Seniors can use grass

Oct 13, 2016 / 10:15 am
A request for improvements to bocce courts in Coldstream ahead of the 2017 BC 55+ Games has been rejected as too expensive. Coldstream council has approved a staff recommendation to tell games organizers the bocce courts at Sovereign Court will not be upgraded to regulation...

Water main break on Alexis

Oct 13, 2016 / 9:30 am
Several residents on Alexis Park Drive did not have water this morning. A water main failure at Alexis Park Drive and 42nd Avenue left six single-family residences without water. Crews are currently repairing the water main and single-lane traffic is in effect. Motorists are reminded to...

Arena work to start in spring

Oct 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Good things come to those who wait, according to the old saying. In Vernon, construction work on a new arena beside Kal Tire Place won't start until at least March of next year, according to Doug Ross, director of recreation services. "Everything is on or ahead of schedule,"...

Council, Big Red forum set

Oct 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon council is hoping to build better relations with property developers and others in the construction trade. Councillors have agreed to a November forum with the Big Red committee of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. The group appeared as a delegation in February, raising concerns...

Steps for tubers

Oct 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm
It's going to be easier and safer for tubers and kayakers to enter the Shuswap River next summer. A contractor for the City of Enderby has been placing four-by-eight-foot concrete pads in place at Belvedere Hand Launch. “The concrete pads will be like a stairway into the...

Science Pub is back

Oct 12, 2016 / 4:21 pm
The Okanagan Science Centre is inviting people to play like a kid – without the kids. The Science Pub is back and adults can have a childish time Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at the Polson Park facility. The night will feature music, dancing, food, drinks and some hands-on science...

Events galore at carnival

Oct 12, 2016 / 3:51 pm
It's still a few months away, but things are taking shape for the Vernon Winter Carnival. Deb White, carnival chairperson, said 64 events have already been registered for the annual festival that will be held from Feb. 3-12, 2017. “New events are being submitted daily to the Winter...

Goodbye sun, hello rain

Oct 12, 2016 / 2:17 pm
Enjoy the sunshine while you can. The Okanagan has been bathed in fall sun for days, but according to Environment Canada that is about to change. Weather prognosticators are calling for nothing but clouds and rain for the next week. Starting Thursday, grey skies take over the region with...

More demolition planned

Oct 12, 2016 / 1:40 pm
Another city-owned building in the downtown is set for demolition. Vernon's Community Safety Office on 32nd Avenue, formerly known as the Community Policing, is set for destruction sometime in the coming months. A request for proposals (RFP) for the work has yet to be...

Council counts the clucks

Oct 12, 2016 / 8:42 am
First pigs, now hens. Vernon city council has approved an increase in the number of hens allowed in yards within the city limits – from three to four. However one resident's request for six hens on a property on 39th Avenue was denied. “It seems an arbitrary number,”...

Dog attacks increasing

Oct 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
There has been an increase in the number of dog attacks in the North Okanagan and surrounding areas, according to Pat Ellis of K-9 Control, the company. According to information supplied by the North Okanagan Regional District, 12 tickets were issued for dog attacks on humans and 12 tickets for...

Final top 20 under 40

Oct 11, 2016 / 6:12 pm
The list of movers and shakers in Vernon under 40 years old is complete. The final five recipients in the 2016 KPMG Top Twenty under 40 include a lawyer, a registered nurse, a hydrogeologist, a small business owner and a young leader who describes himself as an athlete, adventurer, and...

Rainbow for Vernon?

Oct 11, 2016 / 5:51 pm
Vernon city council may be about to approve a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community, but where it will go is not clear. Council heard Tuesday from local resident Travis Irmen who began an online campaign some months ago in the hopes of convincing council to put in an eight-colour...

No love lost in break in

Oct 11, 2016 / 5:49 pm
There is no love lost between a local business and whoever caused more than $600 damage during a break in. At around 5 a.m. Monday, someone smashed through the front door of Libra Love Boutique in Vernon. Ken Harvey, who runs the business with his wife, Barbara, said the suspect parked across...

Water supply restored

Oct 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The Kalamalka Lake water source will be turned back on Wednesday, Oct. 12 following needed repairs to the pump station. The Kalamalka pump station was shut down on Sept. 28 to accommodate replacement of the transformer that supplies power to the station. The project has been successfully...

Good clean fun for senior

Oct 11, 2016 / 2:09 pm
Helen Sydney received an award from the city on Tuesday "in grateful appreciation" for her efforts in keeping Vernon clean. Sydney is seen out almost daily picking up litter in the Bella Vista Road area. "I understand that you have been doing this for quite some time and your...

Shanda powers on

Oct 11, 2016 / 11:11 am
Vernon ultra-triathlete Shanda Hill remains the top woman in the "Quintuple Anvil" in Richmond, Va. which began on Oct. 10, according to Leonard Winslow, her partner. Equivalent to five Ironman races, the distances include a 19-kilometre swim, a 900-kilometre bike ride and then a...

Dog attack, hip smashed

Oct 11, 2016 / 10:14 am
A vicious dog attack on an elderly man in Vernon last month left him seriously injured and legal action is being considered, according to Joyce McNeil, wife of the victim. Douglas McNeil, 84, was taking his morning walk along 17th Avenue on Sept. 4th when he was attacked in the 3900 block by a...

Walking against bullies

Oct 10, 2016 / 10:15 am
A grieving Vernon mom hopes to raise awareness about bullying with a memorial walk at Polson Park. Melissa Godwin's son, Cross, took his own life two years ago after being bullied relentlessly. Cross was just 13 at the time. Family and friends invite the public to join them Sunday,...

Don't have the T-shirt

Oct 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby residents still have that feeling of elation following last week's Hockeyville weekend that saw the Stanley Cup in the village followed by a pre-season NHL game at Kal Tire Place in Vernon. Both events marked Lumby's national title as the Kraft Hockeyville community of 2016. But...

Let's carpool

Oct 9, 2016 / 1:36 pm
Save money and have some company on the way to work, says the City of Vernon. Officials are encouraging residents to consider carpooling for their daily commute during Okanagan Carpool Week, Oct. 17-21. Driving alone costs a typical Canadian driver about $25 per day, according to the...

Food for mental health

Oct 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we feature...

Creek pollution

Oct 7, 2016 / 2:53 pm
It appears livestock and road-salting are polluting Coldstream Creek and more control of pollution sources is needed, according to a preliminary water quality report. Members of the Okanagan Basin Water Board were updated this week by researchers who have found elevated levels of nitrates and...

'They shot them all'

Oct 7, 2016 / 9:15 am
An Enderby farmer is blasting the “heavy handedness” of government for shooting dead almost all of the deer on his property, Thursday. A ministry veterinarian confirmed the action. “It was a circus here,” said Richard Yntema of Valley Wide Meats, who owns Rivers Bend...

RCMP seek missing girl

Oct 7, 2016 / 7:38 am
The Vernon North-Okanagan RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating a missing girl. Suzie Clark, 17, was reported missing on Oct. 4. She is described as a four-foot-ten First Nations female with a slight build, brown eyes and short dark hair. Anyone with information about Clark or her...

Do you want a say?

Oct 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon residents have one week left to give their two cents on the city's budget. An interactive budget simulator takes about 10 minutes to complete and will help council and administration understand the public’s priorities on various services, according to staff. The survey closes...

Cramped for space

Oct 6, 2016 / 3:50 pm
A local gymnastics club is hoping its latest verbal acrobatics might win some support from local politicians for a purpose built facility in Vernon. “We were created 23 years ago with the purpose of building a facililty,” said Pam Hargreaves of the North Valley Gymnastics...

Check those smoke alarms

Oct 6, 2016 / 3:17 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue is reminding residents to check those smoke alarms. "Almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in B.C. last year didn't have a functioning smoke alarm,” said Fire Chief Keith Green. “Children and the elderly face the highest risk of dying in a...

Lumby granted funds

Oct 6, 2016 / 1:35 pm
The Village of Lumby is getting $68,329 under the B.C. rural dividend fund to assess underdeveloped private properties in the community. The project includes establishing terms of reference with partnerships, distributing requests for proposals to local developers and marketing the...

Best July ever

Oct 6, 2016 / 10:59 am
Tourism Vernon is reporting the best July ever in terms of visitors to local hotels and it has benefitted a number of retail sectors. The city collected a total of $110,712.30 from the two per cent hotel room tax, a big jump from July 2015 which was just over $63,000, according to figures...

Slid off highway

Oct 6, 2016 / 6:34 am
Police, fire and ambulance crews attended a one vehicle accident at Highway 6 and Middleton Way just before 6 a.m. Thursday morning. An officer at the scene said the male driver was being sent to hospital to be checked out but was not seriously hurt. The officer had no explanation for the...

Sparking controversy?

Oct 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 11:46 a.m. Local politicians want a plan in place to ensure Kal Beach and its surrounding environs are cleaned up if Canada Day fireworks are to fly over the lake again next year. During a meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Council on Thursday, regional district staff were urged...

Big jobs for new plant

Oct 5, 2016 / 5:21 pm
Up to 200 jobs could be created by a new manufacturing plant that will make an environmentally-friendly building product on the site of the old Lavington glass plant site, according to the new and local owner. However Mike Molnar admits those jobs won't come overnight. Molnar and his...

It's pumpkin pickin' time

Oct 5, 2016 / 4:58 pm
Fall is here, and Davison Orchards is welcoming it in with a pumpkin extravaganza for all ages to enjoy. The family-run orchard in Vernon's Bella Vista hills is 80 years old and still welcomes the public through its doors. "We grow a lot of pumpkins, and this time of year there are...

The Rise for sale

Oct 5, 2016 / 1:47 pm
A huge parcel of land at Vernon's exclusive golfing community “The Rise” is up for sale for a hefty $24 million. Colliers International of Vancouver put 543 acres of land up for sale for its Calgary owners on Tuesday. “They're an investment group,” said...

An unreasonable delay?

Oct 5, 2016 / 1:00 pm
A defence lawyer is hoping to have a sexual assault conviction against his client thrown out of court due to “an unreasonable delay” in the trial process. The trial of Joseph Vance Caron, 47, ended on May 1, 2015, when he was found guilty of assaulting, choking and threatening a...

OKIB sues over munitions

Oct 5, 2016 / 10:12 am
The Okanagan Indian Band is taking the federal government to court over unexploded ordnance left on reserve lands. A civil claim was filed in B.C. Supreme Court by the band's chief and council on behalf of the band on Tuesday, accusing the Attorney General of Canada – the official...

Petition to stop Stickle plan

Oct 5, 2016 / 9:16 am
A Ministry of Transportation plan to extend 20th Street in a bid to solve the Stickle Road problem is under fire once again. The North Okanagan Naturalists Club is petitioning the province's transportation minister to protect wetland in the area. In July, Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster...

Fat mom looks for food

Oct 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
A fat mama black bear and her cub have been caught on video wandering the BX/Foothills area looking for food ahead of their winter sleep. The province's Conservation Officers Service is asking people to be bear aware and not leave anything out that would attract such animals to nearby...

Vigil for missing women

Oct 4, 2016 / 5:03 pm
Aboriginal community leaders and family members of victims held a solemn ceremony off Westside Road Tuesday to remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. About 60 people attended the "Sisters in Spirit” vigil, hosted by the Okanagan Indian Band and one of many being...
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