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Kal Lake rescue

May 15, 2016 / 7:57 am
They were both taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Police responded to the incident around 3:45 p.m. “(The woman) had significant injuries from the propeller,” said Cpl. Spencer Hornoi. Hornoi said the male was treated for shock and exhaustion in hospital after treading water for...

Man falls to death

May 15, 2016 / 7:04 am
Vernon RCMP say the body of a local man in his early 30s was recovered from the Grey Canal trail, on Turtle Mountain, Saturday afternoon. Police were called to the scene at 4:20 p.m. after some hikers spotted the body of a male on the trail, said Cpl. Spencer Hornoi. First responders used CPR...

Author, OKIB dispute book

May 15, 2016 / 6:45 am
An author whose work has been condemned by the Okanagan Indian Band said she spent considerable time reviewing the children's story with a member of the band. In a statement, Dorothy Hawes confirmed a portion of the story of the young boy visiting his grandparents' in the Okanagan is...

Get well soon say cyclists

May 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local cycling group has expressed relief that two riders struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run last Friday did not suffer fatal injury. Members of the North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transport said they are deeply concerned about the incident. On May 6, two women on bicycles were knocked...

Brush fire under control

May 13, 2016 / 7:36 pm
A small brush fire near BX Falls in Greater Vernon was brought quickly under control by firefighters Friday evening. “A crew is still out there,” said deputy chief Steve Hidasi of the BX-Swan Lake fire department. “It's not huge...It appears to be under...

Top athlete nominations

May 13, 2016 / 7:27 pm
Only two weeks to the finish for those who want to nominate the very best in sports in the North Okanagan. The May 31 deadline for nominations is fast approaching for the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards. Nominations can be submitted to Ken...

Arsonist gets 90 days

May 13, 2016 / 3:43 pm
A man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the back door of AJ's Pets and Things on 31st Avenue last September has been given a 90-day intermittent jail sentence and a three-year probation order. Ryan Patrick Warnock, 34, pleaded guilty to an arson charge last month. The Sept. 6 incident...

Predators stalk centre

May 13, 2016 / 2:55 pm
Two new programs that will allow members of the public to get up close and personal with the region's predator birds including hawks, falcons and owls, will begin next month at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon. From June 13 to 18, the centre will be hosting a raptor encounter course...

Shootings linked to drugs

May 13, 2016 / 2:32 pm
Three shots fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month are believed to be targeted and linked to the drug trade, say the RCMP. “The Vernon RCMP are actively investigating four violent incidents, including three where the discharge of a firearm was involved in Vernon and surrounding...

Volunteer inducted to order

May 13, 2016 / 12:35 pm
A long-time volunteer with the St. John Ambulance organization in Vernon will be recognized in a formal ceremony at Government House in Victoria Saturday. Bill Musselwhite is among 20 British Columbians who will be promoted in or admitted to the Order of St. John. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon will...

Starlight, star bright?

May 13, 2016 / 12:02 pm
A colourful display of the northern lights seen in the Okanagan Valley just days ago is a prompting discussion about light pollution. “The unrelenting glare of urban light pollution, and the rarity of seeing a night sky plastered with stars and the wide ribbon of the Milky Way, has fueled...

Vernon's Woman of the Year

May 13, 2016 / 9:51 am
Vernon city councillor Juliette Cunningham has been named Woman of the Year 2016. Cunningham was honoured with the award Thursday night at a packed gala celebration and dinner. Cunningham was nominated by Lynne Reside, who called the city councillor a “tireless community...

Actively encouraging others

May 13, 2016 / 9:36 am
A group promoting walking and cycling in the region has been recognized by Green Communities Canada. The national go green organization has pointed to the North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) as one of 25 organizations across the country which has endorsed the Canadian...

Funds for Mission drop-in

May 13, 2016 / 5:58 am
The Upper Room Mission will be restarting its drop-in service for the homeless after receiving a Canada summer jobs grant. Summer students, returning to post-secondary school in the autumn, will be stepping in to run the program, said Rick Lavin, the Mission's executive director. He said...

Resounding 'yes' to pool

May 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
It may still be a long time coming, but there is strong support for a second pool in Greater Vernon. The idea of building a second pool floated past city council last Monday, generating discussion among city officials and citizens. During the council meeting, Coun. Scott Anderson said another...

Fatal crash accidental

May 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm
The B.C. Coroner's Service has released a report into the death of an elderly man who was knocked down last year by a car and died of pneumonia in Vernon Jubilee Hospital 13 days later. Andrew Joseph Raab, who was 86 at the time of his death, was badly injured after being struck by a vehicle...

Big bucks from big bike

May 12, 2016 / 3:29 pm
Since the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike made its debut more than two decades ago, it has pedalled up $100 million for the national organization. Once again the big bike – which weighs a ton and can seat 30 people – was in Vernon and thousands of dollars were...

Poppy salute for soldiers

May 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Five large poppy sculptures, painted a brilliant red, sit on the grounds of Vernon Secondary School. A Legion colour guard marked the start of a short but moving outdoor ceremony Thursday as students and dignitaries stood by the poppies, which now serve as visible reminder of the lives lost and...

Death ruled accidental

May 12, 2016 / 9:56 am
The death of a Vernon man in a single-vehicle accident near Parson on Oct. 30, 2015 has been ruled accidental by the coroner. Michael Christopher Swanson, 36, was the lone occupant of a cube van travelling on Highway 95 when his vehicle was involved in a rollover while moving furniture from...

Vicious attack in park

May 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
A vicious machete attack on a homeless man sleeping in Polson Park on May 2 has resulted in charges being laid against two men, Vernon RCMP have confirmed. Court documents show Jason Wayne Andrews, 39, and Dale Mathew Lea, 26, are both charged with aggravated assault and assault with a...

It's a wrap!

May 11, 2016 / 3:36 pm
The Okanagan's spectacular scenery has come in handy for yet another advertising campaign. A crew of 50, including 20 local hires, is wrapping up shooting on a series of motorcycle commercials. The crew was spotted at the Kalamalka Lake lookout south of Vernon on Wednesday. “The...

Council debates buses

May 11, 2016 / 3:19 pm
There is some hope that a planned rejig of Vernon's bus service will increase ridership, but not everyone on city council is convinced. Council has approved, in principal, the addition of 7,000 transit hours for the initial stage of a core transit network to be implemented in...

SD 83 finds the funds

May 11, 2016 / 1:43 pm
After months of controversy, the North Okanagan Shuswap school district board has accepted a report that will lead to a relatively pain-free 2016-17 budget. But there was a warning that certain issues, including school closures, would be back on the table next year. As well, two schools face...

Gov. action on water woes

May 11, 2016 / 12:40 pm
The province is taking action on tainted water situation in Spallumcheen, by issuing pollution abatement orders to several operations. Some 200 people on the Hullcar aquifer have been on a water quality notice for more than two years because of high nitrate levels in their drinking water. A...

Disaster averted

May 11, 2016 / 10:57 am
When Corinne Milne woke up this morning, she did not expect to be instrumental in averting a potential disaster. But that is exactly what she did when she spotted flames coming from a duplex in the 4900 block of Heritage Drive. Milne was on her way to a doctor's appointment when she...

A dad's heartfelt thanks

May 11, 2016 / 10:18 am
The father of a Lake Country man seriously injured in a crash near Armstrong wants to thank the men who saved his life. Scott Beaudoin, 46, was injured in a two vehicle crash at Highway 97A and McLeod Road on the morning of May 5. The vehicle caught fire almost immediately. Ted Beaudoin...

Aquatic centre on the radar

May 11, 2016 / 9:40 am
A new aquatic centre for the Greater Vernon area is on the books, but that doesn't mean one will be built any time soon, according to Mayor Akbal Mund. During a council meeting this week, Coun. Scott Anderson said another public swimming pool was needed, urging staff and fellow councillors...

Bike park plans roll on

May 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for a bike skills park are moving ahead. City of Vernon staff have been directed to find a location for such a park for council's consideration at a later date this year. In addition, $15,000 in funds is to allocated for the proposed 2017 parks capital budget, with a target of...

Roadwork on 27th Street

May 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Motorists may want to plan their route as crews begin repair work to 27th Street between 43rd and 58th avenues starting May 16. City officials said the base repairs are necessary before repaving to increase the lifespan of the road. Repairs are expected to take approximately five weeks to...

Probation for spanking child

May 10, 2016 / 5:57 pm
A British Columbia couple found guilty of assault with a weapon for spanking their teenaged daughter with a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope will not face jail time. The parents from Salmon Arm were given a conditional discharge Tuesday, meaning they will not have criminal records if...

O'Keefe: Don't cut funds

May 10, 2016 / 4:28 pm
The general manager of O'Keefe Ranch has asked Vernon city council to rethink a 2013 decision to slash funding for the historic site. Glen Taylor says the ranch, which is two weeks older than Canada, has come a long way over the last few years. “We're looking at ways of trying...

Small plane crashes

May 10, 2016 / 2:25 pm
UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. The Transportation Saftey Board has been called in to investigate the crash of a small plane on private property, just off Mabel Lake Road north of Lumby, reports RCMP. “A single-engine de Havilland Beaver float plane crashed on private property,” said Cpl....

Learning from Fort Mac

May 10, 2016 / 12:26 pm
Predator Ridge residents are being urged to attend a community FireSmart information and training session this coming weekend. The free event will include a demonstration on what homeowners can do to FireSmart their own homes and photo boards that display before and after images of clearing...

Teen killed in crash ID'd

May 10, 2016 / 11:53 am
A 19-year-old Blind Bay resident was the sole fatality in a car crash on Blind Bay Road in the early morning hours of May 6. Brody Lane Richard Southwell was riding in a car in the small community north of Salmon Arm at 2:30 a.m., when the vehicle struck a culvert and rolled several...

Slowing the speeders

May 10, 2016 / 10:31 am
An incident that sent two female cyclists to hospital last Friday has prompted Coldstream council to consider action to slow down speeding vehicles. Staff at the District of Coldstream have been asked to look at ways of slowing speeders on at least three major roads, including Kalamalka Lake,...

Shots fired a concern

May 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund admits he is somewhat concerned by three shots fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month. On Apr. 14, a family home on Pottery Road was hit by three bullets early in the morning, terrifying the family inside. No one was injured. On Apr. 21, police responded to a...

Bring back the fence

May 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Speeding vehicles make it necessary to put at least some of the fencing back up at Sawicki Park on Middleton Way, according to members of city council. City of Vernon staff recently took down the fence, causing complaints from local parents about the dangers to their children from vehicles...

Parkade gets facelift

May 9, 2016 / 4:56 pm
Vernon's aging parkade on 31st Avenue is getting a $224,763 that council hopes will increase usage. A city staff member said about one-third of the parkade is used most days. The upgrades will enhance visual appeal and safety in the parkade and will include improved lighting using LED...

Preparing for the worst

May 9, 2016 / 4:46 pm
Vernon fire chief Keith Green is getting ready for a long, hot summer. City council has given Green the go ahead to deploy his crews to other fire halls, including Okanagan Landing and Predator Ridge, “to most effectively minimize risk and maximize service levels.” The two halls...

Rollover slows traffic

May 9, 2016 / 4:44 pm
Traffic was slowed along 32nd Street by Vernon Square Monday afternoon following an unusual accident. Witnesses at the scene said a southbound silver Suzuki Swift was cut off by a larger white SUV that was pulling out of the strip mall. The driver of the Suzuki attempted to avoid a collision...
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