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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...

Drunk driver tries to escape in cab

Mar 10, 2014 / 10:28 am

Salmon Arm RCMP came across a crashed vehicle early Sunday morning in a ditch near the Salmon River Bridge. The officer saw a taxi cab departing the scene as he arrived at 3:15 a.m. and traced a single set of footprints from the collision site to the spot where the taxi had departed. They...

Rescued snowmobiler dies in hospital

Mar 9, 2014 / 12:41 pm

Despite a heroic and miraculous recovery of a snowmobiler buried 15-feet in an avalanche on Saturday, RCMP confirm the Vernon man has succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Castanet has learned that it was 34-year-old AJ Cleary who died Sunday after being rescued Saturday, spending nearly...

One rescued from avalanche

Mar 8, 2014 / 8:00 pm

8 p.m. update: On March 8, at about 3 p.m. the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP detachment out of Lumby responded to a report of a snowmobiler caught in an avalanche near the Keefer Lake Resort. Vernon Search & Rescue were deployed to the scene. The emergency services at resort assisted in...

Someone is a 'Maxmillionaire' in Vernon

Mar 8, 2014 / 3:41 pm

We don't know who just yet, but some lucky duck purchased a million dollar ticket in Vernon recently. According to the BC Lottery Corporation website there were eight 'Maxmillionaire' winning tickets sold in the country and one of those winners was sold right here in the Okanagan....

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