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Vernon News Mar 4 to 10, 2018

$8K of band's gear stolen

Mar 10, 2018 / 1:15 pm

An Okanagan musician is out more than $8,000 after his gear was stolen from his garage sometime this past week. Tim Reardon, who plays in the bands The...

Dust advisory issued again

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:30 pm

A dust advisory has been issued for Vernon once again, just four days after the last advisory ended. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy...

Soup's On for the mission

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:00 am

A bowl of soup will help feed the hungry in more ways than one. Enactus Okanagan College, in collaboration with the Upper Room Mission, is holding...

Fungal disease killing bats

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

A deadly bat disease has not shown up in the North Okanagan, but officials are monitoring the spread closely. First detected in Washington State, White-Nose...

Spring-like weather

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Congratulations Okanagan, it looks like we survived another winter. After several months of frigid temperatures and lots of snow, the sun has returned and the...

GVA best in business

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 pm

It's the biggest night of the year for the Greater Vernon area business community. Tonight the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce presents the 34th Annual...

Good news for Good Food

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:59 pm

There is good news for the Good Food Box program. Earlier this week, it was announced the program would end, but an outpouring of support and some dedicated...

Money pumped into Valley

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:11 pm

Federal money is pouring into the Okanagan, with several multi-million dollar announcements being made Friday. Vernon will see $2.5 million come back to the...

Swan Lake warning issued

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:18 pm

Officials are asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting Swan Lake. Swan Lake is a popular spot for ice fishing in the winter, but there is a...

Boat launch closed Monday

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:57 am

The popular Okanagan Landing Paddlewheel Boat Launch will be closed Monday, March 12 for maintenance. Boaters are encouraged to use other launch accesses. The...

Lumby scores huge grant

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:12 am

Hockey fans in Lumby had lots to cheer about Friday after a multi-million dollar announcement that will see renovations to the aging Pat Duke Memorial Arena....

3 suspicious fires in 2 days

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:09 am

RCMP are investigating three suspicious fires in two days. The fires happened in Armstrong. RCMP were called to a fire around 2 a.m. Friday in the 3600 block of...

Watching the water

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

With a snowpack above normal and spring temperatures on the way, officials in Armstrong and Lumby are doing what they can to ensure history does not repeat...

So popular it's back

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Angst hit the Vernon Towne Cinema big screen at the end of February and it was so well received a local businesswoman is bringing it back to town, one last...

Changing lives across seas

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A Vernon hair salon is raising money for clean water initiatives in developing countries. "Every year at Spruce we participate in Earth Month," said...

Biking towards the future

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The North Okanagan Cycling Society is hoping for a big 2018. The group held its annual general meeting recently where president Daniel Poulin spoke about where...

Child abused at school

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. The superintendent of North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 has issued a statement regarding allegations of sexual abuse of an elementary...

Suspicious fire in Armstrong

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:32 pm

RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire in Armstrong. On March 8 at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Armstrong Fire Department requested police assistance in...

Robbed and hit with a baton

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:28 pm

An armed robbery turned violent in Vernon Thursday morning. RCMP say two men entered the 7-11 convenience store at 1250 Middleton Way around 4:30 a.m. The men...

RDNO sets budget

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:46 pm

The Regional District of the North Okanagan has approved its financial plan for the next five years. There will be a tax increase. "Our increase showing...

Court dates for Sagmoen

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:06 pm

A man accused of several violent acts against sex trade workers will be in a Vernon court this fall for a trial and two preliminary enquiries. As has become the...

GoFundMe page set up

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:01 pm

UPDATE: 11:58 a.m. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Travis Squair. The money donated will go towards a trust fund for his daughter. Travis...

Vernon woman found

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:45 am

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. The Vernon RCMP is pleased to confirm Claudia Fissler has been located and she is safe and sound. ORIGINAL: Wednesday, 1:22 p.m. Vernon...

Steals cash with fake ID

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:08 am

Police are asking the public to help identify a man involved in two alleged bank fraud incidents. The man was involved in an alleged bank fraud in Salmon Arm...

Accident closes road

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:53 am

Emergency crews are on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Spallumcheen. Const. Kelly Brett said the accident happened at the Otter Lake Cross Road off...

Lottery supports children

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A house is up for grabs at Predator Ridge Resort as part of the annual BC Children's Hospital Lottery. But more important than the home is the cause which...

Saved by brother

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:00 pm

"Oh my god, got to save him, got to save him, got to save him," were the thoughts going through a big brother's mind when he watched his little...

Bad news for Good Food

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:59 pm

UPDATE 5:06 p.m. Juris Vinters, chairperson of the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, said ending the Good Food Box program was a difficult decision....

Beach staying public

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:02 pm

A section of beach in Carr's Landing will not be sold. Lake Country council made the decision last night before a packed chamber. There was talk the...

Celebrating our diversity

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Celebrating multiculturalism and diversity strengthens our community. That is the message from the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan. “Our...

Two hurt in hit and run

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:51 pm

Emergency crews were called to 39th Avenue near 36A Street Wednesday afternoon following a report of a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses tell Castanet a silver...

SD 22 on centre stage

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:49 pm

After months of rehearsals, the students of School District 22 were ready to shine. The district's Choral Showcase took place on Wednesday at the Vernon...

Record snow at the Star

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:24 pm

How much snow did SilverStar Mountain Resort get this winter? A lot. In fact, the North Okangan ski hill recorded its largest snowfall in 68 years with a...

Suspected arsonist trial set

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:22 pm

A North Okanagan man who is facing numerous arson charges will have his day in court this fall. William Munton, 56, is facing 19 charges of arson in connection...

Precious medal sought

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:06 pm

Keep everything else, all this family wants back is a family heirloom. On Feb. 28, police received a call about a break and enter to a storage unit in the 3300...

To Mexico with love

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

It doesn't get much sweeter than this. The Valentines for Mexico fundraiser hosted by Sweet Smiles Society and Cotton's Chocolates was another savoury...

Cougar close encounter

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

An Armstrong man had a close encounter with a cougar late last month. Conservation Officer Ken Owens said on Feb. 28 the homeowner in the Back Enderby Road area...

Beat the winter blues

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:01 pm

Raise awareness about depression and funds for mental health at Beat The Blues in Vernon March 15. The Kal is partnering with the Canadian Mental Health...

New fares and routes

Mar 6, 2018 / 4:32 pm

UPDATED: 4:32 p.m. "The prices for the tickets, the monthly passes and day passes are now unified." BC Transit along with its regional partners made...

Americans coming to Tattoo

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:08 pm

The Americans are coming. The 133rd Army National Guard Band from Camp Murray, Wash. will be adding an international flavour to the fifth annual Okanagan...

Sign up for Sunshine Festival

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:13 pm

It is never too early to start thinking about the summer. The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is currently seeking vendor applications the largest street...

Keep your house safe

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:33 am

Make sure your home has proper security systems installed before heading away on a spring break vacation. That is the message from the Vernon North Okanagan...

Air quality advisory over

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:37 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 10:37 a.m. The air quality advisory for Vernon has ended. "Changing weather conditions have contributed to improving air quality, and this...

Your worst nightmare

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:20 am

"I need him to stop because I'm terrified that he will try to get into my bedroom while I'm sleeping." It's Sarah Dube's worst...

Vipers look for stranglehold

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:38 am

The Vernon Vipers look to take a stranglehold in their BCHL playoffs best of seven series with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers won the first two games of...

'Needles everywhere'

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Vernon businessman is fed up. Ed Kendall and his wife have owned Enlighten Hair & Tanning Salon for 18-years, a downtown business just off of 33 Street...

Not grandpa's Mr. Mikes

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:00 pm

There's something new cooking in Vernon and it is coming from a familiar name. The new and improved Mr. Mikes Casual officially opens this week and there is...

Stolen cat or missing cat?

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Is her cat being held hostage, or is he still missing? That's the question a Vernon woman is asking. On Feb. 26 Kayla Atherton says her one-year-old cat...

Tragedy touches family

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:13 pm

UPDATED: 12:13 p.m. There is an outpouring of support on Facebook for Lumby resident, Travis Squair. Squair died in a snowmobiling incident Sunday. Squair is...

15 days until spring

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:52 am

Fifteen days until spring, and for many a change in the season could not come fast enough. City crews in Vernon are in the mood for a change as well, the...

Crafting a beer course

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

An award-winning brewmaster will be hosting a beer tasting course this month at the Okanagan College Vernon Campus. Stefan Buhl has spent 17 years brewing beer...

Vernon's Oscar party

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:34 am

The 90th annual Academy Awards is set for tonight. The big show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. For those in the North...

3-vehicle crash in Vernon

Mar 4, 2018 / 10:24 am

Police, fire and ambulance crews all attended to a three-vehicle crash Sunday morning. The crash happened around 10 a.m. at 19 Ave. and Kalamalka Lake Rd. Some...

Wellness fair wraps today

Mar 4, 2018 / 8:08 am

The largest ever Vernon Wellness Fair wraps up today. With more than 100 exhibitors, with products and services ranging from health foods to fitness clothing...

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