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OKIB goes to the polls

Apr 2, 2015 / 12:58 pm

Okanagan Indian Band members are voting for a new chief and council today. There are three people running for chief – incumbent Byron Louis and former chiefs Fabian Alexis and Dan Wilson. Eighteen people are running for council. They are: Homer Alexis, Jonathan Alexis, Leona Bonneau,...

Are you new millionaire?

Apr 2, 2015 / 9:21 am

Someone in Vernon could soon find out they are a millionaire. Six lucky tickets were drawn Wednesday night for the $36-million Lotto 649 jackpot, leaving someone in Vernon $5,827,979.10 million richer. Of the six winning tickets, one was sold in Vernon, three were sold in Quebec and two were...

Inside an avalanche

Apr 1, 2015 / 8:08 pm

If you have ever imagined what it would be like to be tossed and turned in an avalanche, a Sicamous man got it all on tape. Curtis Johnson was sledding with friends in Blue Lake, east of Sicamous, when the slide struck. His helmet cam caught it all, and for nearly two minutes you see nothing...

Distillery opens new plant

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:54 pm

Okanagan Spirits has completed its new, 16,000-square-foot, state of the art distillery in Vernon. The craft distillery at 5204 24th Avenue is home to Canada’s tallest copper pot still and includes features such as a 27-foot tasting bar with a "moonshiner shack" theme, theatre...

$5M committed for rail trail

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:19 pm

A Vernon group behind the purchase of the abandoned Okanagan rail corridor has pledged to raise $5 million to develop it. Brad Clements with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative made the announcement during the official opening of the Yes campaign in Lake Country this week. The Yes campaign is...

Mayes' bill moves forward

Apr 1, 2015 / 12:11 pm

Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes has taken his private member's bill to the next approval phase, which would allow judges more discretion to increase parole ineligibility for murders involving kidnapping and sexual assault. Bill C-587 was introduced by Mayes last April in the Commons and has...

Vernon lurer gets 9 months

Apr 1, 2015 / 11:45 am

A Vernon man who attempted to lure a child online has been sentenced to nine months in jail. Stewart Kerr was arrested in a restaurant in August 2013, when he thought he was meeting a young boy. Kerr, who is in his 50s, had been communicating online with someone who he believed was a...

Community garage sale

Mar 31, 2015 / 10:00 am

If you’re surrounded by clutter and unwanted items, but are unable to hold a traditional garage sale there might be a solution in store. The City of Vernon and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging the community to reduce, reuse and recycle by hosting the '2015...

Drugs, beatings and crashes

Mar 30, 2015 / 12:48 pm

Lumby RCMP responded to a call about an "unsecured" residence on Grandview Avenue, Friday. When police attended, it was discovered it was in fact a “grow rip.” The tenant had a legal licence to grow marijuana, and that was the sole purpose the home was broken...

Local MasterChef in top 10

Mar 30, 2015 / 10:28 am

Vernon's Jennifer Innis is still in the hunt for the title of MasterChef Canada, after making the final 10 in Sunday night's episode. A tough elimination challenge featuring “odd couple” ingredients pushed sent contestant Kristen Dwyer of Newfoundland home. Next week's...

Water source switched

Mar 28, 2015 / 11:54 am

Spring run-off is forcing the closure of the Kalamalka Lake water source in the Greater Vernon Water district. The source was turned off on Saturday at 11 a.m. due to turbidity that can reduce the Ultra Violet Disinfection effectiveness at the Mission Hill Treatment Plant. The Mission Hill...

All Saints rectory razed

Mar 27, 2015 / 5:08 pm

The corner of 27th Street and 32nd Avenue in Vernon had a new look by Friday that passersby couldn’t help but notice. The former Anglican Church rectory, dating back to its construction as the personal residence of William Cochrane, was demolished. All Saints Anglican Church bought the...

Castle hotel opens doors

Mar 27, 2015 / 3:56 pm

An oft-delayed resort hotel project near Vernon has finally opened its doors. The Castle at Swan Lake by Pomeroy opened its doors last week in a soft opening. It sent out official opening media information on Friday. General manager Jacqueline Brooks, one of three ownership partners, said the...

No Gakhal vigil this year

Mar 27, 2015 / 11:33 am

It's been almost 19 years since the Gakhal and Saran family murders rocked Vernon. And, this year, the family would prefer to mark the anniversary on its own. On April 5, 1996, nine members of the two families were slain in one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history. In years...

Actor, good citizen passes

Mar 25, 2015 / 7:30 pm

The co-founder of Armstrong’s Asparagus Theatre Company and that city's 2014 Good Citizen of the year has died at age 73. Wayne Ashton and his wife, Janet, moved to the area in 1973 and operated the Good Time Beauty Salon in Armstrong for more than 25 years. It became a hub for locals...

MasterChef serves up win

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:35 pm

Jennifer Innis is not letting the past, or anyone else, hold her back. The MasterChef Canada contestant, who has been underestimated since the get-go, had a bird’s eye view of her competitors from the balcony, Sunday, after her group won the team challenge. Despite being being picked...

Loose cargo injures 2

Mar 24, 2015 / 3:08 pm

Police are looking to speak to the driver of a truck after two pedestrians in Lake Country were injured earlier this month. A large piece of plywood flew from the box of a newer black Ford truck on March 14, striking both pedestrians and causing several injuries, according to police. They say...

Boarder's death accidental

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:35 am

The provincial coroner has ruled the death of a 17-year old Vernon boy as accidental. Christopher Mathew Mitchell was hit by a minivan at 11 p.m. July 13 last summer at 39th Street and Okanagan Avenue, after he apparently failed to stop at a stop sign. Police say the driver didn’t see...

Downtown market on hold

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:16 am

Vernon’s downtown market is on hold for the moment, while city council seeks a survey of businesses that front the four-block stretch of 30th Avenue, from 30th to 34th streets. “I know three or four businesses that have suffered as a result of the market,” said Coun. Catherine...

Vernonites soaked for water

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:13 am

A citizen’s group says Vernon residents are getting hosed when it comes to water rates. Citizens for Changes to the Master Water Plan told city council Monday that Vernon water users pay $900 a year for an average 350 cubic metres usage versus $292 in Kelowna and $422 in...

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