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Vernon News Jan 14 to 20, 2018

3 fatal accidents in four days

Jan 20, 2018 / 1:36 pm

Motorists are being urged to drive with extreme caution following three fatal accidents in the North Okanagan in less than a week. The latest accident happened...

A dance for the generations

Jan 20, 2018 / 11:50 am

It's a Vernon Winter Carnival event for the generations. The Grandparent and Grandchild Dance, hosted by the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, takes place...

'Coach Peter' passes away

Jan 20, 2018 / 10:14 am

The founder of the Vernon Speed Skating club has passed away at 84. Peter Blokker died last week while visiting family in his native Holland. Blokker was hailed...

Axe the beer tax

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Brewers in Canada say its time for the federal government to stop taking half the glass. Beer Canada, a lobby group that represents 90 per cent of Canadian...

Warmer than normal

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

If it seems like the weather is a little warmer than normal for this time of year, that's because it is. There was some snow and some cold spells this...

Fatal crash closes Hwy 97

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:07 pm

UPDATE: 10:04 p.m. Traffic is flowing again on Highway 97 north of Vernon, according to residents with a view of the highway. Check DriveBC for the latest...

Vipers challenge the Kings

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:15 pm

The Vernon Vipers will try to dethrone the Prince George Spruce Kings when they meet tonight in the northern community. The Snakes are coming off a pair of...

Metal heads can choose

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:40 pm

Metal fans will have a chance to select one of the acts in the 2018 Armstrong Metal Fest. The People's Choice Award, via Broken Neck Radio, gives metal...

Fentanyl, cocaine seized

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:02 am

Vernon RCMP have disconnected a dial-a-dope operation that was allegedly selling hard drugs. Police executed a search warrant Jan. 17, leading to five arrests...

Bridge reopens

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:21 am

It took longer than expected, but the Heywood-Armstrong Bridge is now open. Officially called the Morgan Bridge by the Ministry of Transportation and...

Impaired charge in crash

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:06 am

A motorist will be taking the bus for the next three months after being issued a 90-day roadside suspension after crashing his vehicle on Silver Star Road....

Seeing through teen eyes

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:00 am

Two Vernon Community School students are on a mission to build better relationships with seniors throughout the community. The Grade 11 students feel that...

Vernon vehicle crashes

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:29 am

UPDATED: 9 a.m. A Castanet reader has sent us a picture of a rolled-over vehicle on Highway 97 south of Vernon. No word on any injuries. Police and a tow-truck...

Pedestrian lucky to be alive

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:03 am

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 6 and Middleton Way, Vernon. The incident happened...

Pondering park parking

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:00 am

Parking is emerging as a main concern for those who use Kal Lake Provincial Park. A public meeting was held Thursday afternoon in Vernon to gather input for a...

Flood measures in place

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

With a snowpack sitting at 123 per cent of normal, some people are wondering if the North Okanagan is going to have a repeat of the flooding that soaked the...

Tourism up in Vernon

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Tourism in Vernon was up more than five per cent this past summer despite fires and floods. Local businesses and Tourism Vernon came together Thursday...

Fix school or ditch it?

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

What to do with Charles Bloom Secondary School was the topic of discussion in Lumby Wednesday evening. School District 22 was gathering public opinion on the...

Homeless camp cleared

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:22 pm

The homeless camp on Highway 97 and 48th Ave. in Vernon has been shut down. The Ministry of Transportation provided the occupants with an eviction notice...

Suspected thief ID'd

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have identified the man suspected of using stolen credits cards throughout the Vernon area. RCMP are not providing...

Car break ins continue

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

The contents of cars continue to be a popular target for thieves. Social media is abuzz with people telling of break ins or attempted break ins in the city....

Nugget good as gold

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:33 pm

Nugget the loveable pooch is on the mend. Described as a '100-pound lap dog' the fawn-coloured mastiff mix sometimes wags her tail so hard, she injures...

City to host special games

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:34 am

Some very special athletes will be coming to Vernon next year. The 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be held in Greater Vernon in February. More than...

Woahhhhh kitty

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 am

Security footage of a bobcat is turning heads on social media. Bob Lindley was taking a look at his home's security footage when he came across the...

A place to call home

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

There are more than 100 new residential care beds in Vernon. The Hamlets at Vernon officially made the announcement today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the...

Crack the ice and swim

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:17 pm

"Just getting out and doing stuff that makes you feel alive," is one Vernon athlete's motto – for pretty much everything. Vernon...

One dead in collision

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:19 am

UPDATE: 10:19 a.m. One person is dead after a collision north of Falkland that occured yesterday evening. On Tuesday at about 5:40 pm, the Vernon North...

Will Lumby school close?

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:00 am

Thousands of students have passed through its hallways, but now the future of Lumby's only secondary school is in question. A public meeting will be held to...

Roads an icy mess

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:20 pm

Motorists are being advised to take it slow on area roads. There are reports from across the Okanagan of treacherous roads due to black ice. Highway 1 is closed...

Special games next year

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:44 pm

Some very special athletes will be coming to Vernon next year. It was announced Tuesday the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be held in Greater Vernon...

Masters citizen of the year

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:33 pm

Cindy Masters is the 2017 JCI Good Citizen of the Year. Masters, who is the development officer for Kindale Developmental Association, was nominated by Theresa...

Scamming renters

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A quick look at any one of the Okanagan's community Facebook forums and you'll find countless rental scam stories. Would-be scammers continue to set...

Horses slaughtered for food

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:37 pm

"It's encouraging to hear that people like you don't know because I'm convinced that that's the reason to shutting it down is people...

One dead in 97 A crash

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5:02 p.m. According to DriveBC, highway 97A is now open in both directions. UPDATE: 3:08 p.m. RCMP Collision Analysts remain on scene at the location...

Wray memorial on Saturday

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:48 pm

A celebration of life will be held Saturday for Duncan Wray at Kal Tire Place from 3-5 p.m. The beloved owner of the Vernon Vipers passed away suddenly at his...

Marijuana vs Marihuana

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

How do you spell marijuana? For most people, it isn't a debate. However, the Government of Canada sometimes spells the word with an "h"...

Man trapped in vehicle

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:20 am

An elderly man had to be extracted from his vehicle after a two-vehicle collision in Salmon Arm Monday. RCMP state that a police officer came across the vehicle...

Master Plan in the works

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:20 am

A Recreation Master Plan is in the works for the Greater Vernon area and the community has the chance to get involved this Friday and Saturday. The Master Plan...

A place to call home

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Travelling for healthcare can be expensive and that's why Kelowna General Hospital plans to raise millions to build JoeAnna's House, a...

Escaping from violence

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:00 pm

"Women who may have fled an abusive situation who have literally left with the clothes on their back," were the purpose of a fundraiser in Vernon...

Robbery suspect charged

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:58 pm

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Heron Taylor, 32, has been charged in relation to a recent robbery in Vernon. Vernon RCMP responded to a "panic hold up alarm" at a...

Lucky no kids in crash

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:25 pm

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. Lake Country RCMP continue to investigate this morning's collision between a school bus and dump truck. They confirm no students were on...

Armstrong pauses pot talk

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:32 pm

The sale of cannabis is set to become legal in just over four months, and for many cities, the discussion is heating up. The City of Armstrong hasn't had...

Dog lice increasing

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:52 am

In the 18 years Lisa, from Lisa's Pretty Pups has been grooming dogs she has never seen an outbreak of canine lice like what she is seeing right now. ...

Violent break and enter

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:32 am

A break and enter Sunday afternoon turned violent. RCMP say a man returned to his home in rural Falkland just before 3:00 p.m. to find a break and enter in...

Non-profit supports cause

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local non-profit is hosting a fundraiser for the Silver Star Volunteer Fire Department later this week. The Silver Star Dreamweavers is hosting a fundraiser...

Cadets hit the slopes

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Cadets from all over the Okanagan, Kootneys and Kamloops hit the cross country trails at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in Vernon Sunday morning. Sea, Army and...

Fans say goodbye

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Friends, family and fans bid an emotional farewell Saturday to Vernon Vipers team owner Duncan Wray. Wray passed away unexpectedly last Thursday, his 68th...

MVI with RCMP cruiser

Jan 14, 2018 / 1:21 am

A two-vehicle car crash in downtown Vernon Sunday morning involved a police cruiser. A car travelling northbound on Highway 97 collided with an RCMP cruiser...

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