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Enderby mayor sees growth

Jun 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Enderby Mayor Greg McCune is excited by a spike in growth in the city. A number of development applications for homes and businesses came before council this week. “The exciting part is that people are seeing Enderby as attractive,” said McCune. “We're going in the right...

Hwy 6 logging truck crash

Jun 24, 2016 / 4:28 pm
UPDATE 4:38 P.M. Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after their car veered in front of a logging truck on Highway 6, just past Coldstream Ranch on the way to Lavington. “A four-door sedan heading eastbound veered to the right shoulder, braked hard and then veered...

Stuck on Stickle

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm
A traffic signal at Highway 97 and the notorious Stickle Road, north of Vernon, appears to be the preferred option among members of the public despite efforts to find a different solution, according to a transportation ministry spokesperson. However the ministry is still going through the...

Rain delays tournament

Jun 24, 2016 / 1:59 pm
Heavy rain has forced the closure of the ball diamonds on the DND grounds south of Vernon. Soccer fields remain open. The closure delays the start of the Vernon co-ed slo-pitch league playoffs which were slated to start Friday evening. Organizers hope to reschedule those games for Saturday...

'Urgent' medical need

Jun 24, 2016 / 12:09 pm
A list of the most urgently needed medical equipment for Vernon Jubilee Hospital and residential care facilities in the North Okanagan has been supplied by the VJH Foundation – following a meeting of the board of directors and consultations with Interior Health and medical staff. The 33...

Love letters soldier on

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:30 am
As Cathy Gaetz-Brothen opened the box to show her book club the hundreds of love letters her father had written her mother during the war, she recalls several people recoiling. Nestled alongside what may be the largest surviving collection of Second World War correspondence from a Canadian army...

Smoke overcomes driver

Jun 23, 2016 / 2:38 pm
Vernon firefighters put out a burning vehicle Thursday afternoon while others treated a driver overcome by smoke. The drama took place on 20A Street on East Hill, between 30th and 32 avenues, just after 2 p.m. The crew arrived to find heavy smoke spewing from under the hood of a white Dodge...


Time to pay the piper

Jun 23, 2016 / 1:43 pm
It's time to pay up. The City of Vernon is reminding property owners that property taxes are due on July 4. Late payment of taxes will result in a ten per cent penalty. In the event of a Canada Post strike or lockout, property owners are also responsible for ensuring payment is received...

Big changes for district

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:00 am
Public consultations will begin in the autumn over whether or not to replace or expand a number of schools within the Vernon school district, including Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby. As well, some students may face moving to other schools by September, 2017 due to recommended boundary...

Free ride to fireworks

Jun 23, 2016 / 10:12 am
People wanting to take in the Craftsman Collision Canada Day fire works can sit back and let someone else do the driving. A free shuttle service to and from Kal Beach – where the festive explosions will happen – will run from 8-11:30 p.m. Pick up will happen roughly every 30...

Doctors for Enderby

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new family physician should be in Enderby before the end of August and another should be in place sometime early next year, according to Interior Health. “We are really desperate,” said Coun. Brian Schreiner, who added the community had four or five doctors at one point but they...

Funtastic preparations

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The organizers of the Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival are busy with last minute business ahead of the big Canada Day long weekend event – and it will be packed. “We have more than 200 teams. That's the most Funtastic has had in a very long time,” says Tony...

Silver Star tests evac route

Jun 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm
Silver Star Mountain Resort was evacuated Tuesday evening, but it was a pre-planned exercise. The test evacuation was part of an open house that featured the resort's fire hall and emergency equipment. Silver Star Fire Rescue firefighter Brad Baker said five stations were set up inside...

We're safe, come visit

Jun 22, 2016 / 12:41 pm
The Downtown Vernon Association is urging residents to shop local and shop downtown, stressing it is safe to be on the city's main street. The message follows an estimated 40 recent telephone calls to the DVA, mainly complaints from businesses, after a newspaper report quoting one merchant...

Dumpster fire at VSS

Jun 22, 2016 / 12:05 pm
A custodian at Vernon Secondary School played the role of firefighter Tuesday morning. The custodian noticed smoke coming from a dumpster and proceeded to put out the fire. Vernon Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Jack Blair said the dumpster was a distance from the school and there was no...

Roads closed for triathlon

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:46 am
Children from throughout the region will be putting their athletic prowess to the test during the Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine Kids of Steel Triathlon this Saturday. The event starts at Kin Beach with a swim of varying lengths depending on the age of the athletes, who range age six and...

Road work on 31st Street

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:10 am
Crews from Postill Nixon Earthworks will be installing sanitary and storm service on 31 Street between 29 and 30 avenues from June 23-30. Road closures may be in effect during construction. Motorists are encouraged to obey signs and flaggers, or choose alternate routes for travel.

Mayor camps for a cause

Jun 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will be camping and fasting for a cause this weekend. Acton, who raised $4,499 for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre (WCRC) last year, is hoping to repeat that effort. “I'll be spending time on the pullout on the right hand side of the highway,”...

No sun, lots of people

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:13 pm
Vernon's Sunshine Festival last Saturday attracted approximately 10,000 people to the city's main street, according to the Downtown Vernon Association. Although it poured in mid-afternoon, organizers say the rain held off for much of the day allowing young and old to listen to live music...

Murder charge dropped

Jun 21, 2016 / 2:21 pm
A 19-year-old Vernon man will not be facing murder charges in the death of a man in Polson Park last year. Brandon Wellington was one of three suspects charged with the second-degree murder of 42-year-old Jason Hardy. Dan McLaughlin, communication counsel with the criminal justice branch,...

Coping with panhandlers

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:41 pm
Until recently, panhandling hasn't been much of an issue in the Village of Lumby, according to the mayor, but times are changing. “There has been a little bit more if it,” admitted Mayor Kevin Acton. “People have been assertive and have been scaring people. “There...

Rising from the ashes

Jun 21, 2016 / 10:32 am
An online auction is being organized to help a Lumby family who lost everything in a house fire on June 9. The fire left the Ross family and a grandfather living in the basement suite of the house on Derry Lane “with nothing but the clothes on their back,” says Chauncey Jade, one of...

Going after dumpers

Jun 21, 2016 / 9:58 am
The City of Enderby is hoping a combination of stiff fines and rewards will stop illegal dumping in the area. A report to council states the dumping poses health, safety, environmental and economic threats to the area. “It's happening everywhere,” said Mayor Greg McCune, who...

More court for speedway

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
The developers of a housing community near the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park near Vernon are heading back to court, possibly hoping to close down the raceway for good. According to a notice of appeal filed with the B.C. Court of Appeal in mid-May, the Lawrence Heights developers are asking...

Back on the radar

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for Vernon Regional Airport are being thrown open to the public once again. Residents and business owners are invited to a third and final public open house which will be held at the Lakers Clubhouse (7000 Cummins Road) on Wednesday, July 6, from 5-7 p.m. During the session, City of...

Tips on fighting wildfires

Jun 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm
One of the wonderful aspects of living in the Okanagan is having nature right at your doorstep. And as people build homes in wooded areas, they are being urged to take action and do their part to reduce the risk of an interface fire. On Tuesday, members of Vernon Fire Rescue and BC Forestry...

Driver hits cyclist, takes off

Jun 20, 2016 / 12:08 pm
A man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries after a hit-and-run Monday morning. The unidentified man was riding his mountain bike in the cycling lane southbound on 27th Street at 11:20 a.m. when he was struck by a passing motorist in front of Beairsto school. The...

Rotary rides for rail trail

Jun 20, 2016 / 11:00 am
Clubs and organizations in Vernon are getting behind fundraising for the Okanagan Rail Trail. “The interest is phenomenal,” said rail ambassador Duane Thomson. “Groups want to know how they can help to raise funds to build a safe, scenic trail that will be the pride of our...

Manslaughter trial delayed

Jun 20, 2016 / 9:49 am
The manslaughter trial of a Salmon Arm man accused of killing an Armstrong woman has been delayed. Logan Scott, 31, was to face trial Monday June 20, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vernon over the sudden death of Jillian McKinty. McKinty's body was found in her home at Wolfenden Terrace in...

Brazen bike thief sought

Jun 19, 2016 / 3:57 pm
One of the reasons Tom likes living in B.C. so much is because the mountain biking is so great. The second-year electrician apprenticed moved to Vernon from Ontario and is an avid downhill mountain bike rider. But on Saturday, a brazen thief walked into his backyard and stole his prized...

They did it for dad

Jun 19, 2016 / 2:26 pm
They did it for dad - again. The 17th Annual Do It For Dad Run & Walk presented by Interior Savings on June 19th was a great success raising $19,359 for prostate cancer treatment and awareness in the North Okanagan. “We are very thankful for the dedicated community members who help...

Lights are back on

Jun 18, 2016 / 8:50 pm
UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. BC Hydro confirms power has been restored in Oyama. More than 400 BC Hydro customers in Oyama have been without power since 5 p.m. The utility says the outage was caused by a downed wire. Power is estimated to be be on by about 7:30 p.m.

Heroes shave their heads

Jun 18, 2016 / 7:56 pm
In the end, it wasn't even a close shave. Wendy Nadeau fundraised an eye-popping $5,000 for brain cancer research, doubling the closest competitor. She had her head shaved on stage as a reward during the second annual Heroes Shave It Off fundraiser Saturday during the Sunshine...

Ambassadors join rail trail

Jun 18, 2016 / 11:18 am
Supporters are starting to get on board the Rail Trail Initiative's effort to raise funds for construction of the 50 kilometre path from Coldstream to Kelowna. “More business and campaign partners are joining,” said fundraiser Brad Clements. He listed a number of business...

Safety tips from the experts

Jun 17, 2016 / 7:41 pm
Vernon home owners can get a free lesson in fire prevention from some of the best in the business. On June 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents are invited to join Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) as well as firefighters and forest officials from the Vernon Fire Zone at Deer Lake Park to...

Thief amongst the angels

Jun 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm
What was meant to be an uplifting occasion for people who have experienced the loss of a baby was soured Thursday night by a thief. An Evening Among the Angels began at Polson Park, where 58 guests were whisked off for a picnic style dinner at the gracious Mackie House in Coldstream, followed by...

Search for full-time fire chief

Jun 17, 2016 / 2:05 pm
The communities of Spallumcheen and Armstrong are looking to hire a full-time, paid chief for their joint volunteer fire department. “In recognition of the extraordinary administrative demands imposed by legislation on our volunteer fire department, the councils approved the creation of a...

Car flees scene of crash

Jun 17, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Emergency services attended the scene of a two-vehicle crash at 48th Avenue and Anderson Way in Vernon about 12:30 p.m. A man in a white Dodge pickup suffered minor injuries and was being cared for by ambulance paramedics, said Capt. Dan Walker of Vernon Fire Rescue. Walker said the other...

Nine years for hauling coke

Jun 17, 2016 / 11:00 am
A North Okanagan man has been given a nine-year jail sentence for his part in a massive drug trafficking operation out of Saskatchewan. Ronald Charles Learning, 33, was sentenced in Regina provincial court on June 13th. Learning has been credited with 161 days already served, said a court...

Park plan still on hold

Jun 17, 2016 / 8:42 am
It is part of the City of Vernon's strategic plan but a proposed recreational park at Kin Race Track is on hold until the legal issue is settled. “We wouldn't be initiating any such plan (at this time),” said Rob Miles, manager of long range planning and sustainability. A...
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