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Vernon News Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 6, 2018

World-class athletes

Jan 6, 2018 / 3:00 pm

It may not be located in the heart of the gymnastics universe, but the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics club is turning out some world-class competitors. Under the...

It's a dog's life at the Star

Jan 6, 2018 / 12:50 pm

It was a dog's life at SilverStar Mountain Resort when a pack of perky pooches paid a visit. Bernese Mountain dogs are known for their love of mountains and...

'Life-threatening injury'

Jan 6, 2018 / 11:55 am

UPDATE 11:55 a.m. A woman was rushed to hospital after she was shot in an apartment on the 3700 block of 24th Avenue of Vernon early Saturday morning. Vernon...

Bobcats active in Valley

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Another bobcat was seen traipsing through an Okanagan neighbourhood. In what is becoming a fairly regular occurrence in the region at this time of year, it was...

Ban on cosmetic pesticides

Jan 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

"They are harmful to the environment, people and beneficial insects" and one local group wants the city to stop using them. The Sustainable...

GI outbreak at VJH

Jan 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. Castanet has learned that the G.I. virus has affected five patients. "A gastrointestinal illness outbreak was declared on Jan. 5 at...

Carnival cops needed

Jan 5, 2018 / 6:17 pm

The Vernon Winter Carnival is looking for men and women in uniform. The largest winter carnival in Western Canada is in need of more Carnival Cops. Carnival...

Cool critters

Jan 5, 2018 / 4:17 pm

There are some very unique residents at the Okanagan Science Centre and Elise Huffman wants to tell you all about them. Huffman is the resident animal expert of...

Help to find missing woman

Jan 5, 2018 / 2:58 pm

"Police are concerned about her health and well being." Linda Ruth Cunnington was last seen at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2. The 70 year old is missing and the...

Air quality advisory lifted

Jan 5, 2018 / 12:53 pm

Breathe deeply, Vernon. The air quality advisory issued Thursday has been lifted. The Ministry of Environment and the Interior Health Authority were waiting...

Watching your speed

Jan 5, 2018 / 12:37 pm

When safe community co-ordinator Mike Moyer joined the North Okanagan Regional District last year, he knew speeding was a major concern for residents —...

Minor crash in Vernon

Jan 5, 2018 / 12:37 pm

A minor two-vehicle car crash just after 11 a.m. Friday caused traffic to slow on Highway 6 near Polson Park. There were no major injuries. BC Ambulance...

Chipping trees for charity

Jan 5, 2018 / 12:29 pm

Don't chuck them, chip them. Now that the festive season is over, people are getting rid of their Christmas trees and one group is offering a chance to not...

End of an era at Civic

Jan 5, 2018 / 10:03 am

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Vernon Vipers when they take to the ice of Civic Arena this weekend. The Vipers started out as the Vernon Jr. Canadians...

Bird count success

Jan 5, 2018 / 8:38 am

Despite poor visibility at times, the Dec. 17 bird count was a success. A report by the North Okanagan Naturalists' Club states, 25,290 birds were counted...

Complaints up in RDNO

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

Complaints are up, or at least they are in the Regional District of North Okanagan. In the annual report presented to the electoral area advisory committee, it...

Local man invents game

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local man has designed a board game that's suitable for all ages. Gambit Board is simple but winning takes guile, strategy and a little bit of luck,...

Journey to the Olympics

Jan 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

"Train hard, go fast, never give up no matter what obstacles get in your way:" words of wisdom from a local Olympian, before jetting off to the 2018...

Pets and the cold

Jan 4, 2018 / 7:30 pm

It's not just humans that are being impacted by the current cold snap. Special care must be taken for animals when the mercury dips below the freezing mark....

Good news for Nugget

Jan 4, 2018 / 6:45 pm

A big, loveable pooch will be getting vital surgery after donations from the public poured in. Nugget became the Belle of the ball this week when people learned...

True Leaf stock holds up

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:21 pm

A lot of investors in cannabis futures were left holding the bag Thursday after watching marijuana stocks go up in smoke. The unexpected dip came after The...

A bust in film land?

Jan 4, 2018 / 4:31 pm

The first full-service film and television studio in the Okanagan transformed the former Far West building on Kosmino Road in Vernon into a massive studio last...

4 dead in flu outbreaks

Jan 4, 2018 / 3:35 pm

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Interior Health confirms four patients have died in influenza outbreaks sweeping a dozen facilities. It's not yet known if any of those...

Another bobcat sighting

Jan 4, 2018 / 3:32 pm

A bobcat has been spotted roaming the North Okanagan. This time, the big cat was seen on the prowl in the East Hill area of Vernon. The cat was seen by several...

Air quality advisory issued

Jan 4, 2018 / 1:42 pm

An air quality advisory has been issued for Vernon Thursday. Due to high concentrations of fine particulates, people with chronic underlying medical conditions...

On time and on budget

Jan 4, 2018 / 1:21 pm

The Kal Tire Place arena expansion project is on time and on budget. It has been almost nine months since shovels hit the ground, and the construction phase is...

Poisoned valley

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

It may be a new year, but for many on the front line of the opioid crisis in the Okanagan, it feels like nothing has changed. Kelowna has the unflattering...

Optimistic goal will be met

Jan 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Linda Yule is “cautiously optimistic” the United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap will reach its fundraising goal set out last December. The...

It's a girl!

Jan 3, 2018 / 6:35 pm

Better late than never. At 7 lbs and 14 oz. Alora was the first baby born at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in 2018. The little bundle of joy entered the world at...

New car for Christmas

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:07 pm

Talk about a Christmas present. Skye McCluskey received a car thanks to a local tire shop manager. Brandon Colvin manages the Vernon Fountain Tire store and...

Offer to help Nugget

Jan 3, 2018 / 2:09 pm

UPDATE 4:20 p.m. The call to help a lovable pooch named Nugget has been answered. Nugget is a 100-pound 'lap dog' that needs surgery on two ruptured...

$427K raised for Sally Ann

Jan 3, 2018 / 12:04 pm

They may have fallen shy of their goal, but officials with the Vernon Salvation Army are humbled by the support shown in the community. With a goal of $500,000,...

Barn fire doused in Lumby

Jan 3, 2018 / 11:40 am

Lumby firefighters teamed up with their Lavington counterparts to battle a blaze at a dairy farm on Dure Meadow Road over the weekend. Lumby fire chief Tony...

Local chef on world stage

Jan 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

Vernon's Tina Tang will compete for Canada at the International Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany in 2020. The Predator Ridge pastry chef is one of...

Snow cleanup underway

Jan 3, 2018 / 10:59 am

A winter storm over the holiday season created heavy snowfall throughout the Okanagan. ​For almost a week, piles of snow have lined the streets of...

Going downhill for a cause

Jan 3, 2018 / 10:57 am

Pow hounds can spend the day on the slopes while helping a good cause later this month. On Jan. 27 the third annual Slopes for Hope fundraiser takes place at...

Life-changing drug needed

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

With only two weeks of medication left, things are not looking good for Melissa Verleg. Verleg has Cystic Fibrosis and has been taking the drug Orkambi, which...

Summer's day at the Star

Jan 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Vernon was well below freezing on Tuesday, but at Silver Star Mountain Resort, temperatures were just below zero. "We're 10 degrees warmer up here at...

Crisis Line wants volunteers

Jan 2, 2018 / 8:28 pm

It is a call to action that might just save someone's life. The Vernon Crisis Line is searching for new volunteers. "Volunteers are offering our...

Count is for the birds

Jan 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm

This event is for the birds – literally. The 2018 swan and eagle count will be held Jan. 14 and birders of every feather are invited to attend. The count...

Little Tex to stay open

Jan 2, 2018 / 5:29 pm

Little Tex shall live on. On Dec. 20, 2017 it was announced a buyer could not be found for the popular Vernon eatery and the owners would close the doors...

Mail thieves scared away

Jan 2, 2018 / 3:20 pm

An observant citizen chased away some would-be mail thieves. According to RCMP, at approximately 11:25 p.m. Jan. 1 police were called to the 5000 block of Back...

'She will be sorely missed'

Jan 2, 2018 / 2:49 pm

"Caroline was a warm, caring and loving lady, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her!" A more difficult message could not be shared. Trevor...

Assessment values up

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:31 pm

By and large, residential property prices in the North Okanagan have increased, according to the latest numbers from BC Assessment. Homeowners can expect to get...

Holiday robberies

Jan 2, 2018 / 12:25 pm

Vernon RCMP have released still images from two separate robberies that took place over the holiday season. Shortly after 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, RCMP...

Boys were found in ravine

Jan 2, 2018 / 10:02 am

Three British Columbia residents are healthy and warm thanks to quick actions by others in two separate New Year's Eve rescues. Rescuers fanned out after...

True Leaf to build pot plant

Jan 2, 2018 / 6:46 am

A Vernon-based medicinal marijuana company is doubling down on its Lumby operation by purchasing the 40-acre property. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. has...

Balloons land downtown

Jan 1, 2018 / 3:10 pm

There was an unexpected New Years Day sight in downtown Vernon Monday when four hot air balloons landed in the city. The pilot of one of those balloons, Evan...

Lost kids found in woods

Jan 1, 2018 / 6:46 am

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and North Westside Fire Rescue members spent New Year's Eve looking for two missing children. Unconfirmed reader reports...

Driving with Dignitaries

Jan 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

A pair of local realtors have found a unique way to introduce people to Vernon. Lyle Doucette and Shawn Webb are picking up local dignitaries and driving around...

Vernon Newsmaker of 2017

Jan 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

Juliette Cunningham is a strong believer in social justice. And the three-term city councillor has used her political post to rally for the marginalized...

No. 1 Body found at farm

Dec 31, 2017 / 5:00 am

It was one of the largest police investigations the region has ever seen. Dozens of police and two mobile command units descended on a ramshackle farm on Salmon...

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