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Artist to represent B.C.

Apr 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

A Vernon artist has been chosen to represent B.C. at the National Congress on Culture in Edmonton. Amanda Shatzko, is the winner of the BC Culture Days Ambassador and Awards Program and will represent the province at the event in May The Vernonite is a professional artist and...

Firehall upgrade OK'd

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:30 pm

The recently opened Predator Ridge firehall is getting some finishing touches. The new hall opened in January, but the initial budget of $600,000 didn’t cover asphalt and some interior finishing allowing for live-in, paid per call volunteers. Vernon city council approved another $64,000...

Local building boom

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

The hammers are swinging again in Vernon. The first quarter of the year saw 88 building permits issued worth $17.4 million, compared to 61 worth $9.7 million for the same period last year. Many of the permits came in before a building code change, which may account part of the increase,...

Outsourcing questioned

Apr 28, 2015 / 11:32 am

City council is questioning the privatization of laundry services at Vernon Jubilee Hospital by Interior Health. Health Minister Terry Lake and the health authority are being asked for some answers around the potential privatization of the service at VJH. A cost analysis is underway into the...

No regrets for MasterChef

Apr 27, 2015 / 12:21 pm

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. After watching previous seasons of Masterchef Canada, Jennifer Innis knew a baking challenge could be her downfall, despite being an avid home pastry cook. It was the recreation of an English tea tray that lead to the Vernon woman's elimination Sunday night, and she says...

Toast of the town

Apr 25, 2015 / 1:57 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Hundreds of Vernonites turned out for the grand opening of the new 16,000-square-foot Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. The $3-million project includes North America’s tallest still – a hole had to be cut in the roof...

Imaging upgrade at VJH

Apr 25, 2015 / 6:58 am

Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s Imaging Department has gone state-of-the-art digital. The new digital mammography unit replaces an older analog system, which performed nearly 7,000 screenings and 3,500 diagnostic examinations on patients last year. Screening picks up six cancers per 1,000...
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Missing man faces charges

Apr 24, 2015 / 12:08 pm

UPDATE 5 p.m. A 25-year-old dirt-bike rider who was reported missing by his family in British Columbia's Okanagan has found himself facing some legal trouble. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says Kyle MacInnes of Vernon has appeared in court to face four counts of failing to comply with his...

Motorcycle crash kills one

Apr 24, 2015 / 10:30 am

A Malakwa man has tragically lost his life in a motorcycle collision Thursday evening. The 52-year-old man was involved in a motorcycle crash shortly after 7 p.m. The crash closed Highway 97A, about one kilometre south of Sicamous, for several hours. “The investigation to date has...

School district in a hole

Apr 24, 2015 / 5:51 am

The Vernon School District finds itself nearly a million dollars in the hole. That revelation came to light Wednesday as the Board of Education of School District 22 heard first reading of its 2015-2016 budget. “Inflationary and other cost pressures plus a cut in provincial funding of a...

Highway 97A closed

Apr 23, 2015 / 8:45 pm

A vehicle incident has closed highway 97A in both directions from Grindrod to Sicamous (27.2 km). There is a detour available northbound via 97B Junction and from Highway 1 in both directions via Highway 97B. The estimated time of opening is April 24 at 1 a.m. Check DriveBC for updates....

'Just the facts' on rail line

Apr 23, 2015 / 4:23 pm

The Okanagan Indian Band is launching a campaign to clarify its claim to the Commonage rail corridor. The campaign, "Just The Facts," was released as part of a two-page ad placed in the Lake Country Calendar to clear up any misconceptions Lake Country voters may have prior to...

She's got the spirit

Apr 23, 2015 / 2:54 pm

The Downtown Vernon Association elected five new members to its board of directors at its annual general meeting this week. "It was exciting to see members eager to be part of the board... They all have a desire and vision to see continued vitality in the downtown core," said DVA...

Dirtbiker back safe

Apr 23, 2015 / 10:53 am

UPDATE APRIL 23: In a happy ending, a missing Vernon dirt biker has returned home safely. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the man came home on his own volition this morning around 10:15 a.m., and does not appear to be suffering from any injuries. While police are not certain why the...

Farming in focus

Apr 23, 2015 / 9:54 am

The Regional District of North Okanagan is aiming to protect and support agriculture – and it wants your input. RDNO directors and Upland Consulting have completed the first draft of a regional agricultural area plan. The plan process was initiated in 2013 with input from member...

Performing for dollars

Apr 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Vernon students will be dancing, demonstrating, playing, singing, cooking and more for a chance at some of the $64,000 in scholarship funds up for grabs in School District 22. The event is free and open to the public on April 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vernon...

$106,000 in carbon grants

Apr 22, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Three North Okanagan communities are receiving grants equivalent to the amount of carbon taxes they are paying. Vernon gets $88,481, Coldstream receives $10,463 and Lumby $7,264 for a total of just over $106,000. “The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program grants return 100 per cent...

Boost for health centre

Apr 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The Lumby & District Health Services Society has received a B.C. Gaming Branch grant for $10,000. It was presented by Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster. "The funds are very important to the community as they provide increased health and educational support for families and caregivers...

Water warning sounded

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Less snow and warmer than normal spring weather has Greater Vernon Water officials warning people to use water sparingly. Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill our reservoirs during spring melt. And readings taken by GVW April 1 at three monitoring stations near the Duteau...

Carload of youths in crash

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:36 pm

A carload of youths escaped with apparently minor injuries when their subcompact car crashed into a retaining wall Monday night on Bella Vista Road. Witnesses at the scene said the car was travelling at high speed when the young, male driver lost control and fishtailed into the ditch, slamming...
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