New face at old place

Aug 10, 2016 / 12:21 pm
Tracy Satin has been named the new director/curator of the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives. Satin takes over from long-time curator Ron Candy who left earlier this year after 23 years in the job. Ken Mather, former general manager of Historic O'Keefe Ranch, has been interim...

New doctor for Enderby

Aug 10, 2016 / 11:37 am
Enderby residents will be getting some medical relief when a new doctor opens shop next week. The community north of Vernon on Highway 97A has been struggling to attract doctors for the past several years, but on Monday Dr. Michael Abayomi will start seeing patients at the Enderby Community...

Lock up your vehicle!

Aug 10, 2016 / 10:12 am
A rash of vehicle break-ins has prompted a reminder from Vernon's Community Policing Office. Once again, drivers are being urged to lock the doors of their cars, SUVs and pickups when they are shopping or heading into the office – after first removing packages, electronics, change and...

Fire pit ban delayed

Aug 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Armstrong has put a hold on a proposed bylaw that would have banned all wood-burning fires in residential backyards. The bylaw has had three readings, but passage has been delayed for up to six weeks following a public outcry. “We've had a few letters, we had two...

Ladder for Shuswap Falls?

Aug 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
It has been talked about for years, but regional officials and First Nations groups are getting serious about putting in a multi-million dollar fish ladder at Shuswap Falls. “We're negotiating to see if we can get the province or BC Hydro interested in participating to get a fish...

Swim ends in darkness

Aug 9, 2016 / 7:59 pm
A 61-year-old Edmonton man's world record attempt to swim the length of Okanagan Lake was abandoned Tuesday, 17 hours into the journey. Wayne Strach set off from Vernon at 11:10 a.m. Monday morning, but his attempt to reach Penticton ended when he was separated from his support boat in...

More air quality testing

Aug 9, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Coldstream council is hoping the Ministry of Environment will conduct more air quality tests on emissions that may not be from the Tolko Industries and Pinnacle pellet plant operations in Lavington. A letter is being sent to the province in light of Tolko's decision to request an amendment...

Log Barn put on notice

Aug 9, 2016 / 4:37 pm
It's grown from a roadside fruit stand to one of the largest tourist attractions in the area, but that expansion has put The Log Barn in conflict with municipal officials. The Log Barn sits a few kilometres south of Enderby, but is actually in the jurisdiction of the Township of...

Biker heads to hospital

Aug 9, 2016 / 4:24 pm
A motorcycle rider was transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital following an accident that slowed traffic heading north on 32 Street, by 34th Avenue, around 4 p.m. The bike clipped the side of a pickup truck, according to Vernon Fire Rescue. The male driver, who suffered minor injuries, was...

Crash death investigated

Aug 9, 2016 / 12:50 pm
RCMP in Armstrong continue to investigate a serious collision on Highway 97A at Pleasant Valley Road last Friday evening that led to the death of a local woman. Police arrived at the scene shortly after 6 p.m. and were told by witnesses that a small passenger car driven by a 26-year-old...

Fun with The Hip

Aug 9, 2016 / 12:31 pm
Feeling left out after failing to get a ticket to see The Tragically Hip perform live during the band's final cross-country tour, Trevor Perepolkin decided to celebrate at home. The Vernon man has organized a party at the Vernon curling rink with a CBC live stream of the band's Aug. 20th...

Car cut off crashed truck

Aug 9, 2016 / 6:27 am
UPDATE: 6:15 a.m. A witness tells Castanet a car pulling out into highway traffic caused Monday's dump truck crash near Vernon. Ian Milde says he was driving south on Highway 97 behind the dump truck, when a small, white car that was parked on the side of the highway pulled back into...

Cop car, motorbike crash

Aug 8, 2016 / 3:02 pm
UPDATED 3 P.M. Dan Descheneau and his wife had their anniversary plans sharply interrupted when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a police vehicle. The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 6 in Coldstream. “My wife and I were headed out for an anniversary stay at...

Epic lake swim underway

Aug 8, 2016 / 1:15 pm
A 61-year-old Edmonton man began to swim the length of Okanagan Lake Monday morning, setting off from Vernon and hoping to reach Penticton in two days. Wayne Strach is attempting to break the open-water swim record by swimming 135 kilometres non-stop from Vernon to Penticton, looping to Naramata...

Rescued eagle soars

Aug 8, 2016 / 12:56 pm
An injured eagle rescued by firefighters last month is all healed up and ready to fly. "Tribute" the bald eagle was found at the beginning of July by Andra Depaoli in the woods above Killiney Beach up Westside Road. She enlisted the help of North Westside Fire Rescue firefighters,...

Rainbow for downtown?

Aug 8, 2016 / 11:28 am
A North Okanagan man wants Vernon residents to walk with pride. Travis Irmen has begun an online campaign and hopes to appear before city council to request a rainbow crosswalk in the downtown area at the 30th Avenue and 30th Street junction. “I'd like it to be very inclusive of the...

SUV slams into boat

Aug 7, 2016 / 5:51 pm
UPDATE 5:51 P.M. Traffic is still backed up near the Enchanted Forest west of Revelstoke following an accident earlier in the day. Michelle Dawn tells Castanet traffic is still backed up for several kilometres either side of the accident. “We're sitting in traffic now and...

Here comes the thunder

Aug 7, 2016 / 2:49 pm
Residents are being advised to batten down the hatches – again. Yet another severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by Environment Canada for the North Okanagan. Parts of the Shuswap and North Thompson regions are also in line for some wild weather. According to the warning,...

Highway 6 reopened

Aug 6, 2016 / 10:56 am
UPDATE: 2:33 p.m. The highway has reopened 2 km east of Coldstream. UPDATE: 1:33 p.m. Highway 6 remains closed in both directions, with an estimated opening time of 2 p.m. An assessment is currently in progress. Drive BC says Highway 6 is closed in both directions about two km...

Hits house, flees scene

Aug 6, 2016 / 8:11 am
The driver of a pickup is believed to have fled the scene after crashing into a house on the 2500 block of 36th Avenue in Vernon Saturday morning, causing significant damage. A Vernon Fire Rescue crew was called to the scene at 6:23 a.m. “We arrived to find a half-ton truck had left the...

Grass fire put out in BX

Aug 6, 2016 / 7:14 am
BX-Swan Lake firefighters were back along BX Creek trail to fight another fire Friday afternoon. Crews were called to the scene of the small grass fire about 3:28 p.m. Firefighters were able to drive to the scene in a small bush truck to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire is...

Fines for Cherryville slide

Aug 5, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Two reports that explain the cause and ramifications of a massive water and mud slide above Cherryville in 2012 have finally been released by the Ministry of Forests. They show that lumber giants Tolko Industries and Weyerhaeuser were both fined following the slide that tore down Cherry Ridge,...

RCMP nab naked driver

Aug 5, 2016 / 4:12 pm
UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. RCMP say a naked man, nabbed by officers in the downtown after crashing his vehicle into a storefront, has been transported to hospital for an assessment of his medical condition. The man crashed his 1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV into The Kush organic clothing and cosmetics store...

Will fireworks be at lake?

Aug 5, 2016 / 12:39 pm
Vernon's volunteer Canada Day committee will be asked to explore options to ensure there is little or no debris at Kalamala Lake when the spectacular fireworks' show comes to an end next year. But a committee spokesperson now says the fireworks may be moved. This year, local residents...

Business is booming

Aug 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
For businesses, a 30 per cent jump in clientele would be a good thing, but for the Upper Room Mission it means a lot more mouths to feed. Rick Lavin, URM executive director, said overall usage of the mission is up 12 per cent on the year, but a whopping 30 per cent over the last quarter compared...

One bag challenge grows

Aug 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
The one-bag challenge continues to grow – with Vernon residents dropping off groceries for the Salvation Army's food bank. The challenge began some weeks back when Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran dropped off a bag of groceries to the Okanagan Community Food Bank and challenged five others...

Action star Snipes in Vernon

Aug 4, 2016 / 2:23 pm
Action star Wesley Snipes is starring in a movie being made in the Okanagan. Best known for the Blade vampire trilogy, Snipes plays The Hunter in a sci-fi thriller called 'The Recall' currently being shot in Vernon. The movie is being directed by Mauro Borrelli and produced by...

Believing in Bridgette

Aug 4, 2016 / 1:20 pm
She is less than two years old, but already Bridgette Anne Dziuba has gone through more than most people endure in a lifetime. Bridgette was born on Nov. 10, 2014 to the joy of her family, however, the smiles quickly turned to fear when the Vernon infant was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital in...

Miss Teen an overcomer

Aug 4, 2016 / 12:36 pm
When she was a child, doctors told Samantha Sewell she would never be able to speak. Sewell took that as a challenge, not a limitation and now the Vernon Secondary School 2016 graduate has spoken at numerous public events with bigger ones on the horizon. Sewell began public speaking 18 months...

Hey! The hay truck's on fire

Aug 4, 2016 / 9:46 am
BC Wildfire crews were called to the Mara Lake area after a hay truck caught fire. The vehicle fire broke out Wednesday afternoon and forestry firefighters were called to extinguish the small blaze. Fire information officer Rachel Witt said four firefighters were sent to the fire on Riverside...

Seeing red in construction

Aug 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
Property developers who earlier this year accused city hall of hampering construction projects with red tape, hope to hold a "forum" with city council and city staff in the autumn, according to Phil Dyck, a director with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. In February, members of...

Jail after fleeing from cops

Aug 3, 2016 / 4:18 pm
A Vernon woman spotted by RCMP officers while she was driving a stolen car last December, then causing a crash and fleeing on foot, has been given more jail time. Alyssa Courtney Brown, 25, pleaded guilty to several charges Wednesday in a Vernon courtroom, including; possession of stolen...

Hand over the what?

Aug 3, 2016 / 1:45 pm
An armed man failed to get the loot during a store robbery in Vernon on Tuesday, and police believe a language barrier was the reason. Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Lakeview Market on 32nd Avenue at 5:40 p.m. “RCMP investigators learned that a lone male entered...

Refugees arrive next week

Aug 3, 2016 / 11:58 am
It's taken months of hard work, but an Iraqi refugee family will be arriving in the Okanagan next week. Ron Brinnen, with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project, said the family of five will be landing at Kelowna International Airport Tuesday night. The man, wife and three children...

Pedestrian sent flying

Aug 3, 2016 / 10:44 am
A pedestrian was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries after being struck by a car Wednesday morning. The incident happened just before 10 a.m. a half-block north of 25th Avenue on 32nd Street. Police said an SUV was making a right-hand turn out of the Fruit Union Plaza...

Suspicious car fire

Aug 3, 2016 / 9:53 am
Vernon Fire Rescue officials and the RCMP are investigating a suspicious car fire that caused extensive damage to the interior of the vehicle, said deputy chief Jack Blair. Firefighters were called to the blaze on the 3800 block of 28A Street at 4:50 a.m Wednesday. "The fire appeared to...

Fire caused by lightning

Aug 3, 2016 / 9:15 am
A dramatic wildfire that lit up a hill above Adventure Bay in Vernon and led to the evacuation of about 60 people on Saturday night was caused by lightning, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The fire could be seen for miles. Two provincial officials investigated the scene of the interface...

Frustrated by fires

Aug 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
A senior firefighting official in the Vernon area is expressing frustration with the number of purposely set fires in the area. “When fires are purposely set, you feel somewhat frustrated,” admitted Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon Fire Rescue deputy chief. Skolrood said the department has...

Downtown demolition

Aug 2, 2016 / 3:06 pm
If you thought there was a lot of construction going on in Vernon, get ready for a little demolition that will create more parking in the downtown. Some downtown buildings are set to be knocked down, although it is not clear that will happen this month, as planned. The former New Dehli...

Investigators at fire scene

Aug 2, 2016 / 2:07 pm
Wildfire investigators remain on the scene of an interface fire that hit an area above Adventure Bay Saturday night. While the fire remained about 1.5 kilometres away from the nearest structure, about 60 residents were evacuated as a precaution. Forestry officials believe the fire was human...
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