Caring for Kiera

Jul 25, 2016 / 1:03 pm
Kiera Hansen is a fighter. She isn't even in Kindergarten yet, but the four year old has already undergone four heart operations. While most families are enjoying beach time and barbecues, the Hansen family has been through a trying time this summer. Kiera has been at B.C....

Sunny to cloudy to sunny

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:46 am
It's cloudy, it's sunny, it's cloudy, it's sunny. Mother Nature just can't seem to make up her mind when it comes to summer this year. After a rather damp start to July, the sun came out and the temperature rose – for a day or two, then it was back to cloudy...

Body pulled from lake

Jul 25, 2016 / 10:08 am
UPDATE: 10:06 a.m. Lumby RCMP have confirmed a 45-year-old woman died at the Mabel Lake Provincial Park Sunday. Initial reports said a child was pulled from the lake, but Cpl. Trevor Tribes said it was actually a Calgary woman. Police were called to the campground north of Lumby to assist...

Marathon swimmer's diet

Jul 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 8:55 a.m. U.S. swimmer Adam Ellenstein departed on marathon swim at 5:49 a.m. Monday, according to his Facebook page. U.S. ultra-distance triathlete Adam Ellenstein was expected to begin his marathon swim of Okanagan Lake starting at 5:15 a.m. Monday. Ellenstein, accompanied by...

Power back on in Vernon

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:25 pm
UPDATE 8 P.M. The power is reportedly back on. More than 2,000 people are without power in Vernon. BC Hydro is reporting an outage in the BX area affecting 2,471 customers. Residents west of Lynx Road, south of Greenhow Road and north of 14th Avenue are without power. Hydro crews...

Playground set on fire

Jul 24, 2016 / 2:49 pm
RCMP are investigating after a suspicious fire damaged a piece of playground equipment. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Brent Bond said crews were called to the playground behind Fulton Secondary School just before midnight Saturday. A plastic tunnel that joined two other pieces of the playground...

Splash mob on Kal Lake

Jul 24, 2016 / 12:30 pm
A colourful splash mob of 150 or so watercraft invaded Kalamalka Lake, off Kal beach in Coldstream, on Sunday – hoping to raise public awareness of the threat of quagga and zebra mussels. People on wake boards, in canoes, on floaties and in a handful of power boats joined in a circle off...

Rotary ride for trail

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:18 am
The latest effort to raise funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail takes place Sunday. The Silver Star Rotary Club holds its 2016 Rotary Ride today with the funds going toward building of the trail that spans from Kelowna to Vernon. “The rail trail has so many community benefits. It is a...

Gunshots in Coldstream

Jul 23, 2016 / 3:50 pm
Three gunshots were heard in Coldstream early Saturday morning, according to a local source. The Castanet reader said there were initially problems at about 11 p.m. when up to 100 people attended a noisy house party on Palfrey Drive West. The party was noticeable in what is typically a quiet...

Stuck in the lake for hours

Jul 23, 2016 / 9:15 am
A man and teenager spent at least three hours in Okanagan Lake Friday afternoon after being thrown from their rented SeaDoo in rough waters. The SeaDoo Rental Company in Vernon contacted the RCMP at 5:15 p.m. when they realized the two males had not returned when they were supposed to. Vernon...

Suspicious wildfire

Jul 23, 2016 / 7:55 am
UPDATED: 7:55 a.m. Police are considering the wildfire along the BX Trail Friday night to be suspicious at this time. Investigators are examining the area to determine the origin of the fire and the possible cause. No structures were impacted by the blaze, and no one was reported...

A Mile High event

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
It’s the only event of its kind in the North Okanagan and it’s Canada’s highest outdoor wine tasting. Blair Baldwin with Okanagan Wine Festivals said the Mile High Wine and Music event gives locals something that happens right in their own back yard. “It plays to...

Epic swim to start early

Jul 22, 2016 / 1:50 pm
Most people will still be asleep when Adam Ellenstein is expected to set out on his epic north-to-south non-stop swim of Okanagan Lake next week. His start time from the Vernon shoreline is set for next Monday at 5:15 a.m., according to Lauren Kehn, Victory Crew manager. The Michigan-based...

Attention on parade

Jul 22, 2016 / 12:15 pm
Some of the youngest cadets at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre were on parade Friday during a graduation ceremony at Sicily Square. Lt.-Col. Normand Dionne, commanding officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, inspected the 177 cadets from Charlie Company. The youngest cadets, usually 12-13...

East Hill power restored

Jul 22, 2016 / 10:17 am
UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. B.C. Hydro says power in the East Hill area was restored to all but eight customers at 11:34 a.m. There was a fault with an underground cable which is being repaired. The final customers affected should have power restored by 1 p.m., says the company. To report a...

Woman hit, driver stabbed

Jul 22, 2016 / 10:16 am
A man has pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for stabbing a driver in Vernon last February in a bizarre incident. During an appearance in Vernon provincial court this week, Thomas Ritchie, 29, pleaded guilty to three assault charges in connection with the stabbing. The driver of the car...

Road project slows biz

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
A downtown Vernon business admits fewer customers have been going through its doors since the start this week of roadwork on 30th Street, between Highway 6 and 30th Avenue. From now to late October, that part of 30th Street will be closed to upgrade the road and underground utilities. A newly...

More Shuswap River talk

Jul 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm
Proposed vessel operating restrictions on the Shuswap River won't be implemented any time soon. Directors with the North Okanagan Regional District have voted to hire a consultant to speak with interested parties on the controversial matter. The motion passed at Wednesday meeting reads:...

No charges yet in dope raids

Jul 21, 2016 / 2:36 pm
No charges have been filed in a pair of drug-related raids in Vernon Wednesday, on licensed commercial grow operations. On July 21, police raided a commercial building in the 2400 block of 14th Avenue at 6 a.m. A 25-year-old woman was arrested at the scene without incident while a 43-year-old...

Get a taste of the tattoo

Jul 21, 2016 / 1:00 pm
People can get a sneak peak at a special guest appearing in the Okanagan Military Tattoo this evening when the Republic of Korea Army Traditional Band performs at Civic Sounds. Norm Crerar, one of the tattoo organizers, said this is the first time the Koreans have been at the tattoo, turning it...

Artsy night raises funds

Jul 21, 2016 / 12:30 pm
The annual Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts has been proclaimed a big success for the Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery. “Unbelievable. This is just a great community and so generous,” said Dauna Kennedy-Grant, the gallery's executive director. “We had the best year...

Court for home invasion

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:27 am
One of the men charged with the forcible confinement of a senior citizen in Vernon this past spring will face a preliminary inquiry in Vernon provincial court. Maurice Pierre Perrier, 46, will be back in court Oct. 17 for a two-day hearing. Perrier and Gregory Philip Jolicoeur, 50, were both...

Silver Star hosts race

Jul 21, 2016 / 9:27 am
Mountain bikers interested in competition are heading to Silver Star Mountain next month for the fifth race in the 2016 BC Cup series, hosted by SilverStar Mountain Resort. The series of six races prepares the best downhill athletes in the province for the national and international racing...

Time to connect with nature

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
It's time for the kids to put down the phone and head to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre to learn about the natural wonders of the Okanagan. The ABNC has a new offering this year to one-up last year’s movie nights. Family Fun Nights offer a different theme each week until...

Owls fail to soar

Jul 20, 2016 / 4:52 pm
A couple of owls weren't too wise on Wednesday while hunting in Marshall Field. Local animal expert Pete Wise was called around 9:30 a.m. to rescue the two, an adult and its offspring, around 9:30 a.m. They were both trapped in a soccer net. "I think they were chasing something...

Fire in Polson Park

Jul 20, 2016 / 3:34 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Polson Park Wednesday afternoon after smoke was spotted billowing from the trees near the train tracks. Crews quickly brought the fire under control and then doused surrounding trees and bushes with water to ensure the fire did not flare up. VFR Cpt. Darren...

Four arrested in raids

Jul 20, 2016 / 11:28 am
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. Vernon RCMP have arrested four people at two licensed marijuana grow operations in the city that police allege were being used for illegal purposes with possible ties to organized crime. Officers raided the grow ops early Wednesday morning, executing two search...

Save our pet pig

Jul 20, 2016 / 10:53 am
She is small, grey and white and loves cuddles. Unfortunately, Layla also oinks and that is a no-no when it comes to pets in the City of Vernon. A Vernon couple has started a petition in an effort to save Layla, a 30-pound pet mini pig from being removed from their home by the city's...

Time to pressure gov.

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Now that the referendum has been stopped, elders with the Splatsin First Nations near Enderby want to focus on convincing the government to protect a sacred burial site. The band was to go to the polls Saturday to decide if members would accept a $300,000 settlement for land that contained an...

Have a blast on BC Day

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Local talent will be the focus of a music extravaganza in Vernon at the end of the month. The BC Day Band Blast will be held Sat, July 30 in Polson Park and organizer Iftkhar Ahmed said the idea is to provide a venue for local talent to show what they can do. Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat...

New GM for IPE

Jul 19, 2016 / 8:55 pm
Yvonne Paulson will be taking the reigns as the new general manager of the Interior Provincial Exhibition. The Gibsons resident brings with her a wealth of experience within the agricultural fair industry, having spent 20 years with Telus heading up sponsorship marketing, event planning and...

Hockeyville inspection

Jul 19, 2016 / 2:24 pm
Kraft Hockeyville and NHL officials are back, inspecting local arenas for a pre-season NHL game that will be played between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings this fall. Officials were touring and measuring at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on Tuesday but remained tight-lipped about where the...

Flying for fruit

Jul 19, 2016 / 10:03 am
Helicopters were back out over North Okanagan cherry orchards Tuesday morning following a series of thunderstorms in the region that dropped more rain and some sporadic hail, according to orchardists. “You're looking at $1,400-$1,600 an hour. It's the going rate (for a...

Corn-mazing at O'Keefe

Jul 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
O'Keefe Ranch's summer corn maze has become a popular attraction for tourists. The three-acre maze takes 25 to 30 minutes to complete, according to ranch general manager Glen Taylor. “I've been talking with people who have been through a lot of different corn mazes and they...

Needles a scary discovery

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:51 pm
Sherrie Fisher fears for the safety of the children in her Vernon neighbourhood. In less than a month, she has found three used hypodermic needles around her yard, including in a large lilac bush her daughter used to play in. Now the bush – where she also found a home-made knife –...

Clubhouse cash coming in

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:07 pm
Work on the North Okanagan Neurological Association Clubhouse is underway, and the ongoing fundraising efforts received a major boost Monday. The Kalamalka Rotary Club donated $50,000 toward the $1.6-million project. Brian Reid, club president, said the the NONA project was chosen as the...

More than just marching

Jul 18, 2016 / 1:12 pm
It may be an army camp, but the young cadets spending part of their summer in Vernon will learn a lot more than just standing at attention. At any point in time there are 1,000 teen recruits at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. The cadets arrive for two or three week stays, with some of the...

No supply ups house cost

Jul 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
A lack of houses for sale is a major reason for a jump in real estate prices in the North Okanagan, according to an expert. “That is definitely the trend overall,” said Anthony Bastiaanssen, president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. “The issues are similar across...

Man, child in rollover

Jul 17, 2016 / 4:28 pm
A man and 20-month-old child were checked by BC Ambulance Service following a rollover accident Sunday near Vernon. The single-vehicle accident happened just south of Bailey Road on Highway 97 heading toward Lake Country. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Trevor Keenan said both man and child were out...

U-haul trucks engulfed

Jul 17, 2016 / 9:22 am
The Lumby Fire Department is on the scene today investigating a suspicious early-morning truck fire. Fire Chief Tony Clayton says crews were called to the U-Haul dealer in downtown Lumby at about 1 a.m. “A U-Haul was fully engulfed when we arrived,” says Clayton. “The fire...
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