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Community garage sale

Mar 31, 2015 / 10:00 am

If you’re surrounded by clutter and unwanted items, but are unable to hold a traditional garage sale there might be a solution in store. The City of Vernon and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging the community to reduce, reuse and recycle by hosting the '2015...

Drugs, beatings and crashes

Mar 30, 2015 / 12:48 pm

Lumby RCMP responded to a call about an "unsecured" residence on Grandview Avenue, Friday. When police attended, it was discovered it was in fact a “grow rip.” The tenant had a legal licence to grow marijuana, and that was the sole purpose the home was broken...

Local MasterChef in top 10

Mar 30, 2015 / 10:28 am

Vernon's Jennifer Innis is still in the hunt for the title of MasterChef Canada, after making the final 10 in Sunday night's episode. A tough elimination challenge featuring “odd couple” ingredients pushed sent contestant Kristen Dwyer of Newfoundland home. Next week's...

Water source switched

Mar 28, 2015 / 11:54 am

Spring run-off is forcing the closure of the Kalamalka Lake water source in the Greater Vernon Water district. The source was turned off on Saturday at 11 a.m. due to turbidity that can reduce the Ultra Violet Disinfection effectiveness at the Mission Hill Treatment Plant. The Mission Hill...

All Saints rectory razed

Mar 27, 2015 / 5:08 pm

The corner of 27th Street and 32nd Avenue in Vernon had a new look by Friday that passersby couldn’t help but notice. The former Anglican Church rectory, dating back to its construction as the personal residence of William Cochrane, was demolished. All Saints Anglican Church bought the...

Castle hotel opens doors

Mar 27, 2015 / 3:56 pm

An oft-delayed resort hotel project near Vernon has finally opened its doors. The Castle at Swan Lake by Pomeroy opened its doors last week in a soft opening. It sent out official opening media information on Friday. General manager Jacqueline Brooks, one of three ownership partners, said the...

No Gakhal vigil this year

Mar 27, 2015 / 11:33 am

It's been almost 19 years since the Gakhal and Saran family murders rocked Vernon. And, this year, the family would prefer to mark the anniversary on its own. On April 5, 1996, nine members of the two families were slain in one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history. In years...

Actor, good citizen passes

Mar 25, 2015 / 7:30 pm

The co-founder of Armstrong’s Asparagus Theatre Company and that city's 2014 Good Citizen of the year has died at age 73. Wayne Ashton and his wife, Janet, moved to the area in 1973 and operated the Good Time Beauty Salon in Armstrong for more than 25 years. It became a hub for locals...

MasterChef serves up win

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:35 pm

Jennifer Innis is not letting the past, or anyone else, hold her back. The MasterChef Canada contestant, who has been underestimated since the get-go, had a bird’s eye view of her competitors from the balcony, Sunday, after her group won the team challenge. Despite being being picked...

Loose cargo injures 2

Mar 24, 2015 / 3:08 pm

Police are looking to speak to the driver of a truck after two pedestrians in Lake Country were injured earlier this month. A large piece of plywood flew from the box of a newer black Ford truck on March 14, striking both pedestrians and causing several injuries, according to police. They say...

Boarder's death accidental

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:35 am

The provincial coroner has ruled the death of a 17-year old Vernon boy as accidental. Christopher Mathew Mitchell was hit by a minivan at 11 p.m. July 13 last summer at 39th Street and Okanagan Avenue, after he apparently failed to stop at a stop sign. Police say the driver didn’t see...

Downtown market on hold

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:16 am

Vernon’s downtown market is on hold for the moment, while city council seeks a survey of businesses that front the four-block stretch of 30th Avenue, from 30th to 34th streets. “I know three or four businesses that have suffered as a result of the market,” said Coun. Catherine...

Vernonites soaked for water

Mar 24, 2015 / 11:13 am

A citizen’s group says Vernon residents are getting hosed when it comes to water rates. Citizens for Changes to the Master Water Plan told city council Monday that Vernon water users pay $900 a year for an average 350 cubic metres usage versus $292 in Kelowna and $422 in...

Watch for bike lane traffic

Mar 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

With the warm spring weather upon us everyone is asked to safely share the road. City of Vernon Manager of Protective Services Clint Kanester is reminding Vernon cyclists and drivers of the rules of the road to protect the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. “It’s...

Marching to his own drum

Mar 20, 2015 / 12:03 pm

Galen March will lead the best cadet musicians in B.C. tonight. The army cadet warrant officer, from Enderby, will be drum major for the Pipes and Drums concert, 7: 30 p.m. at Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre. The free concert features the top 45 cadet musicians in the province and is...

Coroner report on fatal crash

Mar 19, 2015 / 4:26 pm

A coroner's report has listed as accidental the deaths of three people involved in a head-on collision on Highway 97 south of Vernon nearly two years ago. Allan Arthur Allport, 70, and his wife Fay Dorothy Allport, 67, both from Salmon Arm, were killed when their Volvo was slammed head-on by...

$5M for wildfire mitigation

Mar 19, 2015 / 4:15 pm

With the potential of a very active fire season ahead the province will put $5 million dollars to continue its support of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative program, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson made the announcement Thursday in Vernon. The...

Thinking inside the box

Mar 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Kevin Rothwell Photo: Kevin Rothwell Photo: Kevin Rothwell A new structure near Vernon’s downtown bus loop is attracting a lot of attention – and that suits the Vernon Public Art Gallery just fine. The Okanagan Print Triennial exhibition opens to the public Friday and...

Ex-cop's porn trial moved

Mar 19, 2015 / 12:06 pm

A former Vernon Mountie facing child pornography charges, will have his trial in court this summer. The trial of Ryan Hampton, 37, was expected to begin this month in Vernon, but it has now been put over to July 13 in Kelowna. Hampton faces one count of possession of child pornography, one...

Watch out for Speed Watch

Mar 19, 2015 / 10:06 am

Speeders beware. The Speed Watch program returns to Vernon school zones on April 1. The program is co-ordinated by the Vernon Safe Communities Unit and is operated by RCMP volunteers. “The purpose ... is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” said Regan Borisenko, crime...

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