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Empty shelves at the Mission

Nov 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

The Upper Room Mission in Vernon is asking for the community’s support in stocking their shelves. According to fundraising director Lisa Anderson, the pantry’s supply room is the barest she has ever seen. “I am seeking assistance from our community in the means of cash or...

Pepper sprayed at the pool

Nov 27, 2014 / 10:30 am

The pool area at the Vernon Rec Centre was evacuated Wednesday night after a man was pepper sprayed inside the facility. The incident occurred about 9:15 p.m. when a 19-year-old man was pepper sprayed inside the men's change room. The suspect apparently escaped through the back door of...

Missing your wheel?

Nov 25, 2014 / 4:00 pm

If you are missing a large steel wheel, the Vernon RCMP are storing it for you. According to the RCMP they came into possession of the unusual ‘found property’ Sunday around 3:45 p.m. Spokesman Gord Molendyk says a resident who lives at 2903 33rd Ave, reported that they found the...

Early morning gunshot

Nov 25, 2014 / 12:30 pm

A early morning gunshot had Vernon RCMP rushing to the scene Tuesday morning. Early this morning at about 12:40 a.m. officers were called to a report of a gunshot being fired in the 2900 block of 43rd Ave. “Upon attendance, our officers confirmed that a gun had been fired and that...

Arsons leave no connection

Nov 25, 2014 / 8:00 am

Over the last several months the Vernon RCMP and the local fire department have been fighting what appears to be a string of arson fires in the North Okanagan. Since the spring, several dozen suspicious blazes have been lit and despite some periods of calm, the fires are still burning. Just...

Another water main breaks

Nov 24, 2014 / 3:49 pm

Update 3:45 p.m. A fourth water main has broken in Vernon, affecting an additional 20-30 residents. This is the fourth to break today, with now over 120 residents without water. The latest break is in the 3600 block of 24 Avenue. Crews will be reportedly responding to the break...

Out of control eviction party

Nov 24, 2014 / 1:13 pm

A 17-year-old has been charged and a home was destroyed after 250 people attended an 'eviction party' in Greater Vernon. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says bylaw officers asked for RCMP assistance Saturday night around 10:35 p.m. for a complaint of a loud party in the 6200 block of Rimer...
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SAR finds missing hunters

Nov 24, 2014 / 12:21 pm

Two local hunters are now safe after a concerned family reported them missing early this morning. Vernon Search and Rescue Search Manager Leigh Pearson says 20 members of their team were called out at 9:00 a.m. to assist the RCMP in the search for two overdue hunters in the Beau Park area off of...

Vernon lights up Nov. 28

Nov 22, 2014 / 2:59 pm

Downtown Vernon will be aglow with Christmas Friday, Nov. 28. The annual Christmas light-up, sponsored by MNP, will take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free parking and free transit to and from the event has been arranged to make it accessible for all. “The Light Up is a community...

Tire fire suspicious

Nov 21, 2014 / 2:45 pm

A late night fire in the Kal Tire parking lot Thursday has been deemed suspicious, however, fire department officials are not saying whether this latest fire is connected with other arsons over the past several months. "It's a suspicious fire because tires don't spontaneously...

Gas leak closes 2 schools

Nov 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

Two schools in Lumby are closed today (Friday) as a result of Thursday's gas leak. School District 22 announced the decision Friday morning. Due to the leak JW Inglis Elementary School and Charles Bloom Secondary are closed today. Lavington school however remains open. Teachers and...

We're already home

Nov 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

A group of authors working out of Vernon are spreading a message of tolerance, acceptance and love. Three authors have put together a heartwarming play featuring different religious groups that challenges the ignorance that surrounds them everyday. The play titled 'We're Already...

Gas leak closes Hwy. 6

Nov 20, 2014 / 9:54 pm

Update -- 9:40 p.m. Highay 6 is now open to single lane alternating traffic. The evacuation of residents in a section of the Lavington area of Coldstream has been lifted, following disruption of natural gas service this morning when a motor vehicle struck a high-pressure natural gas line....

Sovereign Lake to remain closed

Nov 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Despite a week of hard work to prepare trails for the weekend, Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre announced last night (Wednesday) that they would be unable to open for Friday, November 21st. “It was a tough decision but Sovereign Lake will open as soon as possible once they receive sufficient...

IH investigates staff member

Nov 19, 2014 / 6:00 am

An employee with Interior Health is under investigation after an alleged complaint of sexual assault at a residential care facility. Interior Health contacted the RCMP in July, following an internal investigation into inappropriate care between a staff member and a resident at a Vernon care...

Vernon verifies election results

Nov 18, 2014 / 8:20 pm

No changes in the final order of finish in Vernon's municipal election. The city made the results of Saturday's vote official on Tuesday morning, which saw Akbal Mund replace outgoing mayor Rob Sawatzky. Brian Quiring, Bob Spiers, Juliette Cunningham, Catherine Lord, Dalvir Nahal and...

Meet Vernon's new mayor

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Akbal Mund starts this week with a new job title on his resume, mayor-elect of Vernon. He took a moment to speak with Castanet and says Saturday's election win is still sinking in. “I don’t take the mayorship role until Dec. 1 and then it will start feeling like I am the...

Hollywood meets Vernon

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld The North Okanagan is abuzz with movie crews running between locations in Enderby, Lumby and Vernon. Unlike many movies that have filmed in the area in the past, these stars are not the...

Selfless act gets man stabbed

Nov 17, 2014 / 7:47 pm

An Armstrong man is likely wishing he hadn’t offered to help, after his charitable act landed him in hospital. The man was allegedly stabbed by a homeless man after he welcomed him into his home. According to North Okanagan RCMP they were called to the scene at 1:15 a.m. on Friday Nov...

Van crashes into school bus

Nov 17, 2014 / 6:57 pm

A man has been taken to hospital after he crashed his delivery van into the back of school bus near Falkland. According to RCMP, the accident occurred just east of Falkland when the school bus had stopped to drop off a child. There were reportedly multiple children on the bus at the time,...
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