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Teen, a robot phenom

Aug 1, 2015 / 6:00 am

The Okanagan Science Centre did not have to look far to find a robotics expert to help them build a robotic clock. All they had to do was get in touch with Vernon robotics phenom Hudson Schier, who is one half of the brother robotic team RoboBros. Schier, 17, along with his 15-year-old...

Power restored

Jul 31, 2015 / 4:34 pm

UPDATED 4:34 P.M. Power has now been restored to nearly 3,000 customers in downtown Vernon. According to BC Hydro's web site, power returned about 4:24 Friday afternoon. Power was knocked out an hour before as a result of a single vehicle crash on 32 Avenue. One witness said she saw...

Rail crew douses fire

Jul 31, 2015 / 6:56 am

A CN Rail crew's quick response helped douse a fire near the tracks in Armstrong, Thursday. A fire broke out in a farm structure off Pleasant Valley road, and the passing crew in a maintenance vehicle was able to contain it until fire crews could respond. Mike Gale and Richard Herrington...

Simple Stickle solution

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Heath Anderson was disappointed to the point of embarrassment at how people responded to the latest Stickle Road improvement proposal by the Ministry of Transportation. So much so, the longtime Vernon resident felt he had to speak up. Anderson attended an open house Wednesday promoting the...

Police dog sniffs out suspect

Jul 30, 2015 / 1:43 pm

The Vernon RCMP dog unit sniffed out a bad guy who was trying to hide from police in a local park this week. Police were conducting inquiries on the 4200 block of 20th Street on Tuesday in their search for a youth wanted on an outstanding warrant. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police...

If a tree falls, who pays?

Jul 30, 2015 / 11:25 am

It's up to property owners to remove dangerous trees from the banks of creeks that cross their property. Mary Ferguson, manager of Vernon Creek Villas, learned that the hard way. Three trees came crashing down across Vernon Creek last month from a neighbouring property, and she has been...

Stickle solution unpopular

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

It would seem the only ones who don't want a stop light at the Stickle Road-Highway 97 intersection are Ministry of Transportation officials. An open house on the contentious intersection drew dozens of people minutes after the doors opened Wednesday. Castanet talked to several people,...


Why is Kal Lake green?

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Every resident and tourist alike will agree that one of the jewels of the Okanagan is Kalamalka Lake – but what is it that gives the lake that alluring blue-green colour? As it turns out, Kal Lake is one of only a handful of very special "marl lakes" that display the colourful...

Orchard mystery deepens

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:27 am

An Okanagan orchard industry leader says the case of four missing migrant farm workers in Vernon is the first disappearance in the decade-long history of Mexican farmhands travelling to the Okanagan. "To my knowledge, no one's ever pulled a Houdini act, vanishing like this, before...

Stickle open house today

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:14 am

The public will have a chance to get a look at the latest provincial proposal for the thorny issue of Stickle Road at an open house this afternoon. The open house is at 4 p.m. at the Prestige Inn. What to do about the dangerous intersection has been the centre of debate for some time, with...

Park it and pedal it

Jul 28, 2015 / 8:59 pm

The Downtown Vernon Association wants people to park their cars and go for a bike ride. Loop Cruisers Bike Rentals is newly established and located in the back of the Visitor Information Centre for the summer. Its aim is to promote cycling in downtown Vernon, which will support small...

Province funds jobs

Jul 28, 2015 / 8:29 pm

At least four people will get work experience while helping the Vernon area improve its food security, thanks to more than $50,000 in provincial Job Creation Partnership funding. Kindale Developmental Association will receive $40,429 to support four local food security programs. Participants...

Cop porn trial adjourned

Jul 28, 2015 / 6:23 pm

A former Vernon RCMP officer accused of possessing child pornography won't be back in court until mid-September. Ryan Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for contacting his ex-wife when ordered not to,...

Four men still missing

Jul 28, 2015 / 4:45 pm

They have been missing for more than a month, and there is still no sign of four men who were working at a North Okanagan farm. The Mexican nationals were last seen June 26 and have not been heard from since. Vernon RCMP are concerned for their well being and want to make sure the men are...

Who will clean up mess?

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

When three large trees came crashing down across Vernon Creek, Mary Ferguson wanted to know who was going to clean up the mess. The trees fell from a neighbouring property on June 26 and she still has no answer. The manager of Vernon Creek Villas - a senior's townhouse complex - said the...

More beds open next year

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

The completion of two floors in Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson Tower are on time and should be fully operational next year. That from Interior Health board chairman Erwin Malzer who stopped by the largest hospital in the North Okanagan while touring region Monday. Malzer said adding the...

Money for museum

Jul 27, 2015 / 7:54 pm

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives will be getting some much-needed funding from the federal government and Regional District of North Okangan. Retiring Conservative MP Colin Mayes announced Monday the feds are providing the museum with $100,000. That money will be matched by the regional...

Protected T open house

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:39 pm

Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund was never too thrilled with any of the plans for the Stickle Road intersection, but after learning the fine details of the latest proposal he is even less so. Stickle Road has been a contentious issue for some time, with many people, including Mund and several council...

True Leaf still in running

Jul 27, 2015 / 3:11 pm

A Lumby company is one step closer to becoming a licensed producer under Canada’s marijuana for medical purposes regulations. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. has received “additional enhanced screening” notice from Health Canada. As of March 15, there were 25 licensed...

Arrests in Vernon shooting

Jul 27, 2015 / 11:22 am

Police have made several arrests in connection with a shooting and robbery in Vernon last year. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said three men have been arrested and face numerous charges for the August 2014 incident that started at the Green Valley Hotel, spilled across the street into Polson...
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