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Snow plow issue ongoing

Apr 23, 2014 / 4:31 pm

After our initial story Wednesday morning of a family trapped by snow on Silver Star Mountain, more mountain users have come forward claiming this is not an isolated issue. As it turns out, many are feeling neglected and trapped by the lack of snow removal and road maintenance on Silver Star...

Friday night market a go

Apr 23, 2014 / 4:09 pm

A Friday night market in downtown Vernon has been approved after a slight hick up last week had market organizers waiting for an answer. Last week Vernon City Council had asked the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) to ensure that the majority of business owners in the area approved of the...

Rescued from snow storm

Apr 23, 2014 / 12:43 pm

UPDATE 12:30 P.M. Steve Darby says they are now able to safely get down the road after the snow clearing crew got to their home just after 11 a.m. The Ministry of Transportation is still looking into the situation and will get back to Castanet with their response. Have you been snowed in...

Power restored

Apr 23, 2014 / 11:16 am

Update -- 11:15 a.m. Power has now been restored to areas in and around Vernon, according to BC Hydro. Over 1,400 residents were left in the dark at some point in time over the past 12 hours when the power went out late Tuesday night. Hundreds of North Okanagan residents are in the dark...

A day with the K9 dogs

Apr 22, 2014 / 8:01 pm

In support of the Okanagan Humane Society and HugABull, the Vernon K9 unit offered up a day with the dogs last fall during an auction. On Tuesday in Vernon, the winner redeemed her prize. “So the winning bidder gets to come out with us and see what we as police dog handlers do for...

Pellet gun scare

Apr 22, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Walking in downtown Vernon while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon did not bode well for one man this past weekend. Police were called after witnesses saw a man carrying a gun near the Shoppers Drug Mart Sunday.. “At about 3:40 p.m. our officers from the Vernon Detachment were...

Curfew check nets drug bust

Apr 22, 2014 / 4:00 pm

A late evening curfew check of an offender on probation turned up a lot more than expected. “This one comes under perhaps the not so bright file,” said RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. On April 22 just before 1 a.m. one of our officers conducted a curfew check on a man bound by a...

Pleasant Valley Rd hit & run

Apr 22, 2014 / 3:00 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are asking for your help after a cyclist hit and run took place on on Pleasant Valley Rd this past weekend. RCMP say that on April 20 at about 9 p.m. a 26-year-old man reported getting hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in the 6300 block of Pleasant Valley Road. RCMP...

Funding for water projects

Apr 18, 2014 / 2:02 pm

Water related projects have been given a boost thanks to funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board, OBWB. The Regional District of North Okanagan, RDNO, has received $45,700 in funding for four projects that will help improve water quality and promote water conservation in the North Okanagan....

Vernon parking fees drop

Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

In a reversal of the norm, parking in downtown Vernon just got cheaper, if you don't mind walking a bit further that is. Two weeks ago, Councillor Brian Quiring told council that he felt fees should be dropped across the board regardless of the loss of revenue, saying the higher fees cause...

Thieves target local businesses

Apr 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

RCMP are warning local merchants to be aware of a group of people who appear to be targeting local businesses with stolen credit cards. According to RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, a group of men made purchases, Tuesday afternoon, at a Vernon Save on Foods. “Two men were able to...

Motorcycle victims ID'd

Apr 16, 2014 / 3:24 pm

The BC Coroners Service has released the identity of a Vernon couple killed on Westside Road Sunday evening. Carol Joyce Thor, 61 and her husband Brian Thor, 57 died when their motorcycle was involved in a head-on collision with an SUV. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Police confirm the...

Friday night market delayed

Apr 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

There will be a slight delay in the city's plans to hold a weekly Friday night summer market in downtown Vernon. City Council was set to approve the necessary road closures off 30th Avenue on Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m., but some members of council decided to stall saying they need to ensure it...

Snow pack levels

Apr 15, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year. Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill reservoirs in the Okanagan during spring melt. Readings taken by GVW March 26, 2014 at three monitoring...

Bookworms to flood library

Apr 15, 2014 / 11:51 am

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be fully reopened on April 23, more than two months after a flood severely damaged the building’s main floor. An insulated water pipe burst on Feb. 10, causing a rush of water through the main floor of the library. It damaged the...

Two sent to hospital in crash

Apr 15, 2014 / 11:34 am

11:30 a.m. Apr. 15 update: RCMP say it may have been a misuse of a turn signal that caused the accident in Vernon Monday morning. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says a green Dodge minivan was heading north on Hwy. 97, while a grey Dodge truck was heading southbound. The driver of the grey...

'Can' stop the crooks

Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

North Okanagan RCMP had the last laugh when a man wearing a “CAN’T STOP THE CROOKS,” was caught red handed. On April 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. a North Okanagan Traffic Member observed a driver talking on his cell phone while driving through Vernon, he pulled him...

Two dead in crash

Apr 14, 2014 / 11:19 am

Update-- 11:15 a.m. Vernon RCMP say the crash involved a SUV that was heading Southbound. It collided with a motorcycle that was northbound on Westside Rd. The two people on the bike died at the scene. Both are from the North Okanagan. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says early...

Success for Silver Star

Apr 12, 2014 / 9:07 am

It was another busy year on the ski hill for Silver Star, and they're bracing for a busy summer season as well. The Mountain Resort announcing they say an overall increase in visits of four per cent and a 14 per cent increase in Nordic visitors. With the ski season wrapped up Silver Star...

Car fires deemed suspicious

Apr 11, 2014 / 11:50 am

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Rescue Services Car fire at Hwy. 97 and 25th Avenue North Okanagan fire crews dealt with two fully engulfed car fires this week, both are being investigated by RCMP. Early Friday morning crews battled a suspicious car fire on Hwy. 97 and 25...

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