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Polls open for rink vote

Nov 28, 2015 / 11:56 am
Polling has begun this morning in Vernon’s referendum to decide if the city will borrow $13.25 million for a second sheet of ice at Kal Tire Place. The polling station at the Vernon Recreation Centre has seen slow traffic so far today, since opening at 8 a.m. Election officials say...

Tenant given time to go

Nov 28, 2015 / 6:00 am
A City of Vernon tenant on the east side of 29th Street has been given notice to quit the premises. The Open Door education centre serves adults taking Grade 10 to 12 courses, using computer-managed instruction combined with one-on-one instruction by teachers. The program is run by School...

New Funtastic boss

Nov 27, 2015 / 5:41 pm
A new executive director has been hired to run one of the North Okanagan's largest events. Tony Pallas is taking the helm of the Funtastic Slo-pitch Tournament and Music Festival. The Lake Country resident is former operations manager of the Vancouver Sun Run, the second largest 10K road...

Defib for search & rescue

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:40 pm
Vernon Search and Rescue is getting a key piece of equipment to monitor victims of accidents out in the wild and, perhaps, even save a life. The Vernon Kiwanis Club is donating a state-of-the-art automatic external defibrillator (AED) system for use in helicopter rescues. “This is...

Hotel goes independent

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:53 am
A major hotel in Vernon has ended its 20-year partnership with the Best Western chain. The former Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge officially changes its name Dec. 1 to the Vernon Atrium Hotel & Conference Centre. “There will be no change to ownership or staff,” said general...

Light a Bulb brighter

Nov 27, 2015 / 9:59 am
Those bulbs atop Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Tower of Care are starting to shine brightly, thanks in part to a big donation from Armstrong. The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light a Bulb campaign has raised more than half its $200,000 goal. “We are excited to have raised...

Black Friday advice

Nov 27, 2015 / 5:00 am
For those planning a mad dash to the shops to take advantage of Black Friday sales, the RCMP are offering some sage advice. “If at all possible, don't leave anything valuable in your vehicle,” says Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “Lock your doors if you are not there and if you...

Decision day Saturday

Nov 27, 2015 / 5:00 am
The information has been presented, opinions stated and discussions held, and now the fate of a new sheet of ice is in the hands of voters. A referendum on Saturday will determine if Greater Vernon residents will give their permission for the borrowing of $13.25 million to build a second ice...

Age-friendly homes

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:06 pm
Developers seeking building permits in Armstrong could soon be handed information on how to make new residences age friendly. A presentation to city council this week by SAFERhome Standards called for homes to be built “for changing lifestyle needs over time” including wider door...

Fleeing driver caught

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:00 pm
Mounties got their man on Wednesday, but had to track him for hundreds of kilometres first. RCMP went on a multi-jurisdictional pursuit of a male driver who fled a traffic stop in Banff, then headed into B.C. Revelstoke RCMP, Sicamous and Southeast District Traffic Services were all involved...

Preparing for worst

Nov 26, 2015 / 4:35 pm
Higher growth in that old enemy - the milfoil weed - was detected in Shuswap Lake this year for the second year in a row. “It has rebounded over the last two years,” said Hamish Kassa, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District's environmental services co-ordinator, after a decline...

Give back on Tuesday

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:41 pm
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be good for the economy, but Giving Tuesday is good for the soul. On Dec. 1, several agencies from the United Way to Upper Room Mission will gather on the steps of City Hall to promote giving back to the community. #GivingTuesdayOkanagan is a civic movement...

Benefits to shopping local

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:00 pm
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas season and is once again taking part in Shop The Neighbourhood to support small businesses. Shop The Neighbourhood takes place Saturday, Nov. 28 - between Black Friday and Cyber Monday - two shopping days...

Santa arrives in Armstrong

Nov 26, 2015 / 2:32 pm
The big guy himself will be arriving in Armstrong this evening. Santa will be at Spirit Square at 6:30 p.m. as part of the annual Armstrong Downtown Light Up. The parade will start at the Village Cheese Company at 6 p.m. and travel east on Pleasant Valley Road to the city...

Fuel spill cleaned up

Nov 26, 2015 / 10:25 am
The majority of the cleanup is done, and things are back to normal in Coldstream, following a huge gasoline spill, Wednesday. Some 6,000 litres of gasoline spilled from a tanker truck at the Centex gas station, next to Coldstream Elementary School. The spill closed the school and Coldstream...

Backpacks for homeless

Nov 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, the Upper Room Mission is once again gearing up for their busiest time of year. Lisa Anderson, URM director of resource development, said the mission is once again collecting backpacks full of items to be distributed to the city's less...

More arena ballots cast

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:32 pm
Approximately 1,432 people cast ballots in a second advance poll on a new ice sheet for Vernon, according to a preliminary vote count. Combined with last week's advance tally, 2,544 people chose to vote early. Although the proposed twinning of Kal Tire Place has been controversial, voter...

Finlay named to camp

Nov 25, 2015 / 4:27 pm
Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay has been named to the selection camp roster of Canada West for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge. Finlay is currently tied for the team lead with 26 points, including 11 goals. The World Junior A Challenge will be held in Wellington and Trenton, Ont. Dec....

Shelters at capacity

Nov 25, 2015 / 3:53 pm
As the mercury drops and more people seek refuge from the cold, area shelters are operating at maximum capacity. Kelly Fehr, program director for the John Howard Society (JHS), said the Gateway Shelter has had to break out extra mats to give people a warm place to sleep. Gateway is a co-ed...

Cleanup, possible charges

Nov 25, 2015 / 1:36 pm
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. Coldstream Elementary School and the District of Coldstream municipal office are expected to reopen Thursday morning after work to clean up a significant spill of unleaded gasoline, according to a news release from the district. Kalamalka Road was expected to open to traffic...

More money for refugees

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:10 pm
The October federal election gave a boost to an Armstrong group seeking to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan – and not just because of the change in government. The Pleasant Valley Secondary School Leadership Class and Adrenaline Dance Team teamed up to raise $1,300 by...

Vernon man missing

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:08 pm
Vernon RCMP is asking for public help in finding a missing man in need of medical attention. On Nov. 19, Fraser Gerrard left a medical facility in Vernon without completing his treatment. “Police are concerned for his safety and are requesting the public's assistance in locating...

Missing Mexicans found

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:54 am
Four Mexican migrant farm workers missing from the Okanagan since the summer have been found, but police refuse to say where. The men were reported missing on June 26 by the owner of the farm where they were employed after they failed to return to work, however, police are not saying where or...

Advance poll Wednesday

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:30 am
UPDATE: 9:28 a.m. The District of Coldstream municipal office is closed due to a nearby gas spill. Voters are asked to attend two other voting locations below. Greater Vernon residents will have one more opportunity to beat the referendum rush by casting their ballot at an advance poll...

Gas spill closes school

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:01 am
UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. A gas spill at the Centex station on Kalamalka Lake Road has closed the Coldstream municipal hall as well as Coldstream Elementary School and an adjacent daycare. Kalamalka Lake Road is closed in both directions. District CAO Trevor Seibel says the municipality has been...

More cash for firehall

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
Armstrong city council has added an additional $75,000 to this year's budget for firehall renovations. The money, taken from surplus funds of previous years, will be added to the $700,000 already earmarked for the work, said Mayor Chris Pieper. “We budgeted pretty close, but we...

Who took $50,000?

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan RCMP continue to investigate a break and enter at Interior Savings Credit Union's Vernon branch on Sept. 24 that netted a thief $50,000. An unknown male broke into the drive-thru ATM of the building on 32nd Street during the nighttime hours and fled with the money. Const....

Coldstream's future

Nov 24, 2015 / 7:25 pm
Coldstream's official community plan is almost ready for the public eye. The district's website says a public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7. “We've been getting it ready to go out in its final draft,” said Mayor Jim Garlick, following Monday's...

38th annual food drive

Nov 24, 2015 / 4:30 pm
It is time to stock the shelves of food banks in Vernon, Enderby and Armstrong. Vernon and area realtors will be going door-to-door collecting for the 38th annual food drive on Wednesday, Dec. 2, starting at 5 p.m. Residents in Vernon and Coldstream are being asked to donate non-perishable...

Armstrong school safety

Nov 24, 2015 / 3:50 pm
Some concerns over traffic safety outside Armstrong Elementary on Pleasant Valley Road have been rectified. Concrete barriers have been installed on city property next to the 90-year-old school to stop vehicles using the space as an extra parking lot said Mayor Chris Pieper. “It should...

Careful on the roads

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:09 pm
North Okanagan RCMP are warning drivers to be careful on the roads as temperatures drop Tuesday afternoon. “The roads are slushy, it's supposed to go to -7 C tonight and if that happens, with so much water on them, I suspect we'll see quite a few accidents,” said Const....

Call cops, witnesses told

Nov 24, 2015 / 11:30 am
RCMP are urging the public to call when they witness a crime, no matter how small. “Any sort of incidents,” says Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “If you see people breaking into cars, we get a lot of vandalism that people saw and no one told us about. Anything like...

More police wanted

Nov 24, 2015 / 7:50 am
While the furor over panhandlers in the downtown core seems to have died down, some civic officials agree there is a need for more police in the city centre. Panhandling has been a hot topic for the past few weeks after a local food vendor claimed he was harassed by a street person. Coun....

'Snow' way to practice

Nov 23, 2015 / 7:30 pm
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow - you get the idea. And no, these are not a merry band of hopeful postal workers but members of TOFL girls under 17 soccer team. The girls are taking part in a tournament this weekend in Seattle and figured a little wet snow wouldn't deter them from getting...

City officials talk refugees

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:58 pm
City of Vernon officials have been approached by the provincial government about housing refugees from the Middle East. Mayor Akbal Mund said provincial officials called a week and a half ago to say refugees may be coming to the area. “I did say I was concerned about housing,”...

Group urges yes vote

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:31 pm
User groups, some businesses and a big name have come forward in favour of a new arena in Vernon. At a news conference at Kal Tire Place Monday, representatives of Greater Vernon Minor Hockey, the Vernon Figure Skating Club, the Vernon Ringette Association and the Vortex Speedskating Club urged...

Marina at council again

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:22 pm
Vernon's mayor is wondering why city council is once again dealing with a proposal for a marina in the Outback. The matter was before council 11 years ago and it was rejected then, so Akbal Mund questions why it is before city officials again. The Outback is a collection of some 161 units...

New Coldstream trail started

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:00 pm
Construction of the Kal Crystal Waters trail is underway. A contractor began working on the first section, which connects Lakeview Drive in Coldstream to the Kal Lake lookout, last Thursday said Bob Fleming, electoral area B director. “We received the permit in October after a lengthy...

Refugee plan proceeding

Nov 23, 2015 / 11:49 am
While a debate rages in many parts of the world over accepting refugees from the Middle East, the only discussion in Armstrong is how soon can they get here. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, some people expressed concern about taking refugees into their country or...

Serious injuries in collision

Nov 23, 2015 / 11:09 am
Alcohol has not been ruled out in an accident near Tappen that shut down Highway 1 Saturday and sent one person to hospital. Salmon Arm Staff Sgt. Scott West said the preliminary investigation and witness accounts “have lead police to believe an off-road motorcycle attempted to cross the...
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