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Guns and pizza bad mix

Jul 6, 2015 / 1:51 pm

Vernon RCMP were called to the local Boston Pizza restaurant Friday night after a man was reported to be carrying a gun. Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police were called at 11 p.m., but by the time they arrived, the man had left the area. However, he returned without the firearm was...

Kal Lake search continues

Jul 6, 2015 / 11:16 am

Vernon RCMP will continue their search on Kalamalka Lake today, as they continue to look for a missing Lethbridge, Alta., man. Police spokesman Gord Molendyk said investigators do not believe Curtis Wilson, 24, has left the area. “So far, our investigation leads us to believe he is...

Cyclist dies from injuries

Jul 6, 2015 / 11:14 am

A cyclist struck by a pickup last Thursday in Vernon has died. The woman was hit by a black Chevrolet pickup at 6:20 a.m. while crossing 25th Avenue at the intersection of 35th Street. It is an uncontrolled intersection. RCMP on the scene said speed does not seem to be a factor, but noted the...

Pospisil in the quarterfinals

Jul 6, 2015 / 7:39 am

Unseeded Canadian and Vernon native Vasek Pospisil is moving on to the men's singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon. He defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia in five sets Monday at the All England Club. Pospisil came back for a 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the No. 22...

New track on track

Jul 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

With the International Association of Athletics Federations-compliant, synthetic track surface being installed, the Greater Vernon Community Sports Facility is getting closer to being ready for people to lace up and give the multi-million facility a try. “The black underlay for the track...

Cadets swarm into town

Jul 5, 2015 / 2:42 pm

The cadets are back. As has been a summer tradition for decades – hundreds of cadets descended upon Vernon over the weekend to begin their summer training. More than 850 army, sea and air cadets arrived at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre (VCTC) to begin a summer of challenging and fun...

MacKay speaks to chamber

Jul 5, 2015 / 6:12 am

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay will swing through the Okanagan this week. MacKay, who also serves as attorney general, will speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Vernon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The theme of MacKay’s speech is “a successful budget, a secure...

Cadet camp starts back up

Jul 3, 2015 / 12:26 pm

With only one day remaining before 817 army sea and air cadets arrive in Vernon from across western Canada, staff at Vernon Cadet Training Centre are busy preparing for the 67th summer of training in leadership, citizenship and physical fitness. There are 113 adult staff, including cadet...

Fire relocates welfare office

Jul 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's business as usual for the Vernon office of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. The building the North Okanagan office operated out of was gutted by fire Tuesday evening leaving many wondering where they can pick up their cheques and make enquiries. According to...

Racers ready to shred

Jul 2, 2015 / 6:41 pm

Elite mountain bike racers will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money at Silver Star Mountain Resort this weekend. The BC Cup Downhill Series Race takes place Saturday and Sunday. Close to 250 racers are expected on the mountain. “The Silver Star race is definitely one I look...

Fire cause undetermined

Jul 2, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Fire officials are still looking into what caused a massive blaze that destroyed a single-storey building in Vernon Tuesday. The 48th Avenue structure was gutted and partially collapsed by the fire that destroyed social services offices and the office of surgeon Dr. Mike Motyer who operated...

Cyclist hit by truck

Jul 2, 2015 / 10:21 am

A cyclist was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Thursday morning with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a truck. The accident happened at 6:20 a.m. on 25th Avenue, at the intersection of 35th Street. Police said the unidentified woman was crossing 25th Avenue southbound at an...

Hay barn up in flames

Jul 1, 2015 / 8:34 pm

A hay barn erupted in flames in Armstrong, Wednesday evening. The fire started about 6:30 p.m. on Knob Hill Road, near the Hulcar Hall, according to neighbours. There is no word on the cause of the fire or any injuries. However, wet or recently harvested hay can spontaneously combust due to...

Super sounds all summer

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Downtown Vernon is set to host another season of free summer entertainment. “Our free summer music events really bring a fun energy and atmosphere to downtown Vernon. It’s the perfect excuse to relax, grab a bite to eat and enjoy summer with friends and family.” says Hailey...

Flag replaces tree

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:00 pm

When Vernon’s Canterbury Court Seniors Residence had to remove a majestic maple tree in front of the building because it was causing problems with underground services, several residents were upset over the loss. But the replacement for the tree had them singing loudly Tuesday. A day...

Accident closes highway

Jul 1, 2015 / 3:59 pm

UPDATED: 5:10 P.M. DriveBC has confirmed the highway is now open in both directions. ORIGINAL: 3:59 P.M. Highway 97 is closed this afternoon at the junction at Highway 97A and Highway 97B near Enderby due to a vehicle accident. Flaggers are at the scene detouring traffic to the...

Polson Park celebration

Jul 1, 2015 / 2:14 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Polson Park was the place to celebrate Canada's 148th birthday in...

Comfort among the ashes

Jul 1, 2015 / 11:53 am

Dr. Mike Motyer and his wife, Laura, are amazed at how caring their new community is. Mike is a surgeon and the couple moved to Vernon 18 months ago when they opened North Okanagan Foot and Ankle with satellite offices in Kelowna, Kamloops and Salmon Arm. But on Tuesday, disaster struck and...

Door-to-door scammer

Jul 1, 2015 / 10:02 am

Vernon RCMP are warning the general public about a man who is going door-to-door, attempting to solicit money from homeowners. Over the past three days, the man has been going throughout the area from 48th Avenue to 30th Avenue in Vernon. “He has primarily been targeting elderly...

Major blaze in Vernon

Jun 30, 2015 / 7:37 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh A massive fire gutted a building in the north end of Vernon Tuesday evening, sending thick, black...

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