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Vernon News Last 7 days

BX wildfire is out

Jul 20, 2018 / 11:06 am

Bill Wacey is a happy man. The BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief is thrilled to see not so much as a hint of smoke coming from a hillside in the BX area. Tuesday's...

Search enters third day

Jul 20, 2018 / 10:15 am

The search for a missing North Okanagan man has entered its third day. 58-year-old John Keeley was last seen at his home Wednesday afternoon preparing for a...

Ski legend passes

Jul 20, 2018 / 10:08 am

The man credited with leading the fledgling Western Canadian Ski Industry out of the wilderness and into the international limelight has died. Jimmy Spencer...

Suspicious hedge fire

Jul 20, 2018 / 9:45 am

Vernon Fire Rescue were called to a suspicious fire Friday morning. Cpt. Doug Imrich said crews were called to the 3600 block of 27th Avenue for a hedge fire....

Teen girl jumped and beat

Jul 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

A young Vernon woman says she was attacked right outside her home. Courtnie Richardson, 18, was walking home at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning when someone...

Preparing for the worst

Jul 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Officials at SilverStar Mountain Resort are hoping for the best, but have prepared for the worst. With wildfires raging across the South Okanagan, residents and...

A golden opportunity

Jul 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

"It was a once in a lifetime" encounter at Polson Park for Amanda Marie Auch. The Vernon woman and her best friend were driving through the park when...

AAP for new VSAR building

Jul 19, 2018 / 4:09 pm

Vernon Search and Rescue outgrew its current building several years ago, but the demand for their services continues to grow. The building, located next to the...

Smoke irritates allergies

Jul 19, 2018 / 2:32 pm

A thin layer of smoke blankets the Valley due to multiple wildfires burning in the Central and Southern Okanagan. Vernon pharmacist Jodi Cunningham says it...

Vernon street dealers busted

Jul 19, 2018 / 2:27 pm

The Vernon RCMP have arrested three "street-level drug dealers" from Vernon suspected of peddling heroin and fentanyl. RCMP made the arrests on three...

Prep now to fight fire risk

Jul 19, 2018 / 1:33 pm

Regional district officials are urging people to take action now to protect their property from wildfires. With current fire danger ratings between three and...

Searching for kayaker

Jul 19, 2018 / 12:17 pm

UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. The search continues for a missing 58-year-old man on Mabel Lake. Police say John Keeley was reported missing last night when he failed to...

North Okanagan fire update

Jul 19, 2018 / 10:52 am

While resources and personnel continue to be dispatched to massive wildfires in the South Okanagan, crews continue to keep a watchful eye on, and fight, the...

Honorless suspects arrested

Jul 19, 2018 / 10:24 am

RCMP have arrested two suspects in a series of thefts from Mama's Farm. Genniene Sutherland, a.k.a Mama, set up a fridge on her farm where people could pick...

Cobblers helps fight fires

Jul 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's not just firefighters and pilots who are fighting wildfires in B.C. Vernon's own Cobblers Rack did their part when a helicopter pilot needed some...

Four heroes save lives

Jul 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Four men acted fast when they noticed a young girl and her grandmother who appeared to be drowning in Kalamalka Lake near Vernon on Monday. Kari Kane a woman...

Crews battle three fires

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The North Okanagan isn't suffering the effects of Tuesday nights thunderstorm as badly as the rest of the Okanagan. Three wildfires are burning near Vernon....

Who cleans Kin Beach?

Jul 18, 2018 / 2:25 pm

"The problem is, is that people are being irresponsible and tossing their needles," says Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund. A Vernon woman was punctured with a...

Saves family from fire

Jul 18, 2018 / 2:22 pm

She may be humble about her actions, but according to Brandon Colvin, his neighbour is a hero. Colvin said his neighbour, who asked not to be identified, was...

Structure fire in Lumby

Jul 18, 2018 / 1:41 pm

UPDATE: 1:41 p.m. Fire crews quickly knocked down a structure fire in Lumby Wednesday afternoon. The home on Shuswap Avenue appears to be a total loss. Nobody...

BX fire update

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:57 am

A steady column of white smoke is visible from a wildfire burning in the BX hills. The fire was sparked Tuesday night during an unexpected lightning storm. ...

Attacked with bear spray

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:14 am

Multiple people were sprayed with bear spray on Tuesday evening at Coldstream's Kalamalka Beach near Vernon. When Vernon RCMP arrived on scene at about 8:30...

Catch this man for Mama

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

For now, the honour fridge at Mama's Farm is empty. Genniene Sutherland, aka Mama, says thieves have cleared her out and left her hurt and disappointed. ...

Local joins BC Cancer Fdn.

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Vernon local Neil Farmer has joined the board of directors for the BC Cancer Foundation. Farmer, who has lived in Vernon since 1998 and is the vice president of...

'Fire, fire!'

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:56 pm

A large fire was quickly extinguished on Vernon's East Hill late Tuesday evening. The blaze believed to be caused by a lightning strike caught a fence and...

Wildfire sparks near BX

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:32 pm

UPDATED: 10:32 p.m. Bill Wacey, BX Swan Lake Fire Rescue Department Fire Chief says that no structures are in danger at this time. Wacey says high-speed winds...

Wildfire still burning

Jul 17, 2018 / 2:13 pm

UPDATED: 2:15 p.m. The Dee Lake wildfire that sparked Monday is still actively burning at just over seven hectares in size. At about 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon...

Three-vehicle crash

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:59 am

A three-vehicle collision sent two people to hospital near Revelstoke Sunday evening. At about 5:45 pm Revelstoke RCMP, Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service and the...

Deer with huge warts

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Vernon deer has made it's way to Facebook chats on multiple occasions. The deer clearly has big bumps covering much of its body and for many Vernonites...

Stepped on dirty needle

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

"I was shocked, for sure and I was a little bit nervous," said a Vernon mother. "I didn't really know how to deal with it, and where to go...

Ride for the Rail Trail

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

James Kanester envisions the Okanagan one day being a world-class destination for cyclists. When he talks about the cycling trip he made along the Danube River...

Fire near Dee Lake Road

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:08 pm

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m. Residents living on Wood Lake watched as numerous air tankers dropped down into the lake to grab water to help douse a wildfire burning near...

Learning about butterflies

Jul 16, 2018 / 4:50 pm

The Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon is hosting educational events throughout the summer. On Monday kids and their parents learned about the cycle of life for...

Motorcycle crash on hwy

Jul 16, 2018 / 4:02 pm

Emergency crews are on scene at a motorcycle crash just past Monte Lake going towards Kamloops on Highway 97. The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on...

Small fire Back Enderby Rd

Jul 16, 2018 / 3:07 pm

The BC Wildfire Service has posted information on a new wildfire in the North Okanagan east of Back Enderby Road. At .01 of a hectare, the cause is still...

Guilty in CP Rail incident

Jul 16, 2018 / 2:00 pm

A former manager with CP Rail has been found guilty on two counts of contravening Railway Safety Act for his role in an incident near Revelstoke in 2015. Tim...

Small fire by Becker Lake

Jul 16, 2018 / 12:13 pm

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting a small human-caused fire was sparked near Becker Lake outside Vernon. The fire was first reported Sunday and was...

Celebrate the cowboy way

Jul 16, 2018 / 11:46 am

Friday nights are about to get a little more country at Vernon's Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Starting this Friday and every Friday until the end of August...

Tanning on wing of plane

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:51 am

UPDATE 7:51 a.m. Another Castanet reader has let us know that this particular plane is an amphibious model known as the 'Lake'. The plane is registered...

Sandcastles for Hospice

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:08 pm

Salmon Arm sculptor Marc Dansereau is creating beautiful sandcastles to help support the Shuswap Hospice Society. Marc and Patti Dansereau’s 6-year-old...

Samantha wins huge title

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Vernon superstar Samantha Sewell is owning the stage. The pageant queen was recently named Miss International Volunteer at the Miss Royalty International held...

Cage, spotted again

Jul 15, 2018 / 2:45 pm

Nicolas Cage was spotted again in Coldstream near Vernon on Saturday. Cage is expected to be filming in the Vernon area for the next few days for the filming of...

Writing workshop inspires

Jul 15, 2018 / 11:30 am

Two local women recently launched Raise Your Voice, a self-paced online creative writing workshop. The online workshop launched in June as it's meant to...

Hands-on learning

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

One of the many things the Okanagan Science Centre is good at is getting kids to learn while having fun and the latest exhibit does just that. Fast Tracks...

No panic over bus loss

Jul 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

While some smaller communities in Western Canada are reeling from the news Greyhound will cease operating at the end of October, two North Okanagan communities...

Riding to the top in style

Jul 14, 2018 / 2:07 pm

It was a party attended by thousands of people at SilverStar Mountain Resort Saturday when the mountain officially opened its new gondola. The day featured a...

Cage takes role to Grillers

Jul 14, 2018 / 9:53 am

There continue to be Nicolas Cage sightings in Vernon. The Hollywood star is in town filming A Score to Settle which is being shot at several locations...

EATology in limbo

Jul 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

With Greyhound planning to cease operations in Western Canada at the end of October, the fate of a popular restaurant is up in the air. EATology has been...

Innovative ideas needed

Jul 13, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The BC Conservative Party wants the ruling NDP government to take action on the imminent loss of Greyhound bus service. Interim leader Scott Anderson urged the...

Fat bike biz booming

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:45 pm

Kalyn Webster quickly learned what it’s like to be a 22-year-old entrepreneur. “It’s pretty amazing,” Webster said. “The last year...

Big race at the Star

Jul 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The biggest downhill race of the year takes place at SilverStar Mountain Resort this weekend. Canada Cup races will be held Saturday and Sunday and will feature...

Alleged thief has no honour

Jul 13, 2018 / 12:38 pm

It would appear not everyone honours the honour system. Local owners upset about numerous thefts from their honour-system fridge at a family farm in Vernon. On...

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