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Get high off a safe supply

Sep 29, 2016 / 11:43 am
A former B.C. premier wants people to have a safe supply of weed. Mike Harcourt, who chairs True Leaf Medicine based in Lumby, is calling on the federal government to ensure a “safe and secure” supply of marijuana is available before the drug is legalized. A recent report showed...

Crime scene in park

Sep 29, 2016 / 10:40 am
UPDATE: 10:40 a.m. Police are saying little about crime scene tape up in Vernon's Polson Park. "The Vernon RCMP is current examining two scenes at Polson park in relation to an ongoing investigation," said a brief statement from RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. He provided no other...

Arena fixed just in time

Sep 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
The last of the new floor is being installed in Kal Tire Place, just in time for the pre-season NHL Hockeyville game, Sunday. A broken water main in early September flooded the rink, wrecking flooring on the bottom levels of the arena, including the player and referee dressing rooms, player...

Science thrills kids

Sep 28, 2016 / 6:51 pm
A couple hundred Mission Hill kids were ecstatic with Science World's on-the-road science show Wednesday. "This show is called fantastic forces. It's all about forces in motion in the world around us and the science behind them," Charlotte Swanson, an on-the-road facilitator...

Traffic woes at UBCM

Sep 28, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The City of Enderby's council has met Ministry of Transportation officials several times this week in Victoria at the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention, looking to find a solution to their highway congestion problems. Enderby Mayor Greg McCune says the congestion on Highway 97 has...

Woman killed in crash ID'd

Sep 28, 2016 / 3:45 pm
The woman who was killed in a car crash on Highway 97 last week has been identified by the BC Coroners Service. Susan Louise Delrose, a 55-year-old Kamloops woman, was in the back seat of a Honda SUV that was turning left onto Highway 97 from Westside Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. A...

Quadriplegic to skydive

Sep 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm
A woman will be jumping out of an airplane for her first time in 20 years, but this time will be quite a bit different than her first jump. Michelle Britton suffered a stoke in 1999, which left her physically disabled. She has been a quadriplegic since the stroke, but retains the use of her...
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Looking for school bus cash

Sep 28, 2016 / 12:30 pm
School District 83 will apply for additional student transportation money from the province, deciding on the application at Tuesday's school board meeting. If the district receives the $561,925 from the province, they will implement it in several ways, with the goals of decreasing walk...

No taking back guilty plea

Sep 28, 2016 / 11:10 am
Over four years after the incident took place, a Vernon man's attempt at withdrawing his sex assault and forcible confinement guilty pleas for the second time was denied Wednesday morning. The 54-year-old man, whose name is protected under a publication ban to protect the identity of the...

Party, Lumby style

Sep 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby is getting ready to host the hockey world, or at least a small slice of it, this weekend. The small North Okanagan community will host Hockeyville activities all weekend, culminating with an NHL pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and LA Kings at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on Sunday....

Welcome to your home

Sep 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
A measure of relief is at hand for people in need of affordable housing. Barbara Levesque, executive director of the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan/Kootenay Region, said units at the Blair Apartments are ready for tenants. In fact, several have already moved in. Affordable...

Power outage in Vernon

Sep 27, 2016 / 11:27 pm
About 265 homes in Vernon's Canadian Lake View Estates and Adventure Bay are without power tonight. BC Hydro crews are on site and working to determine the cause of the outage, which happened just before 9:30 p.m. It's estimated power will be back on by 12:30 a.m. For a detailed...

Shady spot at Paddlewheel

Sep 27, 2016 / 5:09 pm
People will have a spot in the shade at Paddlewheel Park, thanks to the efforts of several groups and businesses. The picnic pavilion at the Okanagan Landing park is officially open and organizers said the open design is particularly useful in accommodating visitors from local senior’s...

Business leaders to watch

Sep 27, 2016 / 3:55 pm
The second set of recipients in the KPMG Top 20 under 40 include an entrepreneur who has gone into franchising, a lawyer, a veterinarian, a small business owner and an optometrist. The KPMG Top 20 Under 40 recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan who are making their mark...

Water switch in North OK

Sep 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm
The Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant/Kalamalka Lake water source will be shut down Sept. 28, to accommodate replacement of the transformer that supplies power to the station. This planned project is to be completed by Oct. 14. All Greater Vernon Water customers will be switched to the...

Rescue at Bisson Lake

Sep 27, 2016 / 1:45 pm
There was a second rescue in the Okanagan Monday night, this one involving a dirt bike rider. The rescue took place in the Bisson Lake area, about 20 kilometres south of the junction of Highway 6 and Kettle Valley Road. Vernon Search and Rescue, RCMP and BC Ambulance all attended the...

Fighting crime downtown

Sep 27, 2016 / 12:29 pm
Some 25 downtown business owners attended a meeting Monday evening to make the downtown core and their businesses safer from crime. Organizer Lindsay James, of The Scarlet Studio and Artisan Market on 30th Avenue, said the meeting was very informative. Along with downtown businesses,...

Boat launch now open

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:22 am
The boat launch at Vernon's Paddlewheel Park is now open. The launch and beach were closed Sunday afternoon when a partially submerged boat began leaking fuel and oil into the water. The launch remained closed Monday, but according to Vernon Fire Department deputy chief Jack Blair,...

Pushing boundaries

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:22 am
The BC Chamber of Commerce thinks the province should have a role to play when it comes to amalgamation for certain districts. The provincial chamber is concerned about the UBCM’s resolution to oppose any provincial government involvement in cases of local government...

Get up and get walking

Sep 27, 2016 / 9:44 am
Civic leaders want kids to get a little exercise on the way to school next month. The City of Vernon will be celebrating International Walk to School Month (i-Walk) in October. During i-Walk Month, the city is partnering with three elementary schools: Ellison on Wednesday, Oct. 12; Harwood on...

UBCM worth attending

Sep 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
The mayor, four councillors and two city administrators are attending the Union of BC Municipalities conference this week. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund said that is only one more than last year and it is well worth the expense of attending. City officials will be meeting with four provincial...

Hunt for booze bandits

Sep 26, 2016 / 5:06 pm
The owners of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery are hoping someone can help identify some booze bandits. They busted into the Vernon distillery Saturday morning, stealing a collection of spirits and causing thousands of dollars in damage. The pair of culprits arrived at the distillery in a...

Ongoing Stickle pickle

Sep 26, 2016 / 4:46 pm
It's a controversial subject that just won't go away. What to do with Stickle Road has been a subject of debate for years. While many residents called for a light where the road comes to Highway 97, the idea was rejected by the Ministry of Transportation. Eventually, the ministry...

Casino should ante up

Sep 26, 2016 / 3:52 pm
One Vernon councillor is wondering if the city is getting short-changed by the local casino. During Monday's regular council meeting, Bob Spiers suggested the city could get $1.5 million more than it currently does if it received 10 per cent of the gross, rather than the current 10 per cent...

Everything, plus kitchen sink

Sep 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm
A section of the Shuswap River is much cleaner thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers. More than 30 people took part in the River Clean Up Day in Enderby Sunday. The Shuswap River is popular with tourists and locals alike who float down its gentle current in the hot summer...

Patriotic volunteers sought

Sep 26, 2016 / 12:30 pm
The Canada Day Society is looking for some patriotic volunteers. Canada will turn 150 on July 1, 2017 and organizers are looking for help to put on a celebration. A meeting will be held at the People Place, 3402 27 Ave., Tuesday, Sept. 27th, at 7 p.m. for those interested. The 2016 Canada...

Who owns capsized boat?

Sep 26, 2016 / 12:16 pm
The Paddlewheel Park boat launch remains closed Monday as officials figure out how to remove a capsized boat. Firefighters and police were called to Okanagan Landing park Sunday afternoon when someone noticed the boat was leaking fuel. Fire crews set up booms around the spill to contain as...

Game tickets unclaimed

Sep 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
There are still hundreds of unclaimed Hockeyville tickets waiting to be picked up. Lumby was awarded the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville title earlier this year, and along with $100,000 to renovate the Pat Duke Memorial Arena, Lumby also won the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game. The Edmonton...

Fuel spill fouls beach

Sep 25, 2016 / 3:00 pm
The stench of oil and gasoline wafted over Paddlewheel Park Sunday afternoon after a partially capsized boat began leaking hazardous fuels. Bob Montguire, with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, was heading out onto Okanagan Lake from the Vernon Yacht Club with his partner at around 1...

Giving back to community

Sep 25, 2016 / 7:00 am
A new business in Vernon is looking to give back to the community, donating a portion of their profits to the Women's Transition House. Next week, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1, The Beauty Bar, a local salon, will be donating 10 per cent of sales to the transition house, a shelter and service...

Water woes on UBCM plan

Sep 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Janice Brown, mayor of Spallumcheen, will head to Victoria Monday for the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention with the Hullcar aquifer on her mind. The drinking water from the Hullcar aquifer has had elevated level of nitrates in it for years, prompting a drinking water advisory from...

Guilty verdict in murder

Sep 24, 2016 / 7:00 am
UPDATE: 7 a.m. A jury has found Howard Krewson guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Linda Ross. The jury came back with its verdict Friday afternoon, following a two-week trial before Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole. Ross, a Vernon teacher, was shot at her Trinity Valley home in...

Stickle still in a pickle

Sep 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
Naturalists are fighting to save a North Vernon wetland from the proposed extension of 20th Street to Stickle Road. The Stickle pickle continues to be the talk of the town, with sides drawn over the merits of a traffic light versus the province's preferred option of the 20th Street...

Where to skateboard?

Sep 23, 2016 / 1:41 pm
The debate around skateboards on Vernon streets and sidewalks continued this week, with the city holding a discussion forum on the issue on Sept. 19. Sixteen people with varying perspectives attended the forum, including those representing the Downtown Vernon Association, the Sustainable...

Museum vandalized again

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:00 pm
For the second time this month, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives have dealt with vandalism. Rocks thrown through two of the museum's doors set off alarm bells at the museum at about 7 a.m. Friday morning. Despite the smashed windows, Tracy Satin, museum director, said nothing in the...

More free car charging

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:11 am
BC Hydro's final electric vehicle charging station was officially unveiled in Vernon Friday morning, the 30th station the utility has installed throughout the province. The electric vehicle charging station, located near the Greyhound Station on 31st Avenue, isn't the first charging...

Soup for Third World

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:51 am
The North Okanagan Gleaners are busy turning Okanagan produce into soup for the hungry. "We do this because there is so much hunger in the world, so much need and we have so much surplus here in Canada," Harold Sellers, General Manager with the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners...

More beds to fight addiction

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:14 pm
The Round Lake Treatment Centre will be getting bigger. The centre, which serves the North Okanagan area, will have six new aboriginal-support recovery beds in Armstrong. Interior Health (IH) announced that five contracts have been awarded for the creation of 26 additional support recovery...

Going to the big game?

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:30 pm
The list of winners has been posted on Facebook. And the winners are... The lucky fans who have won tickets to the practice and pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings will be announced in Facebook later today. The NHL contest will be played at Kal Tire Place...

Busy UBCM for Enderby

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:05 pm
It's going to be a busy week for members of Enderby council. The Union of B.C. Municipalities conference starts Monday and Mayor Greg McCune said he and the five councillors in attendance have 19 meetings set up over five days. That's on top of regular conference events. McCune...
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