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Vehicle rampage

Nov 19, 2015 / 1:03 pm
Two witnesses have described a vehicle rampage on Kosmina Road and Middleton Way around 4 p.m. Wednesday. One man said children were in danger. Jason Spencer, operations manager at Central Tarp Ltd., said six or seven employees from nearby businesses hid behind cars as a man in a blue GMC...

Busy block closed over leak

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:59 am
A busy block in downtown Vernon is closed to traffic today. Staff said a sewer failure on 32nd Avenue forced the closure in front of the post office while a crew makes repairs. The road should reopen by the end of the day, said a city spokesperson.

Xmas magic after vandalism

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:02 am
RCMP report a group of youths caused extensive damage to a holiday display at Vernon Teach and Learn on 30th Avenue, Sunday night. Surveillance video shows two males and two females causing the damage about 9 p.m. One of the males had a distinctive striped bag slung across his...

Arena votes, first poll

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:51 am
Just over 1,100 people in the Greater Vernon area took advantage of an advance poll Wednesday in the referendum on a possible new arena. Voters are being asked whether or not $13.25 million should be borrowed to pay for a second sheet of ice by Kal Tire Place. It would replace the crumbling...

Cyberbullies live here

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
Cyberbullying doesn't just happen elsewhere. “Cyberbullying is one of the biggest challenges we're facing right now with youth,” said Rachael Zubick, co-ordinator of the Vernon Community Policing Office. “Bullying itself is a very complicated, lifelong issue, but when...

Mission busier than ever

Nov 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
Tough economic times, expensive housing and an increase in the cost of living is putting a strain on many people, some of whom are turning to the Upper Room Mission for a helping hand. “Yesterday we served over 150 for lunch alone,” said Lisa Anderson with the URM. “We are...

Alternative gifts

Nov 18, 2015 / 4:09 pm
JCI Vernon is getting ready to host the 6th annual Alternative Gift Fair on Saturday, Nov. 28. It offers shoppers an easy way to buy gifts of charitable donations and to support their favourite causes. Each participating group offers a variety of 'gifts of help'. Over the past two...

X-country skiers hit the trails

Nov 18, 2015 / 3:47 pm
If the opening week is any indication, it is going to be quite a year for Nordic skiing in the North Okanagan. From Nov. 11-15, a record-breaking 79 skiers and 14 coaches from around British Columbia ascended to Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Silver Star Mountain for the annual Fall Snow Camp...

Culvert culprit sought

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:30 pm
Somebody was messing around with a culvert near Enderby and officials want to know who. Okanagan Shuswap District Natural Resource officers are asking for the public's help in finding whoever was responsible for tampering with culverts at Dale Lake, causing a debris flood on Cooke Creek east...

Arming alarms in Vernon

Nov 18, 2015 / 11:30 am
In an effort to reduce deaths by fire, Vernon firefighters will be testing smoke alarms and replacing batteries at a Vernon mobile home park this Saturday. "Almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in B.C. didn't have a functioning smoke alarm,” said Vernon Fire Rescue...

HIV testing at VJH

Nov 18, 2015 / 10:58 am
Routine HIV testing is expected to be offered at Vernon Jubilee Hospital soon. “The roll out of this initiative at VJH is in process right now,” said Lesley Coates, an Interior Health spokesperson. The health body announced Tuesday that patients would be offered an HIV test when...

Lighting up Christmas spirit

Nov 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
The holiday spirit will be coming to the city centre during the Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up. The annual event takes place between 1-6 p.m. Nov. 28 along 30th Avenue. There will be free parking and transit to and from downtown to help make the event accessible to...

Arena voting underway

Nov 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 12:39 P.M. Voting on the first day of advance polls is steady at Vernon city hall. By noon, about 260 people had cast a ballot at the city's polling station, according to an election official. There are two other polling stations, including NORD's head office and Coldstream...

Hungry bad guy busted

Nov 17, 2015 / 4:27 pm
Vernon RCMP busted a hungry bad guy after a woman found him in her home. The 34-year-old Vernon man is in custody after breaking into a residence on 30th Avenue on Nov. 16. “The homeowner phoned Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP when she came home at approximately 7:30 a.m. and found a man in...

Police bust driving toker

Nov 17, 2015 / 4:16 pm
A 26-year-old Vernon man found out the hard way RCMP have a nose for crime. The unidentified man was an easy catch for officers of the North Okanagan Traffic Services division on Nov. 7 when they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle as they were travelling east along Highway...

Road closed for light up

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:48 pm
In preparation for the annual Downtown Vernon Association Christmas light-up, main street will be closed to traffic for part of Nov. 28. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 30th Avenue between the 3400 and 2900 blocks will be closed to through traffic so crews can set up for the popular event. Traffic...

Bonus weekend at Star

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:40 pm
A few things skiers and snowboarders should know: 148 cm of snow, three chairlifts in operation and 25 runs open. It's time to head to the Star. Mother Nature has dumped rain in the valley, but snow on the hills, allowing Silver Star Mountain Resort to open early with a bonus weekend Nov....

Hunting for a doctor

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:00 pm
An Enderby city councillor is taking part in the hunt for a new doctor for the community. Brian Schreiner has joined Interior Health officials for interviews with five prospective candidates, all from the foreign doctor program. Interviews began Tuesday. It is hoped Schreiner's...

Literacy drive raises money

Nov 17, 2015 / 1:56 pm
JCI Vernon’s recent Drive One for Literacy Event raised $1,380 for the The Junction Literacy Centre. The centre addresses gaps in literacy services, manages programs that support the literacy and learning needs of children, youth and seniors while encouraging a love of reading...

Woman pushed from car

Nov 17, 2015 / 12:00 pm
RCMP in Salmon Arm are recommending charges following a bizarre incident last week in which a woman was allegedly pushed from a moving vehicle. Police responded to a call on Auto Road about 6:20 p.m., Nov. 13. A witness told police the door of a car opened and a woman fell out, hitting the...

Downtown fears shared

Nov 17, 2015 / 11:48 am
A meeting between downtown Vernon business owners, RCMP, city bylaw officers and community outreach workers has failed to calm frayed nerves following an assault on a street vendor. Shop owners had a long list of concerns they feel are impacting their bottom lines. “They're...

Dream auction

Nov 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Dream Auction, Kalamalka Rotary's annual fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Best Western Lodge in Vernon. “The money raised at the Dream Auction enables Kal Rotary to support dozens of worthy community projects each year,” said Mary Jackson, president of the...

Restorative Justice week

Nov 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Vernon-North Okanagan Restorative Justice program has been taking on more serious cases. “Previously, it was assaults, misconduct, mischief and theft under,” said Margaret Clark, Restorative Justice co-ordinator. “In the last couple of years, files have changed out of those...

United Way: text to give

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:40 pm
No time to write a cheque for charity? The United Way is launching its first text-to-give campaign called Give it Up 4 Kids. The campaign stretches from the North Okanagan to the southern part of the Valley although "what is raised in the North Okanagan area will stay here," according...

Day and night foot patrols

Nov 16, 2015 / 4:17 pm
Police will have a higher profile presence in Vernon's downtown core with foot patrols day and night. That decision follows a meeting last week among the RCMP, community outreach workers known as the COOL Team and Downtown Vernon Association representatives to discuss concerns regarding...

Ring those bells

Nov 16, 2015 / 4:06 pm
It's time to ring those bells. The annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign is as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog and mistletoe and on Saturday it kicks off again. The campaign runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 24 and the Sally Ann is looking for a volunteers to man the...

Continue the fight

Nov 16, 2015 / 2:36 pm
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold says Canada must continue the fight against the Islamic State terror group following atrocities committed in Paris last week that left 129 people dead and hundreds of others injured. “I hope the prime minister would really take a second look at...

Water plan progressing

Nov 16, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Partners to the Master Waste Water Recovery Plan met on the shores of Swan Lake recently to discuss the plan for Swan Lake's commercial corridor. Engineering consultants have begun to explore options for waste water recovery in the study area - Swan Lake Commercial Corridor, South...

Pedestrian struck by truck

Nov 16, 2015 / 1:52 pm
A 56-year-old Vernon woman was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non life-threatening injuries last week after being hit by a truck. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said at 4:25 p.m. Nov. 10, the unidentified woman was attempting to cross 31st Avenue when she was struck by a GMC...

Gas attendant bear sprayed

Nov 16, 2015 / 12:48 pm
A Vernon gas station clerk had to be sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after being doused with bear spray. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said on Nov. 11 at 5:25 p.m., police were called to the Blue Moon Esso on 34th Street in Vernon after a male employee was assaulted with bear...

iPod owners found

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:54 am
A wayward iPod has been reunited with its owner. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said an iPod, which police suspect was stolen from the Greater Vernon area and contained thousands of pictures, has been claimed. “They were surprised to get their iPod back. It's not very common...

Armed cop at ceremony

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:29 am
It's a sign of the times. People attending the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremony in Vernon may have noticed a heavily armed RCMP officer standing near the front entrance to Kal Tire Place. The officer was carrying a carbine assault rifle, but according to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy having a...

More copper wire stolen

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:17 am
Vernon RCMP are reporting the theft of thousands of dollars in copper wire. Sometime during the night of Nov. 10-11, someone broke into the parts warehouse of Mormak Equipment, 8140 Beckettes Frontage Rd. in Vernon, and stole approximately 166 feet of copper wire, valued at $5,000. Const....

Armstrong ready for snow

Nov 16, 2015 / 9:34 am
It looks as if Armstrong may see some flurries this week, but if it's a big dump of snow then public works staff are ready, according to Mayor Chris Pieper. “We've got a good supply of winter sand and salt at the compound ready for winter,” said Pieper. “We've got...

Lots of road construction

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Motorists may want to plan their route ahead of time as the city is working on several streets. From Nov. 16 to Dec. 11, crews will be working along 30 Avenue at 25 Street (near the roundabout) to replace a water main under BX Creek. This replacement will repair a break and improve flows and...

Well, that's a switch

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Some Greater Vernon Water customers in the Coldstream area will notice a change in their water this week. Staff are switching to well water situated on Kalamalka Lake Road on Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. Operations will be carried out to replace a valve at a pressure-reducing station at the corner of...

Showing solidarity

Nov 15, 2015 / 1:26 pm
The City of Vernon has shown its solidarity with France in the wake of the horrific terror attack that left 129 people dead. Three trees at city hall were bathed in blue, white and red lights – the colours of France's national flag. On his Face Book page, Vernon city councillor...

Brain injury grant

Nov 15, 2015 / 9:38 am
Some provincial funding has allowed a new support worker to remain on staff with the North Okanagan-Shuswap Brain Injury Society (NOSBIS). The society has received a $33,371 grant for the employee to assist with the group's high case load as well as help with walk-ins and support...

Chamber biz awards

Nov 15, 2015 / 9:38 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards is now open. Nominations are being accepted online until Friday December 18, 2015. This year`s theme is The Sky’s the Limit and builds off the excitement from...

Avalanche safety

Nov 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Avalanche safety is being touted at the BC Snow Show, taking place at Kal Tire Place in Vernon Friday evening and all day Saturday. Brent Strand of Avalanche Canada has five safety tips for snowmobilers. “Get the gear, transceiver, shovel and probe,” said Strand, who will be...
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