Ranchers watch for rustlers

Oct 17, 2016 / 11:50 am
After more than a dozen incidents of cattle rustling in the North Okanagan last year, all is quiet so far this year. Local wildlife expert Pete Wise said he has heard of no incidents of cattle being killed this year. Since the slaughter last year, Wise said patrols have been increased and...

Assault trial begins

Oct 17, 2016 / 11:10 am
The B.C. Supreme Court trial of man accused of a brutal assault at a Vernon bar two years ago began Monday. Lucas Slizak was arrested Oct. 1, 2014, 10 days after a 23-year-old Vernon man was hospitalized. On Sept. 21 North Okanagan RCMP responded to Monashee’s Bar where they found a...

Kal Tire, UBCO sign deal

Oct 17, 2016 / 10:07 am
Vernon's Kal Tire Mining Group and the University of British Columbia have signed a memorandum of understanding, allowing the two organizations to collaborate in developing technology for the mining tire industry. “We wanted to harness the knowledge and ideas of our team members to...

Burned in Enderby fire

Oct 17, 2016 / 8:20 am
UPDATE: 8:20 a.m. A man is in hospital with serious burns to his upper body after fire broke out in a camper he was sleeping in late Sunday. The Enderby fire department attended the scene at 48 Waterside Road after the call at 9:56 p.m., said Fire Chief Kevin Alstad. “The assumption...

Halibut for happiness

Oct 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

Funtastic seeks new boss

Oct 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 9:34 a.m. A new boss to run Vernon's Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival may be announced this week. “We've had some great applications,” said Diana Williamson, president of the Vernon and District Funtastic Sports Society. Williamson is hopeful...

Big win at Ultra-Tri

Oct 15, 2016 / 11:19 am
One of Vernon's own super-athletes was the top female finisher at the USA Ultra-Triathlon Quintuple Anvil in Richmond, Virginia, a race equivalent to five Ironman races. Not only did Shanda Hill take the top spot in the women's division, placing fifth overall, but Hill was also the first...

5 to run for Sully's job

Oct 14, 2016 / 4:38 pm
Five people are vying for one seat on Armstrong city council, left vacant by the death of longtime councillor Ron 'Sully' O'Sullivan earlier this year. Nominations for the position closed at 4 p.m. on Friday. The nominees include: Helen Jackson, Adrien Lemaire and Gill Melin...

IPE to celebrate Canada

Oct 14, 2016 / 2:02 pm
'Field to Plate Come Celebrate 150' is the theme of next year's Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong in recognition of the nation's 150th birthday in 2017. Recognized as the largest agricultural fair in the province, the IPE features livestock – ranging from cattle,...

Spall semi fire probed

Oct 14, 2016 / 12:02 pm
Fire investigators are on the scene of a semi truck blaze that occurred last night at the Spallumcheen Industrial Park. “Just the tractor unit was on fire. It was not attached to a trailer,” said Armstrong Spallumcheen fire chief Ian Cummings. Fire crews were called out...

Rail trail eyes BC funding

Oct 14, 2016 / 10:36 am
Could there be provincial funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail? Trail society spokesperson Brad Clements confirms the group will be applying for the “biggest amount we can” from BikeBC. The Ministry of Transportation has committed $8 million in funding to communities for 2017-18, to...

Local MP talks housing

Oct 14, 2016 / 10:00 am
A roundtable on affordable housing and the obstacles faced by Canadians who are unable to secure housing has been the focus of talks in Vernon. Local experts met Thursday with North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold. They included representatives from organizations that provide support and services...

Movie maker looks at region

Oct 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
L.A.-based movie producer Rick Dugdale continues to look at the Okanagan as a possible location for his next movie, but nothing is set in stone. “We start prep next week,” said Dugdale, who is currently at a film festival in Texas. The producer, who hails from Enderby and owns...

Zombie outbreak expected

Oct 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
A zombie outbreak is expected at Vernon's Polson Park Saturday, but that's a good thing. The Running Dead takes place at the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a JCI Vernon fundraiser. At 11 a.m. the race for survival begins. Each participant will be given a race belt with three lives...

A ghoulishly good time

Oct 13, 2016 / 4:28 pm
Things that go bump in the night will take centre stage during the 13th annual Ghost Tours of Vernon. Starting at 7 p.m. from Oct. 24-27, Gabriel Newman will once again take people along a walking tour of some of the most haunted spots in Vernon. Newman, a professional storyteller and...

Affordable housing feted

Oct 13, 2016 / 3:12 pm
A prayer from an Okanagan elder marked the official opening of Tanner Terrace in Vernon Thursday. The 10-unit townhouse complex sits on Alexis Park Drive and allows 13 people to have a safe, affordable place to call home. “Today, we announce the completion of a townhouse with a mix of...

Letter advises on clowns

Oct 13, 2016 / 2:38 pm
While there have been no reports of creepy clown incidents in the North Okanagan area, school district officials are aware of the phenomenon. School District 83, in the North Okanagan-Shuswap, has distributed a letter from Safer Schools Together (SST) regarding “clown-related...

Business focus of walk, talk

Oct 13, 2016 / 10:30 am
City officials will be taking a walk later this month in the name of better business. Approximately 150 Vernon businesses will be visited on Oct. 28 for the fourth annual Business Walks program. Business Walks is a part of Small Business Month and is meant as a five-minute check-in with...

Seniors can use grass

Oct 13, 2016 / 10:15 am
A request for improvements to bocce courts in Coldstream ahead of the 2017 BC 55+ Games has been rejected as too expensive. Coldstream council has approved a staff recommendation to tell games organizers the bocce courts at Sovereign Court will not be upgraded to regulation...

Water main break on Alexis

Oct 13, 2016 / 9:30 am
Several residents on Alexis Park Drive did not have water this morning. A water main failure at Alexis Park Drive and 42nd Avenue left six single-family residences without water. Crews are currently repairing the water main and single-lane traffic is in effect. Motorists are reminded to...

Arena work to start in spring

Oct 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Good things come to those who wait, according to the old saying. In Vernon, construction work on a new arena beside Kal Tire Place won't start until at least March of next year, according to Doug Ross, director of recreation services. "Everything is on or ahead of schedule,"...

Council, Big Red forum set

Oct 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon council is hoping to build better relations with property developers and others in the construction trade. Councillors have agreed to a November forum with the Big Red committee of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. The group appeared as a delegation in February, raising concerns...

Steps for tubers

Oct 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm
It's going to be easier and safer for tubers and kayakers to enter the Shuswap River next summer. A contractor for the City of Enderby has been placing four-by-eight-foot concrete pads in place at Belvedere Hand Launch. “The concrete pads will be like a stairway into the...

Science Pub is back

Oct 12, 2016 / 4:21 pm
The Okanagan Science Centre is inviting people to play like a kid – without the kids. The Science Pub is back and adults can have a childish time Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at the Polson Park facility. The night will feature music, dancing, food, drinks and some hands-on science...

Events galore at carnival

Oct 12, 2016 / 3:51 pm
It's still a few months away, but things are taking shape for the Vernon Winter Carnival. Deb White, carnival chairperson, said 64 events have already been registered for the annual festival that will be held from Feb. 3-12, 2017. “New events are being submitted daily to the Winter...

Goodbye sun, hello rain

Oct 12, 2016 / 2:17 pm
Enjoy the sunshine while you can. The Okanagan has been bathed in fall sun for days, but according to Environment Canada that is about to change. Weather prognosticators are calling for nothing but clouds and rain for the next week. Starting Thursday, grey skies take over the region with...

More demolition planned

Oct 12, 2016 / 1:40 pm
Another city-owned building in the downtown is set for demolition. Vernon's Community Safety Office on 32nd Avenue, formerly known as the Community Policing, is set for destruction sometime in the coming months. A request for proposals (RFP) for the work has yet to be...

Council counts the clucks

Oct 12, 2016 / 8:42 am
First pigs, now hens. Vernon city council has approved an increase in the number of hens allowed in yards within the city limits – from three to four. However one resident's request for six hens on a property on 39th Avenue was denied. “It seems an arbitrary number,”...

Dog attacks increasing

Oct 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
There has been an increase in the number of dog attacks in the North Okanagan and surrounding areas, according to Pat Ellis of K-9 Control, the company. According to information supplied by the North Okanagan Regional District, 12 tickets were issued for dog attacks on humans and 12 tickets for...

Final top 20 under 40

Oct 11, 2016 / 6:12 pm
The list of movers and shakers in Vernon under 40 years old is complete. The final five recipients in the 2016 KPMG Top Twenty under 40 include a lawyer, a registered nurse, a hydrogeologist, a small business owner and a young leader who describes himself as an athlete, adventurer, and...

Rainbow for Vernon?

Oct 11, 2016 / 5:51 pm
Vernon city council may be about to approve a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community, but where it will go is not clear. Council heard Tuesday from local resident Travis Irmen who began an online campaign some months ago in the hopes of convincing council to put in an eight-colour...

No love lost in break in

Oct 11, 2016 / 5:49 pm
There is no love lost between a local business and whoever caused more than $600 damage during a break in. At around 5 a.m. Monday, someone smashed through the front door of Libra Love Boutique in Vernon. Ken Harvey, who runs the business with his wife, Barbara, said the suspect parked across...

Water supply restored

Oct 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The Kalamalka Lake water source will be turned back on Wednesday, Oct. 12 following needed repairs to the pump station. The Kalamalka pump station was shut down on Sept. 28 to accommodate replacement of the transformer that supplies power to the station. The project has been successfully...

Good clean fun for senior

Oct 11, 2016 / 2:09 pm
Helen Sydney received an award from the city on Tuesday "in grateful appreciation" for her efforts in keeping Vernon clean. Sydney is seen out almost daily picking up litter in the Bella Vista Road area. "I understand that you have been doing this for quite some time and your...

Shanda powers on

Oct 11, 2016 / 11:11 am
Vernon ultra-triathlete Shanda Hill remains the top woman in the "Quintuple Anvil" in Richmond, Va. which began on Oct. 10, according to Leonard Winslow, her partner. Equivalent to five Ironman races, the distances include a 19-kilometre swim, a 900-kilometre bike ride and then a...

Dog attack, hip smashed

Oct 11, 2016 / 10:14 am
A vicious dog attack on an elderly man in Vernon last month left him seriously injured and legal action is being considered, according to Joyce McNeil, wife of the victim. Douglas McNeil, 84, was taking his morning walk along 17th Avenue on Sept. 4th when he was attacked in the 3900 block by a...

Walking against bullies

Oct 10, 2016 / 10:15 am
A grieving Vernon mom hopes to raise awareness about bullying with a memorial walk at Polson Park. Melissa Godwin's son, Cross, took his own life two years ago after being bullied relentlessly. Cross was just 13 at the time. Family and friends invite the public to join them Sunday,...

Don't have the T-shirt

Oct 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby residents still have that feeling of elation following last week's Hockeyville weekend that saw the Stanley Cup in the village followed by a pre-season NHL game at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Both events marked Lumby's national title as the Kraft Hockeyville community of 2016. But...

Let's carpool

Oct 9, 2016 / 1:36 pm
Save money and have some company on the way to work, says the City of Vernon. Officials are encouraging residents to consider carpooling for their daily commute during Okanagan Carpool Week, Oct. 17-21. Driving alone costs a typical Canadian driver about $25 per day, according to the...

Food for mental health

Oct 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we feature...
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