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Cycling into public favour

Apr 19, 2016 / 3:41 pm
The North Okanagan Cycling Society is asking for public support over what it sees as the need for a bike skills park. The society says its efforts to have a park built has been hampered by the lack of location. “Despite discussions with the City of Vernon and times when it seemed we had...

Less snow, less budget

Apr 19, 2016 / 3:16 pm
Spallumcheen is hoping its snow budget may one day melt away. Council has budgeted $308,171 for its 2016 snow and sanding budget, down slightly from last year. But it also keeps thousands of dollars in reserves in case a big storm dumps snow onto the township's 200 kilometres of roads,...

Fire crews called to Seaton

Apr 19, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue was called to WL Seaton Secondary School Tuesday afternoon following a report of a fire on the roof. Work was being done on the roof of the school and VFR Capt. Ryan McGiverin said it is believed some dust caught fire, creating smoke in the classroom directly below and...

Fender bender in Vernon

Apr 19, 2016 / 1:12 pm
One woman was taken to hospital after a minor accident in Vernon Tuesday, around 12:40 pm. Vernon Fire Rescue says the woman's car was hit from behind by a silver van and she was taken away by ambulance as a precaution. The fender bender took place at the corner of 30th Avenue and 38th...

A million steps walk

Apr 19, 2016 / 11:12 am
Tim Michalchuk admits he's on a pilgrimage. Michalchuk, who's from Bella Coola, began walking from Prince George to Vancouver on April 2 in an effort to raise money for his spouse's expensive stem cell treatment. Shannon Dixon has multiple sclerosis, in which the insulating covers...

Raising cash for rail trail

Apr 18, 2016 / 3:04 pm
The group that's about to start raising funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail between Coldstream and Kelowna is hopeful $7.8 million can be raised in two years. That's enough to install a crushed gravel path along the 48-kilometre route, says Brad Clements of the Okanagan Rail Trail...

No dogs on foreshore trail

Apr 18, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Babies are being born around Salmon Arm Bay. Visitors to the popular foreshore trail are asked to take extra care this spring – including leaving their dogs at home – to ensure the many birds, amphibians, fish and mammals that live in the nature reserve have ample space to nest and...

Cause of fire unknown

Apr 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm
Investigators have yet to nail down the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Vernon house last week. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said it has been difficult to pinpoint an ignition source for the blaze that caused an estimated $590,000 damage to the Valleyview Place home. Skolrood said...

Opposition to amphitheatre

Apr 18, 2016 / 12:03 pm
The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club has added its voice to those opposed to an amphitheatre in a ravine near Okanagan College. The Okanagan Summer Festival Society has proposed the amphitheatre for outdoor concerts and entertainment during the warm weather, but it has been met with vocal...

Accident sends two to VJH

Apr 18, 2016 / 11:38 am
A three-car chain reaction collision sent two people to hospital Monday morning. The accident happened on 32nd Street at 42nd Avenue just before 11 a.m. and involved a Toyota SUV, Ford Ranger truck and Mercedes Benz car. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Reinhard Mann said the occupants of the truck...

Serious injuries in accident

Apr 18, 2016 / 10:34 am
RCMP are investigating a serious rollover accident near Lumby Sunday evening. Lumby fire chief Tony Clayton said the single-vehicle rollover happened about 6:15 p.m. some two kilometres east of Lumby on Highway 6. Cpl. Trevor Tribes said the male driver and lone occupant of the truck was...

Rec Centre front doors open

Apr 18, 2016 / 9:28 am
Ten months of renovations have ended, allowing the front entrance to the Vernon Recreation Centre to reopen Monday morning. Workers were still outside Monday, cleaning up near the new bridge that leads to new automatic front doors. A healthy food kiosk has been installed inside the...

Big day for rail trail

Apr 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
An $8 million development plan for the CN Rail corridor goes before councils and boards Monday. Members of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee picked up their packages last week to review what is needed to prepare the 50 kilometres of former rail track from Coldstream to...

Share the road

Apr 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Township of Spallumcheen has completed its new ‘Share the Road’ sign project with the installation of 29 signs this week along the community’s road network. “The project goal is to improve safety for motor vehicles, farm equipment, pedestrians, equestrians, and...

Have a heart, Vernon

Apr 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
The popular 'Have a Heart' radiothon takes place in Vernon April 28 at the Village Green Centre. Radio hosts Brian Martin and Betty Selin of SUN FM will broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., raising donations for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. The aim this year is to raise...

Dog stabbed seven times

Apr 17, 2016 / 1:42 pm
Photo: Contributed Photo: Facebook - Dylan Backman North Okanagan residents are outraged after someone stabbed a dog seven times. Dylan Backman posted pictures of Ollie to Facebook showing numerous wounds on his chest and shoulder. “My dog Ollie got free of his dog run...

Top notch Vernon track

Apr 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's new running track beside the Okanagan College campus in Coldstream has been given the thumbs up by Canadian Running magazine. “It’s home to one of the province’s, if not one of the nation’s, most picturesque track and field facilities,” says the report...

Painting the town

Apr 16, 2016 / 5:53 am
The City of Vernon has reissued its line painting tender, after complaints the yellow and white lines on many city streets had all but disappeared. Staff point an accusing finger at an organic compound paint that has been used the last three years. Before that, oil-based paint was used for...

Woman in armed robbery

Apr 15, 2016 / 2:51 pm
RCMP in the North Okanagan are looking for a woman in her twenties involved in an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Smith Drive in Armstrong early Friday morning. “At about 3:32 a.m. on the 15th, a lone female entered the 7-Eleven in Armstrong and produced what appeared to be a hand...

VJHF reels them out

Apr 15, 2016 / 1:40 pm
While the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation has spent a lot of money on high tech medical equipment over the years, it has gone a little more high tech itself. A series of 100 online videos have been produced, to promote the foundation and say thanks to donors across the North...

Another local lotto win

Apr 15, 2016 / 11:30 am
The streak of recent lotto winners in the Okanagan continues, with Mara resident Teresa Johnson taking home $500,000 off a ticket she bought in Enderby. “It was quite surreal when I found out,” said Johnson. “I started yelling and almost dropped to my knees!” Johnson...

Road project gets go ahead

Apr 15, 2016 / 11:05 am
Vernon city council has given the go ahead to a major downtown road project that has caused friction with a business now in its busy season. Work on 32nd Avenue between 27th and 29th streets will begin next Monday, following a week of delay as city staff worked on how to accommodate Briteland, a...

Frustration over water

Apr 15, 2016 / 9:00 am
Spallumcheen residents living on a tainted water source packed Hullcar Hall Thursday night to hear from six provincial ministry officials on what was being done to fix the problem. “I got the sense that the ministry representatives had come to tell us what we need rather than ask us what...

Still no word on slide report

Apr 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
There is still no definitive word on when a report on a 2012 slide in Cherryville will be released. Cherryville director Hank Cameron said a freedom of information request was put in, and local officials were told in January the geotechnical and compliance and enforcement reports were almost...

Crash and roll

Apr 14, 2016 / 8:17 pm
A dramatic two-vehicle crash in Vernon's downtown Thursday evening saw a black truck roll across an intersection, coming to a halt on its side on 34th Street. The crash happened at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and 34th Street around 7:40 p.m., according to a witness who saw the...

Vernon senior wins big

Apr 14, 2016 / 4:22 pm
A Vernon senior has come forward as the winner of a $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot on the April 9 draw. Robert Jaeger admitted he got only about two hours sleep the night before claiming his big prize. “Everyone has been so happy and excited for me,” said Jaeger. “I have...

Ed minister wades in

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:54 pm
UPDATE: 3:46 P.M. Education Minister Mike Bernier has issued a short statement over public outrage in the North Okanagan Shuswap school district. Calls for the resignation of the entire school board followed revelations that $10.5 million in operating surpluses had been used to support...

BMW crunches into truck

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm
One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries following a two-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon. The accident happened at around 2:45 p.m. when a black BMW car rear-ended a full-size pick-up truck on 27th Street near the intersection with Highway 6. While there was...

Screams after gunfire

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:17 pm
UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. A man whose home on Pottery Road in Vernon was hit by bullet fire around 1:30 a.m. Thursday said it was a terrifying experience for his whole family. The couple and their three children were inside the home sleeping when the incident occurred. At least three bullets...

'Oh God help us'

Apr 14, 2016 / 10:57 am
One minute Patricia Clark was teaching three students English, the next she was fleeing for her life. Clark is an ESL teacher and was in a home on Valleyview Place in Vernon when flames erupted Wednesday afternoon. Clark heard people yelling and when she opened the backdoor of the large home,...

Smash up in downtown

Apr 14, 2016 / 9:24 am
Two SUVs collided at 32nd Street (Highway 97) and 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon just before 9 a.m. Thursday, sending one man to hospital. The man was seen being taken away by stretcher while fire crews cleaned up liquids leaking from one of the vehicles that was blocking one southbound lane of...

Tainted water making waves

Apr 14, 2016 / 9:00 am
Provincial officials return to Spallumcheen tonight for another meeting on tainted water from the Hullcar aquifer. “The inter-ministry committee comprised of representatives from the ministries of Environment, Health, Agriculture and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations”...

Why did my father die?

Apr 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
Irena Niebuhr's father died in Vernon Jubilee Hospital – and she doesn't think it had to happen. Her father had stage-four cancer, but she claims it was negligence that prematurely ended his life. Her father died in January after he developed an infection and was taken to VJH,...

Home fully engulfed

Apr 13, 2016 / 7:23 pm
UPDATE 7:23 P.M. No one was injured in a massive fire in Vernon that gutted a large single-family home. Flames were seen shooting 10 to 15 metres into the sky as firefighters scrambled to control the blaze on the 4700 block of Valleyview Place. Fire Cpt. Chris Robinson said the cause is...

Control your dogs

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 pm
What was supposed to be a sunny outing on a popular Vernon trail turned into a day of fear and anger for one dog owner. Sharon Schofield was walking her 12-year-old husky, Kramer, when her senior dog was attacked by two off-lead dogs. “Kramer was on a leash being walked on the Grey...

Tributes to Melissa

Apr 13, 2016 / 4:24 pm
Tributes to a Vernon fundraiser and brain cancer victim have been paid on social media following the death of Melissa Gobbett, 33. Gobbett gained attention when she and her friend Lindsay James created the Heroes Shave It Off campaign last year, raising $10,000 for brain cancer research. The...

Pogo car bounces to Vernon

Apr 13, 2016 / 3:31 pm
The driver is looking at a hefty bill, an employee got to go skiing and staff at Edmonton-based Pogo had a good chuckle after one of their vehicles turned up in Vernon. Pogo Car Share is a car-sharing service that gives members 24/7 access to a pool of vehicles located within a defined, central...

Rec Centre's new look

Apr 13, 2016 / 2:39 pm
The front entrance to the Vernon Recreation Centre reopens on April 18, allowing easier access to the main front parking lot. Phase one of the project, which is still underway, includes a new bridge, extensive work on the main entrance and lobby, and installation of a healthy food kiosk. The...

Youngster rescued in pool

Apr 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm
A four-year-old girl was rescued in Vernon's public swimming pool Monday afternoon after having a seizure. A swim instructor saw the youngster was unresponsive and called for assistance. Aquatic staff began first aid treatment and the girl quickly regained consciousness. She was...

Waiting for decision

Apr 13, 2016 / 1:27 pm
The owner of Briteland is waiting for Vernon city council to decide whether or not to go ahead with a big road construction project on 32 Avenue, from 27th to 29th street. A special council meeting is set for Friday morning after council refused to OK the project which was supposed to have...
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