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Quick action stops fire

Jul 21, 2017 / 4:35 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue saved the day once again. Crews were called to an apartment block in the 2300 block of 36th Street at around 10:30 a.m. Friday. Deputy Fire...

First cadets graduate

Jul 21, 2017 / 2:10 pm

The first group of cadets to arrive at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre have graduated from their two-week general training course. The youngest cadets, usually...

No fires allowed in parks

Jul 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue Services is reminding people fires of any sort are not allowed in any area parks. VFRS issued a notice that campfires and fire appliances...

More evacuees arrive

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:57 am

Wildfire evacuees keep coming. Vernon Emergency Social Services (ESS) reception centre registered 79 evacuees from the Cariboo region Thursday, bringing to 861...

Stolen boat ruins summer

Jul 21, 2017 / 11:13 am

The summer is not going the way Kelsey Basnett had planned. The Vernon native who now lives in Calgary had plans of spending time on local lakes with her...

Get your hockey fix

Jul 21, 2017 / 10:07 am

Just because it's summer doesn't mean hockey fans can't get their fix. SilverStar Mountain Resort is holding its annual road hockey tournament...

Residents douse grass fire

Jul 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

Residents living in the 6800 block of Cameo Drive put out a small fire before it had a chance to become a big fire. Vernon Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Scott...

Tax on a tax remains

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A local politician's effort to end a federal tax on B.C.'s carbon tax has come to naught. Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers launched a parliamentary...

Helping VJH help others

Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Troye Campbell is trying to do what the provincial government isn't. Campbell has launched a Gofundme page in the hopes of raising $50,000 for Vernon...

Respecting all cultures

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:30 pm

A week of free activities and educational events will fill RespectFest in Vernon this September. Funded through a Canada 150 grant marking the nation's...

Water restrictions in place

Jul 20, 2017 / 4:42 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has taken water restrictions to the next level. Stage 1 outdoor water use restrictions are now in place. Residents and...

Lots of road work going on

Jul 20, 2017 / 3:26 pm

As the busy tourist season reaches a crescendo, motorists might want to plan alternate routes as city crews will be digging up several streets over the coming...

Donations now available

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:49 pm

Evacuees finding refuge in Vernon are able to access donations at the Salvation Army House of Hope. Evacuees from the Cariboo region can stop by the centre,...

101 butts in park

Jul 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

Please don't smoke in Vernon area provincial parks, urges a local environmental group. The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park feel some people just...

Victim 'kind, caring man'

Jul 20, 2017 / 1:20 pm

Teresa Bartz can't believe anyone would want to hurt her brother. But, on Wednesday, Willie Bartz was found dead in his apartment at Sun Dance Suites....

Launches to open to boaters

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:38 am

Get ready for those motor boats on local lakes now that flood water has receded. The District of Coldstream has announced that its Kalavista boat launch on...

Firefighters host BBQ

Jul 20, 2017 / 11:31 am

As if rushing out to raging fires was not enough for the community, members of North Westside Fire Rescue want to make people dinner. The volunteer firefighters...

Semi hits cow, then house

Jul 20, 2017 / 8:25 am

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a collision which caused severe damage to a home along Highway 97A in Armstrong early Thursday morning...

Shuswap River plan sinks

Jul 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

An advisory committee has failed to agree on boating regulations for the Shuswap River despite lengthy talks with the help of a mediator. The Lower Shuswap...

Davison Orchards expands

Jul 19, 2017 / 7:01 pm

The Davison family's furry friends have a new home. The orchardists have expanded their highly-popular enterprise, Davison Orchards, with a new barn to host...

Possible homicide

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:13 pm

UPDATE 4:13 p.m. Vernon RCMP are investigating a possible homicide. Wednesday morning police swarmed the Sun Dance Suites in force with more than half a dozen...

Life for teacher killer

Jul 19, 2017 / 4:09 pm

A man who killed a beloved Vernon school teacher three years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years. Howard Krewson, 57,...

Driver dies in stolen truck

Jul 19, 2017 / 1:03 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. The driver of a stolen pickup that collided with a motorcycle in Vernon Tuesday night died at the scene, RCMP have confirmed. He is believed to...

Local teen still missing

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:54 am

There is still no sign of a missing Vernon teen. Traci Genereaux, 18, was last heard from on May 29. On June 9, Vernon RCMP received a request to help find her....

Evacuees welcome at ranch

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:49 am

Historic O'Keefe Ranch is offering wildfire evacuees a chance to forget about the mayhem of the past few weeks by visiting the ranch for free. The ranch is...

Evacuees keep coming

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:23 am

Vernon continues to welcome wildfire evacuees with open arms. As of Wednesday morning, 667 evacuees from Williams Lake and other areas affected by provincial...

United Way helping out

Jul 19, 2017 / 11:08 am

The United Way is known for helping people and organizations in various communities, and now United Ways across the province are teaming up to help those...

91 nays for new rail corridor

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:58 am

The path is now clear for the North Okanagan Regional District to borrow millions of dollars to pay for its share of the abandoned CP Rail corridor between...

Fires delay Kal Lake Road

Jul 19, 2017 / 10:00 am

The City of Vernon has confirmed that construction along Kalamalka Lake Road has been postponed due to wildfires in the Cariboo region. The $3 million road...

Driver facing lots of charges

Jul 19, 2017 / 9:56 am

Justin Morgan Sheena is facing numerous charges in relation to a wild string of events last week on Tronson Road. On July 11, Vernon police were called to the...

Ranch on notice...again

Jul 19, 2017 / 8:31 am

Vernon city council wants Historic O'Keefe Ranch to move into the 21st century in terms of its financial records. Council has made next year's $100,000...

Splashing up funds

Jul 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Rice Box and Atlantis are teaming up to raise money for the North Okanagan Neurological Association Child Development Centre (NONA). The popular Atlantis...

More $$ for welcome signs

Jul 18, 2017 / 9:00 pm

More cash is being expended for the new Welcome to Vernon signs. After a number of debates over designs, council last year approved $55,000 for new gateway...

Potential disaster averted

Jul 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

The timing could not have been any better when a suspicious brush fire was spotted on the Westside. North Westside Fire Rescue Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite...

More evacuees arrive

Jul 18, 2017 / 4:23 pm

UPDATE 4:23 p.m. More wildfire evacuees are streaming into Vernon. As of 4 p.m. 613 evacuees have registered in Vernon since the evacuations in Williams Lake...

Horsing around at Timmies

Jul 18, 2017 / 3:10 pm

Make it a large double-double and a bag of oats, please. Pictures Debra Austin posted to social media are the talk of the town and show a woman riding a horse...

Beach cleanup begins

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:54 pm

The City of Vernon is starting to clean up area beaches following a spring of flooding. City crews have started to remove flood debris from the city-maintained...

Helping local fire victims

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Tuesday was a bad day for Marnie Macnabb. On July 18, 2016, her family was caught in an apartment fire that killed her neighbour. With dark smoke billowing in...

Rink lot under construction

Jul 18, 2017 / 2:21 pm

The Vernon Curling Rink parking lot is getting a much-needed overhaul. Work on the parking lot started on July 17 and is expected to continue until Aug. 23....

Granny's charity skydive

Jul 18, 2017 / 12:12 pm

A daredevil grandmother joined her daughter and granddaughter in a freefall skydive this month over Vernon, all in the name of charity. Anne Foster, 85, from...

Kal Lake Road delay?

Jul 18, 2017 / 10:59 am

Wildfires that have torn through the Cariboo region could delay a controversial road project in Vernon. City of Vernon staff have warned council that BC Hydro...

We need rentals

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Vernon city council has approved a variance permit to allow construction of an apartment building on Centennial Drive to move ahead citing the desperate need...

Another hotel moves in

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Yet another hotel chain has plans to move into Vernon. The Best Western Premier is proposing a six-storey, 114-room structure on Anderson Way, according to...

More homes, few rentals

Jul 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

More single and multi-family homes are being built in Vernon but the vacancy rate for renters remains below two per cent. The construction of single family...

Robbery suspect named

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

The suspect in an alleged bank heist in Vernon last week has been charged with robbery and possession of heroin. Cody Douglas Lawrence, 25, next appears in...

Phase 3 of sandbag removal

Jul 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The City of Vernon is proceeding with phase three of the sand bag disposal assistance program. This includes hard-hit properties along Lakeshore Drive, although...

Vernon crew fights grass fire

Jul 17, 2017 / 6:33 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue crews have been at the scene of a small grass fire on the 3100 block of Davison Road. Photos sent in to Castanet show the fire was near the...

248 evacuees arrive

Jul 17, 2017 / 5:18 pm

Evacuees have been arriving in Vernon from Williams Lake and other areas affected by wildfires in the Cariboo region. The city's Emergency Social Services...

Watch that air

Jul 17, 2017 / 12:00 pm

That smoky sky from B.C. wildfires has prompted Environment Canada to issue a smoky skies bulletin for the whole of the Okanagan Valley. “Smoke is causing...

Keeping homeless calm

Jul 17, 2017 / 11:11 am

Vernon's COOL team, which deals with the homeless, is working on a strategy to keep street people calm once a city bylaw takes effect that forces tents to...

800 evacuees set to arrive

Jul 16, 2017 / 7:40 pm

UPDATED: 7:40 p.m. The City of Vernon is preparing to receive a potential 800 evacuees from Williams Lake and other areas affected by wildfires. A second group...

Wood chip pile fire doused

Jul 16, 2017 / 9:25 am

Lumby firefighters, with help from Lavington crews, doused a wood chip pile fire Saturday night in the middle of the village. "It spontaneously...

Helping those in need

Jul 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

UPDATE: July 17, 1 p.m. Donations, either financial or in goods, can be dropped off at Ace Hardware or Turtle Bay Pub in Lake Country, said Dan Marcotte,...

Evacuee lodging open

Jul 16, 2017 / 2:45 am

As part of the provincial response to wildfires that have forced evacuations, the City of Vernon is activating and operating a group lodging facility at the...

Keep on cruisin'

Jul 15, 2017 / 3:21 pm

More than 400 classic cars, trucks and hot rods are expected to be on display in Polson Park Sunday. The Sun Valley Cruise in began Saturday with several...

Coldstream adds rainbow

Jul 15, 2017 / 12:24 pm

A permanent rainbow has popped up in Coldstream. The North Okanagan community added its first rainbow crosswalk Friday evening. The colourful symbol of...

Sandy Beach algae bloom

Jul 15, 2017 / 10:30 am

The Okanagan Indian Band is warning of an algae bloom at Sandy Beach. In a statement on its webpage, the OKIB said the bloom was reported at 3 p.m. Friday. A...

New sign falling apart

Jul 15, 2017 / 9:50 am

New 'Welcome to Vernon' signs are generating a lot of chatter on social media because at least one of the signs is already falling apart. After debating...

Support for fire victims

Jul 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Meghan Rydde is sharing a bond with people she has never met before. Rydde lived in Arbor Lee Apartments which was damaged in a catastrophic fire Monday. And,...