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Dump road set for upgrade

Mar 18, 2015 / 8:45 am

As part of a $2.5-billion announcement today by the B.C. government, Vernon is set to see some highway intersection improvements. The government says the design and plan process is now underway for intersection upgrades at Highway 97 and Birnie Road (just south of Vernon) to make it safer for...

Planning for accessibility

Mar 17, 2015 / 7:00 am

The City of Vernon has added new voices to its advisory planning commission to bring a perspective on disability and youth issues. Lisa Kongsdorf and Laura Hockman from Independent Living Vernon both have backgrounds in disability and mobility issues. Robert Aguilar has been appointed to the...

The modern indian

Mar 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

What does it mean to be First Nation in modern Canada? That and more will be probed March 25 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, as it hosts a First Nations in Contemporary Culture panel discussion. Starting at 7 p.m., the free event will include six speakers. They...

Cadet camp back to life

Mar 16, 2015 / 9:00 pm

By Wayne Emde One hundred and six army, sea and air cadets arrived in Vernon on Sunday for a week of training and competition. The cadets will receive advanced training in music, leadership, marksmanship and will compete for a place on the prestigious parachute course held in Trenton, Ont.,...

Take from bad, give to good

Mar 16, 2015 / 4:12 pm

The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society and Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP will receive provincial grant money from the province's Civil Forfeiture Fund, from which money is used to help organizations working on crime prevention and provide aid to victims of crime. “Its money...

Water outage this week

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:50 am

Some Vernon residents will be without water this week as the city conducts maintenance. Crews will be replacing valves on the main water line beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. Homes will be affected in the following areas: 621 to 650 Black Rock Rd. East Vernon Road, from Pottery to Black...

Mobile homes evacuated

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:42 am

A windstorm that blew across the province knocked out power in several communities. But, in Lumby, it caused a unique electrical hazard. About 7 p.m., Saturday, RCMP responded to a residence on the 400 block of Mabel Lake Road. The wind had blown a portable carport up into a power line,...

Easy fishing for speeders

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:21 am

RCMP had another busy weekend nabbing speeders between Vernon and Winfield. Officers from both North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services combined their efforts to impound eight vehicles for excessive speeding and hand out 50 tickets. They set up two separate speed traps within five...

C-51 protest hits streets

Mar 15, 2015 / 8:24 am

By Wayne Emde A crowd of about 250 protesters outside the office of North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, Saturday, in what was billed as a non-partisan gathering. “Bill C-51 is rash, politically motivated and dangerous,” said Jacqui Gingras, NDP candidate for North...

More cuts for school district

Mar 14, 2015 / 3:28 pm

As the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District faces school closures and cuts, the Vernon School District is preparing to tighten their own belt. But this district says they are going to continue to keep those cuts out of the classroom. The Ministry of Education has announced School District...

Distillery ready to shine

Mar 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm

It could be a big March for Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. The company is preparing to move from its existing Vernon location to a purpose-built 16,000-square-foot, state of the art building in North Vernon, and is also looking to repeat its victory at the World Spirit Awards. The...

Radioman hangs up mic

Mar 13, 2015 / 12:16 pm

When Glen Morrison first turned on the microphone in 1972, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, Neil Young’s Heart of Gold and Don Maclean’s American Pie were tearing up the charts. Radio stations were playing 45s and the all-night DJ was still in demand. Forty-three years later,...

Med school opens at VJH

Mar 13, 2015 / 10:22 am

Students in the University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program officially have a new place to call home at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. UBC’s regional associate dean for the Interior Dr. Allan Jones and Vernon Jubilee Hospital physician Dr. George Borchert, were joined by...

Dust advisory lifted

Mar 12, 2015 / 5:24 pm

The Ministry of Environment has ended its dust advisory for Vernon issued on Monday due to high concentrations of coarse particulates in the air. Changing weather conditions have contributed to improving air quality, and this is expected to continue over the next few days, air quality...

Cash returned to owner

Mar 12, 2015 / 3:21 pm

UPDATE MARCH 12 The owner of an envelope of cash found in Vernon has come forward – and is grateful for the Good Samaritan who turned it in. According to RCMP, a family member had just picked up the rent money and lost the envelope before getting home. The honest resident who turned...

Seattle ski coach extradited

Mar 12, 2015 / 10:41 am

A former private school ski coach from Seattle, convicted in Vernon for peeping on his students at Silver Star, has been extradited to the U.S. to face further charges. Jason Christopher Paur, 44, was indicted last year by a U.S. federal grand jury for five child pornography related offences....

Focus on regional issues

Mar 12, 2015 / 8:29 am

Governments from throughout the Southern Interior will focus their efforts at a meeting next month. Issues of regional importance are on the agenda – such as fire zones, invasive mussels, meat processing regulations and more. There are 24 resolutions on the table for the Southern...

Garbage up, recycling down

Mar 11, 2015 / 11:52 am

A new five-year waste management contract has been signed by the City of Vernon and the successful bidder, Progressive Waste Solutions. Residential rates will stay the same, while there are major shifts in commercial garbage removal and recycling rates. Businesses will pay nine per cent more...

Growers fear GMO backlash

Mar 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Arctic Apple is creating a chill in the Okanagan orchard industry, says the president of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association. The BCFGA is calling on Ottawa to place a moratorium on approval of the non-browning genetically modified apple developed by Summerland-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits...

Drunk speeder nabbed

Mar 10, 2015 / 11:48 am

Speeding excessively while drunk is not a good idea. But Vernon RCMP caught a young driver doing just that on Saturday. A North Okanagan Traffic Services officer noticed a Subaru speeding at Ricardo Road on Highway 6 near Coldstream about 7:20 a.m. It was clocked on radar travelling 56 clicks...

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