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A life-changing accident

Jul 6, 2016 / 1:45 pm
What was supposed to be a relaxing getaway has turned into a nightmare for a Vernon family. Mike and Tanya Gauthier were camping near Lumby on the Canada Day long weekend when tragedy struck. According to a Go Fund Me page, Mike went for an ATV ride with a friend while Tanya stayed back at...

21st century library

Jul 6, 2016 / 1:43 pm
The Okanagan Regional Library in Vernon has kept up with the modern age without losing its bookish appeal, according to Mark Christensen, new head librarian. “A modern library has a lot of the same elements that they have always had so there are books, a beautiful space, a place where...

Elders want land protected

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
Elders from the Splatsin First Nation near Enderby will be putting pressure on the chief and band council to reclaim an ancestral burial ground. The band will be going to referendum July 16 to decide if they will accept a $300,000 offer in exchange for land that the band claims was illegally...

Hundreds wait for housing

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
The price of renting a room in a boarding house in Vernon is now “just as expensive” as the Lower Mainland, said Barb Levesque, executive director of the John Howard Society for the North Okanagan-Kootenay. “We have just been notified by the rooming houses." “In...

Caetani unveils studio

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
After three months of construction, the Caetani Cultural Centre is unveiling its new port studio, a multi-purpose facility located on the grounds of the well-known house. The studio will be used to host workshops, presentations by artists and writers, exhibits, music and other cultural...

Ghastly goings on

Jul 5, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Residents will not have to travel far to get their fill of haunted houses, monsters, gruesome murders, paranormal anomalies and macabre historical oddities. Once again, Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd will lead people through downtown Vernon with stories of ghastly goings on during the...

Chamber adds director

Jul 5, 2016 / 4:42 pm
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has a new director on its board. Ben Robinson, a business banking advisor with Valley First Credit Union, will take on the new role immediately. Robinson’s financial background will be an asset to the board as the chamber grows and develops new...
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Kal Beach splash mob

Jul 5, 2016 / 3:43 pm
A North Okanagan group has a new take on the flash mob. Local residents have plans for a 'splash' mob on Kalamalka Lake in an effort to bring attention to their concern over the possible invasion of quagga and zebra mussels. A gigantic human circle, made up of boats and other...

Horse helpers need help

Jul 5, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Their mission is to help animals, but now Outback Jacks Horse Rescue needs some help. For almost 13 years, Gena Sandli and Dale Christie have been operating the rescue centre in Falkland, but the contract for the ranch they have been operating on wasn’t renewed. “We had a property...

Castanet has the spirit

Jul 5, 2016 / 2:31 pm
We've got spirit. Castanet Vernon was one of two businesses to receive the Downtown Vernon Association Spirit Award. The other winning business was Good Gracious & Practical Kitchen. The DVA held its first member social at Marten Brewpub where the awards were presented. Approximately...

Highway clear after rollover

Jul 5, 2016 / 7:35 am
Vernon RCMP say the northbound lanes of Highway 97 are clear following a rollover that partially blocked traffic earlier Tuesday morning. The single vehicle crash occurred around 5 a.m. when a van "flipped and blocked traffic" in slick conditions while heading north on the highway,...

Trashy looking lake

Jul 4, 2016 / 5:15 pm
Debris in Kalamalka Lake following fireworks from the Canada Day festivities has shocked local residents. “Our beach was covered (with debris),” said Louise Christie, who lives near the public Kal beach. “There was paper and cardboard and plastic.” “It was a huge...

Not happy campers

Jul 4, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Some North Okanagan residents are not happy campers. What was once a weekend getaway into the woods of B.C. has turned into big business for some and a lesson in frustration for others. Reports of companies snapping up as many provincial campground reservation spots as possible and then...

What's a kindness meter?

Jul 4, 2016 / 2:59 pm
They were installed in Vernon's downtown core last week, but many shoppers don't have a clue what they are for. City workers have installed five orange kindness meters in areas that are considered hot spots for panhandling. There is hope people will plug the meters rather than give...

On the money trail

Jul 4, 2016 / 2:50 pm
The Rail Trail mystery donor has upped the ante. Last month, an unknown supporter of the trail that will run from Coldstream to Kelowna pledged they would match funds donated to the trail up to $50,000. Now, the generous donor will match contributions up to $100,000. “When I got the...

Sponsors sought for show

Jul 4, 2016 / 11:19 am
The third annual Okanagan Military Tattoo is looking for people and businesses to sponsor disadvantaged or disabled youth, seniors or veterans to ensure it's as inclusive as possible. The Tattoo is being held July 23-24 at Kal Tire Place, with more than 400 performers in two performances. ...

Rollover investigated

Jul 4, 2016 / 10:59 am
Vernon RCMP are investigating an accident on Silver Star Road. Emergency crews were called to the rollover at around 2 a.m., but Vernon Fire Rescue Dept. Cpt. Jack Blair said whoever was in the car had left before crews arrived. Blair said there was “considerable damage” to the...

Crews douse abandoned fire

Jul 4, 2016 / 9:58 am
The potential was there, but fortunately disaster was averted when a campfire was abandoned near Lumby. Lumby fire Chief Tony Clayton said crews ventured onto Saddle Mountain Sunday evening to put out the large campfire. “It was visible from Lumby,” Clayton said of the campfire...

Funtastic was fantastic

Jul 3, 2016 / 6:59 pm
Another Funtastic music festival and slo-pitch tournament is in the books. The 32nd annual event wrapped up Sunday afternoon. Tony Pallas, Funtastic executive director, said things went off without a hitch. “Everything went absolutely amazing,” said Pallas Sunday as the last...

Dramatic arrest in Vernon

Jul 3, 2016 / 6:16 pm
Vernon RCMP took down a suspected car thief in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon on Okanagan Landing Road near Lakeshore Road. Const. KP Sidhu said police received a call of a stolen black SUV at around 1 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., police located the SUV and arrested the male driver. Sidhu said...

Predator Ridge rodeo

Jul 3, 2016 / 1:00 pm
--By Gary Moore Predator Ridge's first rodeo, celebrating the Vernon golf course's 25th anniversary, took place on Saturday. Hundreds packed the grounds at Lone Pine Ranch to take in the ground-breaking rodeo and other western-style activities. "There are so many activities...

Falling for the fun of it

Jul 3, 2016 / 12:03 pm
Skydivers were soaring to new heights in the North Okanagan this weekend during the Great Canadian Free Fall Festival. Vanessa Chalmers, whose husband Brett owns Dropzone based out of the Vernon airport, said the event has attracted more than 100 skydivers from around the world including New...

When you just know

Jul 3, 2016 / 7:43 am
-- Story contributed by Cindy Rhyason. Justin Haapala had no doubt in his mind he was making the best decision. “When you know, you know,” he uttered after asking Stephanie Purchase to marry him on the big stage at Funtastic, Saturday night. And without hesitation, Stephanie...

2 vehicle crunch

Jul 1, 2016 / 8:53 pm
A two vehicle accident has been reported at the corner of 30th Avenue and 34th Street just after 8 p.m. Friday. Pictures sent in by an eye witness show front end damage to a Vernon Taxi car and to the right side of a silver four-door car. It is not known if there were any injuries. The...

Funtastic plays on

Jul 1, 2016 / 6:48 pm
A little bit of rain has never stopped Funtastic. The legendary slo-pitch tournament was into its second day on Canada Day and games continued throughout the day despite some afternoon rain. The temperature is expected climb tomorrow to 30 C. An estimated 5,000 people are said to be...

Truck brake failure

Jul 1, 2016 / 3:54 pm
A truck went over an embankment at Bellevue Drive and Okanagan Avenue in Vernon on Friday, according to a witness. The woman who was driving in the area at the time said it appeared that the vehicle's brakes failed. The RCMP, BC Ambulance and a fire truck responded to the scene, the woman...

FMX rocks Canada Day

Jul 1, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Reagan Sieg in FMX display. Photo: Kate Bouey Steven Plant and Heatly Jeffers concentrate on golf. Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Ashley and Evan Hopkins are all ears. Photo: Kate Bouey Sadok Ukranian Dancers flying high in Polson Park. A...

Triple grass fires in Lumby

Jun 30, 2016 / 4:29 pm
The Lumby fire department was called to a trio of grass fires Thursday afternoon. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said the three fires were all within a 30-foot stretch along the side of Whitevale Road. “The biggest was three-metres-by-three-metres,” said Clayton, adding the fires were...

Odd accident hospitalizes 1

Jun 30, 2016 / 4:09 pm
A chain-reaction accident sent one man to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries Thursday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of Kal Lake Road at around 3:15 p.m. after a westbound BMW SUV went off the road and over a small embankment before striking a parked...

Funtastic: a hot tourney

Jun 30, 2016 / 3:58 pm
The weather will be hot all weekend for Vernon's biggest event of the year. The Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music fest starts Thursday, with the first crack at bat beginning at 5:15 p.m. “It is going to be hot,” said Diana Williamson, president of the Funtastic Sports...

They're 'kind' of orange

Jun 30, 2016 / 2:29 pm
Orange kindness meters have been installed in downtown Vernon, part of a plan to rein in panhandling. “I'm so excited,” said a business owner on 30th Avenue who did not want to be identified. She said some of her customers were made uncomfortable by panhandlers sitting on a...

OKIB, city working together

Jun 30, 2016 / 11:47 am
The Okanagan Indian Band and the City of Vernon are working toward a pair of agreements that will make the North Okanagan safer. But one issue remains unresolved. OKIB council members and chief met with City of Vernon councillors and the mayor recently to discuss issues of mutual benefit. Two...

Wave of cadets for Vernon

Jun 30, 2016 / 10:58 am
There will be more boots on the ground at Vernon Cadet Training Centre (VCTC) this summer than there have been for many years. A total of 1,770 cadets will be training throughout the summer. At any one time, almost 1,000 cadets could be on site. “This is a 20-25 per cent increase in the...

RCMP to patrol lakes

Jun 30, 2016 / 7:33 am
Another boating season in the Okanagan is underway and the RCMP will be out patrolling the lakes. “We will be checking boats to make sure they have the required safety equipment on board,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson. Police remind power boat...

Get set for Canada Day

Jun 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
City of Vernon staff have been putting up the big maple leaf flags and tidying the gardens in Polson Park ahead of Canada Day celebrations on Friday. “It's going to be a great show,” said David Frost, president of the North Okanagan Canada Day Society. “There's lots of...

Cliff Avenue to open

Jun 29, 2016 / 4:46 pm
Enderby's main street is about to open to traffic, just in time for the Canada Day parade. “We're excited, business is excited,” said Tate Bengston, the city's chief administrative officer, after a stress test on Cliff Avenue's new concrete intersection came back...

And, action!

Jun 29, 2016 / 4:15 pm
A TV-movie production company has found a studio in Vernon and will be shooting a project in the building starting in mid-July. “This is a huge deal for us,” said Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner. The prairie-based movie company will be using the former Far West...

Blasted over water

Jun 29, 2016 / 2:55 pm
UPDATE: 2:50 p.m. A Spallumcheen group committed to safe drinking water in the Hullcar Valley hopes documentation, that the environment ministry has been ordered to release, will show how much effluent is being sprayed on farmers' fields, one in particular. “The soil test results...

A safe place to work

Jun 29, 2016 / 12:00 pm
The City of Vernon is a safe place to work – again. The city has been awarded a certificate of recognition (COR) and $61,052.80 in incentives following a successful 2015 audit by the BC Municipal Safety Association and WorkSafe BC. This is the fifth year in a row the City has received...

Booze, drugs in fatal crash

Jun 29, 2016 / 10:23 am
A combination of drugs, alcohol and speed proved fatal for two Kelowna women last year. Chantal Diane Bazin, 22, and Kayla Elizabeth Cartwright, 26, died when the car they were in collided with another vehicle on the Highway 97 overpass north of Vernon on July 11, 2015. In a report, B.C....
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