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Funtastic announces lineup

Apr 16, 2015 / 12:27 pm

Vernon's Funtastic festival and tournament has announced its music lineup for this year's event. The annual slo-pitch tourney and music festival is set for June 26-29 at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp grounds. B.C. rocker Bif Naked will headline opening night, on the Friday. Saturday...

New link to Coldstream

Apr 15, 2015 / 3:40 pm

Mount Ida Drive on Middleton Mountain will soon connect traffic between Coldstream and Vernon. Currently, the road at the City of Vernon and Coldstream boundary is separated by dead-ends that will be joined in the coming weeks. The project is part of a longstanding plan to improve...

Scooter rider hit by truck

Apr 15, 2015 / 3:35 pm

One person was rushed to hospital in Vernon Wednesday afternoon after a pickup struck a scooter in the 2800 block of 30th Street, downtown. The Chevrolet pickup was exiting an alley in the middle of the block next to the Seville Centre building when it struck the scooter driver as they proceeded...

Loggers hurt in bush

Apr 15, 2015 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. One man has been airlifted to hospital following a logging accident Wednesday morning. Officials say the incident occurred about 10 kilometres east of Cherryville up Old Monashee Pass. Three men were injured when a tree fell on them sometime shortly after 8 a.m. Two of the...

No juice for electric cars

Apr 15, 2015 / 1:32 pm

A request to Vernon council by a Victoria-based organization to require new developments have electric vehicle charging stations has been turned down. “I think this is 10 to 20 years away,” Mayor Akbul Mund said of the request. The Victoria Leaf Club says electric vehicle sales...

Cliff fall victim ID'd

Apr 14, 2015 / 3:04 pm

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a youth who died following a rock-climbing incident near Vernon on Saturday. The victim was Taylor Samuel Archer, 18, from New Westminster. Archer was hiking with friends in an area near the King Edward forest service road about 15...

City seeks Games backing

Apr 14, 2015 / 10:51 am

Vernon is seeking a little help from its friends to host the 55+ BC Games. The city will approach the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and City of Armstrong to formally support a joint bid for the 2017 Games, formerly known as the BC Seniors Games. Due to the size of the event and commitment...
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Concert seeks city support

Apr 14, 2015 / 8:00 am

Representatives of the Okanagan Military Tattoo approached Vernon city council on Monday asking for support for the second annual event. “Last year, I stood here filled with fear, selling a vision,” said spokesman Norm Crerar. “We had no money, but a lot of...

Poetry and politics mingle

Apr 14, 2015 / 12:00 am

Invited by Mayor Akbal Mund, Vernon poet Harold Rhenish read one of his original works at Monday's city council meeting. Rhenish read “The House of Silence” to open the meeting, on World Poetry Day. Before reading, Rhenish informed council that he had received a grant to work...

Markets gets city backing

Apr 13, 2015 / 8:50 pm

Council has given its blessing to downtown Vernon's Avenue Market. The Friday evening street market will run on 15 Fridays from June 12 to Sept. 18. Last summer, the Downtown Vernon Association project saw 30th Avenue closed Friday evenings from 3 to 9 p.m. and transformed into a street...

Residents to pay larger share

Apr 13, 2015 / 8:44 pm

Given four options for dividing the property tax burden between home owners and businesses, Vernon city council voted to make residents pay more. Councillors chose an option that would set the business-to-residential multiplier at 2.7405, up slightly from last year’s multiplier of...

Hillclimb action at Star

Apr 13, 2015 / 12:11 pm

Photo: Contributed - Silver Star Photo: Contributed - Silver Star Photo: Contributed - Silver Star Photo: Contributed - Silver Star The action was going uphill this past weekend at Vernon's Silver Star Mountain Resort, not downhill. The mountain hosted Western Canadian Hillcross...

Teen dies in cliff fall

Apr 12, 2015 / 6:31 am

A teenager has died after falling from a rock face off King Edward Forest Service Road, near Coldstream. North Okanagan RCMP report the 18-year-old man succumbed to injuries sustained in the fall and was pronounced dead at the scene, Saturday night. Police and B.C. Ambulance Service crews...

Crash knocks out power

Apr 11, 2015 / 7:12 am

A single-vehicle collision caused a power outage in Coldstream just after midnight. The vehicle left Kalamalka Lake Road and severed a power pole, causing a large portion of Coldstream and Vernon to lose power overnight, says Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the North Okanagan RCMP. The female...

Pot for pets True Leaf's plan

Apr 10, 2015 / 3:51 pm

A North Okanagan medical marijuana company is eyeing the market for pot for pets. Or rather, hemp proteins and oils derived from marijuana. True Leaf Medicine International has applied to become a Health Canada medical marijuana licensed producer. The Lumby firm, which has financial backing...

Barricaded suspect arrested

Apr 10, 2015 / 8:03 am

One man is in custody after a five hour standoff with police in Vernon. RCMP were called to the 4900 block of Old Kamloops Road around 1 a.m., Friday morning, after receiving a report of a 70-year-old man involved in a confrontation with his neighbour. The suspect refused to come out of his...

Eye on problem gambling

Apr 9, 2015 / 7:00 pm

BC Lotteries is partnering with the province and Gateway Casinos for Responsible Gambling Awareness week. The effort is aimed at engaging the community in activities designed to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices, April 12 to 18. "As a gaming service provider, it is our...

Crash blocks Silver Star Rd

Apr 8, 2015 / 8:12 pm

A single-vehicle collision on Silver Star Road near Vernon this evening halted traffic in both directions for about 40 minutes. Castanet reader Wil Munton sent in this image of a Honda Civic that hit a power pole, causing it to lean dangerously over the road. Munton came across the accident...

Explosive situation averted

Apr 8, 2015 / 5:10 pm

A quick eye by members of the Vernon Fire Department averted what could have been disaster. The incident has prompted a warning from fire officials that storage of flammable or combustible materials in metal sea can storage containers is not allowed unless the containers have been properly...

Jaws of Life used in crash

Apr 8, 2015 / 12:14 pm

Three people were taken to hospital Tuesday after a minivan was T-boned at a Vernon intersection. The crash happened just after 8 a.m. at the corner of 33rd Street and 43rd Avenue. Capt. Reinhard Mann of the Vernon Fire Department says a silver Nissan Xterra had severe frontal damage after it...



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