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Fatal motorcycle crash

Feb 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm
UPDATE: 7:24 p.m. RCMP are on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision on Hwy 97 just north of 48th Ave. tonight. The driver of a motorcycle has succumbed to injuries after colliding with another vehicle. The road is expected to remain closed between 48th Ave and 27th St for the next...

Local band grows up quick

Feb 13, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Five high school students from Vernon are watching their musical dreams come together, as their new single trends number one on the Canadian music magazine, Exclaim’s, website. Amistad is made up of five high school students, in grade 11 and 12 from W.L. Seaton Secondary and Kalamalka...

Chili's a hit at Carnival

Feb 13, 2016 / 2:15 pm
UPDATE: 2:14 p.m. There was a long line at the Naked Pig Barbecue and Smokehouse in Vernon Saturday as people waited their turn for a taste of chili. Other restaurants and venues had small crowds huddled outside. A number of locations have been serving up small portions at the Downtown Chili...

Car flipped through air

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:56 pm
UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. A car was "flipping through the air" before crashing to a halt on Highway 97 south of Vernon Friday afternoon but the driver sustained only minor injuries, said Cpt. Darren Cecchini of Vernon Fire Rescue. "One car lost control and ended up rolling, actually...

Massive grant for Lumby

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:04 pm
The Village of Lumby has been awarded $1,711,938 for a sustainable water plan aimed at revitalization. Mayor Kevin Acton believes the funds could help the community get back on its feet. The massive sum for the village comes from the federal Gas Tax Fund. “This project will renew...

Carnival dances

Feb 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm
This is a big evening for dances at Vernon Winter Carnival. The Mardi Gras Party adult dance takes place at the Elks Hall on 30th Avenue on Friday, 8 p.m. Elementary school kids are invited to a Much Music video dance at the Vernon recreation centre auditorium, 5:30-8:30 p.m. A Mardi Gras...

Assault with car, stabbing

Feb 12, 2016 / 2:19 pm
Separate charges of assault with a weapon have been laid against two people following an incident in which a pedestrian was struck in the 3500 block of 27th Avenue on Wednesday. Police officers arrived on the scene in force, after receiving multiple calls about a disturbance in progress in the...


Can the band play on?

Feb 12, 2016 / 12:48 pm
Vernon's Community Band is in danger of folding. The band has been in existence for 20 years, but the tradition in Vernon is almost 100 years old, spokesperson Bjorn Edblad told city council. He appealed for help from the city after the price of renting a school room for practices shot up...

On the right trail

Feb 12, 2016 / 12:47 pm
A sell-out crowd at the annual Shuswap Trail Alliance fundraiser generated $40,000, surpassing previous fundraising records for greenway trail projects throughout the Shuswap. Margaret Moores, one of the event co-ordinators, was thrilled with the tally. "The payoff in helping organize...

Have your say on schools

Feb 12, 2016 / 12:38 pm
A North Okanagan Shuswap school district official has confirmed public meetings will take place on the proposed closures of Armstrong Elementary and Silver Creek Elementary in Salmon Arm. On Tuesday, the school board approved recommendations to close the schools before the start of the next...

Book lovers rule

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's public library continues to be a popular place. The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library had 226,164 visits last year, according to newly-released figures. The overall number of visits for the entire ORL region was 1,611,395. Books and other physical items, such as...

More Mardi Gras madness

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Things will be going downhill at Silver Star Mountain Resort Friday with the start of the 35th annual HollisWealth Over the Hill Downhill. The event, part of Vernon Winter Carnival, runs through Feb. 14 and is a recreational downhill race for the young and the young at heart. Teams can...

Chili cook off heating up

Feb 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Local chili chefs will be putting their best recipes on the line Saturday during the seventh annual Downtown Vernon Chili Cook-Off. The cook off is part of the Vernon Winter Carnival and people will be able to sample the chilis from noon to 3 p.m. “2016 will set the record for the most...

Party on at carnival

Feb 11, 2016 / 2:21 pm
Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Jack and Cheryl Gareb found themselves on the wrong side of the law Thursday, and they paid the price. Jack, who...

Fair share for big users

Feb 11, 2016 / 11:36 am
Big commercial, industrial and institutional water users in the Greater Vernon area could be in for a major hike in their water bills. “The largest user would see about a $20,000 increase annually,” Stephen Banmen, finance manager, told the Greater Vernon Advisory...

Classic tourney under way

Feb 11, 2016 / 10:31 am
The 45th annual Coca-Cola Classic International Hockey Tournament kicked off Thursday morning with the Watkin Motors Mustangs taking on the Glen Lake Hawks out of Calgary. The eight teams in the annual Vernon Winter Carnival event are from Alaska, Idaho, Calgary, Ft. St. John, Dawson Creek,...

UnWined at Carnival

Feb 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Winter Carnival-goers can unwind at UnWined. The Downtown Vernon Association event features an evening of exclusive late-night shopping at downtown boutiques, with special deals and discounts for UnWined event guests. It's hailed as ladies night downtown. Food and beverage...

New home permits up

Feb 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
There was a jump in commercial permits issued by Vernon City Hall last year, but new home construction is still out in front, according to figures released this week. Vernon's planning department reports a 15.8 per cent increase in the number of building permits issued in 2015, compared to...

Great backyard bird count

Feb 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
It's time to get out the binoculars. The great backyard bird count takes place Feb. 12-15. People are being urged to count birds for as little as 15 minutes, or as long as they wish, on one or more days of the four-day event. They are then asked to report sightings online. The...

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...
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