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Fire relocates welfare office

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's business as usual for the Vernon office of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. The building the North Okanagan office operated out of was gutted by fire Tuesday evening leaving many wondering where they can pick up their cheques and make enquiries. According to...

Racers ready to shred

Jul 2, 2015 / 6:41 pm

Elite mountain bike racers will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money at Silver Star Mountain Resort this weekend. The BC Cup Downhill Series Race takes place Saturday and Sunday. Close to 250 racers are expected on the mountain. “The Silver Star race is definitely one I look...

Fire cause undetermined

Jul 2, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Fire officials are still looking into what caused a massive blaze that destroyed a single-storey building in Vernon Tuesday. The 48th Avenue structure was gutted and partially collapsed by the fire that destroyed social services offices and the office of surgeon Dr. Mike Motyer who operated...

Cyclist hit by truck

Jul 2, 2015 / 10:21 am

A cyclist was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Thursday morning with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a truck. The accident happened at 6:20 a.m. on 25th Avenue, at the intersection of 35th Street. Police said the unidentified woman was crossing 25th Avenue southbound at an...

Hay barn up in flames

Jul 1, 2015 / 8:34 pm

A hay barn erupted in flames in Armstrong, Wednesday evening. The fire started about 6:30 p.m. on Knob Hill Road, near the Hulcar Hall, according to neighbours. There is no word on the cause of the fire or any injuries. However, wet or recently harvested hay can spontaneously combust due to...

Super sounds all summer

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Downtown Vernon is set to host another season of free summer entertainment. “Our free summer music events really bring a fun energy and atmosphere to downtown Vernon. It’s the perfect excuse to relax, grab a bite to eat and enjoy summer with friends and family.” says Hailey...

Flag replaces tree

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:00 pm

When Vernon’s Canterbury Court Seniors Residence had to remove a majestic maple tree in front of the building because it was causing problems with underground services, several residents were upset over the loss. But the replacement for the tree had them singing loudly Tuesday. A day...


Accident closes highway

Jul 1, 2015 / 3:59 pm

UPDATED: 5:10 P.M. DriveBC has confirmed the highway is now open in both directions. ORIGINAL: 3:59 P.M. Highway 97 is closed this afternoon at the junction at Highway 97A and Highway 97B near Enderby due to a vehicle accident. Flaggers are at the scene detouring traffic to the...

Polson Park celebration

Jul 1, 2015 / 2:14 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Polson Park was the place to celebrate Canada's 148th birthday in...

Comfort among the ashes

Jul 1, 2015 / 11:53 am

Dr. Mike Motyer and his wife, Laura, are amazed at how caring their new community is. Mike is a surgeon and the couple moved to Vernon 18 months ago when they opened North Okanagan Foot and Ankle with satellite offices in Kelowna, Kamloops and Salmon Arm. But on Tuesday, disaster struck and...

Door-to-door scammer

Jul 1, 2015 / 10:02 am

Vernon RCMP are warning the general public about a man who is going door-to-door, attempting to solicit money from homeowners. Over the past three days, the man has been going throughout the area from 48th Avenue to 30th Avenue in Vernon. “He has primarily been targeting elderly...

Major blaze in Vernon

Jun 30, 2015 / 7:37 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh A massive fire gutted a building in the north end of Vernon Tuesday evening, sending thick, black...

Body found, friend missing

Jun 30, 2015 / 7:22 pm

UPDATE 7 P.M. RCMP in Vernon have now determined that the death of a man whose body was found in Kalamalka Lake over the weekend is not suspicious. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Shane Letkeman, a resident of Lethbridge, Alta.. Curtis Wilson is still missing and the family...

Kal Lake victim identified

Jun 30, 2015 / 4:27 pm

RCMP in Vernon say the death of a man whose body was found in Kalamalka Lake over the weekend was not suspicious. The victim, now identified as 32-year-old Shane Letkeman, a resident of Lethbridge, Alta., was found in the lake Sunday afternoon. Police received a call shortly before 2:30 p.m....

Crops hammered by hail

Jun 30, 2015 / 4:19 pm

Mother Nature did some selective damage in the North Okanagan Monday. When a late-evening storm ripped through the region, some orchards were clobbered by hail while others were unscathed. Glen Lucas, B.C. Fruit Growers Association general manager, said some orchards in Coldstream were...

Crash victims identified

Jun 30, 2015 / 12:39 pm

A new father and a newly engaged man were the two victims in a dirt bike crash in Vernon, Sunday. James Folden, 23, lived in Lumby and Trinity Bright, 24, originally from Cherryville, most recently lived in Canmore, Alta. The two men crashed their dirt bike into a parked utility trailer while...

Storm knocks out power

Jun 30, 2015 / 8:32 am

UPDATE 8:30 A.M. More than 1,800 customers are still without power Tuesday morning after a wind storm knocked down trees and knocked out power Monday evening. A total of 30 different outages are reported across the Okanagan-Kootenay region affecting 1,809 customers. Of those, more than 800...

Wine and dine at The Star

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:00 am

The third annual Silver Star Summer Wine and Food Festival will bring a multitude of opportunities to experience the best of the Okanagan in a three-day feast for the senses, August 7 – 9. The main event is the popular Mile High Wine and Music presented by Valley First - an Okanagan Wine...

Hanging out over Lumby

Jun 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Hang gliding pilots from around the world are soaring through the skies above Lumby this week. The Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships run through July 4 and include some of the best pilots in the game. Randy Rauck, who helps organize the event and is a hang glider himself, said...

SUV torched

Jun 29, 2015 / 3:27 pm

L&A Crossroad was blocked by police Monday as they searched for a suspected car thief. Initially, Armstrong Fire Rescue was called to a report of a vehicle fire just over the Spallumcheen-Vernon boundary, about 11:30 a.m. When crews arrived, they found an SUV fully engulfed in flames....
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