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Canadian Tire starts move

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's Canadian Tire is closing the doors to its current location on Saturday at 6 p.m., says Bill Drake, a local manager. A larger store will be opening next week, just north of the 27th Street location, in the Village Green Centre. Drake says “if things go well” plans are...

More struggling to get by

Apr 28, 2016 / 4:27 pm
A semi-annual homeless count was held Thursday, but what was found hardly reflects the reality of the situation. Kelly Fehr, program director with the John Howard Society in Vernon, said they found 13 homeless people camping out in various parts of the city, but that number is literally the tip...

Seeing the 'invisible injury'

Apr 28, 2016 / 1:29 pm
Not all injuries are visible. Broken bones can be set and cuts can be bandaged, but when the injury is mental and emotional, healing is not so easy. Post traumatic stress can be as disabling, perhaps more so than many physical injuries and it is something that is coming to light as a burden...

MQN gets arena project

Apr 28, 2016 / 11:52 am
A $13-million arena project next to Kal Tire Place has been awarded to Vernon-based MQN Architects, a firm part-owned by Coun. Brian Quiring. Work is expected to begin immediately. MQN will “provide prime consulting services for the design and development management of the second...

Loss of fencing a concern

Apr 28, 2016 / 10:00 am
Kathleen Sparrow is concerned for the safety of children using a popular park after fencing was taken down by the city. Sparrow said she often takes her grandson to Sawicki Park and was surprised to see the fencing had been removed. “Fencing was taken down at Sawicki Park because they...

Trustees review budget

Apr 28, 2016 / 9:57 am
Trustees have given first reading to the Vernon school district's $90.54 million budget. Some adjustments have been made due an additional $1.3 million going into student services, said board chairperson Kelly Smith. “We're putting in an elementary behaviour support...

Grow op bust near school

Apr 28, 2016 / 5:52 am
RCMP in Vernon have busted a marijuana grow op – right across the street from Vernon Secondary School. Police executed a search warrant Wednesday evening at a home on the 2400 block of 15th Street. More than 10 kilograms of pot, as well as numerous items used in the production of the...

Trotting towards Rio

Apr 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
The biggest sporting event in the world is less than 100 days away and Joni Peters is doing everything she can to be part of the action. Peters has a dream of going to Rio with her horse, Travolta, to represent Canada in the 2016 Olympics in dressage. In recent months she has travelled to...

No to Stickle Road plan

Apr 27, 2016 / 5:04 pm
A plan to remedy a dangerous intersection at the north end of Vernon has bird lovers in a flutter. The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has sent a letter to the Ministry of Transportation complaining about the possible extension of 20th Street. The extension would parallel Highway 97...

Lumby to get paramedicine

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:41 pm
Lumby is one of 73 rural and remote B.C. communities that will receive a community paramedicine program, offering residents enhanced health services from paramedics. Lumby is receiving one paramedic on a half-time basis. The program is part of the B.C. government’s plan to enhance...

Not so difficult then

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:25 pm
So far, many of the difficult decisions predicted by the superintendent of schools have not had to be made, at least not for the next school year. The North Okanagan Shuswap school board has found enough funds to cover student programs for the 2016-17 year, said trustee Kelly Rowe, calling...

Woman hit by scooter

Apr 27, 2016 / 2:56 pm
A 72-year-old woman was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital by ambulance Wednesday afternoon with undetermined injuries after being knocked down on 27th Street, by 38th Avenue. “It appears she was hit by an older lady on a scooter,” said Vernon Fire Rescue captain Ryan McGivern....

Telus to spend millions

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:43 pm
TELUS says it will invest $40 million in new infrastructure and facilities in Vernon this year to connect homes and businesses directly to a gigabit-enabled fibre optic network. The company says this will increase wireless capacity to meet growing demand and improve the reach, speed and...

Race track fined for noise

Apr 27, 2016 / 12:09 pm
The Motoplex Speedway and Event Park near Vernon has been told to keep it down. A B.C. Supreme court judge has granted an injunction limiting the noise level at the Spallumcheen race track that has hosted two CASCAR events since opening in 2000. The judge referred to the events as...

Mourning the workers

Apr 27, 2016 / 12:09 pm
The City of Vernon will be hosting a day of mourning ceremony at city hall Thursday, from 10:30 – 11 a.m., to honour workers across Canada who have been killed or injured on the job. Speakers will include North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold and Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund. In 2015, 122...

NDP blasts "clawback"

Apr 27, 2016 / 11:58 am
The $100,000 loss of provincial gaming grant revenue for Vernon's Upper Room Mission is “not a unique story,” according to NDP social development critic Michelle Mungall, who says other community groups around the province are losing provincial grants as...

Rotary Ride benefts rail trail

Apr 27, 2016 / 9:48 am
Silver Star Rotary is throwing its support behind the Okanagan Rail Trail with a fundraising event in July. Funds raised from the third annual Rotary Ride July 24 will go toward the project that is raising money to build a walking/cycling trail along the defunct CN rail line between Coldstream...

Owners unaware of fire

Apr 27, 2016 / 9:10 am
The owners of a house on Round Lake Road in Spallumcheen were in for a terrible surprise Tuesday night when what they thought was the smell of a nearby bonfire turned out to be a fire burning in their roof. “The owners were at home, but didn't even know they had a fire,” said...

Tower of strength

Apr 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
All the activity in front of Vernon Fire Rescue's downtown fire station is in aid of its 125th birthday party on May 7. A brick tower is being built to hold the 2,000-pound bell that sits on a cement pad on the north side of the station. The massive bell used to call fire crews to duty at...

Fire in Armstrong

Apr 26, 2016 / 9:18 pm
Castanet has received reports of a structure fire in Armstrong. The fire was reported at about 9 p.m. Emergency crews have rushed to Round Lake Road to battle it. Castanet will have more details as they become available.

Breaks help taxpayer

Apr 26, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Armstrong council has given the first three readings to its 2016 property tax rates and while the city's budget is going up, the tax bill for residents appears to be going down. “We budgeted for a three per cent increase,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “That's (an increase...

Giveaway computer stolen

Apr 26, 2016 / 4:31 pm
The plan was to give away one laptop every three months to a deserving person, but unscrupulous scoundrels dashed those plans before they could even really begin. Not only did the thieves make off with the laptop Derek Deans had planned to give away, they also took seven other laptops from his...

Powerhouse mural OK'd

Apr 26, 2016 / 2:52 pm
In the end it was easy. With a quick show of hands, Vernon city council gave its blessing to a new mural in the downtown, this one on the east wall of the Powerhouse Theatre building located on 35th Avenue. Council received a letter of apology from the Powerhouse Theatrical Society and its...

Crash closes 43rd Ave

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:23 pm
Emergency responders in Vernon closed off 43rd Avenue by 20th street during the noon-hour Tuesday following a two-vehicle accident. Vernon fire Capt. Reinhard Mann said the driver of black car heading eastbound on 43rd was taken to hospital for observation after sustaining minor injuries in the...

Opposition resonating

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:09 pm
Another discordant note has been sounded over a proposed amphitheatre on Okanagan College's Vernon campus following a chorus of noes from neighbours. Coldstream council has voted to send a letter to the college, the Okanagan Summer Festival Society and Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster...

Tap to plug the meter

Apr 26, 2016 / 11:15 am
For the technically savvy, pay by phone parking may be available at every metered spot and current public parking lot and the parkade in downtown Vernon by the summer. That is the goal of the Downtown Vernon Association. “Every existing parking stall within the City of Vernon will be...

Senior's complex for N. end

Apr 26, 2016 / 10:25 am
Vernon city council has supported some variance permit applications for developers of a five-storey, 119-unit seniors' assisted housing and commercial complex on 24th Street, near 48th Avenue. “This about providing affordable housing,” said Wilf Lunde, architect and spokesperson...

Don't spin our wheels

Apr 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Members of the North Okanagan Cycling Society are asking Vernon city council for action on a bike skills park. “It is in the parks master plan but has a one-to-six year timeline,” said society spokesperson Nick Macdonald. “We'd like it to be amended to be in the 2017 parks...

Plucked from a cliff

Apr 25, 2016 / 9:08 pm
UPDATE: 9:04 P.M. Vernon Search and Rescue volunteers were involved in the rescue of an injured man who was located at the bottom of a steep cliff near Turtle Mountain late Monday afternoon, according to a spokesperson. "The rescue team faced difficult conditions, which included a very...

Way paved for Enderby

Apr 25, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The way has been cleared for the City of Enderby to borrow $467,000 for its Cliffe Avenue revitalization project. The alternative approval process ended Monday with 195 people opposed to borrowing the funds, said Mayor Greg McCune. “I don't think it was anything to worry...

Syrian family arrives

Apr 25, 2016 / 4:55 pm
A Syrian refugee family is safe and sound in Vernon. The family arrived in the North Okanagan three weeks ago after not being able to find permanent accommodations in the Lower Mainland. Carol Wutzke, with the Vernon and District Immigrants Services Society, said the family of seven includes...

Rules of the sidewalk

Apr 25, 2016 / 4:24 pm
Vernon city council is considering a rethink on whether skateboards should remain solely in the parks. While the bylaws are often broken, they currently forbid skateboarding on city streets and sidewalks. But Mayor Akbal Mund told council there are no such laws in Kelowna. "I'm...

Police still looking for Potts

Apr 25, 2016 / 3:34 pm
There is still no sign of Caitlin Potts who has now been missing for two months. However, Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police do not suspect foul play at this time. Potts was last seen on Feb. 22, and made contact with friends on social media Feb. 26, but has not been heard from...

No charges in school arson

Apr 25, 2016 / 3:03 pm
A suspect has been identified in a North Okanagan arson, but the culprit will not be facing any charges. Toilet paper and Post-it notes were used to start a fire in the girl's washroom of AL Fortune Secondary School in Enderby last month. The school was evacuated and Enderby volunteer...

Clothing store robbed

Apr 25, 2016 / 2:23 pm
Police are looking for a thief who robbed a Vernon clothing store. The window of Shambala Clothing Co. on 31st Avenue in Vernon was smashed on April 23 at about 5:45 a.m., and a thief made off with some of the merchandise. RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy estimated the value of the items stolen...

Store clerk terrorized

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:20 pm
A Lumby convenience store clerk is unhurt, but emotionally traumatized after being robbed at knifepoint Sunday. Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, a lone man entered the Mac's store in the downtown core, produced a knife and held it to the lone female clerk. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the...

Another dial-a-dope bust

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:54 am
Vernon RCMP have shut down another suspected dial-a-dope operation. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said this is the third such operation police have shut down in recent months. “The investigation led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Vernon man and the seizure of an undisclosed amount of heroin...

Cabin looted during winter

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:25 am
A cabin owner in the North Okanagan got a rude welcome upon returning to their woodland cottage. Someone had broken into the remote cabin located on the Lumby side of Mabel Lake and stolen a Yamaha generator, Stihl chainsaw, 9.8-horsepower Nissan outboard motor and numerous tools. Vernon RCMP...

Homeless funding denied

Apr 25, 2016 / 10:55 am
Vernon's homeless population, and the problems that come with it, is increasing at the same time as a major supporter of the transient population has been denied crucial funding. The Upper Room Mission has been denied $100,000 in gaming grant money leading to a cutback in hours of operation...

Pellet plant at full strength

Apr 25, 2016 / 10:35 am
The Pinnacle Pellet plant in Lavington is running at full capacity, despite a fire in one of its dryers last month. Leroy Reitsma, Pinnacle president and COO, said the dryer is still shut down while independent investigators finish their inquiry, but all shifts are at full strength. While...
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