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Crash victim name released

Jan 26, 2016 / 1:31 pm
The BC Coroners Service has released the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle accident in Vernon on Jan. 20. Erik Allen Ryall, 24, of Vernon was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a coroner's report, Ryall was the driver and sole occupant of a half-ton Ford truck that...

Homes over farming

Jan 26, 2016 / 11:34 am
Vernon city council has rejected a staff recommendation to not to support a bid to remove land from Agricultural Land Reserve. The proposal would allow homes to be built at Pottery Road and 15th Street. But, it is not consistent with the Official Community Plan or regional growth strategy,...

City, union reach deal

Jan 26, 2016 / 11:08 am
The City of Armstrong and members of CUPE local 2709 have reached a three-year collective agreement, Mayor Chris Pieper announced Tuesday. The average salary for the unionized workers will increase 1.65 per cent over each year of the contract, covering 2016, 2017 and 2018. “The total...

Honking stops thieves

Jan 26, 2016 / 10:09 am
A Salmon Arm man who spotted thieves stealing an ATV from his property was able to get the RCMP's help – but he didn't use the telephone. The man jumped in his car and followed the thieves, honking his horn to draw attention. Just after midnight on Monday, RCMP responded to a...

Lumby woman located

Jan 26, 2016 / 9:34 am
RCMP say a Lumby woman has been in contact with her family and is no longer considered missing. The family of Rebecka Hill, 24, contacted police recently concerned because there had been no word from the woman since New Year's Day. "She has contacted her family in response, I'm...

Vernon airport quandary

Jan 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon city council has refused to be pushed into making a decision on the future of the regional airport and support is mixed on the question of expanding the runway. Staff had suggested council consider a plan to improve airport land but not to extend the runway. However Coun. Scott...

Wireless meters installed

Jan 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Work is well underway on a project that will see thousands of wireless water meters installed in the North Okanagan. Jennifer Miles, water sustainability co-ordinator with the regional district, said the installation of the encoder, receive, transmitter (ERT) devices began last summer in rural...
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Time for winter bike ride

Jan 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
A little bit of winter isn't enough to stop these avid cyclists and they are encouraging other pedal-power enthusiasts to go for a ride Feb. 12. Registration is now open for the fourth annual International Winter Ride to Work Day. The campaign attracted some 100,000 riders last...

Council goes to pot

Jan 25, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Medical marijuana clinics in Vernon want city council to put the brakes on RCMP action against them. A delegation appeared before council Monday with three RCMP officers looking on from the audience, including the superintendent of the North Okanagan detachment, Jim McNamara. In a written...

No bus stop change for now

Jan 25, 2016 / 4:38 pm
BC Transit has agreed to delay moving its bus stop at the Village Green Centre until April 1, following a letter from Vernon city council. Council had protested a plan to move the bus stop from the food court doors to nearby 48th Avenue, concerned that seniors and people with mobility issues...

No flower power

Jan 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The former Vernon flower shop on 31st Avenue, by the bus station, is being knocked down for interim public parking. The building is owned by the city. The Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery has had its eye on the land, hoping a new gallery would be built there although that plan has yet to...

Help needed in big move

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:38 pm
Vernon's Canadian Tire is going to need some help moving into the largest store in the B.C. Interior. Plans are well underway to move into the former Target space at Village Green Centre. General manager Mark Corson says about 50 people will be hired to help with the big move. “We...

Lumby woman still missing

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:52 am
There is still no sign of a missing Lumby woman. Rebecka Hill, 24, was reported missing Jan. 22. “Inquiries have been made at all locations where Rebecka has been known to frequent, and to date, she has not been located,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Vernon...

Police look for stolen truck

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:32 am
Vernon RCMP are on the lookout for a stolen truck. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said between Jan. 22 and 23 a brown 2001 GMC Sierra was stolen from the 5600 block of Heritage Drive. The truck has a cracked grill and red decals on the side. Also stolen from the residence was a Porter Cable air...

Caught on camera

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:10 am
Technology proved to be the downfall of an alleged thief who broke into the ICBC compound in Vernon. Security personnel in Vancouver saw a man enter the Vernon compound via online surveillance video and called police. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police arrested Cary Polanski, 46, as he was...

Too many homeless

Jan 25, 2016 / 10:56 am
Vernon's Gateway shelter has had to turn away more people from its doors this winter than ever before due to beds being full, states a report to city council. “We're hearing from Gateway that there have been more turn-aways than in previous years,” Annette Sharkey, executive...

Paint your windows

Jan 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Winter Carnival organizers are urging businesses to paint their windows ahead of the city's big seasonal event. The contest "is a great way to get involved and bring the spirit of the Carnival to your work place," organizers said in a release. "Paint your windows,...

Chamber nominations

Jan 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
It is going to be tough to pick the winners for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Business Excellence Awards. Over 200 nominations for the various awards were received, with a number of businesses and organizations being recognized in several different categories, the Chamber...

Shuswap, Valley grants

Jan 23, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Three social service organizations in Salmon Arm and one each in Armstrong, Sicamous and Scotch Creek have received a combined $100,550 in community gaming grants. They are: Fletcher Park Seniors Resource Centre Society (Salmon Arm): $29,000 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #445...

Snowmobilers rescued

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:24 am
The winch rescue helicopter team from Vernon Search and Rescue was able to extract two cold snowmobilers from a deep gully in the Shuswap Saturday morning. The chopper team was requested by Shuswap Search and Rescue after the two men were finally located Friday evening after an all-day search...

Vernon shop in A&W ad

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:00 am
A&W's most famous clerk was selling burgers in Vernon Saturday. Allen Lulu was starring in yet another national commercial being shot at the A&W at the Fruit Union Plaza. “There are TV cameras, sound guys, trucks, lights, a director,” said Jonathan McMurray, owner of...

Kin counterproposal?

Jan 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
There may be no action at Kin Race Track but there seems to be some movement in negotiations over the site. “We have a response going back to the City of Vernon,” confirmed Ed Woolley, spokesperson for the Okanagan Equestrian Society, following a board meeting this week. Woolley...

Viper boss in Carnival jail

Jan 22, 2016 / 9:53 pm
Todd Miller, executive vice-president of the Vernon Vipers, found himself back on the ice on Friday evening as part of a Vernon Winter Carnival promotion. Arrested by the Carnival Cops, Miller and Viper mascot Sniper were paraded around the ice during the first intermission of the Vipers game...

Trying to save school

Jan 22, 2016 / 10:52 am
Parents are full of suggestions on how to save Grindrod Elementary. It's one of a number of schools in the North Okanagan proposed for closure in an effort to cut millions from School District 83's budget during the next three years. “There is zero support for closing...

Just couldn't stop

Jan 22, 2016 / 7:45 am
A suspect in a stolen vehicle just didn't know when to stop this week. An RCMP officer on patrol on Old Kamloops Road Wednesday (Jan. 20) at approximately 8 p.m., observed a Toyota Tundra that had been reported stolen the previous evening from the Coldstream area. A number of police cars...

Missing Lumby woman

Jan 22, 2016 / 7:32 am
Lumby RCMP say they are concerned by the disappearance of a woman reported missing on Jan. 20th. Rebecka Hill, 24, is described as: Caucasian approximately five-foot-five-inches or 165 cm 110 lb (50 kg) hazel eyes shoulder length brown hair Police say the woman was last...

Petition seeks to ban boats

Jan 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Russ Collins wants to keep Sugar Lake clean and pristine. The Lumby resident has started an online petition asking the North Okanagan Regional District to ban motorized boats from the lake near Cherryville. “Sugar Lake, a pristine mountain lake in the Monashees of British Columbia,...

Refugee sponsorship 101

Jan 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Organizers are calling it 'refugee sponsorship 101.' People and groups planning or hoping to sponsor refugee families in the North Okanagan are being urged to take an upcoming workshop to learn more about what is involved in the process. "It is a somewhat complicated...

Crash leaves one dead

Jan 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm
UPDATE: 9:52 p.m. Vernon RCMP say a 24-year-old man from the Greater Vernon area succumbed to his injuries following a single vehicle crash on 32nd Street (Highway 97), just south of 48th Avenue on Wednesday night. A white 1999 Ford F-150 travelling northbound on 32nd Street went off the road...

Hungry thief pleads guilty

Jan 21, 2016 / 7:55 pm
A Vernon man who broke into a residence on 30 Avenue and helped himself to food and drink last Nov. 16 has been given a short stay in jail and ordered to pay back his victim. Joshua Gerald Gunnlaugson, 34, pleaded guilty to break and enter with intent and possession of stolen property during a...

Death ruled accidental

Jan 21, 2016 / 2:26 pm
The death of cyclist hit by a truck in Vernon last year has been ruled accidental by the coroner. Jennifer Wadsworth, 37, was struck by an eastbound truck July 2, 2015 while attempting to ride a bicycle across 25th Avenue at the intersection of 35th Street. Wadsworth was taken to Vernon...

New curator at O'Keefe

Jan 21, 2016 / 1:34 pm
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Carla-Jean Stokes who has been hired as the curator for Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Stokes graduated from Charles Bloom Secondary School in Lumby in 2005, before attending Wilfred Laurier University where she completed a Master's degree in...

Westside Road police drama

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:09 am
A man is in police custody in Vernon after being busted for driving a stolen vehicle. The drama unfolded Wednesday on Westside Road at around 9:30 p.m. Police are releasing few details on the incident, other than to say an unidentified man was arrested, but social media was abuzz over what...

Vernon population spike

Jan 21, 2016 / 10:07 am
Vernon is one of the fastest growing communities in B.C., according to newly released provincial statistics. Vernon’s growth was estimated at 3.4 per cent, making it the fifth fastest growing community among cities with a population of 25,000 or greater. A senior staff member at the...

NORD buys park land

Jan 21, 2016 / 9:34 am
The North Okanagan Regional District has completed the purchase of 13.43 acres of property at the north end of Crane Road on Swan Lake. “The acquisition of this property will potentially allow us to connect Crane Road with Lochdale Road through the development of a passive recreation...

Lumby skiers OK

Jan 21, 2016 / 8:05 am
Two men from Lumby skied out of mountainous backcountry northeast of Mabel Lake early Thursday morning, just before a search for them was getting underway for a second day. “It's a huge, huge relief,” said Trevor Honigman of Vernon Search and Rescue. “It's a vast area...

Spill still under investigation

Jan 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
There is still no word when, or if, charges will be laid in relation to a massive gas spill last year in Coldstream. It was on Nov. 25 when emergency crews responded to a report of a fuel spill at the Centex gas station, next to Coldstream Elementary School. The spill resulted in the school...

Search for Lumby skiers

Jan 20, 2016 / 7:40 pm
A search resumes Thursday morning for two skiers from the Lumby area who have gone missing in the back country northeast of Mabel Lake. A helicopter winch rescue team and a ground crew spent hours trying to locate the two men Wednesday but darkness forced a halt to the search, said Trevor...

Schools face tough issue

Jan 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Concerned parents and community members will have one final chance to add their input on the future of School District 83. The district, which includes schools in Armstrong, Enderby and Salmon Arm, is under financial strain after government cuts is forcing the district to shave more than $3...

Sentenced to time served

Jan 20, 2016 / 3:40 pm
Kody Perreault will likely not spend any more time in jail, after pleading guilty to assault and assault with a weapon (a vehicle). The 22 year old received three months for the assault and 60 days for assault with a weapon. However, Justice Mark Takahashi gave Perreault credit for time served,...
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