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Vernon News Feb 25 to Mar 3, 2018

Protest supports homeless

Mar 3, 2018 / 1:43 pm

A group of Grade 9 WL Seaton Secondary School students took to the steps of City Hall Saturday to protest what they called unfair treatment of homeless in the...

Not good for local legion

Mar 3, 2018 / 11:59 am

Bill Balcaen is trying to stay positive, but the president of the Vernon Legion admits it is not looking good for Branch 25. It's been almost two weeks...

Sold out in minutes

Mar 3, 2018 / 11:15 am

It's the hottest ticket in town. Tickets for the annual Bollywood Bang sold out in a stunning 13 minutes this year. The 2018 Bollywood Bang will be held on...

Fun and games at festival

Mar 3, 2018 / 10:19 am

With grey skies and more snow falling on the Valley, the annual Lake Country Indoor Children’s Festival is giving families the opportunity to get out and...

Saved from watery grave

Mar 3, 2018 / 8:58 am

A young deer got a new lease on life thanks to some nearby workers. The animal fell through the ice into Okanagan Lake by Westside Road 15 minutes from Highway...

Making the cut

Mar 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

He may not have won, but Vernon barber Brett Kelly was thrilled just to be part of the largest barber convention in the world. Late last year, Kelly was...

Learn to save a life

Mar 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Learn to save a life at Vernon's annual CPR training. For 24 years, in conjunction with Vernon Fire and Rescue Services, Silver Star Rotary has been...

Bonjour from WL Seaton

Mar 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm

They couldn't get to Paris, so a group of WL Seaton School students brought Paris to Vernon. The tables were set, and as guests arrived they were treated to...

Brrrr, colder and snowier

Mar 2, 2018 / 7:00 pm

If it seemed like February was wetter and colder than usual – that's because it was. According to Environment Canada, temperatures were down and...

Hurlburt Park improvements

Mar 2, 2018 / 4:04 pm

Vernon residents will have a chance share their thoughts on the proposed improvements to Hurlburt Park next Wednesday. Locals can also view the draft plans and...

True Leaf breaks ground

Mar 2, 2018 / 3:36 pm

It was a groundbreaking day for True Leaf, an Okanagan company building a massive cannabis facility in Lumby. Friday marked the start of construction at the...

Game supports charity

Mar 2, 2018 / 1:56 pm

An annual hockey game in Revelstoke raised $800 for charity. Each year in February the Revelstoke RCMP Detachment Mounties play the Revelstoke Fire Rescue...

Elderly pedestrian struck

Mar 2, 2018 / 12:44 pm

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have made an arrest after a 73-year-old female was struck by a vehicle on Feb. 27. RCMP responded to the call to find the woman on...

Vernon woman found

Mar 2, 2018 / 11:56 am

UPDATE 2:50 p.m. Vernon RCMP have located Emily Daley. They have also arrested her on outstanding warrants. RCMP are still looking for a Vernon woman who has...

Science all about women

Mar 2, 2018 / 10:56 am

Women in science will be front and centre next week at the Okanagan Science Centre. The OSC will be hosting its first Take Your Daughter to the Science Centre...

Chili cooks up funds

Mar 2, 2018 / 9:22 am

Hundreds of people chowed down for a good case during the ninth annual Downtown Vernon Association Chili Cook-off. Downtown Vernon was swarmed by 450 people,...

A hilarious night for women

Mar 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Vernon's biggest stand-up comedy event of the year takes place next weekend. 'I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff' will roar through Vernon next Saturday...

A familiar face of addiction

Mar 2, 2018 / 5:02 am

It is tough to make sense of just how deadly the ongoing opiate crisis has been in British Columbia. More than 1,400 people died from suspected drug overdoses...

Predator Ridge is hiring!

Mar 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

Predator Ridge is already preparing for their busiest seasons of the year, and they'll soon hire more than 100 new staff. The resort is hosting their 12th...

Do you always tip?

Mar 1, 2018 / 4:01 pm

Canadian's generally tip 12 to 20 per cent at restaurants when they are provided service. Recently a post in a Vernon Rant and Rave Facebook page stirred up...

Possible luring incident

Mar 1, 2018 / 3:41 pm

UPDATED: 3:42 p.m. New information has surfaced about the possible child luring incident in the Armstrong area. The truck involved is described as being an...

Outdoor rink open longer

Mar 1, 2018 / 1:41 pm

Good news for skaters: the outdoor rink at the recreation complex is staying open longer this year. Old Man Winter is providing a favourable weather forecast...

'I was terrified'

Mar 1, 2018 / 12:19 pm

UPDATE:12:15 p.m. A 35-year-old Vernon man is lucky to be alive after breaking his left femur and dislocating his shoulder during a snowmobiling collision near...

'Gone, but not forgotten'

Mar 1, 2018 / 12:11 pm

"Gone, but not forgotten. Gone, but not forgotten. Gone, but not forgotten." The unison chanting of protesters could be heard echoing from the steps...

Foerster back in court

Mar 1, 2018 / 11:45 am

A man already sentenced to life in jail for murdering an 18-year-old Armstrong girl will be back in a Vernon court room March 12 after successfully appealing...

For this year, camp is a go

Mar 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

There are no plans to suspend summer camp at Camp Winfield for 2018, however, for that to hold true for the future, changes need to happen. At a public forum...

Big clue in missing plane

Mar 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

The search for a missing single-engine aircraft and the couple on board continues with new information about the plane possibly being in the North Okanagan. ...

100 KIDS Who Care Vernon

Mar 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

The official launch of '100 Kids Who Care Vernon' takes place next Tuesday. The organization consists of a group of community involved local youth...

The future of Camp Winfield

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:30 pm

The future of three Easter Seals summer camps will be the focus of a public forum at Camp Winfield tonight. BC Easter Seals run summer camps out of Shawnigan...

Bail, but not released

Feb 28, 2018 / 3:58 pm

UPDATE 4:27 p.m. While he was granted bail, Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will remain behind bars at least for now. Sagmoen was granted bail on some of the eight charges...

Crashed at 3 times the limit

Feb 28, 2018 / 2:48 pm

An impaired driver, with a blood reading three times the legal limit, has been arrested after crashing into a pole. Vernon RCMP responded to vehicle crash just...

DCC bylaw topic to discuss

Feb 28, 2018 / 1:17 pm

The proposed Parks Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw will be the topic of an information session in mid March. The City of Vernon invites the public to learn...

Arrested after V-Day robbery

Feb 28, 2018 / 11:56 am

The man who allegedly robbed a Vernon Tim Hortons on Valentines Day has been arrested by Vernon RCMP. The alleged robbery occurred at the 3905 32 St. Tim...

Program helps bullies

Feb 28, 2018 / 10:16 am

UPDATED 10:47 a.m. Bullying has been around as long as there have been people on the earth, but that does not mean it is acceptable. Wednesday is Pink Shirt...

Tolko invests down south

Feb 28, 2018 / 8:45 am

Vernon-based Tolko Industries is partnering with Louisiana-based Hunt Forest Products to build a state-of-the-art sawmill near Urania, La. “This is our...

LGBTQ lack local support

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:50 am

The North Okanagan is lacking an online LGBTQ presence. There are a few lesbian meetup Facebook pages, but there is no LGBTQ organization in the area. Kelowna...

Saying goodbye to Gloria

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

The memorial for Gloria 'G' Miller who disappeared while scuba diving in Mexico will take place Sunday, March 11. Miller who recently turned 50 years...

Keep him in jail

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

UPDATE 11:46 p.m. Lori Nixon hopes justice will prevail. The mother of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux, Nixon wants Curtis Sagmoen to stay behind bars. The remains...

Fighting against bullies

Feb 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

"Be someone's hero, not a bystander." "I was a huge victim of bullying in elementary school and high school," said Vernon's very own...

Students merge minds

Feb 27, 2018 / 9:00 pm

About 50 students came together for an Okanagan Region B.C. Student Voice Forum in Vernon Tuesday. Students from grades eight to 12 enjoyed their day listening...

Crash sends one to hospital

Feb 27, 2018 / 7:30 pm

A woman was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries following a single-vehicle accident on Alexis Park Road Tuesday evening. A man who rushed...

Arnold slams federal budget

Feb 27, 2018 / 4:45 pm

Federal Conservative North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold didn't hold back any punches when asked his thoughts on the federal liberal 2018 budget....

Dark history on big screen

Feb 27, 2018 / 3:36 pm

The Towne Theatre will be showing That Never Happened, a documentary on First World War internment camps from across the nation this evening. Produced by Ryan...

Skier dies in backcountry

Feb 27, 2018 / 3:05 pm

A man who was airlifted from the backcountry east of Cherryville Monday is dead, after he was found in a tree well. The 51-year-old Vancouver man died near...

To ban or not to ban

Feb 27, 2018 / 2:06 pm

"It's a tool in a toolkit," says Joel Campbell of Green Velvet Tree and Lawn Care. Campbell spoke before Vernon City Council Monday on the topic...

Needles ferry reopened

Feb 27, 2018 / 2:00 pm

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Today's closure of the Needles ferry was a short one, lasting less than an hour. The ferry, which closed earlier this afternoon due to...

A bond in the RCMP

Feb 27, 2018 / 12:25 pm

The bond between dog and handler in the RCMP is a special one. To become a police officer in the Police Dog Service requires, on average, five years of...

Bye horse and buggy bylaw

Feb 27, 2018 / 12:00 pm

The City of Vernon is updating some of its traffic bylaws to get rid of horse-and-carriage references and include new-fangled types of transportation -- such as...

Pizza Pop inventor dies

Feb 27, 2018 / 11:56 am

The man credited with inventing the Pizza Pop has died. The family of Paul Faraci says he died Feb. 6 in Vernon, at the age of 89. In the 1960s, Faraci owned a...

Vernon Mountie awarded

Feb 27, 2018 / 10:35 am

A veteran Vernon Mountie has been awarded the first Okanagan Division Veterans award, presented by the Okanagan RCMP Veterans Association. Const. Kerri Parish...

Hit by truck downtown

Feb 27, 2018 / 9:40 am

A pedestrian has been struck while crossing the street in Vernon. An elderly woman was walking along the crosswalk at 30th Avenue and 30th Street when she was...

Who protects puppies?

Feb 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

It was a year ago today, when then Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, held a Yorkshire Terrier named Dijon and announced to the...

City approves variance

Feb 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Vernon has granted a parking variance for a development at 1803 31A Street. The city granted the developer a variance that allows for 54 off-street...

Kid supports sick kids

Feb 27, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Grade 5 Oyama student has been growing his hair out for two years and in less than a week he will donate his long locks to Wigs for Kids BC. Jesse Bauer has...

Semi-truck loses steel beams

Feb 26, 2018 / 9:52 pm

A section of Highway 97 between Kamloops and Vernon was closed Monday night after massive steel beams came off a semi-truck near Barnhartvale Rd. A Castanet...

McNamara makes it official

Feb 26, 2018 / 6:16 pm

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Superintendent Jim McNamara is retiring. After a 33-year career — eight years of which were served as Vernon's top cop...

Bollywood Bang is back

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:23 pm

Vernon's popular Bollywood Bang event is on its way back to town. Set for April 28. Bollywood Bang first came to life in the Okanagan in 2013 known for...

A taste of spring

Feb 26, 2018 / 4:30 pm

After the winter we have experienced in the Okanagan, it was nice to get some sun on your face. The sun was out for most of the day and people were out enjoying...

Buried in avalanche

Feb 26, 2018 / 4:04 pm

An injured skier was airlifted from Cherryville Monday after he was buried in an avalanche. Glenn Braithwaite with the B.C. Ambulance Service told Castanet they...

Police officers in pink

Feb 26, 2018 / 2:36 pm

Vernon RCMP will be dressed in pink to standup against bullying. National Pink Shirt Day takes place across Canada on Wednesday to raise awareness against...

National Cupcake Day

Feb 26, 2018 / 1:21 pm

Today is national cupcake day, and it is actually sweeter than you think. National Cupcake Day is a coordinated Canadian event. Local businesses are selling...

Health fair comes to town

Feb 26, 2018 / 12:14 pm

A wonderland of health and wellness is coming to Vernon this weekend. The Vernon Wellness Fair showcases over 70 products and services from the health and...

Youngest athlete at games

Feb 26, 2018 / 9:41 am

Armstong's Ina Forrest and Salmon Arm's Natalie Wilkie are among 55 athletes named to the PyeongChang 2018 Canadian Paralympic Team. Forrest, 55, has...

Lake Country Starbucks B&E

Feb 26, 2018 / 8:38 am

Police tape is up following an overnight break and enter at the Lake Country Starbucks on Oceola Rd. A Castanet reader sent in a news tip telling us that RCMP...

Film Festival comes to town

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival will be coming to Silver Star Mountain Resort next month. For the first time, VIMFF will be shown at the...

Minard heads to games

Feb 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

"In 2008 I was involved in a 14,400-volt electrical contact accident, me being the exit and the ground point I suffered life-threatening injuries and...

Winter market success

Feb 25, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Hundreds showed up to the first annual Winter Artisan Market held at Predator Ridge Resort. The event took place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday....