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Pallet on road causes crash

May 25, 2016 / 10:43 am
A female motorcyclist was sent to hospital with a broken leg after hitting a wooden pallet in the northbound lane of Highway 97A, north of Swan Lake, on Tuesday morning. RCMP Cpl. Kevin Kwast said the accident happened at around 10:50 a.m. near L&A Cross Road north of Vernon. “She...

High school bike feud

May 25, 2016 / 10:27 am
The cycling gauntlet has been thrown down. Vernon Secondary School students Holly Clancy and Ava Ready, who are part of the school’s leadership program, have teamed up with the City of Vernon to organize a challenge to neighbouring high schools to bike to school every day from May 30 to...

Gun charge laid against teen

May 25, 2016 / 10:01 am
A charge has been laid against a 16-year-old Vernon male for possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The youth is expected to appear in court this morning by video as he remains in custody, said Dan McLaughlin,...

Hostility over bus passes

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson fears a council decision to issue free one-year transit and swim passes to a Syrian refugee family could create hostility. “While it is a welcoming gesture to the refugees it also speaks to a whole bunch of other people who are out of jobs or on EI...

Sprucing up the cemetery

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Money will be spent to beautify the Vernon cemetery's patchy grass. Council has okayed $70,000 in funds to restore the lawn. The money will come from the 2015 unexpended and uncommitted year-end balance. Last year's hot, dry summer left dead grass and weeds among the...

Hero nurse does it again

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Teresa Hidasi was key in preventing a potentially disastrous situation from developing – not once, but twice. Teresa is an LPN at Noric House, a Vernon senior's care facility, and is an unsung hero in two fires that could have turned tragic had it not been for her quick actions. In...

Sawicki gets fence back

May 24, 2016 / 5:56 pm
Sawicki Park on Middleton Mountain is getting back its fence following complaints from residents who feel it is a safety issue for their children. Council has voted to have a fence re-installed around the perimeter of the park. The three entrances to the north, south and middle will have...

Council tackles panhandling

May 24, 2016 / 5:15 pm
Vernon city council is hoping to quickly get some rules in place to deal with panhandling in the downtown and on medians at certain busy intersections. “If panhandlers didn't make any money, they wouldn't be there,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. The mayor said council was told by...

Human remains found

May 24, 2016 / 4:52 pm
Human remains have been found near Salmon Arm. The Salmon Arm RCMP were called to an area on 6th Street NE on May 20. “Between 6th Street NE and Lakeshore Drive investigators located what have been confirmed as partially decomposed human remains,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West....

Party parents beware

May 24, 2016 / 4:35 pm
Graduation is a life accomplishment worth celebrating, but parents need to be cautious when it comes to parties for their young graduates. Doug Rogers, School District 22 substance abuse prevention counsellor, said parents could be the ones in trouble if they host a party and someone gets hurt...

Missing women not linked

May 24, 2016 / 3:35 pm
While the South East District Major Crimes Unit is now investigating the disappearance of two area women, police are saying they don't believe the cases are related. Earlier this month, the major crimes unit took over the missing persons cases of Caitlyn Potts and Ashley Simpson. Potts,...

Chaos is coming

May 24, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Fear not: Creative Chaos is alive and well. Over the weekend, there was a rumour on social media the massive craft fair had been cancelled. Nothing could be further from the truth. Creative Chaos chairwoman Ingrid Baron said the 41st annual event will take place June 3-5 at the Vernon...

Dairy farm gets permits

May 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm
Spallumcheen council is caught between a rock and a hard place. Mayor Janice Brown said council has no choice but to issue building permits to a local dairy farm even though there is concern the operation could be part of the cause of high nitrate levels in drinking water from the Hullcar...

Battle of words goes on

May 24, 2016 / 9:57 am
A group of residents living near Okanagan College's Vernon campus has taken the battle against a proposed amphitheatre to the society in favour of the project. In a letter to the Okanagan Summer Festival Society directors, the residents list the negative impacts of an amphitheatre in their...

Wave of lottery thefts

May 24, 2016 / 6:05 am
RCMP are investigating a series of lottery ticket thefts from Vernon businesses. Police say a male and female enter a business and one creates a distraction by asking directions using a map or by spilling a cup of coffee. While employees are distracted, the other party steals the tickets from...

Stampede wraps up Monday

May 22, 2016 / 6:24 pm
The weather may not have been the greatest, but cowboys are a hardy breed and the 98th annual Falkland Stampede carried on despite rainy conditions. The May long weekend event is a popular one with rodeo fans who travelled to the community 30 minutes north of Vernon on Highway...

Wayward budgie causes stir

May 22, 2016 / 5:16 pm
The case of the wayward budgie has several Vernon residents uniting to capture the lost bird. Cierra Carlyle posted on social media Sunday morning her dad spotted the green and yellow bird in a tree near the veterinarian clinic on Kal Lake Road. “He flew away when my dad tried to catch...

Crime unit investigating

May 22, 2016 / 1:55 pm
The Southeast District Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation into another missing North Okanagan woman. Caitlyn Brandy Potts, 27, has not been heard from since Feb. 22. Police have been actively searching for Potts, and in his quarterly report to be presented Tuesday, Supt. Jim...

Campaign picks up steam

May 22, 2016 / 10:24 am
A letter writing campaign opposing an expansion of a dairy farm operation in Spallumcheen is “picking up steam,” says Al Price, spokesperson for the Save the Hullcar Aquifer Team (SHAT). Price is urging residents within the Steele Springs Waterworks District to write to Spallumcheen...

Easy peasy in Shuswap

May 22, 2016 / 6:32 am
Bike-to-Work Week organizers really want to make it easy for people to bike to work next week. To eliminate the impediment of safely storing bikes, they've set up Salmon Arm's first-ever week-long supervised Bicycle parkade – free of charge. In an effort to encourage people to...

Perfect for amphitheatre

May 21, 2016 / 7:00 am
The architect who designed the proposed amphitheatre for the grounds of Okanagan College's Vernon campus believes it is a perfect site for such a project. “When I saw this site, as an architect, I was amazed. It's a gift to be given a site so perfect for this project,” said...

And the paint goes on

May 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new mural in Vernon's downtown is getting some colour. Artist James Postill is working on his creation on the east wall of the Powerhouse Theatre building, on 35th Avenue. The mural shows the history of the building, from the days when it generated power for Vernon to its transformation...

Heroic event in Cherryville

May 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Dust off your cape and pull out your mask, it’s time for the 53rd annual Super Heroes and Villains Cherryville Days 2016. Held June 3-5, Cherryville Days kick off with a blues and barbecue night at the Cherryville Golf and Roadhouse Café. On June 3, local musicians will start...

Bella Vista rollover

May 20, 2016 / 3:25 pm
About a half dozen people, including a child, were transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for observation Friday afternoon after a three vehicle crash on the 4600 block of Bella Vista Road. There were no serious injuries despite one of the vehicles, a Nissan Rogue, rolling over onto its roof,...

Mission looks for funds

May 20, 2016 / 1:26 pm
Vernon's Upper Room Mission is “actively seeking other sources of funding” after being denied $100,000 in gaming grant funds, according to Rick Lavin, the Mission's executive director. On Thursday, Lavin and members of other agencies in Vernon met with B.C. Gaming...

Gala funds for mental health

May 20, 2016 / 9:42 am
Youth mental health services in Vernon have been given a boost. The JCI hospital gala on April 16 raised $33,515 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation's youth mental health initiative. The Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU) is comprised of youth,...

Falkland ready to stampede

May 20, 2016 / 9:39 am
Falkland is ready to kick up its heels for the annual Falkland Stampede. The three-day stampede kicks off Saturday with professional cowboys vying for prizes worth more than $50,000. One of the oldest rodeos in Canada, the stampede celebrates it's 98th birthday this...

Carnival reviews the year

May 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The fun was in February, now the work starts all over again for the Vernon Winter Carnival committee. The public is invited to the annual general meeting at the Winter Carnival office, 3401-35th Ave. Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30-6:30 p.m. New members are welcome. “The annual general...

Rec centre turns 50

May 19, 2016 / 3:53 pm
UPDATE: 5:00 P.M. The Vernon Recreation Centre marked its 50th birthday Wednesday as upgrades to the building continued. A new healthy food bistro, outdoor patio area and expanded lobby area are already in use. New picnic tables and bike racks sit outside. Phase two work on the back...

Butt flickers beware

May 19, 2016 / 2:14 pm
With wildfires raging in Alberta and across northern B.C., a lot of attention is being focussed on the dry conditions and fire prevention. Butt flickers – people who toss lit cigarettes out of car windows – are fast becoming a target on social media with people posting pictures of...

Premiere ticket giveaway

May 19, 2016 / 2:11 pm
Movie producer Rick Dugdale says the contest continues for tickets to the movie premiere of Blackway which is being held at the Starlight Drive-in in Enderby on June 2. Dugdale, who is based in Los Angeles but was raised in Enderby, shot the Hollywood thriller in and around his hometown in...

Foul play now suspected

May 19, 2016 / 12:31 pm
Police are looking at the possibility of foul play in the disappearance of Ashley Marie Simpson, who went missing from the Salmon Arm area last month. On April 30, Vernon RCMP initiated a missing persons investigation due to the unexplained disappearance of Simpson, who was reportedly last seen...

Caught with loaded gun

May 19, 2016 / 11:10 am
Members of the RCMP gang squad have arrested a 16-year-old male after finding a loaded gun in his possession. The suspect is believed to be “involved in the Vernon conflict,” according to a press release, a reference to three shots fired incidents in the city in less than a...

Tourism numbers up

May 19, 2016 / 9:45 am
Tourism is booming in the North Okanagan as the number of people who visit the region continues to climb. “Our community has enjoy five consecutive years of tourism growth which equates to a 77 per cent increase since 2011 for our MRDT (municipal regional district tax),” said Mayor...

Liberals head to convention

May 19, 2016 / 9:17 am
Thirteen members of the North Okanagan Shuswap Federal Liberal Riding Association are heading to the national Liberal convention in Winnipeg May 26-28. More than 4,500 delegates from across the country have registered for the convention. ”We promised that we would be active in the riding,...

Mission gambles on replay

May 19, 2016 / 8:28 am
The head of the Upper Room Mission meets today with gaming grant officials following a rejection of a $100,000 grant application. However not all is lost. “They've sent in a notice of appeal,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, whose staff will also be attending the morning...

Line painting and road work

May 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
Phase one of the City of Vernon line painting program is near completion. Contactors will be finishing curbs and symbols and long-line painting (which includes centre lines and fog lines) is scheduled to begin May 24 between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The City will be paving a service patch at 32nd...

Camper found safe

May 18, 2016 / 10:00 pm
UPDATE: 10 p.m. An RCMP spokesperson has confirmed that a camper who had been reported missing in the Spectrum Lake area, north of Cherryville, was found unharmed Wednesday evening. A search was launched in the afternoon after a police aircraft earlier failed to spot the Armstrong man's...

'Lucky to be alive'

May 18, 2016 / 5:25 pm
An RCMP officer says a 30-year-old motorcyclist is "extremely lucky to be alive" following a single vehicle crash northbound on Highway 97, south of the Vernon Cadet Camp. The driver hit a lamp standard, knocking it to the ground, but remained conscious. The man's bike lay in...

Motorcyclist bear sprayed

May 18, 2016 / 2:26 pm
A Vernon motorist was stunned to see someone in a passing truck spray a motorcyclist with what appeared to be bear spray. The incident happened on 48th Avenue Monday at around 5:45 p.m. Michele, who asked her last name not be used, was heading toward 27th Street when she noticed an oncoming...
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