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Who do medals belong to?

Nov 9, 2015 / 6:00 pm
When Vernon resident Martin Bokesch bought an antique desk, he got more history than he was expecting. Bokesch's wife, Jeanne, discovered a cache of Second World War medals about 18 years ago inside a box after cleaning out a used desk she purchased in the Montreal-suburb of Kirkland,...

Snow Show a hot ticket

Nov 9, 2015 / 4:48 pm
The latest in motorized winter fun will be on display at the 2015 B.C. Snow Show at Kal Tire Place, Friday and Saturday. “This year is the first time it's a two-day event. This year, it is the only provincial snow show,” said event co-ordinator Jackie Moore. “We have about...

Alexis Park Drive road work

Nov 9, 2015 / 2:49 pm
Drivers who regularly use Alexis Park Drive might want to plan a different route Thursday. City of Vernon crews will be installing water, sanitary and storm utilities services in the 3300 block of Alexis Park Drive Nov. 12 from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane in...

City scores arena money

Nov 9, 2015 / 2:44 pm
Minor hockey in Vernon is putting its money where its mouth is. The Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association board of directors hopes to make a $25,000 contribution toward a second ice sheet at Kal Tire Place. “This contribution is not just for the benefit of Greater Vernon Minor Hockey,...

Ticketed in rollover

Nov 9, 2015 / 12:12 pm
A 28-year-old Kelowna man been slapped with three traffic violation tickets following a two-vehicle crash Saturday at Highway 97 and College Way in Coldstream. RCMP say motorists reported seeing a Honda Civic travelling northbound, speeding and driving erratically. The vehicle struck the...

Do you know these people?

Nov 9, 2015 / 12:07 pm
North Okanagan RCMP are looking to identify two people seen in this photograph. It is believed they are the owners of an iPod, which police suspect was stolen from the Greater Vernon area, says Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, adding there are a “few thousand” pictures of the two on the...

Despicable theft

Nov 9, 2015 / 11:03 am
The alleged perp in a poppy donation theft has been arrested by RCMP officers in Vernon, but it has not stopped thieves from stealing other money destined for war veterans. Matthew Stadel, 29, has been charged with three counts of theft and one of failure to comply with a probation order, said...

Cops and cameras

Nov 9, 2015 / 10:45 am
Public safety and security are top priorities for Vernon heading into 2016, according to Will Pearce, the city's chief administration officer. Council was presented with the proposed 2016 budget on Monday. Pearce said two service improvement programs next year would focus on public...

Refugee meeting planned

Nov 9, 2015 / 9:00 am
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project (ASREP) will be holding it's second community meeting Thursday, Nov. 12 in Armstrong at the Pleasant Valley Secondary School auditorium at 7 p.m. ASREP was formed earlier this with the goal of bringing a Syrian refugee family to the North...

Dig out the Nordic skis

Nov 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
The wait is almost over. On Nov. 12, Nordic skiers can get their long awaited fix when SilverStar Mountain Resort opens up more than 40 kilometres of trails, thanks to recent plentiful snowfall. As of Sunday, Nov. 8, the Star boasted a 33-cm base with more snow forecast over the next 10...

Property crime on the rise

Nov 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan RCMP report a 12.5 per cent jump in crime through the summer months, much of it caused by an increase in property crime. Statistics show a 10.9 per cent hike in property crime from July to September, compared to third quarter numbers in 2014. In a report to Vernon city council,...

Market before council again

Nov 8, 2015 / 7:14 pm
They had the option of moving, but they chose to stay. The home of the Vernon Farmer's Market could be a little unsettled if a Nov. 28 referendum to add a second ice sheet to Kal Tire Place is approved. The $13.5 million second ice sheet will go on the north end of the multiplex which has...

$500,000 winning ticket

Nov 8, 2015 / 9:01 am
While no one in B.C. took home the massive $60 million Lotto Max jackpot, or the $24.5 million Lotto 6-49 jackpot – one Vernon resident may be $500,000 richer. According to the Lotto Max results page, a winning Extra ticket was sold for Friday’s Lotto Max draw in Vernon. That ticket...

Silver lining in theft

Nov 6, 2015 / 7:00 pm
The thief who stole money from poppy sales at a Vernon pet store has yet to be caught, but there is a silver lining to the tale. The manager of Bosley's at the Polson Park Mall reported Friday that people have been coming in to the shop to donate extra cash to the poppy appeal this year,...

Info on new, old arena

Nov 6, 2015 / 3:15 pm
Greater Vernon residents who aren't sure how to vote in the Nov. 28 referendum on a proposed new ice sheet will soon be able to access plenty of facts and figures. Information booths are to be set up in a number of locations so the public can find out why the North Okanagan Regional...

Thumbs up for road plan

Nov 6, 2015 / 1:45 pm
Greater Vernon politicians have reviewed the third and latest plan to solve the traffic problem at Stickle Road and Highway 97. “We all agree that we like what we were presented with,” said Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund, who met with Ministry of Transportation officials Friday. Vernon...

Cops to focus on speed

Nov 6, 2015 / 11:55 am
RCMP traffic officers in the North Okanagan will be focusing on speed this month as conditions begin to deteriorate heading into winter. More police will be out on the roads, particularly in the evening and early morning hours, according to Sgt. Dave Bell of North Okanagan Traffic...

Star set for fat bikes

Nov 6, 2015 / 10:21 am
For those who can't get enough of mountain bike thrills in the summer season, Silver Star Mountain opens to "fat bikes" on Nov. 12. It's the newest addition to Silver Star’s winter sports roster. Cyclists using the wide-tired bikes will be able to use 15 kilometres...

Remembrance inside

Nov 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
About 45 to 50 veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies at Kal Tire Place Wednesday, according to the president of the Vernon Legion. Ron Heuman, a veteran himself, said some vets will march in the parade while others will sit in the...

Light-A-Bulb to launch

Nov 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon residents are being asked to light up the sky in what has become a holiday tradition. The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation's annual Light-A-Bulb campaign launches next week with a goal or raising $200,000 by year's end. Marg Bailey will be heading up the campaign as...

Shelter numbers on the rise

Nov 5, 2015 / 5:00 pm
The harsh days of winter have not even arrived, and already the Gateway shelter has had to break out extra sleeping mats. Kelly Fehr, program director for the John Howard Society (JHS), said the downtown shelter had three men and two women stay in the added space Wednesday. On Tuesday night,...

Call to action over arena

Nov 5, 2015 / 4:00 pm
The Vernon Ringette Association is responding to a “call to action” for a new ice sheet in the city. The association is planning to email a letter to parents urging them to vote “yes” in a Nov. 28 referendum that would allow $13.25 million in local borrowing for a new...

A shot will do you good

Nov 5, 2015 / 3:00 pm
A little pain should give hundreds of people a lot of gain. A free flu clinic was held at the Schubert Centre Thursday and when the doors opened, people were lined up to get a needle in the arm. “We had about 475 people before lunch,” said public health nurse Kim Silva. Through...

Water fees no ripoff

Nov 5, 2015 / 1:43 pm
Vernon councillor Bob Spiers has taken issue with a proposed Greater Vernon water rate structure he said would mean higher bills for people who use less water. He also said a meter system replacement program would add to customers' bills. Staff at the North Okanagan Regional District have...

White stuff debuts in N. OK

Nov 5, 2015 / 11:11 am
It was looking a lot like winter in parts of the North Okanagan Thursday. Light snowfall was reported in the Vernon, Lumby and Cherryville areas. While the white stuff did not amount to much and it quickly melted away, it is a sure sign winter is well on the way. Skiers will rejoice as...

Airborne deer crashes rig

Nov 5, 2015 / 10:00 am
A Vernon man had a close encounter with a deer that sent a big rig in the ditch in Washington State. According to the the Tonasket Gazette-Tribune, Vernon resident Richard L. Sanche, 50, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic northbound on Highway 97, about two miles south of Tonasket, when it struck a...

Flags fly for fallen

Nov 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
For those wondering why dozens of Canadian flags have been flying along the fence at the Vernon military camp this past month, they represent 128,000 Canadian soldiers missing or killed in action, from the Boer war in South Africa to the more recent conflict in Afghanistan. There are 128 flags...

A ducky donation

Nov 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
A land donation is giving Ducks Unlimited Canada something to quack about. A long-standing Okanagan family has donated two parcels of marshland to the organization, ensuring their wetland values will be maintained for wildlife in perpetuity. The Young and Lloyd families settled in Oyama in...

Serious crash on 97

Nov 4, 2015 / 8:01 pm
A significant car accident occurred Wednesday evening near Oyama. The accident happened at about 6:45 p.m. near Highway 97 and Crystal Waters Road. Initial reports indicated the Jaws of Life were required to remove someone from a vehicle. A person at the scene said there were "lots...

Arena website launched

Nov 4, 2015 / 7:20 pm
Everything you ever wanted to know about the upcoming arena referendum can be found on a new website. On Nov. 28, Greater Vernon voters (Vernon, Coldstream and Electoral Areas B and C) will be asked to approve borrowing $13.25 million dollars to construct a second ice sheet on the north side of...

HandyDART too pricey

Nov 4, 2015 / 4:28 pm
It's a difficult problem with no easy solution, but Lumby officials are working on it. Some Lumby residents want the HandyDART service extended to the community 25 minutes from Vernon on Highway 6, but it's not that simple. “We've looked at it three or four times since...

Hospital hill fender bender

Nov 4, 2015 / 3:16 pm
A fender bender at the top of hospital hill in Vernon has closed one lane of southbound traffic along Highway 97 south. The driver of a semi trailer rear ended a grey car in front of Jimmy's Pizza, by a stop light, around 3:45 p.m. Emergency personnel were called to the scene, but no one...

Shoebox full of love

Nov 4, 2015 / 2:44 pm
To more affluent eyes, it is not much of a present: pencils, paper, an eraser, a sewing kit, hygiene items and perhaps a small toy or two. But to some of the poorest children in the world, it is a treasure trove of wonders – and possibly the only present they will receive in their...

Smash up leads to arrest

Nov 4, 2015 / 12:31 pm
UPDATE: 3:42 p.m. RCMP say a 30-year-old Vernon woman is expected to appear in court Thursday charged with a single count of mischief, in connection with the window smashing incident at the Ministry of Children and Family Development offices. Vernon RCMP have taken a woman into custody...

Enderby looking at main st.

Nov 4, 2015 / 11:11 am
One project is complete, so it is on the next in Enderby. Enderby Mayor Greg McCune said the North Okanagan community has committed to doing one major project a year. The municipality recently completed upgrades on Old Vernon Road, so officials are now looking for the next...

U.S. ski coach pleads guilty

Nov 4, 2015 / 10:17 am
A U.S. coach caught videotaping teenaged girls he had taken on a ski trip to Silver Star Mountain resort in 2013, has pleaded guilty to related charges in U.S. District Court. Jason Paur will be sentenced Feb. 2 in Seattle. Paur had been working as a cross-country ski coach at a private...

Ag plan for North Okanagan

Nov 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan Regional District board members will be asked to endorse a regional agriculture plan at their meeting Wednesday. The draft plan has been making the rounds since the spring when it was referred to member municipalities, First Nations, agricultural producer groups, the British...

Grooming for winter

Nov 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
Christmas came early to Silver Star Mountain Resort with the arrival of a very large present. The Star welcomed a new regular groomer Monday and another specialty groomer was expected to arrive Tuesday. Brad Baker, operations director for Silver Star, said the two groomers cost more than...

Cash for Shuswap schools

Nov 3, 2015 / 8:30 pm
Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo will be handing out provincial cash in Salmon Arm and Armstrong next week. Kyllo will be making two capital project announcements for local schools, according to School District 83. Parliamentary secretary for the B.C. Jobs Plan, Kyllo will announce $505,000 for a new...

Arnold considers leaders

Nov 3, 2015 / 5:10 pm
Mel Arnold has been approached “by all of the hopefuls” for interim leader of the opposition Conservative Party. The North Okanagan Shuswap MP is in Ottawa and will be attending his first Tory caucus meeting Thursday when an interim leader, to replace Stephen Harper, will be...
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