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Liberals find North OK candidate

Sep 29, 2014 / 11:17 am

Cindy Derkaz of Salmon Arm will carry the Liberal banner in the riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap in the 2015 federal election. Derkaz won her party nomination following meetings in Salmon Arm and Vernon over the weekend. She has lived in the community for 55 years, starting her working...

ATV rider rescued

Sep 29, 2014 / 11:14 am

Vernon Search and Rescue were called out to assist a man in need just north of Oyama Sunday evening. The call came in to SAR and Lake Country Fire about 6:30 p.m. for an ATV rider who suffered a broken leg. The accident occurred approximately 900 feet above Kal Lake on a plateau near the...

New SAR gear gets test run

Sep 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

Vernon Search and Rescue (SAR) is the first in the province to offer a new rescue technique in a ground-breaking pilot project that could serve as a model for other SAR units across the country. The Vernon unit is the first volunteer search and rescue organization to offer helicopter winch...

Treasure hunter unearths opals

Sep 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

The finished product Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. The finished product Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. The winning rock Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. Previous Digs Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada...

Two more join election race

Sep 26, 2014 / 7:05 pm

The council ballot is filling up with eight names now running for the six available seats. Along with incumbents Brian Quiring, Catherine Lord, and Juliette Cunningham, Bob Spiers is also throwing his hat back into the ring. Spiers, a two-term incumbent, says he has been encouraged by past...

State of the art SAR technology

Sep 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Vernon Search and Rescue is undertaking a ground-breaking initiative that will have a national impact, as it becomes the first volunteer SAR unit nationwide capable of carrying out Helicopter Winch Rescue (HWR) operations to save lives. To celebrate this exciting project the group is inviting...

Oh dear, thieves got a Deere

Sep 26, 2014 / 3:27 pm

Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance after thieves broke into Brandt Tractor at 3104 48th Avenue. They made off with a 50G John Deere excavator. The excavator is yellow with a grey boom. It's valued at about $90,000. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says police were...

Bear Cubs rescued

Sep 26, 2014 / 11:16 am

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Gas leak causes evacuations

Sep 25, 2014 / 9:05 pm

9 p.m. update: FortisBC reports all repairs were competed to the broken gas line at 8:59 p.m. Thursday. The leak was capped at around 2 p.m., but it took another seven hours to finish the job. There were five homes without gas for the day, crews started to re-ignite their appliances after 9...

Money stolen from food bank

Sep 25, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Save-On-Foods manager Jim Tennant is once again camping out on the roof of his store in Vernon, raising money and collecting food for the local food bank. He has been up there for seven days and hopes to stay on the roof until 25,000 pounds of food has been collected. This is the third...

CUPE ratifies deal with city

Sep 25, 2014 / 3:37 pm

There will be five years of labour peace between the City of Vernon and its CUPE workers. A new five year deal, reached last Friday, was ratified yesterday by members of CUPE local 626. Workers voted 88 per cent in favour of the new five-year contract. Vernon City Council ratified the...

Free yard waste drop off

Sep 25, 2014 / 1:19 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) reminds residents that the fall free yard and garden waste drop-off period at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) runs from Oct. 15 to Nov 30. Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch, and other organic material less than 20 cm in...

US goes after ski coach

Sep 25, 2014 / 10:31 am

An American cross-country ski coach accused of voyeurism and making child porn after allegedly placing a hidden camera at a British Columbia ski resort has been indicted in the U.S. A federal grand jury in Seattle indicted Jason Paur on five child porn-related offences on Wednesday. He was...

No amalgamation on ballot

Sep 24, 2014 / 6:00 am

After months of debate, a Greater Vernon amalgamation study appears to be off the table entirely. Monday afternoon, Vernon council voted 4-2 to rescind a decision made in January, to ask voters on the ballot in November whether they believe the city should pursue creating a committee to study...

Coldstream's online look

Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of Coldstream announced this week the launch of their new website www.coldstream.ca. According to Chief Administrative Officer Trevor Seibel the website project was initiated late last year in an effort to improve overall communications by making the website the key source of...

Vernon SPCA needs donations

Sep 23, 2014 / 7:39 pm

Donations are down at the Vernon & District SPCA Branch, and the staff are hoping you can help. “Being a non-profit organization, we really depend on the public’s generosity,” says branch manager Chelsea Taylor. “Every little bit helps the animals in need in our...

The benefits of being on council

Sep 23, 2014 / 2:47 pm

The next Vernon City Council will not be getting a pay raise, but they will get benefits for the first time. This month, Vernon City Council voted to approve several recommendations from the Council Remuneration Committee that will take effect after the Nov. 15 election. Those include benefit...

Scams plague Okanagan

Sep 23, 2014 / 2:14 pm

With door-to-door scams, telephone scams, email scams and technology scams, it seems every corner you turn someone is trying to scam you and unfortunately many of them are succeeding. According to the North Okanagan RCMP they receive over a dozen calls a week related to people being scammed....

Vernon budget wins award

Sep 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm

If you didn’t know cities could receive awards for building a budget, well they can, and the City of Vernon just did. Vernon was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for their 2014 budget. The 2014 budget received the...

Tentative deal reached with CUPE

Sep 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The City of Vernon and its CUPE workers have reached agreement on a new tentative contract. The deal was reached Friday and ratified by City Council Monday. Terms of the contract were not revealed, however, in a news release issued Monday, financial terms were characterized as...

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