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Vernon News Dec 24 to 30, 2017

No. 2 Living rough

Dec 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

The plight of the city's homeless community was hard to dismiss in 2017 after people set up tents in Linear Park along 25th Avenue. Homelessness is an issue...

'White knuckle drive'

Dec 29, 2017 / 7:46 pm

A video posted by Twitter user @ShannonMcKenney shows treacherous conditions on Highway 1 just outside Hope, B.C. According to Environment Canada, the brunt of...

To drive, or not to drive

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:01 pm

Travel advisories remain in place for most of the major highways throughout the Okanagan. The snow is expected to fall overnight and into tomorrow, which means...

Searching for more room

Dec 29, 2017 / 12:28 pm

When members of Vernon Search and Rescue are not helping people in the Great Outdoors, they are crammed into a space much too small to meet their needs. Located...

Light A Bulb surpasses goal

Dec 29, 2017 / 11:01 am

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Christmas tree is fully lit – and then some. The 30th annual Light a Bulb Campaign raised $275,888, exceeding its...

Power back in Cherryville

Dec 29, 2017 / 7:48 am

UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. Power has been restored. ORIGINAL: 7:48 a.m. A little more than 420 BC Hydro customers near Cherryville are without power this morning. A...

Shelter from the storm

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

"Citizens sleeping rough" is Kelly Fehr's preferred term for those living without shelter. Fehr is the co-executive director at the John Howard...

3. Water everywhere

Dec 29, 2017 / 5:00 am

At times this past spring, storms on Okanagan Lake wreaked havoc, with waves bashing into property and sweeping docks away. But the worst damage was caused as...

Power out for 25 homes

Dec 28, 2017 / 4:36 pm

UPDATED: 6:35 p.m. Power has been restored to the customers affected in the BX area of Vernon. ORIGINAL: 4:36 p.m. What is believed to be a blown transformer...

'Please drive accordingly'

Dec 28, 2017 / 2:04 pm

"Drive according to the road conditions," is the message from the City of Vernon. Vernon's director of operations, Shirley Koenig said it has been...

Sagmoen back in court

Dec 28, 2017 / 11:56 am

A man facing numerous charges for allegedly threatening a sex trade worker will be back in a Vernon courtroom on Jan. 11. Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36, is facing...

First Nations eye pot biz

Dec 28, 2017 / 6:34 am

Canada's marijuana industry is expanding rapidly, and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities – including in...

Thieves hit mailboxes

Dec 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

Thieves have targeted community mailboxes in Lumby. Lumby residents say that in the past several days, three separate community mailboxes, along Highway 6, by...

4. Summer of fire

Dec 28, 2017 / 5:00 am

The worst of B.C.'s 2017 wildfires were hundreds of miles away from Vernon but choking smoke from the Cariboo drifted down from the north reducing air...

Busy day for Vernon Fire

Dec 27, 2017 / 6:00 pm

To say that Vernon Fire Rescue had a busy day is a bit of an understatement. The first call came at 5:30 a.m., with a house fire on Highway 97 across from...

Crash cleared, still icy

Dec 27, 2017 / 5:40 pm

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. A crash that had previously slowed traffic on Highway 97 at Crystal Waters Road, near Lake Country, has since been cleared, but road...

Million-dollar Christmas gift

Dec 27, 2017 / 4:14 pm

A Vernon man was finally able to get his hands on his lotto winnings today. Devin Cooper had to wait for the holidays to pass before he could claim his $1...

Big cat in Coldstream

Dec 27, 2017 / 12:25 pm

A Coldstream woman caught a glimpse – and some photos – of an elusive Okanagan resident. Christine Huizinga-Kitagawa posted pictures of a large...

House gutted in fire

Dec 27, 2017 / 9:45 am

UPDATE : 9:45 a.m. Firefighters were called to an early morning house fire in Vernon. The blaze broke out about 5:30 a.m., on Highway 97, across Hospital Hill...

Crime in Vernon

Dec 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Castanet Vernon is counting down the top five stories of 2017. At number five is the crime rate in the city. It was not a good year for crime in Vernon. The...

A magical sleigh ride

Dec 26, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Christmas is officially over but there is still time to hop on an old fashioned sleigh ride at Vernon’s Historic O’Keefe Ranch. “It’s...

Reindeer on the loose

Dec 26, 2017 / 12:09 pm

It appears Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph are on the loose. Santa’s Reindeer were last spotted prancing the...

Search and rescue success

Dec 24, 2017 / 3:56 pm

A man who injured his back while snowmobiling has been airlifted from the Keefer Lake area to hospital. Vernon Search and Rescue search manager Leigh Pearson...

Grinch busted at the mall

Dec 24, 2017 / 9:30 am

All the Who's in Whoville – or at least in Vernon – won't have to worry about the Grinch stealing Christmas this year. Local RCMP officers...

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