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Safety first at rail crossings

May 24, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Not only can it be dangerous to cross train tracks at a random spot, it is also illegal. Doing so can net a fine of $115. So too can failing to obey railway...

Harcourt on True Leaf

May 24, 2018 / 12:11 pm

Former Premier of British Columbia Mike Harcourt will be a featured speaker at the BC Pharmacy Association’s Annual Conference tomorrow. Harcourt is now...

Patients welcomed back

May 24, 2018 / 10:42 am

The North Okanagan Hospice Society welcomes their patients back after evacuating them from the building a little over two weeks ago. On May 9 high water levels...

Rockin' arena opening

May 24, 2018 / 6:30 am

There will be a rockin' opening to Vernon second ice sheet in September. The city's newest arena is attached to Kal Tire Place and three days of...

Heli installs gondola

May 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

The snow melted just in time for Silver Star to start installing their first gondola on Wednesday. A helicopter flew in from Vancouver Island and placed 11...

Parking lot to open soon

May 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

The original plan was for it to open last fall, but unexpected challenges forced the city to push back the opening date of the 29th Street parking lot for...

Power restored

May 23, 2018 / 8:04 pm

UPDATE: 8 p.m. Residents tell Castanet power has been restored as of 8 p.m. after over 2,000 lost power Wednesday evening. UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. A witness tells...

Local athletes shine

May 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Vernon Taekwon-do athletes brought home 26 medals from B.C. provincial championships. Seventeen local athletes competed at the 2018 International Taekwon-do...

City declares war on weeds

May 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Vernon is launching a war on weeds. Contractors will begin to control weeds and grasses that may impair traffic visibility, damage asphalt surfaces...

Cultural facility size, cost

May 23, 2018 / 4:21 pm

They know the size, they know they cost, they just don't know exactly where. The plan for a new multi-purpose cultural facility for Greater Vernon has a...

Beloved furbaby missing

May 23, 2018 / 11:49 am

Amber Lee Bahm is desperate to find her furbaby. While camping near Dee Lake over the long weekend, her 16-year-old border collie/blue heeler cross wandered...

Just a Cherryville Day

May 23, 2018 / 10:21 am

This year, Cherryville Day will be a one-day event, as it was back in the day, but not because of lack of enthusiasm. Cherryville RDNO Director Hank Cameron:...

Missing woman found dead

May 23, 2018 / 9:28 am

The body of a missing North Okanagan woman has been found near Hidden Lake in the Trinity Valley area. Lisa Ruigrok, 52, was reported missing on May 18, after...

A unique way to learn

May 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

If you happened to walk around downtown Vernon Tuesday, you may have noticed a group of young students walking in a row briefly stopping to admire the murals....

Buried alive and rescued

May 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Saskatchewan couple is in hospital, lucky to be alive, following a near-deadly mudslide on Highway 3. Gabe Rosescu and Sheri Niemegeers were heading to...

Take a hike, don't get lost

May 22, 2018 / 8:24 pm

The Vernon Outdoors Club wants to tell people to take a hike - and be safe when they are doing it. There are hundreds of backcountry hiking trails in the area,...

Mountain goats galore

May 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A video posted to the Vernon and Area Community Page is getting people talking about how diverse the wildlife is in the Okanagan. An avid outdoorsman, Brandon...

A brighter start to summer

May 22, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Many Vernon children are jumping for joy after receiving playhouses for their families' backyard just in time for summer. Tolko’s senior leaders...

Released on bail

May 22, 2018 / 2:16 pm

The 60-year-old woman accused of several arsons in Armstrong has been released on bail. Crown council confirmed Colette Leneveu was released and will next...

'Give me my life back'

May 22, 2018 / 2:02 pm

"I have to be a spectator in my life now." At a press conference held on Tuesday morning, Melissa Verleg pleaded for her life back. The Vernon mother...

Loses mom on wedding day

May 22, 2018 / 9:13 am

A Vernon bride lost her mother just hours before her wedding was set to take place. Ann Wittenberg, a government worker from Ottawa, travelled to Tofino, to...

Talking pipelines in Vernon

May 22, 2018 / 8:25 am

There isn't a corner of the country that, at the very least, hasn't heard of Kinder Morgan — the company that is behind the massive Trans Mountian...

Fully engulfed home

May 21, 2018 / 12:00 pm

A home went up in flames early Monday morning in Vernon. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are currently on scene at a residential house fire that occurred...

A snakey situation

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two Great Basin gopher snakes were caught on camera at Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon getting a little bit feisty. "What they were doing was...

Broken, beaten and bruised

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

When Angie Lohr thinks back on some of her worst nights, she goes silent. They aren't memories she likes to remember. "I don't like to talk about...

'It can be scary'

May 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Okanagan paramedic Michelle Casanova is on a mission. Michelle along with about 40 others who are paramedics or family and friends of a paramedic will bicycle...

A show like no other

May 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The 100th Falkland Stampede is in full swing and there are several special events planned to mark the milestone. The rodeo will welcome a special guest this...

Bringing the past to life

May 19, 2018 / 1:49 pm

Falkland has taken on a carnival-like feel this weekend for the 100th annual stampede. Along with the regular rodeo fair are a few special events including the...

School exchanges postcards

May 19, 2018 / 7:00 am

There are more than 1,100 Waldorf schools in more than 80 countries. Cedar Bridge School in Lumby is participating in a program which will connect them all. It...

Rodeo of the century

May 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

It is an event 100 years in the making. The 100th annual Falkland Stampeded takes place this weekend and to mark the milestone, some special events are planned....

Boil water notice issued

May 18, 2018 / 12:51 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan in conjunction with Interior Health has issued a boil water notice for customers supplied by the Mabel Lake Water...

Serving up a fundraiser

May 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

More North Okanagan children will get a chance to participate in sports thanks to the Vernon Leos and KidSport program. Shane Wright, with the Greater Vernon...

Help find missing woman

May 18, 2018 / 11:45 am

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing Ashton Creek woman. Police didn't say when Lisa Ruigrok...

Traffic slow on Hwy 97

May 18, 2018 / 11:32 am

Traffic heading south on Highway 97 is slow going following an earlier accident. A Castanet reader sent us a raw video that appears to show a two-vehicle...

Task force zeroing in

May 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

While the discussion regarding Vernon's street-entrenched population continues, many business owners directly affected are looking to the Activate Safety...

Free rodeo event today

May 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

The 100th Falkland Stampede takes place this weekend, but rodeo fans can get a taste of the action for free today. From noon to 2 p.m., the stampede grounds...

Market in full swing

May 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

Spring is in full swing and that means so is the Vernon Farmer's Market. The market is held every Thursday and Monday in the Kal Tire Place parking lot...

Reservists in the flood fight

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Three-hundred Canadian military personnel are mobilizing and establishing themselves in Vernon, preparing to deploy to communities in the Southern Interior...

Mayor shares in frustration

May 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The owner of Hi-pro Sportswear dumped his frustrations on Vernon's City Hall Wednesday. For his actions, Bob Sattler is now being investigated by RCMP. ...

Local state of emergency

May 17, 2018 / 6:31 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has issued a local state of emergency in the Whitevale Road area of Harris and Bessette Creek in Lumby. The RDNO made...

National Caesar Day

May 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm

What's your favourite topping on a caesar? Thursday was International Caesar Day and for Canada, that's a big deal. Castanet staff decided to take a...