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RCMP: iTunes tax scam

Jul 14, 2016 / 2:46 pm
RCMP in the North Okanagan have issued yet another warning about a scam in which a caller claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and demands payment. The scam has a new twist, with the caller demanding payment in iTunes cards. “Several local people have been contacted by...

Street party in Enderby

Jul 14, 2016 / 1:23 pm
Businesses along Cliff Avenue in Enderby plan to hold a party on Saturday to celebrate the reopening of the newly-renovated main street. Music and games will be part of the fun as businesses lay out their wares, hoping to bring back trade to the downtown following the weeks-long work that has...

Fewer pay taxes on time

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:31 pm
Most Vernon residents paid their property taxes on time, but the number is down from last year. City officials say 88 per cent of the total property taxes due came in by the July 4 deadline. Last year, 91 per cent of the taxes was in on time. The number of people claiming homeowner grants in...

More beaches, more fun

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:28 pm
What better way to beat the Okanagan heat than head to the local beach for a dip in the clear water of area lakes. And the North Okanagan may have even more beach access for people to choose from. City of Vernon staff have been told upgrades to city-owned beach lots at the north end of...

Fancy getaway top prize

Jul 14, 2016 / 11:07 am
Twenty bucks is going to get someone a luxury local vacation. The North Okanagan Neurological Association (NONA) is offering chances to win one of three Okanagan experiences in a raffle to raise money for its new facility for children and youth with special needs in the North Okanagan. The...

Cenotaph cost shared

Jul 14, 2016 / 10:21 am
Armstrong and Spallumcheen councils are sharing the costly job of rebuilding the Cenotaph in Armstrong's Memorial Park. Both councils have each agreed to pay one-third of the almost $9,000 cost – double what had been asked for. The local legion is paying the rest. The newly-built...

Lengthy 30th St. closure

Jul 14, 2016 / 9:39 am
The City of Vernon is warning drivers of a lengthy closure to 30th Street, between Highway 6 and 30th Avenue, set to start next week. From July 18 to late October, 30th Street will be closed to upgrade the road and underground utilities. A newly separated two-way bike path and sidewalks will...


Walker suffers injuries

Jul 14, 2016 / 7:53 am
An older man out for a walk suffered a laceration to his head and arm Thursday morning after being struck by the side of a vehicle at 25th Avenue and Highway 6, according to Vernon Fire Rescue. First responders were called at 6:50 a.m. The man was “hit by the side of the car, the...

Deep-fried deliciousness

Jul 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
Calgary Stampede fans have been enjoying the unique and winning tastes of the Okanagan. Vernon food vendors Ogopogo Concessions and International Perogies have taken top honours for the best new sweet food and the best new savoury food respectively at the popular Alberta rodeo. Ryan Carlos...

Wood chipper catches fire

Jul 13, 2016 / 9:36 pm
An Armstrong resident was in the right place at the right time, quickly reporting a fire at the Armstrong landfill. Lesley MacDonald, who owns property just below the landfill, saw billowing black smoke Wednesday evening. She investigated and found a wood chipper on fire. MacDonald called 911...

Summer Suds spectacular

Jul 13, 2016 / 3:36 pm
What's better than a cold adult beverage on a hot summer day? Having a cold adult beverage on a hot summer day while raising money for a non-profit group. Summer Suds takes place Saturday at the Vernon recreation complex from 3-7 p.m. and will not only feature beers from across the...

Beach lots a priority

Jul 13, 2016 / 3:15 pm
City of Vernon staff have been told that upgrades to city-owned beach lots at the north end of Okanagan Lake should become a priority. “From 25th Avenue, we own nine lots along Lakeshore Drive in that whole stretch before you get to Kin Beach. There are six lots that are continuous,”...

Christy Clark gets crafty

Jul 13, 2016 / 1:29 pm
All Tyler Dyck wants for the craft distillery industry is parity with the wine industry. The CEO of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery said the industry has grown in leaps and bounds since the Liberals made changes to the liquor laws three years ago, but more needs to be done. Dyck likened the...

Elders look to B.C. chiefs

Jul 13, 2016 / 12:02 pm
Splatsin First Nation elders have gone over the heads of Chief Wayne Christian and their council, appealing to chiefs across the province to stop a proposed land settlement. A referendum on the proposed settlement is expected to be held at the Splatsin community centre in Enderby on July 16th,...

Suicide pact, says coroner

Jul 13, 2016 / 10:28 am
The drowning death of an Alberta man in Kalamalka Lake last summer was the result of a suicide pact with his friend, according to a B.C. coroner's report. The body of the other man has not been found. On June 28, 2015, emergency personnel were summoned to the Cosens Bay area of the lake...

Pledges boost rail trail plan

Jul 13, 2016 / 9:25 am
Donations for the Okanagan Rail Trail initiative have been rolling in, helped along by two major donors. Organizers say $450,422 was raised in the first ten days of July, putting the total at just under $700,000. Before the end of June, pledges had been slow. But the campaign received a...

Summer food drive

Jul 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
There are some empty shelves at the Salvation Army food bank in Vernon and efforts are being made to fill them. The Sally Ann's summer food drive takes place all day Thursday at Save-on-Foods at the Village Green mall. “Feed the Need is one of our biggest fundraisers of the...

City work in the ditch

Jul 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon will be completing annual ditch maintenance on Tronson Road, Bella Vista Road and surrounding areas over the next six weeks. Ditch maintenance involves the excavation and removal of built-up material in ditch lines and is required to ensure proper roadway drainage and to...

Landing Plaza evacuated

Jul 12, 2016 / 7:18 pm
UPDATE 7:17 P.M. A pair of Vernon youths are under investigation following a bomb threat that was called in Tuesday afternoon. Cpl. Spencer Hornoi said the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax and the two youths "from the Greater Vernon area" said a bomb was set to go off at the...

Thieves target Silver Star

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:09 pm
Police are on the lookout and more security has been added up at Silver Star after a rash of thefts. Brad Baker, director of operations for Silver Star Mountain Resort, said the thefts are not happening in the village proper, but in the surrounding condos and townhouses. From last Thursday...

Playing around in Oyama

Jul 12, 2016 / 4:20 pm
Pioneer Park got a facelift and new playground funded by provincial grant. In April 2015, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick delivered a $35,000 grant to the District of Lake Country in support of playground improvements for Pioneer Park in Oyama. On Tuesday, he joined Mayor James Baker...

Floating for a cause

Jul 12, 2016 / 4:12 pm
Two local businesses are on the water raising money for the Upper Room Mission and the Women's Transition House. Called Floating for a Cause, Pat Loehndorf, general manager and partner at Bannister Honda, and Stan Morris, owner of Papa Murphy's in Vernon, have been out on a boat selling...

Murder charge dropped

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:59 am
A charge of second-degree murder has been stayed against a 15-year-old male in connection with the death of a man in Polson Park last August. “That occurred in court this morning,” said Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson for the criminal justice branch, after speaking with the prosecutor...

Fighting the mussels

Jul 12, 2016 / 10:15 am
A new initiative starts in the Greater Vernon area this weekend due to concern over the possibility of quagga and zebra mussels entering local lakes. Starting July 16, Vernon RCMP volunteers will be conducting vessel safety checks at Paddlewheel Park boat launch and will be checking vessels for...

Rising from the ashes

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for another apartment building on hospital hill, just south of VJH on 31A Street, have narrowly won support in principle from Vernon city council. City staff had recommended the plan for a 42-unit building be rejected in favour of the current Official Community Plan land use designation...

Big money in movies

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
A TV-movie production company is expected to drop $2 million into the North Okanagan economy over a six-week period, according to a City of Vernon official. “This is film one,” said Kevin Poole, economic development manager, hinting more will follow. The Prairie-based company is...

Chief has egg on his face

Jul 11, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite took the raw eggs in the face to join forces with a firefighter and community man he believes deserves recognition. Known simply as 'Coach' in the North Westside area...

Skateboard talks roll on

Jul 11, 2016 / 5:30 pm
The public and stakeholder groups, including skateboard and cycling associations, are to be asked what they think about allowing skateboarders on certain roads and sidewalks within the City of Vernon. Currently, skateboarders are breaking municipal bylaws by riding on either and they can be...

Not so welcome

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:18 pm
First the design was too bland, now there is little interest in building them. The City of Vernon will be issuing a second request for bids to create and construct three welcome signs for highway entrances into town. That's because the city received only one $200,000 bid to make the three...

Revving up for car show

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Some of the hottest steel, chrome and rubber on four wheels will be rumbling into Vernon this weekend for the Sun Valley Cruise-In. Hotrods, cruisers, trucks, ratrods and more will be on display on 30th Avenue from Friday, 4-9 p.m., and then again in Polson Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3...

City council feeling blue

Jul 11, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Vernon City Council is joining the movement. On Monday, council agreed to join the Blue Dot movement, a nationwide effort that aims to amend Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment. At their regular Monday council meeting, civic leaders...

Gun call a false alarm

Jul 11, 2016 / 2:36 pm
A large police presence on the Pelmewash Parkway yesterday caught the attention of many, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says officers were called to a pull out along Pelmewash Parkway after receiving a report of a possible firearm being pointed across Wood...

'I'm glad to be alive'

Jul 11, 2016 / 12:39 pm
Sandra Penner says the next time she has to travel, she will drive. The Vernon resident was on a flight from Calgary to Kelowna yesterday that was struck by lightning, terrifying passengers and making headlines across the country. Penner was returning home from Calgary where she had...

Rear ender slows traffic

Jul 11, 2016 / 12:04 pm
A rear end crash at 32nd Street and 28th Avenue slowed traffic heading north on Highway 97 through Vernon, just before noon on Monday. A Vernon Fire Rescue crew administered oxygen to an older woman on the passenger side of a blue car showing front end damage and a smashed windscreen before two...

Crazy housing market

Jul 11, 2016 / 11:03 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson is fearful the cost of a family residence in the North Okanagan is almost out of reach for the average family. During a presentation to council on Monday, the city's economic development manager, Kevin Poole, said the average price of a single-family...

Vehicle erupts in flames

Jul 11, 2016 / 5:53 am
A vehicle burst into flames on the street overnight in Coldstream. Firefighters doused the blaze about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Kal Lake Road and Aberdeen Road. The vehicle, which appeared to be a truck, was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured, and the occupants of the...

Civic T-boned by truck

Jul 9, 2016 / 5:52 pm
A Honda Civic was T-boned by a GMC pickup truck Saturday afternoon on the 3800 block of 25th Avenue in Vernon. The Civic was pulling out of a driveway at about 5:15 p.m. when it was hit by the truck. There were no injuries in the collision, but traffic was reduced to one lane in the eastbound...

Highway 97A reopens

Jul 9, 2016 / 4:35 pm
UPDATED: 4:35 p.m. Highway 97A has been fully reopened. ORIGINAL: 2:52 p.m. The northbound lanes of Highway 97A south of Armstrong has been closed due to a vehicle crash. The crash occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. DriveBC reports the closure can be avoided by using...

Wanted man at large

Jul 9, 2016 / 6:33 am
Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted man. Vincent Silas Maxwell has an outstanding warrant for being unlawfully at large. He is described as: Caucasian male Six feet three inches tall 188 pounds Black hair Brown eyes If you know of...

New event ready to roll

Jul 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
JCI Vernon and BDO Canada LLP will be bowling over local young professionals with a new event. The inaugural Lawn Days of Summer tournament will take place over the span of three Friday evenings: August 5, 12 and 19, at the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club in Polson Park. BDO is the presenting...
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