Pool reopens Monday

Sep 16, 2016 / 10:38 am
The Vernon Aquatic Centre will reopen Monday. The rec centre pool has been shut down for three weeks, for annual maintenance. Several facility upgrades have been made during the closure, including a new water feature in the leisure pool called the Sneaky Soaker 3. A new, simplified fee...

Online poll looks at crime

Sep 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
The perception of an increase in crime in Vernon has been a hot topic of debate for several months and one man is taking to social media to see just how people feel about their city. Paul Cousins has created a poll on the Vernon & Area Community Forum Facebook page asking people five...

Time to run for Terry

Sep 15, 2016 / 7:29 pm
It has become as much a Canadian tradition as maple syrup and hockey and once again people will be running, walking and cycling for a Canadian icon. The annual Terry Fox Run takes place at Marshall Fields Sunday in Vernon. Registration is at 8:45 a.m., with the run, walk, ride starting at...

Um, is that a live grenade?

Sep 15, 2016 / 2:25 pm
There was an explosion of concern at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum after someone questioned if some of the vintage war ordnance on display had been disarmed. Maureen Karran, museum president, said on Sept. 2 a visitor from Scotland, who was an expert in the area of munitions, pointed out he...

Smile and have a cookie

Sep 15, 2016 / 12:13 pm
The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is all smiles after teaming up Canada's most popular coffee house. Tim Hortons stores in Vernon will be selling Smile Cookies for $1 each with all of the money going to the foundation. Sue Beaudry, foundation director of development, said this is the...

Explosive fire guts home

Sep 15, 2016 / 11:15 am
The cause of a fire that left a man homeless and gutted a mobile home in Spallumcheen is under investigation. Members of the Armstrong/Spalluncheen Fire Department were called to the home on Whitaker Road early Wednesday morning and found it engulfed in flames. Alistair Crick, ASFD fire...

Virtual Shangri-La

Sep 15, 2016 / 10:26 am
Vernon is set to become the most connected community in Western Canada. Earlier this year, TELUS announced it is investing $35 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Vernon directly to its fibre optic network. Construction began this spring, and TELUS anticipates...

Revving up a new event

Sep 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Silver Star Mountain Resort will be adding another sport to its long list of exciting events. Internationally renowned for its alpine skiing, Silver Star is also well known for its cross-country skiing, mountain bike trails and hiking and later this month it will add motorcycle racing to the...

The Stanley Cup cometh

Sep 14, 2016 / 4:56 pm
The Holy Grail of hockey is coming to the Okanagan. The Stanley Cup will be in Lumby Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of the ongoing Hockeyville events. Lord Stanley's trophy will be on display at Oval Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras, as they will...

Off to the Emmy Awards

Sep 14, 2016 / 4:34 pm
The operators of Back to Earth are over the moon after accepting an invitation to show their products at the upcoming Emmy Awards. The mother and daughter team of Kiley Routley and Kath Raeber of Back to Earth Enviro Products are off to the Emmy’s on Friday for the big event on Sunday,...

Roadwork galore

Sep 14, 2016 / 2:51 pm
Vernon motorists might want to plan their route in advance as several road projects will be diverting traffic in the city. Crews from On the Mark Locates will be repairing a street light conduit along the 3600 block of 14 Street on Sept. 15-16. Single-lane traffic will be in effect until...

Dealing up some money

Sep 14, 2016 / 1:48 pm
Lake City Casino will be dealing up some funds for a local group that assists people with disabilities. Kindale Developmental Association, Lake City Casino and Match Eatery & Public House in Vernon will hold the fourth annual charity barbecue Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the...

A place to heal

Sep 14, 2016 / 12:36 pm
Patchwork Farms at Vernon Okanagan College campus does a lot more than grow plants. It is a place for people to connect with the land, a place to heal, a place to make new friends. The program received a $29,000 boost from the provincial government, Liberal MLA Eric Foster announced...

We're hiring!

Sep 14, 2016 / 11:41 am
Castanet is hiring another person at its Vernon office. The expanding, Okanagan-based media company is looking for an experienced sales person as it grows in the community. A full description of the job can be found here.

More money for aging arena

Sep 14, 2016 / 9:47 am
A crowd funding campaign has been launched in an effort to improve Lumby's aging Pat Duke Arena. The community, located 25 minutes from Vernon, has already won $100,000 for renovations for girls change rooms by winning the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville title. Organizers hope the crowd funding...

Kindness meters a hit

Sep 14, 2016 / 5:21 am
It would seem kindness meters are doing the job. After a flurry of complaints and concerns about panhandling earlier this year, the city installed bright orange kindness meters where people could donate their change rather than give it to panhandlers. The change would then be divided up among...

Get wild at gala

Sep 13, 2016 / 4:54 pm
The Allan Brooks Nature Centre wants people to get wild. The Wine & Wild Things Sparkling Gala and Auction will be held in the ballroom at Sparkling Hill Resort Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The 15th annual event will benefit the ABNC with its goal to sustain and expand the educational programs it...

Suspicious package scare

Sep 13, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Police and fire crews were called to the Vernon office of the Ministry of Children and Family Development following the delivery of a suspicious package Monday. On Sept. 12 at 4:42 p.m., police were called to the government building in the 2800 block of 28th Street said Cpl. Dan...

Band of businesses

Sep 13, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Lindsay James knows how hard it is when your business gets broken into. The owner of The Scarlet Studio and Artisan Market had her 30th Avenue business broken into earlier this year. When she heard the Okanagan Skate Company had been broken into for a third time she decided to take...

Byelection date set

Sep 13, 2016 / 1:55 pm
Armstrong residents will head to the polls in November to elect a new councillor. A seat on council was left vacant with the passing of Coun. Ron (Sully) O'Sullivan earlier this year. Mayor Chris Pieper said the byelection will be held Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Odd Fellows...

Blood trail led to handgun

Sep 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm
The second-degree murder trial of man accused of killing a woman in the Lumby area has begun. Howard Krewson is charged with the second-degree murder of Linda Marie Ross (also known as Linda Stewart) in her Trinity Valley Home on June 19, 2014. Justice Frank Cole is presiding over the Vernon...

Get a ticket, pay in food

Sep 13, 2016 / 11:36 am
City staff will look into errant motorists being allowed to pay their parking fines with food. Coun. Scott Anderson brought the matter to council Monday to see if such a program could be established in Vernon where a certain amount of food donated to the local food bank would pay off a parking...

More parks in the plan

Sep 13, 2016 / 10:29 am
Vernon residents will have more green space in the city in the coming years. The city is looking at putting a park on the Civic Arena property, and plans are also in the works for 12 pieces of property the city owns on Lakeshore Drive in the Okanagan Landing area. Mayor Akbal Mund said the...

A place to park your art

Sep 13, 2016 / 9:07 am
Parking stalls in the downtown core will house a lot more than cars. Downtown metered parking stalls will become sites of creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play. Envision small public parks every few blocks, temporary works of art...

Whining about wine

Sep 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon city council is staying out of the wine business. Council decided to let the provincial government decide who could and couldn't sell vino. The matter of a one-kilometre buffer zone around where wine can be sold was discussed, but in the end council voted to let the province...

Vampires on main street

Sep 12, 2016 / 5:13 pm
Vampires are wandering through downtown Vernon as crews set up to shoot a scene for the movie Drink Slay Love. The 2900 block of 30th Avenue has become a movie set with cameras, lights, actors and extras crowding the sidewalk. The movie, which will air on Lifetime and A&E in early 2017,...

Squealing with delight

Sep 12, 2016 / 5:08 pm
Pig lovers will be squealing with delight over a decision by Vernon City Council. Mayor Akbal Mund said the city will look at legalizing pot bellied pigs as pets. The pet porkers were a subject of much debate earlier this year when a Vernon resident protested a bylaw saying she could not keep...

Vernon teen missing

Sep 12, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Police are asking for the public's assistance locating a missing Vernon teen. On Sept, 6, 17-year-old Suzie Clark was reported missing to the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP detachment. Clark was last seen getting into a charcoal grey Audi at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of...

Online budget input sought

Sep 12, 2016 / 4:42 pm
Vernon residents are being asked to provide input on the 2017 budget process using an interactive online budgeting tool. The Vernon citizen budget will be open for public input from Sept.19 to Oct. 14 and will incorporate an interactive slider that allows residents to provide input on whether...

Luck turns for lotto winner

Sep 12, 2016 / 2:51 pm
UPDATED: 2:50 p.m. Three months ago, Sarah Ross was likely thinking she was one of the unluckiest people out there after she and her family lost everything in a Lumby house fire. But today the 33-year-old is thanking her lucky stars. She won $1 million last week in a Lotto 6-49 draw off a...

City backs police academy

Sep 12, 2016 / 2:41 pm
The city of Vernon has once again thrown its support behind a North Okanagan project that introduces youth to the rigours of police training. Const. Daniel Cocks, school resource officer for District 22, requested council approve $6,000 for the RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy. Cocks...

Fetal alcohol rally

Sep 12, 2016 / 11:49 am
It is 100 per cent preventable, there is no treatment for it and it affects thousands of people in B.C. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of developmental disability in children. September is FASD Prevention and Support month. Health Canada estimates nine in...

Jury selection in murder trial

Sep 12, 2016 / 11:17 am
Jury selection has begun in the second-degree murder trial of Harold Krewson. Krewson is charged with the June 19, 2014, shooting death of Linda Marie Stewart in Lumby. Some 200 people packed Vernon Supreme Court as the selection process began. Krewson, wearing dark pants and a grey shirt,...

Rolling thunder, big hearts

Sep 12, 2016 / 5:48 am
Motorcycle riders from throughout the North Okanagan gathered at the Kal Lake lookout on Sunday for the annual Santas Anonymous toy run. About 200 riders rolled from the lookout to Lumby in the 28th annual event. Riders were encouraged to bring along a toy to donate to the Vernon-based...

Murder trial to start

Sep 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Three weeks have been set aside in Vernon Supreme Court for a case involving the murder of a Lumby woman in June 2014. Proceedings are expected to begin Monday. Howard Everett Krewson, 56, is charged with the second-degree murder of Linda Ross. The two had been dating when Ross, who was a...

Movie filming downtown

Sep 11, 2016 / 7:40 am
Filming continues for a teen vampire movie in Vernon. Sepia Films will be shooting scenes downtown on 30th Avenue, Monday. The work will take place between 29th and 30th streets, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. The street will remain open to traffic and pedestrians, except for two parking stalls in...

Mission gives back

Sep 10, 2016 / 7:08 pm
The Upper Room Mission is holding its first ever Autumn Rib Fest and community open house next month. A donation will buy a plate of BBQ chicken or ribs, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a bun. The proceeds will support the Mission’s Healthy Snack program which helps feed over 250...

Preparing BX patrols

Sep 10, 2016 / 3:38 pm
Cooler weather over the past week brought some relief for firefighters in the BX neighbourhood where suspicious fires have plagued the area for some months, but officials are not complacent. At a meeting on Tuesday, BX-Swan Lake fire Chief Bill Wacey updated the situation for local electoral...

IPE really goes green

Sep 10, 2016 / 8:37 am
The Armstrong Fair is always about agriculture, but this year it really went green. The annual Interior Provincial Exhibition diverted almost 7,000 pounds of organic waste from the landfill, thanks to a composting effort aided by students from Vernon's Silver Star Elementary School. They...

Vampires on Main

Sep 9, 2016 / 4:46 pm
There could be teen vampires in downtown Vernon on Monday. Vancouver-based Sepia Films will be filming one scene for a TV movie on 30th Avenue, between 29th and 30th Streets, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. The City of Vernon says the street will remain open to vehicles, pedestrians and the public for...
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