Kearns Creek up the hill in Willowbrook. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded the evacuation alert on 16 homes in that area to include a total of 148 properties.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Rural Oliver evacuation alert expanded to 148 properties

Culvert and dam risk releasing water, debris across Hwy 97, several kilometres down Park Rill Creek

An aerial shot from up Secrest Hill Road of the creek that flooded Sportsmens Bowl Road near Highway 97, pouring into the area from Victoria Creek and Kearns Creek up the hill in Willowbrook. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has expanded the evacuation alert on 16 homes in that area to include a total of 148 properties.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News