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Missing man faces charges

Apr 24, 2015 / 12:08 pm

UPDATE 5 p.m. A 25-year-old dirt-bike rider who was reported missing by his family in British Columbia's Okanagan has found himself facing some legal trouble. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says Kyle MacInnes of Vernon has appeared in court to face four counts of failing to comply with his...

Motorcycle crash kills one

Apr 24, 2015 / 10:30 am

A Malakwa man has tragically lost his life in a motorcycle collision Thursday evening. The 52-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle crash shortly after 7 p.m. The crash closed Highway 97A, about one kilometre south of Sicamous, for several hours. “The investigation to date has...

School district in a hole

Apr 24, 2015 / 5:51 am

The Vernon School District finds itself nearly a million dollars in the hole. That revelation came to light Wednesday as the Board of Education of School District 22 heard first reading of its 2015-2016 budget. “Inflationary and other cost pressures plus a cut in provincial funding of a...

Highway 97A closed

Apr 23, 2015 / 8:45 pm

A vehicle incident has closed highway 97A in both directions from Grindrod to Sicamous (27.2 km). There is a detour available northbound via 97B Junction and from Highway 1 in both directions via Highway 97B. The estimated time of opening is April 24 at 1 a.m. Check DriveBC for updates....

'Just the facts' on rail line

Apr 23, 2015 / 4:23 pm

The Okanagan Indian Band is launching a campaign to clarify its claim to the Commonage rail corridor. The campaign, "Just The Facts," was released as part of a two-page ad placed in the Lake Country Calendar to clear up any misconceptions Lake Country voters may have prior to...

She's got the spirit

Apr 23, 2015 / 2:54 pm

The Downtown Vernon Association elected five new members to its board of directors at its annual general meeting this week. "It was exciting to see members eager to be part of the board... They all have a desire and vision to see continued vitality in the downtown core," said DVA...

Dirtbiker back safe

Apr 23, 2015 / 10:53 am

UPDATE APRIL 23: In a happy ending, a missing Vernon dirt biker has returned home safely. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the man came home on his own volition this morning around 10:15 a.m., and does not appear to be suffering from any injuries. While police are not certain why the...

Farming in focus

Apr 23, 2015 / 9:54 am

The Regional District of North Okanagan is aiming to protect and support agriculture – and it wants your input. RDNO directors and Upland Consulting have completed the first draft of a regional agricultural area plan. The plan process was initiated in 2013 with input from member...

Performing for dollars

Apr 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Vernon students will be dancing, demonstrating, playing, singing, cooking and more for a chance at some of the $64,000 in scholarship funds up for grabs in School District 22. The event is free and open to the public on April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vernon...

$106,000 in carbon grants

Apr 22, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Three North Okanagan communities are receiving grants equivalent to the amount of carbon taxes they are paying. Vernon gets $88,481, Coldstream receives $10,463 and Lumby $7,264 for a total of just over $106,000. “The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program grants return 100 per cent...

Boost for health centre

Apr 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The Lumby & District Health Services Society has received a B.C. Gaming Branch grant for $10,000. It was presented by Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. "The funds are very important to the community as they provide increased health and educational support for families and caregivers...

Water warning sounded

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Less snow and warmer than normal spring weather has Greater Vernon Water officials warning people to use water sparingly. Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill our reservoirs during spring melt. And readings taken by GVW April 1 at three monitoring stations near the Duteau...

Carload of youths in crash

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:36 pm

A carload of youths escaped with apparently minor injuries when their subcompact car crashed into a retaining wall Monday night on Bella Vista Road. Witnesses at the scene said the car was travelling at high speed when the young, male driver lost control and fishtailed into the ditch, slamming...

Showers back in at track

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:29 pm

The cost of Vernon's new running track is going up again. An additional $340,000 will be added to the $7.5-million Greater Vernon community sports field and athletics facility – which is already over budget. Regional District of North Okanagan directors have made an amendment to...

Look up, look way up

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:36 am

Look up. Further. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Okanagan Centre is teaming up with Vernon's Okanagan Science Centre to celebrate International Astronomy Day. Join society members at the science centre in Polson Park, across from Tim Horton's on Highway 6, April 25...

Irish ties for Armstrong

Apr 19, 2015 / 6:29 am

The birthplace of Catherine Schubert is now Armstrong’s official sister community. The Village of Rathfriland, County Down, Northern Ireland was selected because of the Schubert connection. The village's history notes that Catherine O'Hare, mother of the first European child...

Legally blond law day

Apr 18, 2015 / 7:16 pm

By Wayne Emde Vernon Secondary School Law 12 students, under the direction of teacher Sue Egan, took part in a mock trial Saturday during the Vernon Courthouse Law Day. Lyndon Shyukora was charged with murder, but got off clean thanks to his defence team, led by Lauren...

Scooter victim tells her side

Apr 16, 2015 / 2:57 pm

A 49-year-old Vernon woman plans to seek legal advice after she was given a ticket and had to pay to get her scooter out of a towing yard. Patricia Parent was the driver of a scooter hit by a truck on 30th Street on Wednesday. She said police presented her with a $100 ticket – while she...

Funtastic announces lineup

Apr 16, 2015 / 12:27 pm

Vernon's Funtastic festival and tournament has announced its music lineup for this year's event. The annual slo-pitch tourney and music festival is set for June 26-29 at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp grounds. B.C. rocker Bif Naked will headline opening night, on the Friday. Saturday...

New link to Coldstream

Apr 15, 2015 / 3:40 pm

Mount Ida Drive on Middleton Mountain will soon connect traffic between Coldstream and Vernon. Currently, the road at the City of Vernon and Coldstream boundary is separated by dead-ends that will be joined in the coming weeks. The project is part of a longstanding plan to improve...

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