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City seeks parks feedback

Jan 25, 2015 / 7:08 pm

The city of Vernon is asking for feedback on the draft Parks Master Plan and is inviting residents to visit a consultation station from 1 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Okanagan Regional Library Vernon Branch, 2800 30th Ave. One consultation station already took place on Saturday, Jan....

Animal cruelty charges laid

Jan 25, 2015 / 11:00 am

One month after 16 horses were seized in deplorable conditions in the North Okanagan, the owner has been charged. Gary Roberts, 69, of Armstrong faces three counts of animal cruelty after the BC SPCA executed a warrant at his farm on Dec. 11. North Okanagan SPCA protection officer Kathy...

Kevin Hill takes X Games gold

Jan 25, 2015 / 9:11 am

The City of Vernon, Silver Star Mountain and the whole North Okanagan are set to celebrate gold tonight. A celebration is planned at Monashee’s Bar & Grille for hometown boy Kevin Hill, who took his first gold medal in Snowboard Cross at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this...

Vernon ready to rock for carnival

Jan 24, 2015 / 8:00 am

Vernon is getting ready to rock as final preparations are being made for the 55th annual Vernon Winter Carnival. This year’s theme is “Carnival of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and the annual celebration will kick off Feb. 6, continuing to Feb. 15. Carnival executive director...

Slopes for Hope

Jan 24, 2015 / 7:00 am

Cancer fighters will take on a new challenge by hitting the slopes of Silver Star for an Everest-style event. On February 22, winter enthusiasts will attempt to ski or board the equivalent of Everest (29,029 vertical feet) in one day. Appropriately titled ’Slopes for Hope’, this...

Vernon grapples with water quality

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:08 pm

How to grapple with water system upgrades is again front of mind for Vernon-area residents. The Greater Vernon Water District held a referendum in November asking the public to borrow $70 million for the first phase of a water upgrade, which would have included a $26.5-million filtration plant...

Band seeks rail line partners

Jan 23, 2015 / 4:00 pm

The Splatsin Indian Band is looking for partners to help acquire the full CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong. After successfully negotiating for about 30 acres of the discontinued CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong in December, the SIB is looking for regional and municipal...
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Imam says peace the true Islam

Jan 20, 2015 / 4:30 pm

When a Vernon Imam says terrorists don't represent the true Islam, he may raise eyebrows. Not for what he says. But for what he looks like, or more correctly – what he doesn't look like. Muhammed William, Imam at the Vernon mosque, is a Caucasian, born and bred B.C. boy who...

Fog, ice lead to crashes

Jan 20, 2015 / 9:45 am

Thick fog and black ice combined to make for dangerous driving in the Vernon area early Tuesday. During the morning commute, a handful of accidents were reported. The most notable was a three-car collision on Highway 97 South, between Kal Lake Lookout and the Vernon landfill, which slowed...

Drunk crashes into pole

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:37 pm

A North Okanagan man is facing drunk driving charges after colliding with a hydro pole and blowing two-times the legal limit. On Jan. 18 at about 8:45 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle that had just collided with B.C. Hydro pole at 2920 Okanagan St. in Armstrong. “The crash...

Suspicious dumpster fire

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Last year, Vernon was plagued with suspicious fire after suspicious fire. Now, for the first time this year, another has been lit. On Saturday at 6:45 p.m., Vernon fire crews were called to a small dumpster fire in the 2300 block of 36th Avenue. “Indications are that cardboard had been...

Men in masks claim innocence

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Two men wearing black masks were arrested by Vernon RCMP Saturday, after their odd clothing caught attention. According to RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, police were called to the scene at 10:40 a.m. Jan. 17. “Our officers were dispatched to a report of two males near the Fruit Union...

New fire hall at Predator Ridge

Jan 18, 2015 / 5:01 am

A new fire station has officially opened up between Vernon and Kelowna. The Station 3 – Predator Ridge Fire Station is now fully operational, following the wrap up of construction last week. “The new hall is a tremendous public safety asset for Predator Ridge and Vernon as a...

Heavy lifting at VJH

Jan 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

Work continues on fitting out the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This week, four units of a massive "chiller" or air handler were craned into position, forcing temporary closure of access to the emergency unit drop-off area. The machine is a...

Police dog nabs suspect

Jan 16, 2015 / 2:20 pm

One suspect is in custody and another is on the loose after a break-in in Vernon. At about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Vernon RCMP were called to a report of a break and enter in progress at the construction site of a new townhouse complex in the 4000 block of 28th St. in Vernon. The...

Hundreds of snow plow complaints

Jan 15, 2015 / 7:31 pm

It has been 10 days since most of the Central and North Okanagan was pummelled by a record-setting snowfall. More than 30 centimetres of snow left many stranded in their homes for hours or even days as crews worked to clear the streets. After the initial shock, City of Vernon crews have...

New grace period for meters

Jan 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you've forgotten to plug your meter in Vernon, you will now have a few more minutes to rush back to your car. The new five-minute grace period instituted by city council this week will now give drivers a little more leeway when it comes to avoiding those pesky parking tickets. This new...

Arrest made in standoff

Jan 13, 2015 / 3:38 pm

A man finally gave himself up early Tuesday morning after a five-hour standoff with police in Vernon. The call came in at about 10:15 p.m. on Monday night. A man was said to be destroying a basement in the 3900 block of 21st Ave. When officers responded they found three people outside the...

BX Road closing for upgrade

Jan 13, 2015 / 1:16 pm

Starting Wednesday, BX Road in Vernon will be closed to traffic for up to two days between Pleasant Valley Road and East Vernon Road for the installation of utility services. The City of Vernon advises traffic will be rerouted to Silver Star Road and 39th Ave., and the BX dog park can be...

Gun seizure linked to gangs

Jan 11, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A known firearms trafficker in Vernon is behind bars after being arrested and charged. According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, the man, who is said to have significant gang ties, 21-year-old Daniel Penton, was charged with four gun-related charges. The...
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