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Lockdown review complete

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:06 pm
A week after a Vernon school was locked down due to a gun scare, officials are saying they are happy with how things were handled and the matter is now closed. Vernon Secondary School was locked down Jan. 27 after a neighbour saw a person enter the building with what they thought was a...

Coyotes, bobcats spotted

Feb 3, 2016 / 11:43 am
A Coldstream resident has taken to social media to sound the alarm about coyotes in her front yard. Nicolene Dvernychuk posted, “Coyote warning: Area of Hwy 6/Buchanan/Aberdeen intersection. Keep an eye on pets & kids. At least one was right up in our driveway. Three of them right on...

Ministry in deep water

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:57 am
The Environment Ministry is being accused of breaching the Freedom of Information Act over its failure to provide documents that may be related to nitrate contamination in a Spallumcheen aquifer. A request on behalf of some Spall residents who can't drink the water from their own taps has...

Trustees bow to parents

Feb 3, 2016 / 9:00 am
Grindrod's elementary school may be saved from the chopping block, but Armstrong Elementary may have to shut its doors under recommendations worked out by District 83 trustees at a lengthy meeting Tuesday night. Trustees spent 2 1/2 hours going over the numbers and coming up with proposals...

Spanking sparks debate

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
Castanet readers responded in a big way to a recent story and subsequent poll about a Salmon Arm mother and father who were found guilty of assault for hitting their child for punishment. The couple used a small plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their 14-year-old daughter after...

Enderby project moves on

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
Enderby city council is hoping to borrowing $467,000 for its ambitious Cliff Avenue project. Council gave three readings to a borrowing bylaw on Monday that will now be forwarded to the Inspector on Municipalities for approval. Once that is done, residents who are opposed will have a chance...

Glass plant up for sale again

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:21 pm
A large piece of industrial land is going on the market once again. The former glass plant in Lavington will be listed Wednesday at almost half of the original asking price. Ryan Danchuk, a Re/Max realtor with Don Kassa Realtor Services, said the plant was taken off the market in 2013 with an...

Lumby readies budget

Feb 2, 2016 / 4:12 pm
Lumby's mayor is concerned local taxpayers may think they're in store for a big tax hike when, he says, that isn't the case. The village has taken over building inspector duties from the North Okanagan Regional District. “It's a tax shift,” said Kevin...

Why the half mast?

Feb 2, 2016 / 3:38 pm
The Canadian flag in front of the downtown Vernon post office is flying at half mast – but no one is sure why. Employees at the post office, at 32 Street and 32 Avenue, were themselves wondering why the flag was at half mast. No one at Service Canada knew why the flag was flying low...

8 years for peeping coach

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:44 pm
A former private school coach in Seattle has been sentenced to eight years in prison for secretly videotaping his female students at a British Columbia ski resort. RCMP arrested Jason Paur, 45, at Silver Star Ski Resort near Vernon in 2013 after students found a video camera hidden in their...

Jail over car-surfing death

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:49 pm
A Sicamous woman has been sentenced to two years in jail over an incident that saw a man thrown from the hood of her vehicle in a bizarre case of car surfing. Christina Laforge, 48, pleaded guilty in Salmon Arm provincial court last November to criminal negligence causing death. RCMP became...

Enderby water rebate

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:04 pm
Enderby residents are getting a rebate on the cost of water. Mayor Greg McCune says $26 will be taken off the next domestic water bill due to a slight overcharge this past year. The surplus was identified at a council meeting Monday night. Water rates in Enderby are already low. Residents...

Fight for clean water

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:01 am
UPDATE: 10:52 a.m. Interior Health will respond to the law centre's submission, said spokesperson Rob Birtles. “It is a complicated issue and so we are reviewing it with our medical health officers and our staff.” “Steele Springs had identified a dairy farm next to the...

Carnival takes off Friday

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Winter Carnival literally takes off Friday when hot air balloons lift off in the morning. The balloon fiesta marks the official start of the city's biggest winter event. This year's theme is Mardi Gras. “There's actually over 80 events and I believe only 20 of those...

Options for District 83

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Trustees will be hammering out the options for the budget-crunched North Okanagan Shuswap School District at a meeting in Salmon Arm Tuesday evening. No public input will be allowed. However, trustees heard a number of suggestions from parents at a series of recent town hall meetings in...

Police surround car

Feb 1, 2016 / 4:30 pm
UPDATE 5:48 P.M. Vernon RCMP have released some information on a strange incident in Coldstream Monday afternoon. Police confirmed a man was arrested at the scene and witnesses said police were giving a man a roadside sobriety test. Prior to the man being pulled over, there was unconfirmed...

Body found at school

Feb 1, 2016 / 4:29 pm
UPDATE: 4:22 p.m. RCMP say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Salmon Arm man after his body was found on school grounds Monday morning. RCMP responded to a report of a male down in a field at Salmon Arm Secondary around 7 a.m., said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. “Police attended and...

Life-saving training coming

Feb 1, 2016 / 1:01 pm
Firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey have been moved to the front lines in the battle against overdoses and drug deaths and North Okanagan firefighters will not be far behind. Specially licensed firefighters will be allowed to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses opiod overdoses, such as...

Break-in at hobby store

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:12 pm
A local hobby store was broken in to over the weekend and two expensive remote-controlled vehicles were stolen. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said at around 12:15 a.m. Jan. 31, a man broke in to Lester's Hobby Shop and stole two remote-controlled 4x4 style vehicles, valued at...

Hummer H3 stolen

Feb 1, 2016 / 11:51 am
Vernon RCMP are asking people to be on the look out for a stolen Hummer. At around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, someone entered Snap fitness centre on 25th Avenue and stole a set of keys from a jacket. The suspect then stole a blue 2006 Hummer H3. Within 30 minutes of the vehicle being stolen, a...

Clothed in stolen goods

Feb 1, 2016 / 11:17 am
A local man and woman have been arrested after they were caught wearing their ill-gotten gains. On Jan. 30 at 11 a.m., Vernon RCMP were called to the parking lot at the corner of 29th Street and 29th Avenue for a report of a vehicle break-in. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the back window of...

Derkaz takes presidency

Feb 1, 2016 / 10:47 am
With a failed election bid behind her, Cindy Derkaz continues to be involved in politics. The former Liberal candidate for the North Okanagan Shuswap has taken on the role of president of the federal Liberal riding association within the same region. “I envision a team with renewed...

Bobcat visits Middleton area

Jan 31, 2016 / 6:11 pm
Lori Anderson had a surprise visitor to her Middleton Mountain home on the weekend – a bobcat. Anderson posted pictures of the large cat as it meandered through her backyard Saturday. She said the cat “walked right across my back deck and up into the yard.” The post...

Court may be only option

Jan 31, 2016 / 3:55 pm
It's not the way they want to resolve the Kin Race Track issue, but taking the matter to court may be the only way to settle the long-standing dispute. Members of the Okanagan Equestrian Society met at the Village Green Hotel Sunday to discuss the future of the large tract of land next to...

Patients move to new floors

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
The two floors at the top of Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson Tower will be filling with patients Sunday morning. “From 8:30 in the morning we'll be moving a patient approximately every three minutes to the new floors,” said Richard Harding, North Okanagan health services...

Stigma still lingers

Jan 30, 2016 / 11:00 am
There is still a stigma on mental health within School District 22, according to a group reviewing support service in Vernon area schools. While the group said the school district had a good compliment of community and district services to support students and teachers, those programs are...

Clearing house scam

Jan 30, 2016 / 10:00 am
Do you remember the old Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes? Sweepstakes forms would come to your house with the promise that Ed McMahon could knock on your door with a massive, life altering cheque. It seems those who would prefer to scam you out of your hard earned cash are taking to...

Arrest in 3 robberies

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:22 am
A Vernon man has been arrested following a string of robberies in the city. About 2 a.m. Thursday, police were called to a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on 39th Avenue. A lone male entered the store, produced a knife and demanded employees open the cash register. The man stole an undisclosed...

Hurlburt to get upgrade

Jan 29, 2016 / 3:31 pm
The former Camp Hurlburt on Okanagan Lake has been earmarked for upgrades this year. The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has given its approval for money to be spent at the recently acquired parkland, including installation of a gate and upgrades to allow access for boats, bikes and...

Water cost going up?

Jan 29, 2016 / 11:00 am
The cost of running your tap in Vernon is likely to go up this year. Greater Vernon's advisory committee has given approval in principle to a two per cent increase in the 2016 budget. The budget must still get the OK from the North Okanagan Regional District board. It will discuss the...

Vernon's good citizen

Jan 29, 2016 / 9:47 am
A Vernon woman is being recognized for her work in the community. Sarah Armstrong has been named the city's Good Citizen of the Year, by Junior Chamber International. Armstrong is on the board of the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO), working to promote local and...

Funtastic grants available

Jan 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Vernon and District Funtastic Sport Society wants to make Vernon a better place to live. Diana Williamson, society president, said once again, Funtastic is inviting qualifying groups to submit applications for grant money generated by the popular ball tournament and music festival. The...

SAR gets $10M gift

Jan 28, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Search and rescue organizations across the province are rejoicing after learning of a $10 million gift from the province. Earlier this week, the provincial government announced a one-time, $10 million grant for provincial search and rescue operations. "This is a good news story for...

Teen 'spanked' for sexting

Jan 28, 2016 / 4:22 pm
A Salmon Arm mother and father who used a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their 14-year-old daughter have been found guilty of assault with a weapon. A provincial court heard the couple wanted to punish their daughter for sending nude photos to a young man and that instead of...

We Day gift from West Jet

Jan 28, 2016 / 3:47 pm
West Jet doesn't just believe in Christmas miracles. The airline company is flying 13 school children from Alexis Park Elementary to Saskatoon where they will take part in We Day, March 2. We Day stems from a movement to inspire young citizens to give back to their communities and...

Counselling after lockdown

Jan 28, 2016 / 3:44 pm
Extra counsellors were brought in to Vernon Secondary School Wednesday to help students deal with the emotional aftermath of having the school locked down following a report of someone entering the building with a gun. Joe Rogers, school district superintendent, said in addition to the...

Islam discussed at meeting

Jan 28, 2016 / 1:46 pm
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project (ASREP) is hosting another community meeting where people will have a chance to learn more about Islam from a local imam. The meeting will be held at Pleasant Valley Secondary School auditorium on Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with special guests, Vernon Imam...

Eyeing CP Rail line

Jan 28, 2016 / 11:55 am
Politicians in the North Okanagan and Shuswap are to begin a lobbying campaign to get grant funding from senior levels of government to buy a portion of an abandoned CP Rail line. There are hopes it will one day be used as a multi-use recreational corridor, similar to the CN line between Vernon...

No charges in lockdown

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:46 am
Charges are not expected against a Vernon youth who took a toy handgun to school prompting a police response. Vernon Secondary School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning after a neighbour saw someone enter the school with what they thought was a handgun. The neighbour called the school,...

Still getting gouged

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:16 am
Despite a recent drop in the price of gas at North Okanagan gas stations, many people have taken to social media to express their ongoing displeasure with the price at the pump. Greater Vernon motorists are shelling out 95.9 per litre of the liquid gold, but not everyone in the region is paying...
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