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Police investigate fire

Aug 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Vernon RCMP are continuing their investigation into an apartment fire that sent two men to hospital with severe burns. The fire happened last Friday afternoon in the 3400 block of Okanagan Avenue. The blaze was contained to the bathroom of the apartment and fire officials have turned the...

Time running out for tenants

Aug 19, 2015 / 8:10 pm

Time is running out for tenants of the Green Valley Motel. They were given notice earlier this year that the hotel across from Polson Park at the corner of 25th Avenue and Highway 97 would close on Sept. 1. But so far, only a handful of people have taken advantage of the services offered by...

No herons in cut trees

Aug 19, 2015 / 7:20 pm

Some Vernon residents are up in arms after a stand of cottonwoods was cut down next to Walmart, a couple blocks away from larger stand of cottonwoods that is home to several great blue herons. Some have complained that by cutting the trees, city officials allowed development to destroy habitat...

Fire at Tolko mill

Aug 19, 2015 / 11:46 am

The Lumby Fire Department was called to the Tolko mill near Lumby early Wednesday morning after a report of a fire in the hog fuel pile. The hog fuel pile – which consists of sawdust and wood waste – caught fire just before 5 a.m. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said there was smoke and...

Top 20 under 40

Aug 19, 2015 / 8:30 am

KPMG LLP and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce want to recognize top young professionals and community builders in the area. The chamber has teamed up with KPMG to bring the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 to Vernon. The initiative was officially launched Tuesday as the Vernon chamber began the...

Kal Lake search continues

Aug 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

The search for a missing Alberta man will continue again this weekend. Curtis Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake and the body of his friend, Shane Letkeman, 32, was discovered in Kalamalka Lake, near Cosens Bay, late in June. Police...

Driver denies striking man

Aug 18, 2015 / 6:00 am

Two slightly different versions of events were told in a Vernon courtroom Monday in the trial of a man accused of hitting a firefighter with his truck. Ian Douglas Burns, 28, is facing a charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm following an incident on June 26, 2013. Burns is alleged...

Seeing red to raise money

Aug 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Rouge will be all the rage during the fourth Splash of Red event at the Caetani Cultural Centre grounds Aug. 20. Fine Italian food and local art will be featured at the event that will raise funds for an internal sprinkler system for the historic Caetani House which will make it firesafe and...

Lumby evac centre closed

Aug 14, 2015 / 2:14 pm

The public is being advised that the Lumby/Vernon Reception Centre has been deactivated. Evacuees of the Rock Creek Fire are asked to contact their family members and friends in order that their safety can be confirmed. If you are aware of any missing persons from the Rock Creek Fire...

Hala's legacy of images

Aug 14, 2015 / 10:33 am

A well-known Vernon businesswoman has died. Brenda Hala was a prolific photographer, known for her family and pet portraits, photos with Santa at Village Green mall and corporate photography. She operated a high-profile studio in downtown Vernon for many years. Her work graces the walls of...

Track to open in September

Aug 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

A grand opening for the Greater Vernon Athletics Park will be held Sept. 26, and officials are looking for people who want to be part of the ceremony. The full day of activities will feature demonstrations and use of the park, including the track and artificial turf field and the throwing and...

Fire at Venture Training

Aug 13, 2015 / 4:11 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue responded to a fire at Venture Training on Alexis Park Road, Thursday afternoon. Eighteen firefighters with three fire trucks attended the scene to find the sawdust-filled hopper on fire. Capt. Reinhard Mann said the initial fire was knocked down fairly quickly, but there...

Serious accident traps two

Aug 13, 2015 / 10:35 am

A serious motor vehicle accident on Highway 97 south of the city near the Vernon Army Cadet Camp sent two people to hospital Thursday morning. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said two SUVs “hit head on” at around 8 a.m. “Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and...

New track almost ready

Aug 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

While the official opening of the new community sports field and athletic facility is still a few weeks away, people will be able to check it out sooner than that. Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator with the Regional District North Okanagan, said an official opening is planned for...

Victim from Vernon area

Aug 12, 2015 / 4:59 pm

His name won't be released until next week, but officials are confirming a man who drowned in Kalamalka Lake last Saturday was from the Greater Vernon area. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said he could release little information on the man, but did confirm he was a...

Helmet flies off in crash

Aug 12, 2015 / 12:32 pm

A motorcyclist was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries, Wednesday, after crashing on Highway 97 south of the city. The accident happened about 11 a.m. Const. Gary McLaughlin said the Vernon man was awake and speaking with ambulance crews. McLaughlin said the man,...

Race track still in limbo

Aug 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

It is a prime piece of property with a lot of potential, but the Kin Race Track sits stagnant, mired in legal wrangling for years. The track, located next to Kal Tire Place, is hailed as one of the oldest horse racing facilities in Canada, having been established in the late 1800s. But the...

Track could be much more

Aug 11, 2015 / 9:00 am

After visiting Desert Park Race Track and Training Facility in Osoyoos, Cathie Cross wonders why more can't be done with Vernon's horse-racing facility. Kin Race Track has been part of Vernon since the late 1800s, but has waned over the last few years with only a handful of race days...

Flip-flop on hiring

Aug 11, 2015 / 7:00 am

The City of Vernon's planning department will be getting a temporary, full-time planner after all. Council agreed Monday to hire an additional planner for one year at a cost of $84,000. At its last regular council meeting in July, the majority voted to reject the request to hire another...

No town hall meetings

Aug 10, 2015 / 7:20 pm

There will be no town-hall style meetings anytime soon after Vernon City Council voted down the idea Monday. It was proposed council hold a town hall meeting next month with no specific agenda, allowing people to bring up whatever issues they want to discuss. Counc. Scott Anderson said the...

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