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Vernon News Jan 21 to 27, 2018

Hwy 97A all clear

Jan 27, 2018 / 5:49 pm

UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. DriveBC reports that Highway 97A is now cleared north of Enderby, where downed power lines had the highway partially blocked for more than two...

Missing in backcountry

Jan 27, 2018 / 2:40 pm

The Vernon Search and Rescue winch rescue team, along with the BC Air Rescue helicopter, are making their way to the Lumby backcountry to find a missing...

Brody happy to be home

Jan 27, 2018 / 2:36 pm

After being missing for several weeks, Brody the dog is back home. “Brody was missing since the 20th of December,” said Brody's owner Greg....

Legacy grants available

Jan 27, 2018 / 1:12 pm

The Local Host Society has extended the deadline for applications for the Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games Legacy Fund until Feb. 15. The games were held in...

Slopes for Hope a success

Jan 27, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Christian Ouelette is pretty sure there will be a fourth annual Slopes for Hope event. The third annual ski fundraiser took place Saturday at SilverStar...

Skiing Aussie style

Jan 27, 2018 / 11:45 am

It's not something you expect to see on a Canadian ski hill in the middle of winter, but skiers took to the slopes of SilverStar Mountain Resort with...

Serving up jobs

Jan 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

Some good food and a lot of jobs are coming to Vernon when Mr. Mikes opens its doors in May. Shane Fuson, Mr. Mikes assistant general manager, said the eatery...

Suzy Shier closing in Vernon

Jan 26, 2018 / 3:32 pm

A popular clothing store in Vernon is closing. The Suzy Shier woman's clothing will be wrapping up sales in the Villiage Green Centre on Feb. 25. The...

D'oh, more snow coming

Jan 26, 2018 / 3:02 pm

Don't let the sunshine fool you, winter is not done with the Okanagan just yet. According to Environment Canada, Old Man Winter is set to make a return to...

Fight cancer a run at a time

Jan 26, 2018 / 2:38 pm

For $100 ski hounds can spend the day on the slopes, while helping a good cause. The third annual Slopes for Hope fundraiser takes place at SilverStar Mountain...

Funding to fight racism

Jan 26, 2018 / 12:09 pm

Racism and bigotry are real. They do exist in our communities. Racist and bigotted talk is not just off-the-cuff comments made behind closed doors or in...

Dragoons show off TAP-V

Jan 26, 2018 / 10:00 am

You may have seen some pretty heavy duty Canadian Forces equipment driving around this week, and if you haven't, you will. The British Columbia Dragoons...

Skier conquers a dream

Jan 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

"Oh my goodness, just so many emotions: joy, excitement, nerves, pressure, overwhelm," said Kequyen Lam, after finding out he will be competing at the...

Housing homeless on track

Jan 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

There are some big projects on the horizon that will help the city's marginalized population. And they've been a long time coming. The first project,...

Safety comes at a cost

Jan 25, 2018 / 5:20 pm

While most tax increases come with public grumblings, there has been little protest against a five per cent tax hike for Vernon residents. Mayor Akbal Mund said...

Commonage crash

Jan 25, 2018 / 1:35 pm

UPDATE 1:38 p.m. The driver of a pick-up truck is lucky to have sustained minor injuries after colliding head on with a dump truck. The accident happened at...

That is a lot of samosas!

Jan 25, 2018 / 12:27 pm

Without a doubt, this year's Light a Bulb campaign was Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation's most successful in the event's 30-year history. $290,000...

Sagmoen bail hearing

Jan 25, 2018 / 11:50 am

A man who has become a flashpoint for violence against women protests will remain behind bars for at least a few more weeks. Curtis Wayne Sagmoen is facing...

Price of gas takes a jump

Jan 25, 2018 / 10:30 am

If you haven't filled up today, you might want to think about it. At least two gas stations along 32nd Street – Husky and Chevron – have raised...

Wildfires change wines

Jan 25, 2018 / 9:54 am

Describing a wine by saying it has a smokey quality will have whole new meaning thanks to researchers at UBCO. A recent study found grapes exposed to wildfire...

Traffic slow on Hwy 97

Jan 25, 2018 / 8:36 am

UPDATE: 8:56 a.m. A Castanet reader called in with a description of the accident on Highway 97 heading towards Vernon near Bailey Road. "It looks like a...

Goodbye, Adrian

Jan 25, 2018 / 5:00 am

It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Adrian, the beloved Castanet office dog, has passed away. Everyone who stopped by the office was greeted with a...

Ground still smoulders

Jan 24, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Area's of forest are still smouldering almost four months after the worst wildfire season to date, across B.C. The snow has been coming down across the...

Stamp of approval

Jan 24, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The North Okangan's own Sonja Gaudet has her own stamp. Canada Post announced Wednesday several athletes have received stamps, including the decorated...

True Leaf riding high

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:20 pm

Darcy Bomford is riding high these days. The CEO of True Leaf chuckled when he was asked about his company's latest success story. "Return the love,...

Overdose at A&W

Jan 24, 2018 / 2:52 pm

Paramedics used naloxone to revive a middle-aged woman in the bathroom of the A&W at the Fruit Union Plaza in Vernon. According to a witness, a woman and...

Is this your diamond ring?

Jan 24, 2018 / 12:44 pm

Found: one diamond ring. Vernon RCMP are trying to track down the owner of a diamond ring that was brought into the Vernon detachment Jan. 24 by a Good...

City best at buying

Jan 24, 2018 / 12:30 pm

The City of Vernon is the best in the province at buying goods and services. The city was recognized by the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) for...

Couple attacked by son

Jan 24, 2018 / 12:13 pm

One man is in custody after allegedly attacking his parents and threatening them with a loaded crossbow in their Armstrong home on Tuesday. Vernon Rural RCMP...

My mom, my best friend

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

​"My mom was my number one person and best friend. When she died I felt lost, I didn't know where to go, it is one of the worst losses a woman...

Save your kid from drugs

Jan 24, 2018 / 5:00 am

The opioid crisis continues to claim lives, and if there has ever been a time to talk your kids about the negative impacts of drugs that time is now. The only...

Dip, dive, duck, dodge

Jan 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It is turning into a rivalry. For the second year running, students at W.L. Seaton Secondary School challenged the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP to a friendly...

Group devoted to change

Jan 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Vernon will get a whole lot 'greener' after the development of a new Climate Action Task Force. The City of Vernon endorsed the creation of the group...

What stinks in Lumby?

Jan 23, 2018 / 12:56 pm

What is causing a stink in Lumby? The village of Lumby granted a permit for an industrial property to burn some waste. That waste is now causing a toxic smell...

'Hands and feet bound'

Jan 23, 2018 / 12:22 pm

A very scary situation for an employee of Sleep Country Canada who was bound and robbed at knifepoint Monday night. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say it happened...

A local competition

Jan 23, 2018 / 11:01 am

Are you a Vernon business that likes a little friendly community competition? Now is your chance. Vernon Winter Carnival wants to see all local companies...

New park on horizon

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:14 am

Work on a new park along Okanagan Lake will begin in the summer. The City of Vernon announced plans to develop several properties into a park along Lakeshore...

Public hearing plants seeds

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

Marijuana dispensaries were the topic of a public hearing Monday night. Vernon City Council wanted to clear the air regarding recent proposed amendments to...

"A challenging year"

Jan 23, 2018 / 5:00 am

"It was a challenging year for Vernon with a significant increase in the number of people sleeping outside." The finding was part of a summary of...

Raising profile for seniors

Jan 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Vernon city councillor Juliette Cunningham has a reputation for standing up for the little guy. Cunningham has been a part of many committees and task forces...

Vernon's own website

Jan 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Vernon has beautiful lakes, superb skiing and delicious restaurants, that is just a few reasons why some people choose to live here. Unfortunately, thousands...

Found in avalanche hazard

Jan 22, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A snowmobiler who got separated from his group had to spend the night in an avalanche hazard area on Hunters Range, near Enderby. The male was last seen on...

Scammed out of $11,000

Jan 22, 2018 / 2:28 pm

​One Vernon resident is out $11,000 after falling victim to a fraudster on Jan. 18. The local man received a phone call and email from what he thought...

Big build proposed

Jan 22, 2018 / 12:33 pm

It would be unlike anything else in Vernon. Developers of a potentially massive 162-lot project presented their plans to council Monday. The 20-acre...

Both women found

Jan 22, 2018 / 9:18 am

UPDATE: 9:18 a.m. Suzie Clark, 20, has been found safe and sound, according to Vernon RCMP. RCMP thank the public and media for their assistance in locating...

Let's talk about pot

Jan 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

The sale of cannabis will soon become legal in just a few months, and for many cities, the discussion is heating up. The City of Vernon will give the public a...

Celebrity hits the slopes

Jan 21, 2018 / 8:00 pm

It's fairly obvious when hitting the slopes at Silver Star we are joined by our friends across the ocean, Australians. Aussi celebrity Sophie Monk enjoyed...

'Minutes away from death'

Jan 21, 2018 / 12:00 pm

A Vernon teen is fighting for her life. Emily Loewen, 16, was rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Dec. 6 for what felt like a serious flu. Since then she has...

Rhythmic team shines

Jan 21, 2018 / 8:47 am

Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics collected 26 medals at their first event of the season in Edmonton. The event took place over the weekend at the University of...

Celebrating Duncan

Jan 21, 2018 / 5:00 am

Friends and family bid a fond farewell to Duncan Wray Saturday in Vernon. The celebration of life was held at Kal Tire Place, a fitting venue for a man who...