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Wading in on Shuswap

Feb 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

There will be more public consultation on the controversial topic of whether or not boating should be controlled along the Shuswap River. A public meeting is...

Sledding for a cause

Feb 23, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Snowmobilers will be hitting the hills and raising funds this weekend. The inaugural Sled for Eternity BC takes place at the Soveriegn Lake snowmobile area...

O'Toole coming to town

Feb 23, 2017 / 2:28 pm

A high-level politician is bringing the Conservative leadership show to the Okanagan. Erin O'Toole will be meeting with people March 4 at the Vernon Golf...

Battle over tainted water

Feb 23, 2017 / 1:57 pm

The nitrate-laden water issue in Spallumcheen's Hullcar Valley is a longterm challenge that the province is trying to fix, according to Environment Minister...

Dust in the air - again

Feb 23, 2017 / 12:55 pm

The snow may be gone, but the dust is back. The Ministry of Environment, along with Interior Health, has issued a dust advisory for Vernon due to high...

Two for the price of one

Feb 23, 2017 / 12:38 pm

Cross country ski enthusiasts can get two for the price of one this weekend. Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort share one of North...

On a mission

Feb 23, 2017 / 11:57 am

It all came into perspective with two simple words: mi casa. The travel, expense, hard work, blowing sand and sweat became secondary to seeing the look of pure...

Cash for movies

Feb 23, 2017 / 11:25 am

With more movies slated to be made in the region this year, the North Okanagan Regional District board of directors is handing over $33,000 to the Okanagan Film...

Chimney fire in the BX

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:11 am

Householders are being reminded to clean those chimneys following a fire at a house on Briggs Road in Vernon's BX neighbourhood Wednesday night. Fire crews...

Boosting aboriginal grads

Feb 23, 2017 / 10:05 am

School District 22 is making efforts to boost the number of aboriginal graduates after a fall in the numbers. One way is through the district's popular...

Cops: Are you missing cash?

Feb 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

If you're missing some cash, North Okanagan RCMP may have it. Police in Armstrong report that in the early evening of Feb. 4, some money was found in the...

Where's the cash?

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:50 am

Vernon's mayor has some concerns that older sports facilities in the Greater Vernon area are being ignored. While Vernon director Akbal Mund voted in favour...

Falling through the cracks

Feb 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

It's a service for youth and young adults who have no services, those who've fallen through the cracks but need help with mental health and substance...

Exercise for healthy aging

Feb 22, 2017 / 7:30 pm

We've heard it before, a UBC researcher is urging all of us to ensure exercise is a daily habit. Regardless of disease and disability, Professor Gareth...

Don't bully me

Feb 22, 2017 / 3:18 pm

Bullied in school, Vernon's Samantha Sewell takes her anti-bullying message on the road these days. Standing before a bright pink wall in the Village Green...

Here comes the fun

Feb 22, 2017 / 2:10 pm

It's all about kids in Lake Country on Saturday. The second annual Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival is being hosted at the Lake Country...

Arrested after Westside flight

Feb 22, 2017 / 11:37 am

Police dogs, helicopter air support and RCMP at either end of Westside Road led to the capture and arrest of two men who fled from a Vernon RCMP officer...

Armstrong crash closed hwy

Feb 22, 2017 / 11:09 am

A two-vehicle collision by the train crossing at Highway 97 and Grandview Flats Road in Armstrong closed the highway for some time last night. At approximately...

Police release crash details

Feb 22, 2017 / 10:36 am

Vernon RCMP have released some details about a serious two-vehicle collision on Highway 6 at Pottery Road early Tuesday morning. Just before 5:30 a.m., a 2006...

Poop tests for local streams

Feb 22, 2017 / 7:58 am

Scientists are lending a hand in the City of Vernon's effort to improve water quality in local streams and beaches around Okanagan Lake. The announcement...

Kindness week in pink

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

It's not only Pink Shirt Day at Kalamalka Secondary in Coldstream, it is Kindness Week – an effort to counter the effects of bullying. A safe schools...

Hwy 97 now open

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:27 pm

UPDATE 8:35 P.M. DriveBC is reporting the highway is now open. Highway 97 north of Vernon is closed due to an accident. DriveBC is reporting the road is closed...

Injury accident in Lavington

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:16 pm

Castanet has been told one person was taken to hospital with serious injuries following an accident on Highway 6. The collision occurred in Lavington Tuesday...

Future firefighter rewarded

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm

A young North Westside firefighter has been awarded an inaugural scholarship for his work and contributions to the community. At the age of 16, Nicolaas...

Lab holds up crash probe

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:13 pm

A backup at a laboratory used by the North Okanagan RCMP and other detachments is holding up an investigation into a fatal crash on Highway 6 that occurred...

Lots of choices on ballots

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:22 pm

There are plenty of choices for the leadership of the Okanagan Indian Band. The OKIB will holding its elections March 29. There are 33 people running for 10...

Farm sorry for Spall spill

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:57 pm

The manager of a farm in Spallumcheen where a sewage lagoon breached its banks last Thursday has apologized for the incident and said remedial action was taken...

Preparing for pot shops

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:15 am

The City of Enderby plans to continue to deny business licences to marijuana shops as long as the drug remains illegal under the Criminal Code – but staff...

Splatsin, SilverStar MOU

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:03 am

The Splatsin First Nation and SilverStar Mountain Resort have signed an memorandum of understanding to work to protect and enhance cultural resources on the...

Major crash at Hwy 6

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:40 am

Emergency crews responded to a head-on crash Tuesday morning. There's no word yet on injuries, but the collision at Highway 6 and Pottery Road at 5:30 a.m....

GoFund track lawyers

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Equestrian Society is racing to raise cash for its court battle against the City of Vernon over Kin Race Track. A ten-day hearing begins in a New...

Sledders focus on family

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Lumby-Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association will be hosting it’s annual club appreciation day next weekend. Safety demonstrations and lessons will be...

Inventor opens workshop

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:40 pm

An inventor is opening his workshop in Vernon to those who like to tinker with machines and tools and are fascinated by electricity. 'A Morning with an...

A weird B&E

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

Two Vernon businesses and a residence have been hit by burglars recently, and police have video of one culprit involved in the strangest theft of all. On Feb....

Suffering after hit by car

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:17 pm

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. The mother of a teenage boy who was one of two hit by a car in Armstrong last week is questioning why the incident happened and says her son...

Ice blamed for crashes

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:25 pm

Icy roads are being partially blamed for two weekend crashes on Highway 97a in the North Okanagan, although drivers are being urged to slow down. On Sunday...

Mailbox thefts rife

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Coldstream has been hit by a series of mailbox thefts which follow a similar to pattern to a series of thefts in Vernon in January. On Feb. 13th, Canada Post...

Cops probe school alert

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:09 am

North Okanagan RCMP are looking for a man who reportedly approached a ten-year-old boy from Armstrong Elementary after classes last Thursday and offered him a...

Vipers get set for playoffs

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:39 am

The Vernon Vipers are getting set for playoff hockey. Action will begin Friday, Mar. 17 and Saturday, Mar. 18 at Kal Tire Place. “The Vipers will have to...

Walk for Alzheimer's

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Teams are being sought for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's in Vernon this spring. The event is Canada's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's...

Countryside too noisy

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

A group in Lavington is urging Coldstream council to “take the noise issue seriously” and implement a progressive bylaw. “Noise is a definite...

Sold out in 1 hour

Feb 19, 2017 / 1:33 pm

It's the hottest ticket in town. Tickets for the popular Bollywood Bang charity event in Vernon sold out in just over one hour last week, according to...

Crash sends 1 to hospital

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:40 pm

A two vehicle crash at 32nd Street and 39 Avenue sent one person to hospital for observation Sunday, said an RCMP officer at the scene. The bumper from one car...

Crash north of Grindrod

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:20 am

UPDATE: 9:20 a.m. Power to 231 BC Hydro customers in the Grindrod area was restored Sunday morning after being out all night following a motor vehicle accident...

Armstrong Elementary alert

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:14 am

Parents with children at Armstrong Elementary are being warned that a student was approached by a man last Thursday, asking if the child wanted a ride. A safety...

An explosive request

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A North Okanagan resident says she wants local governments to consider a bylaw with some explosive repercussions. Coldstream resident Suzanne Bell is asking...

Spill worries Spall

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:59 pm

A sewage lagoon breach on a dairy farm on Salmon River Road has concerned already frustrated Spallumcheen residents in the Hullcar Valley living with a tainted...

Pregnancy discrimination?

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:30 am

A Vernon woman says the owner of The Squires Four Public House mistreated and discriminated against her while she worked there, due to her pregnancy. Haylee...

Robbery sparked gun battle

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A shootout that shocked Vernon was triggered by an attempted armed robbery, B.C. Supreme Court heard this week. Jacob Lowes, one of three men charged in the...

New charge for Schneider

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:37 pm

The man accused in the murder of a Japanese student in Vancouver has also been charged in a sexual assault in Vernon. The sex crime related to the new charge...

Tory contender visits

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:05 pm

Conservative leadership hopeful Lisa Raitt made a stop Friday in Vernon. Raitt is one of 14 people vying to lead the federal Conservative Party. She spoke at...

From 50 km/h to 30 km/h?

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Is 50 km/h too fast? Residents on a quiet Coldstream street want the speed limit dropped to 30 km/h. Robb and Sara Thompson say there seems to be little regard...

Car crashes into motel

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:27 am

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. Emergency officials say a car ran a stop sign, ricocheted off an SUV and slammed into a motel Friday morning. "He ended up going right...

Hemp treats to Middle Earth

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:42 am

Dogs in New Zealand are about to get a taste of the North Okanagan. True Leaf Pet, a Vernon-based company that manufactures hemp dog treats, has entered into an...

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