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Vernon lights up Nov. 28

Nov 22, 2014 / 2:59 pm

Downtown Vernon will be aglow with Christmas Friday, Nov. 28. The annual Christmas light-up, sponsored by MNP, will take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free parking and free transit to and from the event has been arranged to make it accessible for all. “The Light Up is a community...

Tire fire suspicious

Nov 21, 2014 / 2:45 pm

A late night fire in the Kal Tire parking lot Thursday has been deemed suspicious, however, fire department officials are not saying whether this latest fire is connected with other arsons over the past several months. "It's a suspicious fire because tires don't spontaneously...

Gas leak closes 2 schools

Nov 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

Two schools in Lumby are closed today (Friday) as a result of Thursday's gas leak. School District 22 announced the decision Friday morning. Due to the leak JW Inglis Elementary School and Charles Bloom Secondary are closed today. Lavington school however remains open. Teachers and...

We're already home

Nov 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

A group of authors working out of Vernon are spreading a message of tolerance, acceptance and love. Three authors have put together a heartwarming play featuring different religious groups that challenges the ignorance that surrounds them everyday. The play titled 'We're Already...

Gas leak closes Hwy. 6

Nov 20, 2014 / 9:54 pm

Update -- 9:40 p.m. Highay 6 is now open to single lane alternating traffic. The evacuation of residents in a section of the Lavington area of Coldstream has been lifted, following disruption of natural gas service this morning when a motor vehicle struck a high-pressure natural gas line....

Sovereign Lake to remain closed

Nov 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Despite a week of hard work to prepare trails for the weekend, Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre announced last night (Wednesday) that they would be unable to open for Friday, November 21st. “It was a tough decision but Sovereign Lake will open as soon as possible once they receive sufficient...

IH investigates staff member

Nov 19, 2014 / 6:00 am

An employee with Interior Health is under investigation after an alleged complaint of sexual assault at a residential care facility. Interior Health contacted the RCMP in July, following an internal investigation into inappropriate care between a staff member and a resident at a Vernon care...
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Vernon verifies election results

Nov 18, 2014 / 8:20 pm

No changes in the final order of finish in Vernon's municipal election. The city made the results of Saturday's vote official on Tuesday morning, which saw Akbal Mund replace outgoing mayor Rob Sawatzky. Brian Quiring, Bob Spiers, Juliette Cunningham, Catherine Lord, Dalvir Nahal and...

Meet Vernon's new mayor

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Akbal Mund starts this week with a new job title on his resume, mayor-elect of Vernon. He took a moment to speak with Castanet and says Saturday's election win is still sinking in. “I don’t take the mayorship role until Dec. 1 and then it will start feeling like I am the...

Hollywood meets Vernon

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld The North Okanagan is abuzz with movie crews running between locations in Enderby, Lumby and Vernon. Unlike many movies that have filmed in the area in the past, these stars are not the...

Selfless act gets man stabbed

Nov 17, 2014 / 7:47 pm

An Armstrong man is likely wishing he hadn’t offered to help, after his charitable act landed him in hospital. The man was allegedly stabbed by a homeless man after he welcomed him into his home. According to North Okanagan RCMP they were called to the scene at 1:15 a.m. on Friday Nov...

Van crashes into school bus

Nov 17, 2014 / 6:57 pm

A man has been taken to hospital after he crashed his delivery van into the back of school bus near Falkland. According to RCMP, the accident occurred just east of Falkland when the school bus had stopped to drop off a child. There were reportedly multiple children on the bus at the time,...

Open burn scheduled in Vernon

Nov 17, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Vernon residents may notice a hint of smoke in the air as the snow touches the ground. Vernon Fire-Rescue Services (VFRS) along with the Ministry of Forests will be conducting a large-scale burn following the first major snowfall. The burn is part of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan,...

Counting error changes election

Nov 17, 2014 / 11:15 am

An addition error has changed the outcome of the municipal election in Armstrong. Chief Elections Officer, Natalie Garbay, announced the mistake Monday morning. The error means Lance McGregor wins a seat on council while Helen Jackson, originally announced as one of the six elected...

Ludwig, Stiles in Vernon

Nov 16, 2014 / 1:16 pm

Alexander Ludwig and Julia Stiles have been spotted around Vernon where they are in town shooting their upcoming movie, Go With Me. The film is set in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and also stars Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta. Ludwig, 22, is a Canadian actor, singer and model. His film credits...

Business outlook brightens

Nov 15, 2014 / 8:53 am

Vernon's economy is moving in the right direction with 145 local companies reporting steady or improving business in the city. In early October, the City of Vernon -- in conjunction with Community Futures North Okanagan, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Vernon...

Driving too fast, too drunk

Nov 13, 2014 / 7:08 pm

The RCMP's North Okanagan Traffic Services (NOTS) unit has been busier than normal in recent weeks. According to the RCMP, excessive speed tickets are up nearly three times this year compared to 2013. Yesterday, Nov. 12, NOTS conducted a laser speed enforcement operation between 11 a.m....

Lots of smoke from open burning

Nov 12, 2014 / 3:51 pm

Residents from Salmon Arm to Enderby may notice a lot of smoke coming from the area of Ida Mountain. According to Wildfire Management in Kamloops, the smoke is emanating from a series of legal open burns in the vicinity. Wildfire Management Branch spokesperson, Kayla Pepper, says as many as...

$90K for mental illness support

Nov 12, 2014 / 3:44 pm

The Mental Health support community in Vernon has just got a large financial boost with grants from the BC Government. The Mental Illness Family Support Centre and their Farm Friends Program received $89,750 in Community Action Initiative grants. Funding will support the programs that help...

Firefighter honoured

Nov 10, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Vernon Fire-Rescue Services Training Officer, Cpt Chris Kulak, has been recognized by Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDS) as Firefighter of the Year. At City Council on Monday Kulak was awarded the Dr. David Green Award. It is not the first honour for Kulak, who was previously awarded the...
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