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Bonus weekend at Star

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:40 pm
A few things skiers and snowboarders should know: 148 cm of snow, three chairlifts in operation and 25 runs open. It's time to head to the Star. Mother Nature has dumped rain in the valley, but snow on the hills, allowing Silver Star Mountain Resort to open early with a bonus weekend Nov....

Hunting for a doctor

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:00 pm
An Enderby city councillor is taking part in the hunt for a new doctor for the community. Brian Schreiner has joined Interior Health officials for interviews with five prospective candidates, all from the foreign doctor program. Interviews began Tuesday. It is hoped Schreiner's...

Literacy drive raises money

Nov 17, 2015 / 1:56 pm
JCI Vernon’s recent Drive One for Literacy Event raised $1,380 for the The Junction Literacy Centre. The centre addresses gaps in literacy services, manages programs that support the literacy and learning needs of children, youth and seniors while encouraging a love of reading...

Woman pushed from car

Nov 17, 2015 / 12:00 pm
RCMP in Salmon Arm are recommending charges following a bizarre incident last week in which a woman was allegedly pushed from a moving vehicle. Police responded to a call on Auto Road about 6:20 p.m., Nov. 13. A witness told police the door of a car opened and a woman fell out, hitting the...

Downtown fears shared

Nov 17, 2015 / 11:48 am
A meeting between downtown Vernon business owners, RCMP, city bylaw officers and community outreach workers has failed to calm frayed nerves following an assault on a street vendor. Shop owners had a long list of concerns they feel are impacting their bottom lines. “They're...

Dream auction

Nov 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Dream Auction, Kalamalka Rotary's annual fundraiser takes place this Saturday at the Best Western Lodge in Vernon. “The money raised at the Dream Auction enables Kal Rotary to support dozens of worthy community projects each year,” said Mary Jackson, president of the...

Restorative Justice week

Nov 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Vernon-North Okanagan Restorative Justice program has been taking on more serious cases. “Previously, it was assaults, misconduct, mischief and theft under,” said Margaret Clark, Restorative Justice co-ordinator. “In the last couple of years, files have changed out of those...

United Way: text to give

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:40 pm
No time to write a cheque for charity? The United Way is launching its first text-to-give campaign called Give it Up 4 Kids. The campaign stretches from the North Okanagan to the southern part of the Valley although "what is raised in the North Okanagan area will stay here," according...

Day and night foot patrols

Nov 16, 2015 / 4:17 pm
Police will have a higher profile presence in Vernon's downtown core with foot patrols day and night. That decision follows a meeting last week among the RCMP, community outreach workers known as the COOL Team and Downtown Vernon Association representatives to discuss concerns regarding...

Ring those bells

Nov 16, 2015 / 4:06 pm
It's time to ring those bells. The annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign is as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog and mistletoe and on Saturday it kicks off again. The campaign runs Nov. 21 to Dec. 24 and the Sally Ann is looking for a volunteers to man the...

Continue the fight

Nov 16, 2015 / 2:36 pm
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold says Canada must continue the fight against the Islamic State terror group following atrocities committed in Paris last week that left 129 people dead and hundreds of others injured. “I hope the prime minister would really take a second look at...

Water plan progressing

Nov 16, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Partners to the Master Waste Water Recovery Plan met on the shores of Swan Lake recently to discuss the plan for Swan Lake's commercial corridor. Engineering consultants have begun to explore options for waste water recovery in the study area - Swan Lake Commercial Corridor, South...

Pedestrian struck by truck

Nov 16, 2015 / 1:52 pm
A 56-year-old Vernon woman was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non life-threatening injuries last week after being hit by a truck. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said at 4:25 p.m. Nov. 10, the unidentified woman was attempting to cross 31st Avenue when she was struck by a GMC...

Gas attendant bear sprayed

Nov 16, 2015 / 12:48 pm
A Vernon gas station clerk had to be sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after being doused with bear spray. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said on Nov. 11 at 5:25 p.m., police were called to the Blue Moon Esso on 34th Street in Vernon after a male employee was assaulted with bear...

iPod owners found

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:54 am
A wayward iPod has been reunited with its owner. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said an iPod, which police suspect was stolen from the Greater Vernon area and contained thousands of pictures, has been claimed. “They were surprised to get their iPod back. It's not very common...

Armed cop at ceremony

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:29 am
It's a sign of the times. People attending the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremony in Vernon may have noticed a heavily armed RCMP officer standing near the front entrance to Kal Tire Place. The officer was carrying a carbine assault rifle, but according to Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy having a...

More copper wire stolen

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:17 am
Vernon RCMP are reporting the theft of thousands of dollars in copper wire. Sometime during the night of Nov. 10-11, someone broke into the parts warehouse of Mormak Equipment, 8140 Beckettes Frontage Rd. in Vernon, and stole approximately 166 feet of copper wire, valued at $5,000. Const....

Armstrong ready for snow

Nov 16, 2015 / 9:34 am
It looks as if Armstrong may see some flurries this week, but if it's a big dump of snow then public works staff are ready, according to Mayor Chris Pieper. “We've got a good supply of winter sand and salt at the compound ready for winter,” said Pieper. “We've got...

Lots of road construction

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Motorists may want to plan their route ahead of time as the city is working on several streets. From Nov. 16 to Dec. 11, crews will be working along 30 Avenue at 25 Street (near the roundabout) to replace a water main under BX Creek. This replacement will repair a break and improve flows and...

Well, that's a switch

Nov 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Some Greater Vernon Water customers in the Coldstream area will notice a change in their water this week. Staff are switching to well water situated on Kalamalka Lake Road on Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. Operations will be carried out to replace a valve at a pressure-reducing station at the corner of...

Showing solidarity

Nov 15, 2015 / 1:26 pm
The City of Vernon has shown its solidarity with France in the wake of the horrific terror attack that left 129 people dead. Three trees at city hall were bathed in blue, white and red lights – the colours of France's national flag. On his Face Book page, Vernon city councillor...

Brain injury grant

Nov 15, 2015 / 9:38 am
Some provincial funding has allowed a new support worker to remain on staff with the North Okanagan-Shuswap Brain Injury Society (NOSBIS). The society has received a $33,371 grant for the employee to assist with the group's high case load as well as help with walk-ins and support...

Chamber biz awards

Nov 15, 2015 / 9:38 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards is now open. Nominations are being accepted online until Friday December 18, 2015. This year`s theme is The Sky’s the Limit and builds off the excitement from...

Avalanche safety

Nov 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Avalanche safety is being touted at the BC Snow Show, taking place at Kal Tire Place in Vernon Friday evening and all day Saturday. Brent Strand of Avalanche Canada has five safety tips for snowmobilers. “Get the gear, transceiver, shovel and probe,” said Strand, who will be...

One direction?

Nov 13, 2015 / 12:36 pm
A couple of streets in Vernon's downtown may become one-way only. City council has given the nod, in principle, to change 28th Avenue and 29th Avenue – between 29th Street and 30th Street – to one-way roads. The plan would be for traffic on 28th Avenue to flow from east to...

Just one space

Nov 13, 2015 / 10:15 am
Just one parking space will be lost if a second ice sheet goes in beside Kal Tire Place, according to Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund. “The strong perception is there will be no parking at Kal Tire Place,” said Mund. “(But) the net loss is one parking space when this is...

Aerospace open house

Nov 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
Anyone interested in learning more about careers in aviation will have a chance on Nov. 14 to tour Okanagan College’s Vernon Aerospace Campus and speak with instructors and students about program opportunities and two new additions to the college’s fleet. Okanagan College recently...

Patriotic volunteers sought

Nov 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
City officials are looking for a few patriotic people to help celebrate Canada's next birthday. Vernon city council is asking members of the community to form a committee to plan and organize Canada Day celebrations in Vernon. Council has also agreed to provide funding to help support...

Champs at Sovereign

Nov 12, 2015 / 4:37 pm
Some of the province's top cross country skiers have taken to the hills around Vernon. Cross Country BC is hosting its largest ever training camp at Sovereign Lake nordic centre. A total of 79 athletes and 14 coaches are attending the event that began Wednesday and carries through until...

Tax cheat sentenced

Nov 12, 2015 / 4:07 pm
A Vernon woman has been sentenced to house arrest and fined $17,639 for a scam to avoid the taxman. Deanna Lynn LaValley of the now-defunct tax preparation company Demara Consulting, was found guilty of fraud over $5,000 and falsely or deceptively claiming an (income tax) refund. She was...

Campaign to light up VJH

Nov 12, 2015 / 2:52 pm
A holiday tradition since 1988, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Light-A-Bulb campaign was officially launched Thursday. Sue Beaudry, foundation director of development, said the campaign has already received more than $8,000 in donations. “Early next week, people will start to...

Church to sponsor refugees

Nov 12, 2015 / 1:15 pm
A Vernon church is on a rescue mission. Trinity United Church wants to bring a refugee family out of the horrors of war to the safety of the Okanagan. The congregation recently decided to sponsor a family after networking with existing social agencies and local residents. “We have...

Filmmaker stops in Vernon

Nov 12, 2015 / 12:16 pm
Ryan Boyko is shining a light on one of Canada's darkest periods. The actor and filmmaker is travelling the country working on a documentary on Canada's 26 First World War Internment camps, and on Thursday he stopped in Vernon. MacDonald field, where WL Seaton school is now located,...

No refugees for camp

Nov 12, 2015 / 10:38 am
Vernon's cadet camp is not adequately equipped to house Syrian refugees in the winter, according to a military spokesperson. Sgt. Todd Shepherd, who runs day-to-day operations at the camp, said most of the buildings are unheated. “We have only five with furnaces,” Shepherd...

Air quality appeal

Nov 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
An appeal against the Pinnacle pellet operation in Lavington continues to drag on for three Lavington families. An environmental appeal board hearing set for this month has been put off until April of next year, after the Ministry of Justice said it's lawyer would not be able to attend,...

Vets cheered at service

Nov 11, 2015 / 1:01 pm
Thousands of people cheered and gave a standing ovation to veterans during a Remembrance Day service in Vernon Wednesday. About 45 veterans from the Second World War, Korean War and the war in Afghanistan marched, or were pushed in wheelchairs, into Kal Tire Place, behind pipers from the...

Youth honour sacrifice

Nov 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
People who say today's youth are not connecting to the significance of Remembrance Day need to talk with Dennis Windsor. Windsor is a member of the Vernon Legion and has spent the past five years talking at area schools about Nov. 11, and the response he gets every year is...

Mock billing to end

Nov 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
Mock water billing will soon be ending in Armstrong. The first “real bill,” based on water meter measurements of how much water is used in a home, should arrive in April, 2016, according to Mayor Chris Pieper. “We've been mock billing for about a year and a half,”...

Panhandling 101

Nov 10, 2015 / 5:00 pm
It is hoped a little education may help merchants in Vernon deal with panhandlers and people with mental health issues in the downtown core. Members of the RCMP, the city's bylaw department and Community Policing Office met Tuesday with representatives of the Downtown Vernon Association,...

Canada Day cash

Nov 10, 2015 / 4:00 pm
The City of Vernon is hoping fireworks will light up the sky once again next July 1. City council has earmarked $10,000 in funds for fireworks for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Fireworks are expensive, so a contribution of this size only partially covers costs. There is hope a group will step in to...
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