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Running track over budget

Mar 2, 2015 / 6:00 pm

Budget cuts are being made to the newest Greater Vernon sports facility in an effort to rein in spiralling costs. The new football/soccer field and running track under construction next to Okanagan College, budgeted for $7.5 million, is nearly $800,000 over budget. Despite extensive soil...

Pop-up gallery in a box

Mar 2, 2015 / 3:01 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed It doesn't look like an art gallery right now, but shipping containers craned into place Monday morning will house a "pop-up gallery" set to open later this month. At the site of the future...

Top cop's last conference

Mar 2, 2015 / 2:33 pm

By Wayne Emde After 35 years as a member of the RCMP, Supt. Reg Burgess said Monday he has no regrets about leaving a career as a banker in Nova Scotia to join the force. “I even took a pay cut,” he said, adding that he was inspired by a roommate who invited him to join some RCMP...

Dangerous driver sought

Mar 2, 2015 / 1:13 pm

Vernon RCMP are searching for a dark-coloured Honda after a dangerous situation unfolded early Monday. About 3:35 a.m., officers noticed a vehicle in downtown Vernon in the area of 29th Street and 30th Avenue that was making suspicious lane changes. They attempted to pull the vehicle over...

Fraud prevention month

Mar 1, 2015 / 11:45 am

March is fraud prevention month and the City of Vernon is urging residents to be on the lookout for the latest scams. Some come in the form of a telephone call or email, while othersbegin with a knock at the door. In the last few weeks, several residents have reported a lottery prize scam that...

Highway 97A reopens

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:03 pm

Update 5:20 p.m.: Highway 97A has been reopened 5 km south of Armstrong, according to DriveBC. According to a Castanet viewer, one person was injured in a collision on highway 97A near Armstrong. The crash happened around 4 p.m. just past Eagle Rock road headed north and involved at...

Flood work at Marshall Field

Feb 26, 2015 / 11:24 am

The City of Vernon is continuing flood-protection work at Marshall Field. The city is starting the next phase of the project this week at the popular soccer fields and recreation area in Okanagan Landing. Work under this phase includes restoration and landscaping of works completed in late...

Streets given clean sweep

Feb 26, 2015 / 9:59 am

Dusty streets in Vernon will be given a clean sweep. The city is starting its spring sweeping and flushing program, with high-volume roads that generate excessive dust being first on the agenda. The remaining residential areas will be completed as soon as road edges are clear of snow, but the...

An 'Udderly Awesome' party

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Get your best cattle puns ready. The 116th edition of the B.C.’s largest agriculture fair has adopted its 2015 theme. It’s no bull the Interior Provincial Exhibition has chosen "Udderly Awesome: Party Till The Cows Come Home” as its theme. The 116th edition of the fair...

Chamber to honour its best

Feb 25, 2015 / 11:06 am

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is counting down to its annual Business Excellence Awards on March 7. Winners will be announced in 11 categories, including the prestigious Business of the Year Award. According to last year’s winner, getting recognized is not only an honour,...

Film pitch for reel cash

Feb 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Film Commission is looking for more funds to keep productions rolling into the region. Film commissioner Jon Summerland is seeking an increase from the Regional District of North Okanagan from $24,000 to $35,000 a year – the same amount the Regional District of Okanagan...

Hit and run suspect nabbed

Feb 24, 2015 / 2:42 pm

Almost three months later, an elusive Vernon man has been arrested for a hit and run in December. On Dec. 3, police allege the 22-year-old Vernon man left the scene of a serious crash at the intersection of Alexis Park Drive and 39th Avenue, between a blue Jeep and white Hyundai car. The man...

Mund spent $8,500 to win

Feb 24, 2015 / 6:17 am

Vernon’s new mayor was outspent by more than two to one in last November’s five-way race for the city's top job. Figures released by Elections BC show Akbal Mund spent just over $8,500 in his winning bid, compared to nearly $20,000 for runner-up Victor Cummings and just shy...

New park closer to reality

Feb 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

One residential lot at a time Vernon is moving toward a large linear lakefront park on Okanagan Lake. The City of Vernon has been buying lakeshore lots on Okanagan Lake as they have come up for sale. The latest acquisition is at 2602 Lakeshore Rd. in Okanagan Landing for $707,500. The...

What's that in the sky?

Feb 23, 2015 / 9:30 pm

No, the aliens are not coming. But a strange cloud in the sky over Vernon had many people looking to the heavens on Monday. James Dennison took this photo of a ring-shaped cloud, looking northeast toward the Silver Star area. Apparently, is what's known as a fallstreak...

Smoking bus quickly doused

Feb 23, 2015 / 7:15 pm

The BX Fire Chief credited quick thinking by Department of Defence personnel after a bus they were on began smoking. Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the bus was coming down Silver Star Road about 3:45 p.m. Monday when both rear brakes caught fire. "They pulled off to the side of the road and...

Point me in the right direction

Feb 23, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Locals and tourists alike will soon know where to go and how to get there in Vernon. Council has approved a new “Wayfinding Strategy” for the city The Tourism and Transportation Advisory Committees indicated that current signage was outdated and ineffective, and recommended the need...

Danger bus

Feb 23, 2015 / 5:45 pm

A Vernon politician is wondering how BC Transit is getting away with people standing on buses on highway routes. “It’s totally strange when we have airbags and seatbelts in our cars and riders are hanging onto a pole standing up going 90 kilometers an hour down the highway”...

City uses up snow budget

Feb 23, 2015 / 2:29 pm

You wouldn't know by looking outside today, but the City of Vernon used up almost 70 per cent of its annual snow and ice control budget last month. The total cost for January alone came to about $415,000 or almost $275,000 more than the three-year average cost for that month. Most of that...

Car crashes, driver takes off

Feb 23, 2015 / 11:59 am

Vernon RCMP responded to a rollover crash on Silver Star Road in the wee hours of Saturday morning, but the driver was nowhere to be found. About 3:40 a.m., found a Toyota Corolla that had struck a power pole and flipped upside down in the ditch. The vehicle was still running when police...

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