Step closer to colour

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:36 pm
A colourful crosswalk could soon adorn one of Coldstream's most well-used zebra crossings. Council is considering having a rainbow crosswalk at Kalamalka Lake by the parking lot, according to Mayor Jim Garlick. Councillors recently agreed to place a rainbow crosswalk in the district in...

No time for pot bylaw

Aug 16, 2016 / 12:49 pm
It's up to the federal government to rule on marijuana operations, Vernon city council has decided. Council has voted down a recommendation to have staff investigate a bylaw, recently passed in Osoyoos, that bans pot dispensaries within the township's boundaries. Vernon has a number of...

Top 20 Under 40 sought

Aug 16, 2016 / 11:09 am
A program that recognizes Greater Vernon's young entrepreneurs is being thrown open to the whole of the North Okanagan. Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 are being received by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce starting Tuesday, Aug. 16 until Friday, Sept. 2. Nominations are accepted...

Top women join board

Aug 16, 2016 / 9:45 am
Okanagan College's board of governors has two new board members, both from the North Okanagan and both prominent women in the region. Gloria Morgan, former chief of the Splatsin Indian Band, has a two-year board appointment. Lawyer Riminder Gakhal’s term is to Dec. 31, 2017. Morgan...

Young celebs to hit Vernon

Aug 16, 2016 / 7:00 am
Vernon will once again set the scene for another movie. Drink Slay Love, a teen-vampire movie, will begin shooting in the North Okanagan city from Aug. 22 to Sept. 13. Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says the film is being produced by Vancouver-based Sepia Films, Los Angeles-based...

Fewer begging complaints

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Complaints about panhandling in Vernon's downtown are way down, according to the City of Vernon, which attributes the drop to its new strategy. “The volume of complaints received from Vernon residents and businesses regarding panhandling within the city has visibly reduced,” says...

It'll cost you

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
No more freebies for vehicles parking at Vernon's old Civic arena lot. Starting Sept. 1, the city will begin charging parking fees. The paid parking coincides with a recreation fees and charges bylaw, which takes effect that date for all recreation programs and services. Work will be done...

Thrilled to have even tried

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Joni Peters may not have made it to the Rio Olympics, but she had fun trying. Peters does not have the backing of big sponsors, multiple horses or any of the other luxuries often afforded to international competitors, but she has heart. Through the support of friends, family and total...

Pet pig gets reprieve

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:55 pm
Vernon city council is letting Layla, the pet mini pig, stay where she is – for now. Owner Coralee Carrier appeared before council Monday, asking councillors to waive the bylaw that does not allow farm animals within city limits. “I ask you to open your minds and allow our baby to...

No booze for the big guys

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:43 pm
A delegation of independent liquor store owners packed Vernon council chambers on Monday, asking for regulations to be put in place that would curb wine sales in the big grocery stores. “We are asking council to have staff examine the one kilometre distance rule between all retailers of...

Dragon Boats take to Kal

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:10 pm
The skies were clear and the setting was stunning for the annual Vernon Dragon Boat Festival. The event was held on the emerald waters of Kal Lake over the weekend and attracted 16 teams from across the province. “Each team has 24 paddlers,” said organizer Lisa George. “The...

Cat mutilated in leg trap

Aug 15, 2016 / 3:18 pm
UPDATE 3:15 P.M. Alana Reinhardt said at around 3 p.m. Monday that Bruce was in surgery and has to have his leg removed at the shoulder. The surgery will take several hours, but should be complete by the evening. "There was nothing left of Bruce's paw," said Reinhardt....

Crews douse slash fire

Aug 15, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Members of the Lumby Fire Department were called to a smoldering slash pile Monday morning. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said crews were called out at 7:30 a.m. after a man walking his dog came across the slash pile on Dutchman Forest Service Road, in the Trinity Valley area. Clayton said the pile...

BX firefighters kept busy

Aug 15, 2016 / 10:10 am
BX/Swan Lake firefighters were kept busy Sunday afternoon responding to two accidents in less than 90 minutes. The first accident happened just after 4 p.m. on Pottery Road. Then at 5:30 p.m., crews were dispatched to Highway 97 near Swan Lake for another collision. Fortunately, neither...

Crime spike in N. Ok

Aug 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Crime is up in the North Okanagan. In his quarterly report to city council, the area's top cop, Supt. Jim McNamara, points to an almost 10 per cent increase in criminal code cases from April to June, compared to the previous year. McNamara says property crime is up 12.42 per cent and...

Let's ask Trudeau

Aug 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's Winter Carnival Committee is hoping to entice a big name to the February extravaganza. Carnival chairperson Deb White has issued an invitation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his young family. Now White is asking for the support of city council, Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster...

OKIB unveil 4 chiefs mural

Aug 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
by Cindy Rhyason A colourful mural called the 'Four Food Chiefs' has been unveiled on Okanagan Indian Band land near Vernon. Sheldon Louis, a 36-year-old Syilx artist, designed the giant art piece and mentored four youths during the painting of the mural, on the outside of the...

Pedestrian struck

Aug 12, 2016 / 7:17 pm
RCMP are seeking witnesses in connection with an incident early Friday morning in which a Vernon man is alleged to have been struck by a car that left the scene. The accident is said to have occurred around 5:20 a.m., when the local man, 26, was walking near the intersection of 43rd Street and...

Armstrong blaze probe

Aug 12, 2016 / 4:33 pm
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Extensive fire damage to an Armstrong guitar maker's business may be due to equipment failure. "It is not suspicious," said Alastair Crick, fire investigator for the Armstrong/Spallumcheen fire department. "It could be equipment failure." However...

Cirque du Lumby

Aug 12, 2016 / 3:40 pm
They certainly had the cirque and the soleil on a hot Friday in Lumby as parents watched their young children perform in a circus show, the finale to what's believed to be the first ever kids' circus camp in the North Okanagan. About three dozen children participated in the weeklong...

Emergency program split

Aug 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's emergency preparedness is “top notch” despite the impending break up of a regional program, according to Mayor Akbal Mund. “We're going to run it as we always did,” said Mund. “Our emergency services are top notch.” Despite plaudits when...

Early heat = early harvest

Aug 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
It's been an odd year for Okanagan growers with one crop ahead of schedule and another behind. According to Leah Campbell, with Davison Orchards Country Village, apples, pears, plums and peaches are all almost a month ahead, while vegetables are a couple weeks behind. “This is the...

Raptors return to Vernon

Aug 11, 2016 / 4:52 pm
The birds are back in town next week. Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) is hosting a second Raptor Week – with seven birds flying in for the event. They include: Spitfire, a peregrine falcon, Inspector, a spectacled owl and a red-tailed hawk called Magnum. The birds come from the Raptor...

Cherryville kidnap trial set

Aug 11, 2016 / 3:00 pm
A woman charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping in Cherryville will face trial in Vernon provincial court in October. Angela Kathleen Fisher, 35, and Abd'l-Malik Loubissi-Morris, 20, were charged in connection with a May 25 incident in the community, although the RCMP have released...

Ladies, lace and the OSO

Aug 11, 2016 / 2:53 pm
The historic Mackie House will be filled with music during the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Ladies and Lace event. Ladies and Lace is the first fundraiser the OSO has held in the Okanagan in many years and the Aug. 28 event will take place from 2-5 p.m. Guests can embrace the heritage of...

War canoes set for journey

Aug 11, 2016 / 2:17 pm
A combination of large 'war' canoes and a dugout canoe, guided by indigenous youth, will launch from Penticton on Aug. 28 and embark on a five-day journey across 114 kilometres of Okanagan Lake. 'The Truth Way' canoe journey is a joint endeavour of The First Nations Friendship...

IPE boss gets ready

Aug 11, 2016 / 12:24 pm
Yvonne Paulson had better hang on to her hat. The new general manager of the Interior Provincial Exhibition stepped into the job only two weeks ago and will be flying solo when the big agricultural fair, midway and rodeo begin on Aug. 31. Former manager Bryan Burns has been helping out, but...

Deadly dog virus diagnosed

Aug 11, 2016 / 11:18 am
A Vernon veterinarian is reminding pet owners to ensure their dogs have been vaccinated after coming across cases of parvovirus. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body,...

Two injured in big rig crash

Aug 11, 2016 / 9:38 am
A collision between a Volkswagen Jetta and a big rig sent two men to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries Wednesday. Vernon Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Jack Blair said the accident happened on the 5600 block of 27th Street at around 9:20 p.m. Blair said the two men suffered some...

Predator goes to the dogs

Aug 11, 2016 / 6:16 am
Predator Ridge golf resort near Vernon is going to the dogs – literally. The resort is holding its first ever pet-friendly golf tournament on Aug. 28. Golfers can bring Fido along to enjoy a day on the links as the pets' masters compete in a nine-hole tourney. Club members play...

Boats versus water quality

Aug 10, 2016 / 3:26 pm
A study currently underway asks the question: how many boats would it take to affect Kalamalka Lake or Wood Lake water quality? While both lakes are popular with boaters, many Vernon area and Lake Country residents get their drinking water from the two lakes. Armed with a grant from the...

Kids go to Cirque

Aug 10, 2016 / 1:30 pm
A group of Lumby kids, aged five to 11, will be flying through the air on Friday, after learning techniques from former and current members of the famed Cirque du Soleil. Performer Alvin Tam, who has recently arrived from Las Vegas, has this week been running through the ABC's of acrobatics,...

New face at old place

Aug 10, 2016 / 12:21 pm
Tracy Satin has been named the new director/curator of the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. Satin takes over from long-time curator Ron Candy who left earlier this year after 23 years in the job. Ken Mather, former general manager of Historic O'Keefe Ranch, has been interim...

New doctor for Enderby

Aug 10, 2016 / 11:37 am
Enderby residents will be getting some medical relief when a new doctor opens shop next week. The community north of Vernon on Highway 97A has been struggling to attract doctors for the past several years, but on Monday Dr. Michael Abayomi will start seeing patients at the Enderby Community...

Lock up your vehicle!

Aug 10, 2016 / 10:12 am
A rash of vehicle break-ins has prompted a reminder from Vernon's Community Policing Office. Once again, drivers are being urged to lock the doors of their cars, SUVs and pickups when they are shopping or heading into the office – after first removing packages, electronics, change and...

Fire pit ban delayed

Aug 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Armstrong has put a hold on a proposed bylaw that would have banned all wood-burning fires in residential backyards. The bylaw has had three readings, but passage has been delayed for up to six weeks following a public outcry. “We've had a few letters, we had two...

Ladder for Shuswap Falls?

Aug 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
It has been talked about for years, but regional officials and First Nations groups are getting serious about putting in a multi-million dollar fish ladder at Shuswap Falls. “We're negotiating to see if we can get the province or BC Hydro interested in participating to get a fish...

Swim ends in darkness

Aug 9, 2016 / 7:59 pm
A 61-year-old Edmonton man's world record attempt to swim the length of Okanagan Lake was abandoned Tuesday, 17 hours into the journey. Wayne Strach set off from Vernon at 11:10 a.m. Monday morning, but his attempt to reach Penticton ended when he was separated from his support boat in...

More air quality testing

Aug 9, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Coldstream council is hoping the Ministry of Environment will conduct more air quality tests on emissions that may not be from the Tolko Industries and Pinnacle pellet plant operations in Lavington. A letter is being sent to the province in light of Tolko's decision to request an amendment...

Log Barn put on notice

Aug 9, 2016 / 4:37 pm
It's grown from a roadside fruit stand to one of the largest tourist attractions in the area, but that expansion has put The Log Barn in conflict with municipal officials. The Log Barn sits a few kilometres south of Enderby, but is actually in the jurisdiction of the Township of...
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