Dumpster fire at VSS

Jun 22, 2016 / 12:05 pm
A custodian at Vernon Secondary School played the role of firefighter Tuesday morning. The custodian noticed smoke coming from a dumpster and proceeded to put out the fire. Vernon Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Jack Blair said the dumpster was a distance from the school and there was no...

Roads closed for triathlon

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:46 am
Children from throughout the region will be putting their athletic prowess to the test during the Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine Kids of Steel Triathlon this Saturday. The event starts at Kin Beach with a swim of varying lengths depending on the age of the athletes, who range age six and...

Road work on 31st Street

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:10 am
Crews from Postill Nixon Earthworks will be installing sanitary and storm service on 31 Street between 29 and 30 avenues from June 23-30. Road closures may be in effect during construction. Motorists are encouraged to obey signs and flaggers, or choose alternate routes for travel.

Mayor camps for a cause

Jun 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will be camping and fasting for a cause this weekend. Acton, who raised $4,499 for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre (WCRC) last year, is hoping to repeat that effort. “I'll be spending time on the pullout on the right hand side of the highway,”...

No sun, lots of people

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:13 pm
Vernon's Sunshine Festival last Saturday attracted approximately 10,000 people to the city's main street, according to the Downtown Vernon Association. Although it poured in mid-afternoon, organizers say the rain held off for much of the day allowing young and old to listen to live music...

Murder charge dropped

Jun 21, 2016 / 2:21 pm
A 19-year-old Vernon man will not be facing murder charges in the death of a man in Polson Park last year. Brandon Wellington was one of three suspects charged with the second-degree murder of 42-year-old Jason Hardy. Dan McLaughlin, communication counsel with the criminal justice branch,...

Coping with panhandlers

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:41 pm
Until recently, panhandling hasn't been much of an issue in the Village of Lumby, according to the mayor, but times are changing. “There has been a little bit more if it,” admitted Mayor Kevin Acton. “People have been assertive and have been scaring people. “There...

Rising from the ashes

Jun 21, 2016 / 10:32 am
An online auction is being organized to help a Lumby family who lost everything in a house fire on June 9. The fire left the Ross family and a grandfather living in the basement suite of the house on Derry Lane “with nothing but the clothes on their back,” says Chauncey Jade, one of...

Going after dumpers

Jun 21, 2016 / 9:58 am
The City of Enderby is hoping a combination of stiff fines and rewards will stop illegal dumping in the area. A report to council states the dumping poses health, safety, environmental and economic threats to the area. “It's happening everywhere,” said Mayor Greg McCune, who...

More court for speedway

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
The developers of a housing community near the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park near Vernon are heading back to court, possibly hoping to close down the raceway for good. According to a notice of appeal filed with the B.C. Court of Appeal in mid-May, the Lawrence Heights developers are asking...

Back on the radar

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for Vernon Regional Airport are being thrown open to the public once again. Residents and business owners are invited to a third and final public open house which will be held at the Lakers Clubhouse (7000 Cummins Road) on Wednesday, July 6, from 5-7 p.m. During the session, City of...

Tips on fighting wildfires

Jun 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm
One of the wonderful aspects of living in the Okanagan is having nature right at your doorstep. And as people build homes in wooded areas, they are being urged to take action and do their part to reduce the risk of an interface fire. On Tuesday, members of Vernon Fire Rescue and BC Forestry...

Driver hits cyclist, takes off

Jun 20, 2016 / 12:08 pm
A man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries after a hit-and-run Monday morning. The unidentified man was riding his mountain bike in the cycling lane southbound on 27th Street at 11:20 a.m. when he was struck by a passing motorist in front of Beairsto school. The...

Rotary rides for rail trail

Jun 20, 2016 / 11:00 am
Clubs and organizations in Vernon are getting behind fundraising for the Okanagan Rail Trail. “The interest is phenomenal,” said rail ambassador Duane Thomson. “Groups want to know how they can help to raise funds to build a safe, scenic trail that will be the pride of our...

Manslaughter trial delayed

Jun 20, 2016 / 9:49 am
The manslaughter trial of a Salmon Arm man accused of killing an Armstrong woman has been delayed. Logan Scott, 31, was to face trial Monday June 20, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vernon over the sudden death of Jillian McKinty. McKinty's body was found in her home at Wolfenden Terrace in...

Brazen bike thief sought

Jun 19, 2016 / 3:57 pm
One of the reasons Tom likes living in B.C. so much is because the mountain biking is so great. The second-year electrician apprenticed moved to Vernon from Ontario and is an avid downhill mountain bike rider. But on Saturday, a brazen thief walked into his backyard and stole his prized...

They did it for dad

Jun 19, 2016 / 2:26 pm
They did it for dad - again. The 17th Annual Do It For Dad Run & Walk presented by Interior Savings on June 19th was a great success raising $19,359 for prostate cancer treatment and awareness in the North Okanagan. “We are very thankful for the dedicated community members who help...

Lights are back on

Jun 18, 2016 / 8:50 pm
UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. BC Hydro confirms power has been restored in Oyama. More than 400 BC Hydro customers in Oyama have been without power since 5 p.m. The utility says the outage was caused by a downed wire. Power is estimated to be be on by about 7:30 p.m.

Heroes shave their heads

Jun 18, 2016 / 7:56 pm
In the end, it wasn't even a close shave. Wendy Nadeau fundraised an eye-popping $5,000 for brain cancer research, doubling the closest competitor. She had her head shaved on stage as a reward during the second annual Heroes Shave It Off fundraiser Saturday during the Sunshine...

Ambassadors join rail trail

Jun 18, 2016 / 11:18 am
Supporters are starting to get on board the Rail Trail Initiative's effort to raise funds for construction of the 50 kilometre path from Coldstream to Kelowna. “More business and campaign partners are joining,” said fundraiser Brad Clements. He listed a number of business...

Safety tips from the experts

Jun 17, 2016 / 7:41 pm
Vernon home owners can get a free lesson in fire prevention from some of the best in the business. On June 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents are invited to join Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) as well as firefighters and forest officials from the Vernon Fire Zone at Deer Lake Park to...

Thief amongst the angels

Jun 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm
What was meant to be an uplifting occasion for people who have experienced the loss of a baby was soured Thursday night by a thief. An Evening Among the Angels began at Polson Park, where 58 guests were whisked off for a picnic style dinner at the gracious Mackie House in Coldstream, followed by...

Search for full-time fire chief

Jun 17, 2016 / 2:05 pm
The communities of Spallumcheen and Armstrong are looking to hire a full-time, paid chief for their joint volunteer fire department. “In recognition of the extraordinary administrative demands imposed by legislation on our volunteer fire department, the councils approved the creation of a...

Car flees scene of crash

Jun 17, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Emergency services attended the scene of a two-vehicle crash at 48th Avenue and Anderson Way in Vernon about 12:30 p.m. A man in a white Dodge pickup suffered minor injuries and was being cared for by ambulance paramedics, said Capt. Dan Walker of Vernon Fire Rescue. Walker said the other...

Nine years for hauling coke

Jun 17, 2016 / 11:00 am
A North Okanagan man has been given a nine-year jail sentence for his part in a massive drug trafficking operation out of Saskatchewan. Ronald Charles Learning, 33, was sentenced in Regina provincial court on June 13th. Learning has been credited with 161 days already served, said a court...

Park plan still on hold

Jun 17, 2016 / 8:42 am
It is part of the City of Vernon's strategic plan but a proposed recreational park at Kin Race Track is on hold until the legal issue is settled. “We wouldn't be initiating any such plan (at this time),” said Rob Miles, manager of long range planning and sustainability. A...

Another street to close

Jun 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
Another street in downtown Vernon is set to close for roadworks. The City of Vernon has sent a letter to downtown businesses advising that 30th Street, from Highway 6 to 29th Avenue, will be under construction in mid-July. Phase 1 of planned upgrades to the street will take place this summer,...

Big brother is watching

Jun 16, 2016 / 2:21 pm
More security cameras are going up in downtown Vernon. City council has approved the allocation of $11,000 for a security camera program in the downtown core. It will be co-ordinated by the Downtown Vernon Association. “We have to identify areas that need cameras or, perhaps, upgrade...

Motorcycle passenger hurt

Jun 16, 2016 / 1:13 pm
A middle-aged woman riding on the back of a motorcycle was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after a two-vehicle crash Thursday. Vernon Fire Rescue was called to the scene at 25th Avenue and 41st Street at about 12:35 p.m., said Capt. Dan Walker. Walker said the bike was rear ended by a black...

Gridlock in Vernon

Jun 16, 2016 / 12:40 pm
Vernon motorists found themselves in virtual gridlock Thursday morning as work along Highway 97 was extended into the day. Tanya Laing Gahr, with the City of Vernon, said construction crews hit a water main and had to work later than planned to repair the pipe. Laing Gahr said this is...

Blue dot on the map?

Jun 16, 2016 / 11:29 am
An environmental group wants the City of Vernon to join the blue dot movement. “It's the inherent right to a healthy environment with clean water, fresh air and healthy food,” Terry Dyck told Vernon council, adding that no cost was involved. The blue dot movement was started...

Byelection on hold

Jun 16, 2016 / 10:12 am
The City of Armstrong will not hold a byelection to replace councillor Ron “Sully” O’Sullivan until the fall. O’Sullivan, who served on council for 17 years, passed away May 27. “With a byelection, it's the same protocol as for an election,” said Mayor...

Steps ahead, say parents

Jun 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Parents at Armstrong Elementary School hope the dismissal of the entire School District 83 board of trustees will save their school. The board considered a proposal to close Armstrong and Silver Creek Elementary in Salmon Arm before backing down and delaying a decision for one year. As well,...

Do It For Dad event

Jun 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon residents are being urged to take part in this year's Do It For Dad run and walk, taking place at Coldstream Ranch this weekend. “The Do it for Dad event is very important to me,” Roy Gavelin, a Vernon resident and survivor of prostate cancer. “The journey is not...

Tops in sports awarded

Jun 15, 2016 / 8:31 pm
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey The best in sports were recognized Wednesday night in Vernon at the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards. Kevin Hill's gold medal win at the Canadian snowboard cross championship in...

Barrel full o' pot found

Jun 15, 2016 / 4:27 pm
Someone misplaced a large barrel of pot, and local RCMP are encouraging the owners to give them a call to claim it. On May 31, North Okanagan RCMP received information regarding a large blue plastic industrial barrel in the area of the Kingfisher Forest Service Road. “Officers attended...

First arson, now porn

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm
William Murray Phelps Munton was arrested June 1 and charged with four counts of arson. Police are continuing to investigate Munton and more arson charges are possible. Munton, 55, is also facing two charges of making or publishing child pornography and one count of possession of child...

Dealing with disaster

Jun 15, 2016 / 2:58 pm
An accident, emergency or natural disaster can happen at any time and without warning – and a local group wants to help people prepare for the unexpected. According to Public Safety Canada, roughly 8,000 wildfires and 5,000 earthquakes occur each year in Canada. When a traumatic event...

Car hits People Place

Jun 15, 2016 / 11:09 am
There was some cosmetic damage, but no injuries when a senior drove into the People Place building. Crews were called just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the driver hit a brick pillar at the front door of the building that houses several social agencies. The woman driver was not...

Missing teen found

Jun 15, 2016 / 9:33 am
UPDATE 9:32 A.M. Suzie Clark has been located. Vernon RCMP said the teen had been reported missing on June 8. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the 17 year old has been found, but did not provide any more details. “RCMP would like to thank the media and public for your...
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