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Officer on trial for fatal crash

Oct 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

The RCMP officer involved in a fatal crash that killed a 21-year-old woman, sits before a judge this week in Salmon Arm, facing a charge of dangerous driving. RCMP officer, Micah Chan, was charged in 2013 after he was involved in a high-speed chase that ended in the death of a Cherryville...

Citizens patrol Halloween

Oct 23, 2014 / 5:29 am

The new citizens on patrol unit in Lumby will get its start as the eyes and ears for RCMP on Halloween night. The City of Vernon's Safe Communities Unit, the Village of Lumby and the Lumby RCMP Detachment are pleased to announce the first official duties of the new Lumby Citizens...

Ghostly tour returns to Vernon

Oct 22, 2014 / 7:30 pm

The Ghost Tours of Vernon are back for only three evenings this Halloween season. Catch host/storyteller/paranormal scholar, Gabriel David Sumegi Newman, on Oct 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. if you want your season’s fill of local ghost stories and macabre historical oddities. “The...

Suspicious fires start again

Oct 21, 2014 / 1:09 pm

Fire Investigators and RCMP are dealing with two new suspicious fire, in less than a week, in Vernon. Last Thursday Oct 16, just before 10 p.m., crews were called to a three-storey building under construction in the 2700 block of 41st Avenue. The building was still in the framing stage of...

Chef serves up surprise meal

Oct 21, 2014 / 5:28 am

Guests at the Upper Room Mission in Vernon were pleasantly surprised by a three-course meal on Friday, offered up by Vince Van Wieringen, Executive Chef of Vernon Golf & Country Club. The mission was transformed into a “restaurant”, named Chez Charlotte, after a special guest who...

Inquest into teen's Mill death

Oct 20, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The coroner’s inquest into the tragic workplace death of a Lumby teenager began Monday in Vernon. The inquest surrounds the death of 18-year-old Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam, who died June 15, 2013 after getting caught in a conveyer belt at Tolko’s mill in Lavington. Haslam...

Traffic stop payout

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:17 pm

One traffic stop has a Fort St. John man in a lot of trouble after he was found in a stolen car, under the influence and without a valid driver’s license. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers were conducting routine traffic stops on Saturday evening when they caught the man. They...

Search for guns yields drugs

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:11 pm

North Okanagan RCMP who were on a search for stolen firearms found more than they were looking for. Last Friday, RCMP executed a search warrant on an Enderby home with the hope of recovering stolen firearms taken earlier in the month. Instead of guns, says RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, cops...

Inquest into workplace death

Oct 20, 2014 / 8:08 am

A public inquest into the death of Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam is scheduled to begin today in Vernon. The 18-year-old Lumby man died in June of 2013, after a workplace incident at the Tolko planer mill in Lavington. T.E. Chico Newell will preside over the inquest as a jury will hear from...

$70 million for water projects

Oct 19, 2014 / 1:07 pm

The municipal election is not the only vote Vernon area residents will be casting on Nov. 15. The Regional District of the North Okanagan is asking the public to approve a $70 million loan for water infrastructure improvements. The loan would be paid off over 20 years, similar to a...

#redbagchallenge blood drive

Oct 18, 2014 / 10:00 am

Inspired by a young boy with cancer and the ALS ice bucket challenge, a Vernon couple are trying to create a social media furor around donating blood. Glenn and Lisa Gallie are encouraging everyone they know to donate blood on camera and to nominate their own friends and family to do the same....

Pumpkin festival kicks off

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:07 am

The Davison Orchards Family Pumpkin Festival is on this weekend and next, bringing families to Vernon for a full day of activities. The festival includes pumpkin picking, story time and face painting. It runs Oct. 18/19 and 24/25. Activities include U-Pick Pumpkins, where families can ride...

Visitors to Vernon up 26.9%

Oct 17, 2014 / 4:22 pm

The City of Vernon has seen a dramatic increase in tourists this summer. "We collect a 2 per cent hotel tax and that has increased 26.9 per cent this year so far (compared to the same time frame in 2013). In 2013 we were only up 7.8 per cent, so we're seeing really strong growth,”...

Motorhome goes up in flames

Oct 16, 2014 / 2:47 pm

A motor home in Lake Country burst into flames Wednesday night. The fire began around 9:30 p.m. on Nighthawk Road, but Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor does not believe it is suspicious. The owner of the motorhome was inside at the time, but was able to get out with her dog. However...

Election signs staying up

Oct 16, 2014 / 9:44 am

There is a bylaw in Vernon that states election signs cannot be placed on public property, but one quick look around the city will show you that no one is following that law. As it turns out, the bylaw itself is one of debate among city councillors who rely on the signage to get their own faces...

Students learn how to iWalk

Oct 15, 2014 / 2:17 pm

Photo: Contributed - Paul Cousins Mayor Rob Sawatsky drives his Walking School Bus along Fulton Road Wednesday morning. It seems fitting that, in the middle of National Carpool Month, the City of Vernon launched two new 'VernonMoves' campaigns at Ellison Elementary School this...

$75K for 77-yr.-old arena

Oct 15, 2014 / 12:47 pm

Vernon council has approved a recommendation to put $75,000 into the aging 77-year-old Civic Arena. The decision was made, despite plans for twinning the ice sheet at Kal Tire Place as a replacement for the old arena. The City still needs the building to remain in good operating condition until...

Bomb blown to "smithereens"

Oct 10, 2014 / 5:27 pm

Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed A navy bomb disposal team was called and arrived at the site Friday in the Monashee Mountains near Lumby, B.C. "They confirmed without a doubt that it is a...

Truck down 200-foot cliff

Oct 10, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A semi-truck driver is lucky to be alive after his truck lost control Wednesday evening, and careened down a 150-foot cliff. The 67-year-old Penticton man was driving along Hwy. 97 approximately two-kilometres south of the Schweb's Bridge, north of the intersection with Westside Road when he...

Crime report

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:53 am

A landlord in Salmon Arm was assaulted Monday, Oct. 7th while checking on a property. The incident happened on 10th Avenue SW around 7 a.m. He arrived at the rental unit to find an unknown man with a key to the residence. When he attempted to retrieve the key, bear spray was deployed in...

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