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Swan Lake corridor plans

Feb 10, 2016 / 3:07 pm
Environmental protection and economic development are the goals of a waste water treatment plan for the Swan Lake corridor. Stakeholders from the Okanagan Indian Band, North Okanagan Regional District and Township of Spallumcheen met with engineers from Urban Systems Tuesday to go over plans for...

Carnival honours citizen

Feb 10, 2016 / 2:10 pm
Hopefully, organic food was on the menu at Wednesday's Winter Breakout luncheon at the Schubert Centre in honour of Vernon's citizen of the year – Sarah Armstrong. Armstrong was named Good Citizen of the Year by Junior Chamber International, last month. Her big issues are food...

Large police response

Feb 10, 2016 / 1:54 pm
UPDATED 3:55 P.M. Police are releasing few details about an incident on 27th Avenue Wednesday afternoon, but did say two people were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. On Feb. 10, at approximately 12:46 p.m., Vernon RCMP were notified of an incident on the 3500 block of 27th...

Sidewalk thumbs down

Feb 10, 2016 / 11:31 am
Residents along 25th Street in Vernon are disappointed with city council's decision to go ahead with the construction this year of sidewalks on their street, between Pleasant Valley Road and 46th Avenue. While the reaction may seem strange, residents on the street had written in and appeared...

Markets may move

Feb 10, 2016 / 10:50 am
The Downtown Vernon Association is hoping to continue downtown markets this year, but on a Saturday and with a move to Cenotaph Park. “Our goals for the 2016 season are to increase foot traffic in the downtown core and increase sales and revenue for the merchants downtown,” Lara...

School closures loom

Feb 10, 2016 / 6:48 am
Despite public opposition, School District 83 trustees have approved recommendations to close elementary schools in Armstrong and Salmon Arm before the start of the next school year. Parents from Armstrong Elementary and Silver Creek Elementary in Salmon Arm crammed a three-hour meeting of the...

Get off the pot

Feb 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The legal bind Vernon's medical marijuana clinics have found themselves in has left city council feeling frustrated. Councillors are hoping the Liberal government will announce measures in the upcoming federal budget expected in March that will clarify the situation. The laws are...

Arresting time at carnival

Feb 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Today is not only the middle of the week, but the middle of the 56th annual Vernon Winter Carnival. Carnival Cops will be looking for 'bad guys' during the annual Arrest the Best event. People can arrange to have their friend, co-worker and even their boss 'arrested' by...

City buys parking lot

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:55 pm
The City of Vernon is hoping its latest purchase of another parking lot will ease the congestion in downtown car parks following the sale of the Bennett lot on 29th Avenue. The lot at 2901 33rd Avenue, just north of the Little Tex restaurant, was bought for $345,000. “There was concern...

Design flaws

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:27 pm
Staff at Vernon City Hall are hoping it will be third time lucky. They have been told to make more changes to proposed welcome signs on major routes into the city. The designs are by Tambellini Design Studios. “It's a little bit of back to the drawing board,” Coun. Brian...

Business finalists announced

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:34 pm
The finalists are set for Vernon's 2016 Business Excellence Awards. Bannister Honda, Nicholas Alexander Landscaping and Design, Okanagan Spirits, Olive Us Oils & Vinegar Tasting Room and Deb White of White House Mortgages lead the way, as all were named finalists in multiple...

Hockeyville support

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:10 pm
Lumby is still in the running for the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title. Residents have gotten behind the annual contest in a big way and the top 10 finalists - all of which will receive a prize of some sort - will be announced next month. The winner not only gets the Hockeyville title, but...

Tracks up, watch your step

Feb 9, 2016 / 11:50 am
The last of the old CN rails between Oyama and Coldstream have been torn up. Huge yellow machinery that was tearing the rails from the ground in Coldstream just last week is now gone. The line is destined to be a recreational trail and was bought by the communities of Kelowna, Lake Country...

Jail and dance at Carnival

Feb 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
The long weekend may be over but Vernon Winter Carnival continues. Arrest the Best begins Tuesday. The travelling jail will be picking up suspects throughout town, all in the name of charity. Masked Characters takes place at Okanagan Regional Library on 30th Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Parents are...

Coming together for Kiki

Feb 8, 2016 / 6:19 pm
She's known as Kiki the Eco Elf and she is a beloved family entertainer in Vernon, so when someone stole her tip jar, an outpouring of community support swelled like a tidal wave. Kiki, a.k.a. Tanya Lipscomb, spent several hours at the Vernon Winter Carnival Family Day at Polson Park Monday...

Family Day at Carnival

Feb 8, 2016 / 12:53 pm
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Hundreds of families turned out for Family Day events in Polson Park Monday, as part of Vernon's Winter Carnival. Children clambered aboard a Vernon Fire Rescue fire truck, while others played...

Super event for Sally Ann

Feb 8, 2016 / 5:03 am
A super fundraiser is coming to Superstore. Monashee Moving and Real Canadian Superstore on Anderson Way in Vernon are partnering to host a fundraiser and donation drive for The Salvation Army Moms and Tots program, Feb. 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dustin Coombs, who is helping to organize...

From snow to works of art

Feb 7, 2016 / 3:52 pm
Photo: Contributed - Brody Jones, SilverStar Mountain Resort Second place – which also won the coveted people's choice award – was Armstrong's own Brian Rouble, Mahina Rose and Micheal Larner for their creation 'Harmony.' Giant mounds of snow were turned...

Carnival fun galore

Feb 7, 2016 / 3:12 pm
Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Contributed - Brody Jones, SilverStar Mountain Resort Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh It may not exactly be beach weather,...

Dare a dip at Carnival?

Feb 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
The annual polar bear swim takes place at Kalamalka Lake main beach Sunday, as part of the Vernon Winter Carnival. The chilly dip takes place at 1 p.m. For those less inclined to swim in February, there are plenty of other Carnival events. The Feather Fancier Show and the Antique and...

Sun for Carnival parade

Feb 6, 2016 / 1:50 pm
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Sunshine brought thousands of people to the streets of Vernon Saturday to watch the annual Vernon Winter Carnival parade. The newly-crowned Queen Silver Star...

Options on the table

Feb 6, 2016 / 1:00 pm
City council has released reams of formerly classified information on development options for Vernon Regional Airport. The various options range in projected costs from $986,400 to $11,063,300. Council has yet to make any decisions. The analysis includes aviation demand forecasts,...

Patagonia bound

Feb 6, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Two technical support specialists from the Shuswap Trail Alliance are heading south this month to help their counterparts in Patagonia, Chile. Torres del Paine, Patagonia is recognized as one of the top trekking and climbing destinations on the planet. It is visited annually by travellers from...

Five evacuated in gas leak

Feb 5, 2016 / 1:30 pm
Five people were evacuated from a home in the 2900 block of 24th Street Friday morning after a “substantial” gas leak. “It was a 3/4 inch line coming from underground into a residential gas meter,” said Cpt. Reinhard Mann of Vernon Fire Rescue. “The ground had...

Two days for poppy theft

Feb 5, 2016 / 1:06 pm
A man found guilty of stealing a poppy donation box from a Vernon pet store has been given two days in jail. The sentence was handed down in Surrey provincial court on Thursday. Matthew Scott Stadel, 29, was also handed a one-year probation order and slapped with five mandatory $100 victim...

Balloons aloft

Feb 5, 2016 / 11:20 am
The weather cooperated, allowing liftoff Friday morning for the hot air balloon fiesta and the start to the Vernon Winter Carnival. After an early morning meeting, 13 balloonists and their crews headed for the DND grounds south of the city to set up their rigs ahead of flight time. Thirteen...

Armstrong school petition

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
A group opposed to the closure of Armstrong Elementary has begun an online petition in the hopes of garnering enough support to stop any such plan. The petition reads: “(School District) 83 has plans to close a school in Armstrong. The choice based on size capacity would be AES! Don't...

Events underway at Carnival

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey The 56th annual Vernon Winter Carnival begins today and runs from Feb. 5-14. Mardi Gras is this year's theme. The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta filled the skies above Vernon just after 9 a.m. Friday morning. The...

Reigning queen

Feb 4, 2016 / 11:30 pm
She's Vernon's reigning queen for the next year. Madison Catt was named Queen Silver Star LVI at Thursday evening's proclamation and coronation at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. Catt, 16, is a grade 11 student at Clarence Fulton Secondary School. She was representing Paradigm...

Festival is all about kids

Feb 4, 2016 / 7:26 pm
The inaugural Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival, presented by TD Bank, is being held at the Lake Country Community Complex Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature face painting, bouncy castle, caricatures by Marzio, a talent competition, Trixie the Clown and...

911 over hydrant crash

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:40 pm
UPDATE: 3:34 P.M. Vernon Fire Rescue chief Keith Green says his department's dispatchers were kept on the hop Thursday morning after a large truck bashed into a hydrant. The accident occurred just before 4:46 a.m. when the first 911 call came in. The hydrant was sheared off at 11th...

Working on seniors' block

Feb 4, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Preliminary ground work is underway at 29th Avenue, between 30th and 31st streets in the downtown, where a planned seniors' block is to be built. The City of Vernon has issued a right-of-way to the builder, Tri City Canada, at 3050 29 Avenue to accommodate construction of a six-storey care...

Guilty plea in arson case

Feb 4, 2016 / 2:27 pm
A 33-year-old man has pleaded guilty in a high-profile arson case in Vernon. Ryan Patrick Warnock was scheduled to go to trial Thursday, but instead pleaded guilty to setting a pile of debris on fire at the back door of AJ's Pets and Things on 31st Avenue last September. Cardboard and...

VJH Foundation rocks

Feb 4, 2016 / 11:31 am
The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is hoping to raise some money with its second annual Rockin’ for Radiothon. The fun event takes place at Checkers Bar and Grill at the Vernon Atrium Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 6, from noon to midnight. Twelve local bands will be serving up 12 hours of...

Ready for lift off

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:56 am
The balloon meister is optimistic there will be lift off Friday morning to mark the start the 56th annual Vernon Winter Carnival. The hot air balloons flying over the city are usually the first sign that Vernon's biggest winter event is underway – although it is all dependent on the...

Treacherous highways

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:02 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue was reporting “treacherous conditions” on local highways and some roads following snowfall Wednesday afternoon into the evening. Fire crews attended one accident just after 5 p.m. on Highway 97 south, just past Birnie Road where a vehicle went into the ditch. No...

Free skate for Hockeyville

Feb 3, 2016 / 3:38 pm
Residents of Lumby have their eye on the prize and they are not just asking for votes to become the Kraft Hockeyville 2016, they are screaming for them. The annual contest will see 10 communities across Canada receive some sort of cash infusion into their local arena. Top prize is $100,000, with...

Lockdown review complete

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:06 pm
A week after a Vernon school was locked down due to a gun scare, officials are saying they are happy with how things were handled and the matter is now closed. Vernon Secondary School was locked down Jan. 27 after a neighbour saw a person enter the building with what they thought was a...

Coyotes, bobcats spotted

Feb 3, 2016 / 11:43 am
A Coldstream resident has taken to social media to sound the alarm about coyotes in her front yard. Nicolene Dvernychuk posted, “Coyote warning: Area of Hwy 6/Buchanan/Aberdeen intersection. Keep an eye on pets & kids. At least one was right up in our driveway. Three of them right on...

Ministry in deep water

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:57 am
The Environment Ministry is being accused of breaching the Freedom of Information Act over its failure to provide documents that may be related to nitrate contamination in a Spallumcheen aquifer. A request on behalf of some Spall residents who can't drink the water from their own taps has...
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