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High wire hydro repairs

Apr 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

BC Hydro power line technicians from Vernon recently completed maintenance on a 500 kilovolt line in the North Okanagan that runs between Ashton Creek and Selkirk. The specialized crew used a helicopter to help install more than 2,000 spacer dampers and 129 arcing horns on the line over six...

Known drug dealer arrested

Apr 4, 2014 / 12:10 pm

A local Vernon man has been arrested on drug trafficking charges. Police in Vernon say the man was arrested as part of an investigation involving a local drug trafficker they knew to be dealing in the city. The 54-year-old Vernon resident was arrested in a parking lot near the intersection of...

Young woman found

Apr 4, 2014 / 8:29 am

Update -- April 4, 8:30 a.m. According to the Vernon RCMP, Emily Grace Duggan has been located safely in the Lower Mainland. Police as asking for your assistance locating 27-year-old Emily Grace Duggan. On April 2, 2014 Emily Grace Duggan (born March 15, 1987) left a medical facility...

No appeal for gang lawyer

Apr 3, 2014 / 3:06 pm

Canada's highest court has turned its back on a convicted and disbarred lawyer from Vernon, B.C. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal application from William Mastop. The 46-year-old was originally sentenced to one year in jail after being convicted for helping a...

Charges laid in fatal crash

Apr 3, 2014 / 12:57 pm

A 22-year-old Spallumcheen man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash a year ago on Highway 97 south of Vernon. Brandon McGregor, 22, has been charged with Dangerous Driving Causing Death. The collision occurred March 31, 2013, when a northbound pickup truck collided head-on with a...

Casino brings in new jobs

Apr 3, 2014 / 11:15 am

Lake City Casino in Vernon is bringing back the live table experience and some lost jobs. Starting this week Lake City will re-introduce five gaming tables where you can play Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em, creating 15 new jobs. Several jobs were lost when the...

Parking Wars

Apr 1, 2014 / 4:30 pm

In an era of parking fee increases everywhere in the Okanagan, the City of Vernon is looking at lowering fees back down. Vernon City Council has instructed staff to look into options for variable parking rates throughout the downtown core which may see prices drop back down in less busy areas....

Paralympians celebrated

Apr 1, 2014 / 4:29 pm

North Okanagan residents are being asked to come out and show their pride for their Paralympic athletes. The City of Vernon and Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging area residents to come show their support for — Sonja Gaudet and Josh Dueck of Vernon and Ina Forrest...

Smoke in the hills

Apr 1, 2014 / 2:59 pm

The Kamloops Fire Centre is alerting residents that a controlled grass fire will be visible in the Predator Ridge area south of Vernon today. Wildfire Management Branch personnel will be conducting the burn to eliminate fire hazards around the Vernon Fire Zone office and provide a training...

Fire questions linger

Apr 1, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The investigation into the motel fire in Enderby on March 22 still has the RCMP looking for answers and witnesses. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says that the officers investigating this file are asking anyone who was in and around the area between about 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on the morning of...

Safeway gas bar robbery

Apr 1, 2014 / 10:35 am

Vernon RCMP are on the hunt for a masked man after a robbery Monday afternoon. On March 31 at about 4:50 p.m. officers received a report of a robbery at the Safeway Gas bar at 4300 32nd Street. “A lone male entered the business with his face covered and demanded money. The clerk...

Fire hall wifi used for porn

Apr 1, 2014 / 10:32 am

An elderly Notch Hill man is scheduled to appear in court later this month on possession of child pornography charges and impaired driving. Police in Salmon Arm arrested Charles Gleave, 77, after receiving reports of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Sorrento Fire Hall early Sunday...

Speed check nets pot bust

Mar 31, 2014 / 7:21 pm

On March 28 police noticed a grey Malibu speeding near the scales on Hwy. 97. Two 35-year-old men, one from Grinrod and the other from Spallumcheen, were in the vehicle. The officers who pulled them over immediately noticed an odor of marijuana, on a closer check the officer found the men in...

Marijuana stays on ALR land

Mar 31, 2014 / 4:53 pm

The City of Vernon has voted to restrict medical marijuana production to agricultural land. The vote scraps the original bylaw that would have allowed it to be grown on light industrial land. Their reasoning was simply the tax loss. “I will speak against the motion as it stands only...

Speedy new driver

Mar 31, 2014 / 12:31 pm

A 35-year-old Lumby man, still on his Novice Drivers license, was ticketed for multiple driving infractions over the weekend. On March 29 at about 1 p.m. the North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit conducted a check in the area of Otter Lake Cross Rd. and Hwy. 97A. A 1995 Dodge was stopped for...

Officer, I am testing my car

Mar 31, 2014 / 12:29 pm

A Sunday drive costs a woman her car - for a week. At about 3:25 p.m. the woman was caught ‘testing her car on the highway’, doing 150 km/h in a 90 zone. “A woman learned the hard way about driving her brand new car. She had only had the car for three days, took it out on...

Coldstream beach fire

Mar 30, 2014 / 7:50 pm

Fire crews were called late Saturday night to get a fire on Pumphouse Beach in Coldstream under control. Coldstream Fire Chief, Shane Code says they were called by RCMP to extinguish the fire, on the beach off WestKal Rd., because it was significant in size and was threatening nearby...

Mudslide near Salmon Arm

Mar 30, 2014 / 10:49 am

UPDATE Sunday 10:40 a.m. The mudslide happened just before 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Luckily there were no homes in the path of the slide, but the road was completely blocked for a couple of hours. The slide took down dozens of trees, and also knocked out power to area residents. BC Hydro...

Silver Star honours Dueck

Mar 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

A celebration of golden proportions will take place at Silver Star when the resort honours Josh Dueck Saturday. Dueck, who won gold in the Super Combined and silver in the Downhill at the Paralympic Games in Sochi, will be the guest of honour starting at 4 p.m. in the centre of the...

Micro-lending launch

Mar 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

A call has been put out to all entrepreneurs in the Okanagan who need a little help, and all those that want to give a little help to come out and support the next generation of successful business. On Saturday April 12, Canada's first peer-to-peer micro-lending chapter will launch in the...

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