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Land deal not confirmed

Oct 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

Interior Health may have jumped the starting pistol with an announcement Tuesday of a residential care home to be built in Vernon's downtown. A city-owned lot at 3006 29 Avenue has been earmarked for the multi-storey building with construction expected to begin this year. It is currently...

College gets a big gift

Oct 6, 2015 / 8:32 pm

Okanagan College received its largest single donation in its 50 years of operation, Tuesday. The Swanberg family donated a British Aerospace Model Jetstream 31, valued at almost $700,000. “This gift will enrich the training experience for our students for years to come,” Okanagan...

Two years for arson

Oct 6, 2015 / 4:49 pm

A Vernon man was sentenced to 24 months in jail followed by two years probation for setting a townhouse unit on fire last year. Brandon Boyce, 20, turned himself in to police shortly after throwing a lit cigarette on a mattress, which started a blaze while his roommate slept in the next...

New care beds for Vernon

Oct 6, 2015 / 3:02 pm

Interior Health has announced a residential care home is going up in Vernon, complete with 85 publicly funded residential-care beds. Construction is expected to begin this year, with occupancy by mid-2017, according to an IH release. “This is great news for North Okanagan...

Guilty of dangerous driving

Oct 6, 2015 / 11:51 am

Ian Douglas Burns, 28, has been convicted of dangerous driving causing bodily harm following an incident on June 26, 2013 in which the truck he was driving struck Stephan Hidasi. In his ruling, Justice Mark Takahashi said there were inconsistencies in Burns testimony and at times it was in...

Hot dog to elect top dog

Oct 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

The advance federal election poll won't be the only voting going on in Vernon this long Thanksgiving Day weekend. An unofficial hot dog poll of local candidates vying for Member of Parliament in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding is being conducted by Venture Training, a group supporting...

Where's the seatbelt?

Oct 5, 2015 / 2:44 pm

Police are scratching their heads over the number of people not wearing seatbelts in Lumby. A traffic services officer spotted 78 violators just last Friday, according to RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. Few tickets were issued, however. The officer started noticing the...

Murder victim's movements

Oct 5, 2015 / 12:06 pm

Vernon RCMP continue to piece together the last known movements of a man found murdered in Polson Park Aug 26. An appeal for more witnesses last week has resulted in some calls to the North Okanagan detachment, but a police spokesperson was unable to say if it had led to more witnesses coming...

Vernon run raises $34,000

Oct 5, 2015 / 11:32 am

The 24th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure took place Sunday in Vernon with 450 participants raising $34,369. "We were truly 'all in this together' as more than 100,000 Canadians united across the country for the CIBC Run for the Cure," says Lynne...

Shots fired in Coldstream

Oct 5, 2015 / 11:22 am

North Okanagan RCMP are concerned for public safety as they investigate the second shots-fired incident in just over a week. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said a number of bullets were fired about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 6400 block of Highway 6 in Coldstream. No one was injured. "Police...

Heritage Fair coming back

Oct 4, 2015 / 6:14 pm

The Vernon Heritage Fair is making a comeback. From 2008-12, the fair was organized by the Vernon museum, but the museum had to drop the fair from its busy agenda. For the next two years the fair was run independently by local schools, but now the North Okanagan Optimist Club has taken over...

Community rallies to plan

Oct 4, 2015 / 2:55 pm

The call to help went out and the people responded. Ron Brinnen said the response from Armstrong-Spallumcheen residents to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan was “amazing.” The idea to bring a family to Armstrong was hatched by Brinnen and Armstrong mayor Chris...

Kidney walk raises cash

Oct 4, 2015 / 1:28 pm

More than 100 people took to Vernon's Polson Park Sunday for the annual BC Kidney Walk. The goal of the walk was to raise money for kidney disease, generate awareness of kidney disease and to sign up organ donors. Penticton-South Okanagan came in seventh on the province, raising 14,702....

United for a cure

Oct 4, 2015 / 10:55 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh It was 17 years ago when Elspeth Manning received a phone call that...

Jumping for snow

Oct 2, 2015 / 4:25 pm

Possible snow in the forecast has them jumping for joy at Silver Star ski resort near Vernon. Environment Canada is predicting a few showers overnight Friday, with the snow level lowering to 1,500 metres before morning, with winds from the north. "The temperature dropped about four...

School numbers climbing

Oct 2, 2015 / 12:35 pm

School enrolment is up substantially in the Vernon area, according to preliminary numbers supplied by the Ministry of Education. "We have 100 more students since this time last year," says Kelly Smith, board chair of School District 22. It is exciting for the board, which budgeted...

Murder witnesses sought

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm

Police in Vernon are searching for additional witnesses in the killing of a man in Polson Park in August. Three people are facing murder charges. "Anyone who was in the Polson Park area of Vernon, from the evening of Aug. 25 to the early morning of Aug. 26 and hasn't already spoken...

Breakfast, it's in the bag

Oct 1, 2015 / 10:31 am

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Linda Yule, executive director of the United Way - North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, says Thursday's drive-thru breakfast in Vernon raised a total of $9,015. ORIGINAL A contingent of RCMP officers and the mayors of Vernon and Lumby were on hand Thursday morning for the...

Eye on air quality

Oct 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

The mayor of Coldstream wants more air quality monitoring stations set up in the North Okanagan. Jim Garlick's call comes as a controversial pellet plant begins operation in Lavington, close to an elementary school. "We only have one monitoring station, and we have asked the...

Car-crash dog comes home

Sep 30, 2015 / 8:33 pm

Diego the dog was exhausted and dehydrated, but happy to see his owner Wednesday afternoon after 10 days on his own in an area populated by coyotes, south of Vernon. "He almost did a backflip," said owner Tonya Olson, as she described her reunion with the five-year-old Chihuahua....

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