Construction

A memorial for the five victims of July’s fatal crane collapse stands in front of the Bernard Block construction site in downtown Kelowna as two new tower cranes are assembled at the site on Oct. 26, 2021. (Capital News)

Mission Group holds moment of silence on anniversary of Kelowna crane collapse

Five men died when a crane collapsed at a downtown Kelowna construction site July 12, 2021

  • Jun 29, 2022

 

Kicking Horse Canyon extended closures are back, with a one month closure that comes into effect on April 19 and will last until the May long weekend. (MOTI photo)

Fourth round of extended Highway 1 closures announced east of Golden

It’s a part of Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project

 

Work progresses on the Ross Street Underpass on June 14, 2022. The City of Salmon Arm and the contractor building the underpass have an agreement that calls for Lakeshore Drive downtown to be open during July and August 2022 to accommodate the tourist season. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

Ross Street Underpass proponent wants Salmon Arm road closure lifted beyond summer

Shuswap Park Mall owner tells council a second Christmas season lost would be ‘very unfortunate’

 

Traffic will begin driving over the new Salmon River bridge on Thursday, May 26, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: Shift to new Salmon River bridge delayed

Move from older section of Highway 1 now expected to occur around 3 p.m., May 26

Traffic will begin driving over the new Salmon River bridge on Thursday, May 26, 2022. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (Photo/Gary Barnes)

Big drop in housing sales predicted for Central Okanagan

Economist expects prices will stay relatively flat

Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (Photo/Gary Barnes)
Flooring in the restaurant was heavily damaged in flooding caused by a burst water pipe. (Photo/Mayor Cindy Fortin Facebook)

Peachland’s Gasthaus On the Lake getting set to welcome back guests

Popular restaurant looking to re-open this summer

Flooring in the restaurant was heavily damaged in flooding caused by a burst water pipe. (Photo/Mayor Cindy Fortin Facebook)
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan gave three families the keys to their new homes in Lake Country April 29, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Calendar)

Three more families in affordable living thanks to Habitat for Humanity Okanagan

Families were handed the keys to their new homes on Powley Court in Lake Country

  • May 2, 2022
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan gave three families the keys to their new homes in Lake Country April 29, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Calendar)
Danielle Pritchett was supported by friends and family as she spoke in Kelowna’s Ben Lee Park on April 28, 2022 about her son Cailen Vilness, a victim of the July 2021 Kelowna crane collapse (Brittany Webster)

Mom of man killed in Kelowna crane collapse speaks out on workplace Day of Mourning

161 work related deaths were reported in B.C. in 2021

  • Apr 28, 2022
Danielle Pritchett was supported by friends and family as she spoke in Kelowna’s Ben Lee Park on April 28, 2022 about her son Cailen Vilness, a victim of the July 2021 Kelowna crane collapse (Brittany Webster)
Early work on the Trans-Canada Highway near Chase taking place in October 2020. (File photo)

Blasting for Chase East Trans-Canada Highway project to continue through August

Beginning April 25, booms scheduled six days per week except holidays between 1 and 3 p.m.

Early work on the Trans-Canada Highway near Chase taking place in October 2020. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Liquor Store manager Jan Jones stands outside the store’s entrance where metal fencing keeps pedestrians from entering the neighbouring construction site for the Ross Street underpass project. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm businesses share challenges of being next to underpass construction site

Reduced parking and issues with access result in fewer customers

Salmon Arm Liquor Store manager Jan Jones stands outside the store’s entrance where metal fencing keeps pedestrians from entering the neighbouring construction site for the Ross Street underpass project. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
B.C. announced a new Mass Timber Action Plan April 7, with an initial invesment of $1.2 million into four structures. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. investing in future of mass timber with 4 new structures, long-term action plan

Province looks to be leading producer in carbon-capturing material

B.C. announced a new Mass Timber Action Plan April 7, with an initial invesment of $1.2 million into four structures. (Black Press Media file photo)
Work on the new Coldstream Station for the Okanagan Rail Trail on Kalamalka Road is slated to begin Monday, March 14. (Google Maps photo)

Okanagan rail trail station construction on track

When finished before the summer season, station will provide area with access to Okanagan Rail Trail

Work on the new Coldstream Station for the Okanagan Rail Trail on Kalamalka Road is slated to begin Monday, March 14. (Google Maps photo)
Lakeshore is to open during July and August 2022 due to contractual obligations with the city. The Ross Street Underpass project is now expected to be complete in early 2023. (File photo)

Ross Street Underpass in Salmon Arm to be completed in early 2023

Lakeshore to open for July and August this year because of contract, more road closures may follow

Lakeshore is to open during July and August 2022 due to contractual obligations with the city. The Ross Street Underpass project is now expected to be complete in early 2023. (File photo)
Demand for construction and skilled trades workers is higher than ever, but there aren’t enough workers to meet the demand. (Pixabay photo)

Labour shortage hampers B.C. construction industry amid high demand for work

Survey from Independent Contractors and Businesses Association finds 75% of companies are short-staffed

Demand for construction and skilled trades workers is higher than ever, but there aren’t enough workers to meet the demand. (Pixabay photo)
Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Big year for building in Vernon

A record $173.5 million in building permit values collected by city in 2021

Construction on two new drive-thru restaurants in Vernon: Triple O’s and Popeyes on 27th Street, is just one of the developments adding to the city’s record year of construction. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon resident Raine Bouzane woke up to water in his basement suite near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road Monday morning, Dec. 27, the result of a suspected water main break as temperatures reached Minus 24 degrees. (Raine Bouzane photo)

Streets filled with ice after water main break in Vernon

Happened in Minus 24 degree weather at around 4 a.m. Monday near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road

Vernon resident Raine Bouzane woke up to water in his basement suite near 39th Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road Monday morning, Dec. 27, the result of a suspected water main break as temperatures reached Minus 24 degrees. (Raine Bouzane photo)
The City of Salmon Arm continues to see higher building permit values in 2020 and 2021 over those in 2019. (File photo)

Building permit totals in Salmon Arm continue to be high throughout 2021

Permits for residential construction top commercial and industrial in November

The City of Salmon Arm continues to see higher building permit values in 2020 and 2021 over those in 2019. (File photo)
Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: I did my research. Now what?

Questioning everything can quickly become an absurdity

Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)
Salmon Arm Crushing manager Simon Rizzardo was among the Merritt residents forced to evacuate their homes after the Coldwater River overflowed its banks and flooded part of the community. (Contributed)

Power of water: Salmon Arm Crushing part of massive effort to restore Coquihalla

Manager Simon Rizzardo working on highway while on evacuation from his own Merritt home

Salmon Arm Crushing manager Simon Rizzardo was among the Merritt residents forced to evacuate their homes after the Coldwater River overflowed its banks and flooded part of the community. (Contributed)
Road closures to accommodate construction of the Ross Street Underpass will begin Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 and last for approximately two months. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Road closures for Ross Street Underpass construction to last two months

City of Salmon Arm announces closures of parts of Lakeshore Drive, Ross Street to begin Nov. 29

Road closures to accommodate construction of the Ross Street Underpass will begin Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 and last for approximately two months. (City of Salmon Arm image)