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A gripping theft

Sep 21, 2015 / 12:23 pm

Police in Vernon are coming to grips with thieves who may be gaining traction, quite literally, after a recent crime. Someone broke into the Western Equipment storage yard at 1046 Middleton Way sometime overnight on Friday, Vernon RCMP report. Sixty sets of TRYGG brand tire chains were...

Mac's store robbed

Sep 21, 2015 / 11:42 am

Vernon RCMP are looking for a masked robber after a convenience store clerk was threatened with what police believe was bear spray. At around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a robbery at the Mac’s Convenience Store on 27th Street. “An unknown male in a ski mask entered the...

Drivers be warned

Sep 21, 2015 / 11:10 am

Okanagan drivers be warned: RCMP are watching. The Vernon/North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit is conducting a traffic enforcement project through Friday. “RCMP Traffic Services officers from West Kelowna, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Golden and South Okanagan units will be joining forces with...

Power restored

Sep 20, 2015 / 10:51 pm

UPDATE 10:50 P.M Power was restored to 1,828 customers in Lumby at 10:43 p.m. Sunday evening. UPDATE 9:30 P.M. BC Hydro reports the power outage in Lumby is due to a tree down across the power lines. The estimated time of power restoration is currently pegged at 10:10 p.m. Sunday...

Running for Terry Fox

Sep 20, 2015 / 10:24 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh When the inaugural Terry Fox Run was held in 1981, Betty Fox was told it would last about five years. The mother of Canadian...

New pharmacy for VJH

Sep 19, 2015 / 6:28 am

Vernon Jubilee Hospital's old emergency department has been transformed into an expanded pharmacy, completing the latest phase of construction at the hospital. The final piece of the project was installed last week, allowing the new pharmacy to become operational on Sept. 22. Health...

Take a walk, kids

Sep 19, 2015 / 5:22 am

City officials want Vernon students to get off the bus and take a walk. The City of Vernon is inviting area schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk (iWalk) event, an annual global event held around the world in October to raise awareness about the benefits of active travel to...

Porn sentence 1 day

Sep 18, 2015 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE 2:20 P.M. Ryan Hampton will be released from custody on Saturday after serving seven months in prison, despite being found guilty on eight of the nine counts against him. The judge presiding in Friday's case in Kelowna found Hampton guilty of possessing child pornography and six...

RCMP step up enforcement

Sep 18, 2015 / 6:51 am

Drivers in the North Okanagan are being given fair warning – the RCMP is watching. The Vernon/North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit will conduct a traffic enforcement project from Sept. 21 to 25, focusing on distracted drivers, impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and people not wearing...

Celebrating our culture

Sep 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

She describes it as Cirque du Soleil meets live painting, and Amanda Shatzko will be bringing her unique art form to Vernon as part of Culture Days that will be held across the country Sept. 24-26. Shatzko grew up in Vernon – graduating from Vernon Secondary School – and has been...

Venture Training turns 60

Sep 17, 2015 / 7:32 pm

They opened the doors in September 1955 and 60 years later Venture Training is still helping people with learning challenges. To mark the milestone, the Vernon organization held a barbecue where it welcomed the public to check out the facility and to recognize its long-term...

Vernon mayor in court

Sep 17, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Akbal Mund wants to assure the people of Vernon he is not withholding taxes or responsible for any illegal tax maneuvers. The Vernon mayor said he did receive a summons for court from the Canada Revenue Agency and his lawyer appeared for him Thursday morning to respond to the dual charges of...

Arrest in arson case

Sep 17, 2015 / 10:46 am

UPDATE 10:45 A.M. Court documents reveal the 33-year-old Vernon man charged with arson is also before the courts on several other charges. Ryan Patrick Warnock, 33, was charged this week with one count of arson damaging property for the Sept. 6 fire at AJ's Pets & Things. Warnock...

Armed robber caught

Sep 17, 2015 / 9:45 am

Vernon RCMP have arrested a 29-year-old man after the Lakeview Market Store on 32nd Avenue in Vernon was robbed at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. “It was reported to police a lone male had entered the store with a large knife. He attempted to access the cash register but was unable to...

Getting soaked for water

Sep 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

If North Okanagan residents feel like they're getting soaked on their water bill, it's because they pay the highest water rates of the Okanagan's three major cities. Vernon residents pay for their liquid gold per cubic metre, and the cost is set by the Regional District of North...

Old signs in rough shape

Sep 16, 2015 / 7:45 pm

It has only been there for seven years, but the sign welcoming people to Greater Vernon at the south entrance on Highway 97 is being replaced and moved. City council agreed Monday to fork over $55,000 to have new welcome signs built at all three entrances to the city and plans to move the...

Child porn: did cop do it?

Sep 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATED: 6:00 P.M. Crown lawyer Claire Ducluzeau presented closing submissions Wednesday afternoon in the trial of former Vernon RCMP officer Ryan Hampton. Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for...

Road work all over town

Sep 16, 2015 / 4:33 pm

Vernon drivers might want to plan their route around several road work projects in the city. Crews are installing a water main near the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and 48th Avenue through Oct. 31. The BC Transit bench on the southeast corner of the intersection is being temporarily...

Two forums into one

Sep 16, 2015 / 11:32 am

Instead of hosting its own all-candidates forum, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has decided to partner with Junior Chamber International Vernon in staging an all-candidates youth forum Sept. 25 at the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College. “In light of the significant number of...

OKIB bids to remove bombs

Sep 15, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Members of the Okanagan Indian Band are committed to making parts of the North Okanagan safer by removing munitions left over from training exercises during the Second World War. The OKIB has submitted a joint bid with Xtech Explosive Decontamination Inc. to participate in the clean-up of...

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