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'Aggresive' woman missing

Sep 4, 2015 / 1:52 pm

Vernon RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a patient who walked away from a medical facility without having completed her treatment. Police describe Cheryl “Daisy” McEwan as five feet six inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. She has short, dark hair and...

Vittles galore at country fair

Sep 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

It can take a lot of effort to have fun, and considering the size of the Interior Provincial Exhibition grounds it can also take a lot of walking. The Armstrong Fair covers several acres filled with animals, vendors, a midway, shows, hundreds of exhibitors and enough stuff to keep visitors going...

Snow arrives at the Star

Sep 3, 2015 / 10:49 am

There's snow in them there hills. September has barely begun, and Silver Star Mountain Resort has already had a dump of the white stuff. Brad Baker, resort operations manager, says this is not the earliest the mountain has received snow, but it is certainly a welcome...

Teens' first day in court

Sep 3, 2015 / 9:05 am

Two Okanagan teenagers will be back in court next Tuesday after they made their first appearance on second-degree murder charges Wednesday in Vernon. Brandon Joseph Clayton Wellington, 18, and a second unidentified 14 year old are charged in the homicide of 42-year-old Jason Hardy. Both...

Tory accepts more forums

Sep 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

People will be seeing more of federal Conservative candidate Mel Arnold after he has agreed to attend several more election forums than originally planned. The Tory candidate for the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding had initially announced he planned to attend only five forums in Vernon, Armstrong...

Thousands flock to IPE

Sep 2, 2015 / 5:07 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh The heavens cleared, the sun beamed down and thousands of people took in the opening day of the...

Teens charged in park death

Sep 2, 2015 / 2:04 pm

Two teenagers are facing second-degree murder charges following the discovery of a body in Vernon's Polson Park. Jason Hardy, 42, was found dead near the lawn bowling clubhouse on Aug. 26. RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the two teens are 14 and 18 years old and were arrested on...

Mulcair visits Vernon

Sep 1, 2015 / 5:45 pm

Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair made a brief stop in Vernon Tuesday where he promised to make First Nations a top priority for his government should the party be voted into power on Oct. 19. Mulcair was greeted by close to 300 party supporters at North Okanagan-Shuswap candidate Jacqui...

Pedophile gets 66 months

Sep 1, 2015 / 3:35 pm

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. A Vernon man who pleaded to sexually assaulting his two young stepdaughters and possessing hundreds of images of child pornography was sentenced to six and a half years in jail, Tuesday. Justice Mark Takahashi took time served into consideration and the man – who cannot...

Room for improvement

Sep 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Overall, the City of Vernon did well in an audit by acting Auditor General for Local Government Arn van Iersel, but there is some room for improvement. “They have done some good things. They have improved on their management of inventory,” said van Iersel. “They need to update...

Bruno off to InterSki

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Silver Star Nordic coach Marie-Catherine Bruno has been selected by her Nordic ski instructor peers to represent Canada at the 2015 InterSki conference in Argentina. InterSki is where the world’s “best of the best” snow sports instructors meet to exchange ideas on technique and...

Robbed while sleeping

Aug 31, 2015 / 8:30 pm

A 20-year-old woman was injured after someone smashed the window of her car and stole her purse and cellphone just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the Vernon woman was sleeping in her Volkswagen Jetta while it was parked on the corner of 30th Street and 29th...

Who lost envelope of cash?

Aug 31, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Vernon RCMP are trying to track down who ever left an envelope full of money at the downtown Safeway. On July 29, someone left a light brown envelope full of cash at checkout 6 at 12:55 p.m. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the envelope “has writing in black lettering indicating the...

Hurt ribs in quad accident

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:39 pm

A man trapped under his quad Sunday in the Noble Canyon Road area was flown to hospital with possible bruised or broken ribs. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the ATV rollover happened about 11:40 a.m. and the man was flown out via helicopter to Kelowna General Hospital. The...

City bending rules: audit

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:29 pm

A performance audit report on the City of Vernon has been completed by B.C.'s auditor general for local government. In summary, it appears that in 2011 a city department direct-awarded a $35,000 purchase order to a vendor to provide services without involving the purchasing services...

Drug lab caused explosion

Aug 31, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Vernon RCMP have confirmed an explosion in a Vernon apartment earlier this month resulted from a marijuana oil extraction lab. “This is just another example of the danger that exists when people attempt to extract the oils in an operation such as this," police spokesperson Gord...

Park death a homicide

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:34 am

The death of a man in Vernon's Polson Park last week has been ruled a homicide. The remains of Jason Thomas Hardy, 42, were found in bushes behind the lawn bowling club near the park bandshell. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police are treating this as a criminal investigation and...

City under audit scope

Aug 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Are Vernon residents getting good value for their tax dollars? The inner workings of City Hall will be revealed Monday as B.C.'s auditor general for local government releases a performance audit report on the City of Vernon. The focus of the report: "Achieving Value for Money in...

Get ready for the IPE

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:43 pm

There's a hint of fall in the air and the return to school is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: it's time for the IPE. The Interior Provincial Exhibition – also known as the Armstrong fair – kicks off Wednesday. It will be the 116th year for the popular...

Injured ATV rider airlifted

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A B.C. Ambulance Service helicopter had to be called in after an ATV rider was injured near Becker Lake, Sunday. Apparently, the rider was hurt and trapped under the ATV. Someone else freed him, John Angard told Castanet. “The pilot did an excellent job landing in a very tough spot...

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