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Mural tours are back

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

Mural tours are back this summer in downtown Vernon. With two volunteer mural tour guides in place, free guided mural tours are being offered to those who are interested in learning more about the stories behind the Vernon landmarks. Tours are available Tuesday and Friday mornings – to...

No new water restrictions

Jul 23, 2015 / 7:15 pm

Vernon residents will not have to cut back on their watering more than they are now, yet. Jennifer Miles, water sustainability co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan, said they are closely monitoring reservoir water levels, but as of Thursday, there was no need to introduce...

Grass fire off highway

Jul 23, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATED: 6:40 P.M. Fire crews now have the small blaze under control, according to the Vernon Fire Department. The BC Wildfire Service water truck has left the scene and crews are mopping up what remains. ORIGINAL: 6:00 P.M. A two hectare grass fire is burning south of Vernon near...

Cops' texts revealed

Jul 23, 2015 / 4:17 pm

The admissibility of testimony was once again at the forefront of the trial of former Vernon RCMP officer Ryan Hampton. He's charged with possession of child pornography and faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking...

Fined for open burning

Jul 23, 2015 / 10:59 am

Officials in Lumby are taking a zero-tolerance approach to open fires – as one resident recently found out. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton said crews were called to a home following a complaint of open burning and found a burn barrel that was “full to the brim with woody...

Little movement at fire

Jul 22, 2015 / 6:30 pm

“Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and higher relative humidity is benefiting firefighting efforts,” at the Bolean Lake wildfires, says emergency information officer Ryan Nitchie. There was little movement in the two fires today, but an evacuation order remains in effect for the...

Thieves go on spree

Jul 22, 2015 / 3:27 pm

Someone is going on a smash-and-dash spree in Vernon, but police say there are steps people can take to reduce the odds of becoming a victim. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said there have been a number of thefts all around the city. “In the last couple weeks, we've had close to...
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Dixon Dam Road fire out

Jul 22, 2015 / 11:49 am

A potential disaster was averted after fire broke out on Dixon Dam Road in Vernon, Tuesday evening. Crews hit the fire fast and hard, and it is now in the mop-up stages. Not even a wisp of smoke could be seen rising from the charred logs and foliage Wednesday morning. The heavily wooded area...

Crews battle two fronts

Jul 21, 2015 / 9:15 pm

Despite 24 properties remaining on evacuation alert, no structures are being threatened by the Bolean Lake wildfire near Falkland. An evacuation order for the Bolean Lake Lodge was issued Monday, and four campers and the owner fled to safety. Navie Saini, fire information officer with the...

Brush fire beaten back

Jul 21, 2015 / 8:45 pm

UPDATE 8:45 P.M. A small brush fire in the Silver Star area has been beaten down. That according to RCMP officers manning road blocks on the scene. Members of the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department are on scene along with a four-member crew from the Wildfire Management Branch. A bucketing...

Fire causes water advisory

Jul 21, 2015 / 4:59 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a water-quality advisory for residents served by the Killiney Beach and Westshore water systems. The advisory is a precautionary measure due to the current power outage from the Shelter Cove fire, according to Bruce Smith, communications...

Bolean Lake fire at 300 ha

Jul 21, 2015 / 11:54 am

Residents at the Bolean Lake Lodge are under an evacuation order, while 24 properties remain under evacuation alert as the 300-hectare Bolean Lake wildfire continues to burn. The fire is burning northeast of Falkland, located in Area D of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. It is zero per...

Band goes bomb hunting

Jul 21, 2015 / 6:48 am

Ten members from British Columbia's Okanagan Indian Band have been selected for specialized training to learn how to rid their reserve of the buried bullets and bombs that have accumulated over a century. Military training dating back to the Boer War has littered spent and unexploded...

Arena ready to go

Jul 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Ahead of schedule and under budget are not terms often heard when it comes to renovation projects, but both apply to work recently done to Priest Valley Arena in Vernon. The installation of new boards was a major maintenance project for Greater Vernon Recreation Services. Riley Manufacturing of...

Greens go it alone

Jul 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

The North Okangan-Shuswap Greens have extended an olive branch to the Liberals and NDP, but so far their suggestion to team up against the ruling Conservatives has been rebuffed. Greig Crocket, North Okangan-Shuswap Greens CEO, said they contacted both major parties in the spirit of...

Foreign farm workers AWOL

Jul 20, 2015 / 8:59 pm

Vernon RCMP are investigating a report of four missing Mexican workers from an orchard in Vernon. Police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the men went missing on June 26, leaving their personal effects behind. However, it appears they took their identification papers with...

Evac alert near Falkland

Jul 20, 2015 / 8:37 pm

High winds are wreaking havoc with a wildfire near Falkland, prompting an evacuation alert for several homes. The Bolean Lake wildfire exploded to 300 hectares in a matter of hours, fueled by high winds and dry conditions. Residents living in the area between Bolean Lake and Chase-Falkland...

Wildfire near Falkland

Jul 20, 2015 / 6:28 pm

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. The wildfire burning near Falkland is about seven kilometres up Chase-Falkland Road, at the top of mountain, near Pillar Lake. Strong winds are blowing the smoke away from Falkland and a nearby farm. It does not appear that any properties are threatened at this...

Woman struck by Jeep

Jul 20, 2015 / 1:48 pm

A 53-year-old Vernon woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition Saturday after being struck by a Jeep driven by a 92-year-old man. The accident happened at 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of Tronson and Okanagan Landing roads. “On attendance, officers learned the pedestrian was...

Tourism a priority for feds

Jul 19, 2015 / 4:20 pm

Increasing the number of U.S. tourists coming to the North Okanagan was a key issue discussed during a round table on tourism in Vernon Friday. More than a dozen representatives from the tourism sector in the region joined the chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus on Tourism MP Blake Richards in...
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