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$1M birthday present

May 25, 2015 / 5:05 pm

Tanya Williams gave herself an early birthday present. The 33-year-old Enderby woman will celebrate her birthday next week with an extra $1 million in her jeans. Williams was one of 12 Maxmillions million-dollar winners from last Friday's Lotto Max draw. She was the only winner in...

Tourney hits $1M mark

May 25, 2015 / 4:35 pm

The weather may have been dark and stormy, but the spirit of giving was great. A rain-shortened sixth annual Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Golf Classic was forced to move indoors after eight holes due to a thunderstorm. The tournament and auction raised $242,000. To private donations...

Foodies undeterred by rain

May 25, 2015 / 4:09 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Davison family members and staff gave tours of the new cannery building, where delicious smells...

Llama on lam back in pen

May 25, 2015 / 1:03 pm

An animal auctioneer says a llama that made a run for freedom before it was to be auctioned off in Armstrong could use a home with a high fence. Don Raffan of Valley Auction says the animal that he named Bert took off from the back of a pickup and spent a day on its own before being rounded up...

Car flees crash scene

May 25, 2015 / 11:31 am

A motorcyclist was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with serious injuries, Saturday, following a collision on Okanagan Landing Road. The crash happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Okanagan Landing and Fulton roads. Police say a silver Toyota Celica collided with the motorcycle...

Body discovered at school

May 25, 2015 / 10:37 am

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Parents report school operations are back to normal at Okanagan Landing Elementary in Vernon, following the discovery of a dead body on school grounds this morning. Okanagan Landing Elementary School is on lockdown after a body was discovered in the schoolyard. RCMP...

Defence minister in Vernon

May 23, 2015 / 8:26 pm

Canada's defence minister, Jason Kenney, paid a visit to local cadets in Vernon today. The minister took a tour of the Vernon Cadet Training Centre, and met local sea, army and air cadets. The cadets showed off their marksmanship skills to Kenney. Kenney praised the 1705 B.C. Dragoons...

Enderby on silver screen

May 22, 2015 / 3:18 pm

The tiny community of Enderby is front and centre across North America today. The North Okanagan municipality was the backdrop for Disney's latest theme inspired movie, Tomorrowland. The movie, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (House) was filmed in the summer of 2013. Since then,...

Hit and run driver sentenced

May 22, 2015 / 3:15 pm

A young Vernon man will spend two more years behind bars after he caused a car crash that left a local nurse paralyzed from the neck down Michael Timothy George Heeley, 22, was sentenced this week to three years in prison and a 10-year driving prohibition. It took three months for police to...

Lake incident kills senior

May 22, 2015 / 1:05 pm

An 82-year-old Vernon man has been identified as the victim of a boating incident Thursday on Okanagan Lake. The B.C. Coroners Service confirms David Gilbert Jones died following the incident at the Vernon Yacht Club. He was repairing a mast on a sailboat at the yacht club Thursday morning...

Slow food, great taste

May 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you have an appetite for amazing local foods and flavours, you'll want to check out the third annual Slow Food Market of Taste. The free event features local food samples, cooking demos and farm tours, and takes place Sunday at Davison Orchards, from noon to 4 p.m. “The Market...

Airport plan takes flight

May 21, 2015 / 8:57 pm

The City of Vernon is in the process of crafting a new Airport Master Plan in collaboration with local stakeholders and residents. The plan will provide direction for the future development of Vernon Regional Airport during the next 20 years. A draft of the plan is expected to be complete in...

Alpaca on the loose

May 21, 2015 / 5:19 pm

An apparently agitated alpaca is on the loose north of Vernon. Don Raffen of Valley Auction says the animal jumped from the back of a pickup before it was taken inside to be sold. RCMP Cpl. Mary Seniuk of the nearby detachment in Armstrong says officers corralled the alpaca off the highway...

Search for missing teen

May 19, 2015 / 6:17 pm

Police in Vernon are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing teen. Traci Genereaux left a medical facility in Vernon without completing her treatment and police need assistance in locating her in order for her to receive the necessary medical attention. Genereaux is...

Poor place to drive drunk

May 19, 2015 / 3:17 pm

A Lumby resident made all the wrong moves Monday afternoon – right outside the Lumby RCMP detachment. An officer noticed a man in a red Dodge drive by the detachment about 2 p.m., talking on his cellphone and not wearing a seatbelt. The officer stopped the vehicle a short distance away and...

$1.4M training program

May 17, 2015 / 10:20 am

More than 50 Aboriginal workers will benefit from a $1.4 million training program announced in Vernon Friday. The program is focused on heavy equipment operator training and will be provided through a Community and Employer Partnership between the B.C. government and the Southern Interior...

The big diggers

May 16, 2015 / 5:27 am

More than 50 Aboriginal workers will train for careers as heavy equipment operators through Partnership between the B.C. government and the Southern Interior Construction Association, worth nearly $1.4 million. The first intake was announced Friday in Armstrong for the Splatsin first nation and...

New look for rec centre

May 15, 2015 / 7:34 pm

Renovations are set to begin at the Vernon Recreation Centre on May 25. The extensive renovations will begin with the rec centre bridge and entrance way, and are expected to take 12 to 16 months to complete. The facilities will remain open during construction, with alternate entrances available...

Stickle pickle put on hold

May 15, 2015 / 4:19 pm

Political pressure has resulted in changes to the Highway 97-Stickle Road intersection being put on hold – for now. Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster confirms he met with Transportation Minister Todd Stone to discuss the plan for the intersection. The current ministry solution calls for...

Trained lifesavers

May 15, 2015 / 4:12 pm

More than 500 School District 22 secondary students a year learn to save lives, thanks to a program pioneered by the ACT Foundation. On Friday, local teachers gathered at Clarence Fulton Secondary School to learn the basics of CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. The...

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