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Heritage Fair coming back

Oct 4, 2015 / 6:14 pm

The Vernon Heritage Fair is making a comeback. From 2008-12, the fair was organized by the Vernon museum, but the museum had to drop the fair from its busy agenda. For the next two years the fair was run independently by local schools, but now the North Okanagan Optimist Club has taken over...

Community rallies to plan

Oct 4, 2015 / 2:55 pm

The call to help went out and the people responded. Ron Brinnen said the response from Armstrong-Spallumcheen residents to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan was “amazing.” The idea to bring a family to Armstrong was hatched by Brinnen and Armstrong mayor Chris...

Kidney walk raises cash

Oct 4, 2015 / 1:28 pm

More than 100 people took to Vernon's Polson Park Sunday for the annual BC Kidney Walk. The goal of the walk was to raise money for kidney disease, generate awareness of kidney disease and to sign up organ donors. Penticton-South Okanagan came in seventh on the province, raising 14,702....

United for a cure

Oct 4, 2015 / 10:55 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh It was 17 years ago when Elspeth Manning received a phone call that...

Jumping for snow

Oct 2, 2015 / 4:25 pm

Possible snow in the forecast has them jumping for joy at Silver Star ski resort near Vernon. Environment Canada is predicting a few showers overnight Friday, with the snow level lowering to 1,500 metres before morning, with winds from the north. "The temperature dropped about four...

School numbers climbing

Oct 2, 2015 / 12:35 pm

School enrolment is up substantially in the Vernon area, according to preliminary numbers supplied by the Ministry of Education. "We have 100 more students since this time last year," says Kelly Smith, board chair of School District 22. It is exciting for the board, which budgeted...

Murder witnesses sought

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm

Police in Vernon are searching for additional witnesses in the killing of a man in Polson Park in August. Three people are facing murder charges. "Anyone who was in the Polson Park area of Vernon, from the evening of Aug. 25 to the early morning of Aug. 26 and hasn't already spoken...

Breakfast, it's in the bag

Oct 1, 2015 / 10:31 am

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Linda Yule, executive director of the United Way - North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, says Thursday's drive-thru breakfast in Vernon raised a total of $9,015. ORIGINAL A contingent of RCMP officers and the mayors of Vernon and Lumby were on hand Thursday morning for the...

Eye on air quality

Oct 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

The mayor of Coldstream wants more air quality monitoring stations set up in the North Okanagan. Jim Garlick's call comes as a controversial pellet plant begins operation in Lavington, close to an elementary school. "We only have one monitoring station, and we have asked the...

Car-crash dog comes home

Sep 30, 2015 / 8:33 pm

Diego the dog was exhausted and dehydrated, but happy to see his owner Wednesday afternoon after 10 days on his own in an area populated by coyotes, south of Vernon. "He almost did a backflip," said owner Tonya Olson, as she described her reunion with the five-year-old Chihuahua....

Road rage leads to charges

Sep 30, 2015 / 3:16 pm

A 38-year-old Kelowna man is facing possible charges over a bizarre road incident in Vernon last week. North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspect last Wednesday morning after receiving a number of reports about an erratic driver in a white pickup heading northbound on Highway 97, from Lake Country...

Under 40, doing fine

Sep 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has announced the first five recipients in the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 – Vernon. The five are all in their 30s and were selected at random from among the top 20. They are: Elise Allan – lawyer/partner at Nixon Wenger LLP. Justin Jackson...

Well, that took a long time

Sep 29, 2015 / 8:06 pm

It took 50 years, but the federal government has finally brought a North Okanagan artesian well under control. It all began in 1965 when the federal government was conducting a geological survey of Canada and they wanted to know what was under the ground in the Okanagan. In one particular...

Hemp products help dogs

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:11 pm

Dogs are eating up a new product from a North Okanagan company – literally. True Leaf of Vernon, is marketing a line of hemp-based doggie chews that, the company says, offers a variety of benefits to the family dog. Called True Love, True Spirit and True Calm chews, the company says the...

Pole move cracks gas line

Sep 29, 2015 / 4:10 pm

A miscommunication between utility providers caused a natural gas leak in Coldstream, Tuesday. Coldstream resident Jeremy Brown received a phone call from his neighbour Tuesday morning, telling him BC Hydro had been moving a power pole near the end of his driveway, and struck a FortisBC natural...

String of strange thefts

Sep 29, 2015 / 3:25 pm

Vernon RCMP have been kept busy with a rash of thefts over the past several days, with some rather strange items being stolen. One of the more unusual thefts – two 14-foot corrugated culverts that were stolen from near the intersection of Okanagan Landing and Cummins roads between Sept. 18...

ATM thief steals 50 grand

Sep 29, 2015 / 11:35 am

North Okanagan RCMP say a thief stole more than $50,000 from the ATM at Interior Savings Credit Union's Vernon branch. Police say an unknown male broke into the drive-through ATM building just after 10 p.m. last Thursday at the 32nd Street financial institution and fled with the money. A...

Holding out hope for Diego

Sep 29, 2015 / 9:50 am

It has been a week since Diego went missing, but Tonya Olson isn't giving up hope. The five-year-old Chihuahua ran off last Monday, following a car crash on Highway 97 near Bailey Road. “I miss Diego tons, and I want nothing more than for him to have a safe return home,” said...

Not happy with recycling

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

Scott Anderson is going to ask the City of Vernon to urge the regional district to review the new recycling system. The Vernon city councillor will bring the matter up at the next council meeting, but said Monday he is not a fan of the blue boxes. Anderson said “no one” likes the...

Survey asks about market

Sep 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm

The future of Vernon's downtown market is in the hands of downtown merchants. Throughout the summer, every Friday afternoon-evening, a section of 30th Avenue was closed off for the Avenue Market. Similar to a farmer's market, the weekly event featured a wide range of items and many of...

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