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Cleanup, possible charges

Nov 25, 2015 / 1:36 pm
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. Coldstream Elementary School and District of Coldstream municipal office are expected to reopen Thursday morning after work to clean up a significant spill of unleaded gasoline, according to a news release from the district. Kalamalka Road was expected to open to traffic at...

More money for refugees

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:10 pm
The October federal election gave a boost to an Armstrong group seeking to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan – and not just because of the change in government. The Pleasant Valley Secondary School Leadership Class and Adrenaline Dance Team teamed up to raise $1,300 by...

Vernon man missing

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:08 pm
Vernon RCMP is asking for public help in finding a missing man in need of medical attention. On Nov. 19, Fraser Gerrard left a medical facility in Vernon without completing his treatment. “Police are concerned for his safety and are requesting the public's assistance in locating...

Missing Mexicans found

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:54 am
Four Mexican migrant farm workers missing from the Okanagan since the summer have been found, but police refuse to say where. The men were reported missing on June 26 by the owner of the farm where they were employed after they failed to return to work, however, police are not saying where or...

Advance poll Wednesday

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:30 am
UPDATE: 9:28 a.m. The District of Coldstream municipal office is closed due to a nearby gas spill. Voters are asked to attend two other voting locations below. Greater Vernon residents will have one more opportunity to beat the referendum rush by casting their ballot at an advance poll...

Gas spill closes school

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:01 am
UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. A gas spill at the Centex station on Kalamalka Lake Road has closed the Coldstream municipal hall as well as Coldstream Elementary School and an adjacent daycare. Kalamalka Lake Road is closed in both directions. District CAO Trevor Seibel says the municipality has been...

More cash for firehall

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
Armstrong city council has added an additional $75,000 to this year's budget for firehall renovations. The money, taken from surplus funds of previous years, will be added to the $700,000 already earmarked for the work, said Mayor Chris Pieper. “We budgeted pretty close, but we...

Who took $50,000?

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan RCMP continue to investigate a break and enter at Interior Savings Credit Union's Vernon branch on Sept. 24 that netted a thief $50,000. An unknown male broke into the drive-thru ATM of the building on 32nd Street during the nighttime hours and fled with the money. Const....

Coldstream's future

Nov 24, 2015 / 7:25 pm
Coldstream's official community plan is almost ready for the public eye. The district's website says a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7. “We've been getting it ready to go out in its final draft,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, following Monday's...

38th annual food drive

Nov 24, 2015 / 4:30 pm
It is time to stock the shelves of food banks in Vernon, Enderby and Armstrong. Vernon and area realtors will be going door-to-door collecting for the 38th annual food drive on Wednesday, Dec. 2, starting at 5 p.m. Residents in Vernon and Coldstream are being asked to donate non-perishable...

Armstrong school safety

Nov 24, 2015 / 3:50 pm
Some concerns over traffic safety outside Armstrong Elementary on Pleasant Valley Road have been rectified. Concrete barriers have been installed on city property next to the 90-year-old school to stop vehicles using the space as an extra parking lot said Mayor Chris Pieper. “It should...

Careful on the roads

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:09 pm
North Okanagan RCMP are warning drivers to be careful on the roads as temperatures drop Tuesday afternoon. “The roads are slushy, it's supposed to go to -7 C tonight and if that happens, with so much water on them, I suspect we'll see quite a few accidents,” said Const....

Call cops, witnesses told

Nov 24, 2015 / 11:30 am
RCMP are urging the public to call when they witness a crime, no matter how small. “Any sort of incidents,” says Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “If you see people breaking into cars, we get a lot of vandalism that people saw and no one told us about. Anything like...

More police wanted

Nov 24, 2015 / 7:50 am
While the furor over panhandlers in the downtown core seems to have died down, some civic officials agree there is a need for more police in the city centre. Panhandling has been a hot topic for the past few weeks after a local food vendor claimed he was harassed by a street person. Coun....

'Snow' way to practice

Nov 23, 2015 / 7:30 pm
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow - you get the idea. And no, these are not a merry band of hopeful postal workers but members of TOFL girls under 17 soccer team. The girls are taking part in a tournament this weekend in Seattle and figured a little wet snow wouldn't deter them from getting...

City officials talk refugees

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:58 pm
City of Vernon officials have been approached by the provincial government about housing refugees from the Middle East. Mayor Akbal Mund said provincial officials called a week and a half ago to say refugees may be coming to the area. “I did say I was concerned about housing,”...

Group urges yes vote

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:31 pm
User groups, some businesses and a big name have come forward in favour of a new arena in Vernon. At a news conference at Kal Tire Place Monday, representatives of Greater Vernon Minor Hockey, the Vernon Figure Skating Club, the Vernon Ringette Association and the Vortex Speedskating Club urged...

Marina at council again

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:22 pm
Vernon's mayor is wondering why city council is once again dealing with a proposal for a marina in the Outback. The matter was before council 11 years ago and it was rejected then, so Akbal Mund questions why it is before city officials again. The Outback is a collection of some 161 units...

New Coldstream trail started

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:00 pm
Construction of the Kal Crystal Waters trail is underway. A contractor began working on the first section, which connects Lakeview Drive in Coldstream to the Kal Lake lookout, last Thursday said Bob Fleming, electoral area B director. “We received the permit in October after a lengthy...

Refugee plan proceeding

Nov 23, 2015 / 11:49 am
While a debate rages in many parts of the world over accepting refugees from the Middle East, the only discussion in Armstrong is how soon can they get here. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, some people expressed concern about taking refugees into their country or...

Serious injuries in collision

Nov 23, 2015 / 11:09 am
Alcohol has not been ruled out in an accident near Tappen that shut down Highway 1 Saturday and sent one person to hospital. Salmon Arm Staff Sgt. Scott West said the preliminary investigation and witness accounts “have lead police to believe an off-road motorcycle attempted to cross the...

Mixed opinions on market

Nov 23, 2015 / 10:41 am
A survey of downtown businesses has shown the majority do not participate in the Downtown Vernon Association Avenue Market on Friday evenings. According to the survey, 73 per cent of businesses do not participate, nine per cent occasionally take part and 18 per cent always take part. The...

Doctors clinic to close

Nov 23, 2015 / 10:23 am
A doctors' clinic in Vernon is closing due to a failure to find enough physicians to cover the necessary shifts, according to a spokesperson who did not want to be identified. The Vernon Family Doctors' walk-in clinic at the Fruit Union Plaza on Highway 6 has given public notice it will...

Minivan T-bones truck

Nov 23, 2015 / 8:07 am
A two-vehicle collision closed 41st Street in Vernon Monday morning, causing a headache for commuters. The accident near the corner of 41st Street and 27th Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. saw a dark Toyota minivan T-bone a blue Dodge Ram. Witnesses say light snow was melting in the area and the...

Prepping for refugees

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
Groups in the North Okanagan have banded together, ready to support Syrian and other refugees who may arrive in the region over the coming months. The Liberal government has pledged to take 25,000 Syrians out of refugee camps, possibly from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, and airlift them to Canada...

Auction a dream come true

Nov 22, 2015 / 5:03 pm
The Kalamalka Rotary Club's Dream Auction raised more than $204,000 Saturday, making it one of the most successful events ever. “Wow. This year we had over $266,000 donated to the Dream Auction – an all-time record for donations as we celebrate the 31st Dream Auction,” said...

Calendar cash

Nov 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
Staff at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives are hoping to raise some extra cash with the 2016 Then & Now calendars. Proceeds directly support the museum and its programs. The 12-month calendars are available now and display some of the changes that have taken place over the years in...

Arnold eyes Adams River

Nov 20, 2015 / 3:21 pm
The Adams River's wild salmon stock will be one of Mel Arnold's local priorities as the Conservatives' deputy critic for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. The North Okanagan Shuswap MP will work with Chilliwack Hope MP Mark Strahl, who will take the critic's role...

Light a bulbs twinkling

Nov 20, 2015 / 12:24 pm
Some of the Christmas lights on the roof of Vernon Jubilee Hospital are already twinkling. The VJH Foundation says $29,318 has been raised since launching the annual Light a Bulb campaign Nov. 12. “Service clubs, community groups, businesses and individuals have all stepped up...

New office after fire

Nov 20, 2015 / 11:35 am
The Vernon office of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development has a new home. Following a fire last summer, the office will open at its new location, 2820 28 St., near the library, on Nov. 30, according to Corrina Filion, a ministry spokesperson. The old office on 48th Avenue was gutted by a...

One final push

Nov 20, 2015 / 11:01 am
A final effort to get out the yes vote for a new arena in Vernon will be made next Monday. An advocacy association, representing groups that use the old Civic arena, will be holding a news conference to press its case. The heads of the Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association, Vernon Figure...

Arrest after vehicle rampage

Nov 20, 2015 / 9:50 am
RCMP have arrested a 53-year-old Vernon man in connection with a vehicle rampage on streets at the foot of Middleton Mountain Wednesday afternoon. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police officers headed to the scene after reports of a pickup "driving erratically" on the 1700 block of...

Mayor talks panhandlers

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon's mayor is not sure the downtown panhandlers situation is really that bad. Akbal Mund said he has only received a handful of emails about the issue, far less than he has received in the Stickle Road situation and the Outback marina proposal. “That's (marina) the one we...

More time for leaves

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
If you have a big garden, there's some good news from the North Okanagan Regional District. The board of directors has approved, in principle, free yard waste drop off year round at both the Vernon and Armstrong-Spallumcheen recycling and disposal facilities, according to chair Rick...

Mayor back in court

Nov 19, 2015 / 4:36 pm
Vernon's mayor could possibly be in court again next month. Akbal Singh Mund is facing two charges of failure to comply with the income tax act and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 17. His lawyer made a brief appearance on Mund's behalf Thursday and the matter was put over for...

Affordable housing coming

Nov 19, 2015 / 3:21 pm
Some much-needed affordable housing will soon be available in Vernon. Renovations are underway at the former Journey Inn Motel on 28th Avenue, according to Barb Levesque, executive director of the John Howard Society, and more people will be moving in over the next few months. The motel was...

Vehicle rampage

Nov 19, 2015 / 1:03 pm
Two witnesses have described a vehicle rampage on Kosmina Road and Middleton Way around 4 p.m. Wednesday. One man said children were in danger. Jason Spencer, operations manager at Central Tarp Ltd., said six or seven employees from nearby businesses hid behind cars as a man in a blue GMC...

Busy block closed over leak

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:59 am
A busy block in downtown Vernon is closed to traffic today. Staff said a sewer failure on 32nd Avenue forced the closure in front of the post office while a crew makes repairs. The road should reopen by the end of the day, said a city spokesperson.

Xmas magic after vandalism

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:02 am
RCMP report a group of youths caused extensive damage to a holiday display at Vernon Teach and Learn on 30th Avenue, Sunday night. Surveillance video shows two males and two females causing the damage about 9 p.m. One of the males had a distinctive striped bag slung across his...

Arena votes, first poll

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:51 am
Just over 1,100 people in the Greater Vernon area took advantage of an advance poll Wednesday in the referendum on a possible new arena. Voters are being asked whether or not $13.25 million should be borrowed to pay for a second sheet of ice by Kal Tire Place. It would replace the crumbling...
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