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Train versus truck

Mar 19, 2014 / 7:27 pm

Photo: RCMP The reason as to why a truck crossed through a ditch and ended up on a train track in Sicamous is still being investigated, after a CP train struck the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. On March 18, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Sicamous RCMP were called to a collision...

Stabbing in Salmon Arm

Mar 18, 2014 / 5:27 pm

A 32-year-old Salmon Arm man has been arrested and charged following a stabbing at the Super Self Storage Facility in the Salmon Arm Industrial Park earlier this month. Jeremy Daniel Webster has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his 34-year-old coworker multiple times...

Okanagan cheese recalled

Mar 18, 2014 / 8:46 am

Update -- March 18 More cheese products are being recalled due to a possible Listeria outbreak. Castle Cheese Inc. is recalling Meddo Belle and Okanagan's Choice Cheese brands shredded cheese products that have been sold in BC and Alberta, and may have also been distributed in other...

Truck break-in leaves known man in jail

Mar 17, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Police were able to catch a man still at the crime scene after he allegedly broke into a car early Monday morning. At about 1:40 a.m.the Vernon detachment received a report from a concerned citizen that a car was being broke into in the 3300 block of Centennial Drive. "An unknown male...

Break-in suspects caught red handed

Mar 17, 2014 / 3:10 pm

Two Vernon men, one on parole, were caught red handed shortly after breaking into a vehicle on 28A Street. On March 16, 2014 at about 10:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle in the area. "The person who called police advised that two males with black and white...

Salmon Arm in Hockeyville final four

Mar 16, 2014 / 9:26 am

Salmon arm is the BC last community still in the running to be crowned this year's Kraft Hockeyville. The community has been duking it out with others around the country in hopes of winning $100,000 in arena upgrades and the chance to host an NHL pre-season game next fall. The Shaw...

Indecent exposure in Salmon Arm

Mar 15, 2014 / 10:11 am

Salmon Arm RCMP are warning the public after a woman was flashed on Thursday. The woman told police she was driving behind the local Walmart when a man turned towards her and exposed himself. The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 50 years old, 6 ft tall, with a heavy...

RCMP warn of tax season email scam

Mar 15, 2014 / 9:03 am

​ The Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP are alerting the public about an email scam making the rounds in the region again. How the scam works is simple: The scammers send a message telling you that you are entitled to a larger tax refund and in order to obtain it you just need to provide some...

Meters to accept all Cdn coins

Mar 13, 2014 / 2:04 pm

The City of Vernon has recently replaced City parking meter mechanisms that allow the meters to accept all Canadian quarters, $1 and $2 coins. Prior to that, approximately 200 parking meters were not able to be modified to accept the new $1, and $2 coins minted after 2012. While the meters...

Vernon's mayor lays out the facts

Mar 12, 2014 / 4:01 pm

In a continuing series with mayors around the Okanagan, Castanet reporter Carmen Weld sat down with Vernon mayor Rob Sawatzky to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Vernon. It was just announced on Monday that Predator Ridge will be getting their own fire hall within the next year,...

Vernon fire chief summarizes 2013

Mar 12, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Ellison Park fire Photo: Contributed - Dwayne Pedersen Lumby Flooding Photo: Contributed - Dwayne Pedersen Lumby Flooding 2013 was a very busy year for the Vernon Fire Department Fire Chief Keith Green summarized 2013 to Vernon City Council on Monday. Some...

3 taken to hospital after 3 car crash

Mar 12, 2014 / 11:51 am

Three people were sent to hospital in Vernon after a three-car accident Tuesday morning. It happened just after 8 a.m. at the corner of 33rd Street and 35th Avenue. “There were three vehicles involved, three patients taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital and we had to extricate one patient...

Snow pack level check

Mar 12, 2014 / 11:08 am

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year. Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill reservoirs during spring melt. Snow pack readings taken by GVW Feb 28 at three monitoring stations near...

Vernon millionaires can finally sleep

Mar 11, 2014 / 3:01 pm

Ron and Donna Ritchie haven't had much sleep since learning they were millionaires Saturday. The Vernon couple picked up their million dollar cheque from the BC Lottery Corporation offices in Kamloops Tuesday afternoon. "Maybe we can go to sleep now - it's been just unreal,"...

Speaking with Sawatzky

Mar 11, 2014 / 2:31 pm

Reporter Carmen Weld sits down with Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky, as part of Castanet's series featuring 'Interviews with Mayors from around the Okanagan'.

Councillor wants national dementia plan

Mar 11, 2014 / 10:59 am

Vernon City Councillor Catherine Lord has asked the City to support a motion aimed at getting a national dementia strategy in place. Having been a caregiver of someone with dementia in the past, Lord mentioned the extreme stress placed on caregivers and the lack of any sort of national help or...

Predator Ridge Fire Hall coming soon

Mar 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

The long awaited Predator Ridge Fire Hall is coming together and is set to be built this year. Monday at the Vernon City Council Meeting the land lease was officially signed, allowing the fire department to proceed with building a new fire hall for the Predator Ridge community. “ We are...

Vernon Farmer's Market wins top spot

Mar 11, 2014 / 4:50 am

The winners of the first annual BC Farmers’ Markets Awards were announced Saturday, and top ‘large size’ market in the entire province went to Vernon! At the March 1st, 2014 BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) Conference in Vancouver, farmers, artisans, chefs, and...

Lost snowmobiler was full of life

Mar 10, 2014 / 7:10 pm

This weekend the community of Coldstream lost a father to be, an avid downhill mountain biker, a coach and a friend. Tragedy struck when 34-year-old Adrian John (AJ) Cleary and a group of six went snowmobiling in the Monashee Mountains, about 90 kilometres east of Vernon on Saturday. At about...

Silver Star helps victim's family

Mar 10, 2014 / 4:40 pm

Silver Star Ski Resort Ltd. has opened a trust fund for avalanche victim AJ Cleary’s family. AJ passed away as a result of being caught in an avalanche near Keefer Lake on Saturday March 8. He worked as a part-time employee at the resort last summer and was a downhill mountain biking...

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