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Help needed in big move

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:38 pm
Vernon's Canadian Tire is going to need some help moving into the largest store in the B.C. Interior. Plans are well underway to move into the former Target space at Village Green Centre. General manager Mark Corson says about 50 people will be hired to help with the big move. “We...

Lumby woman still missing

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:52 am
There is still no sign of a missing Lumby woman. Rebecka Hill, 24, was reported missing Jan. 22. “Inquiries have been made at all locations where Rebecka has been known to frequent, and to date, she has not been located,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Vernon...

Police look for stolen truck

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:32 am
Vernon RCMP are on the lookout for a stolen truck. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said between Jan. 22 and 23 a brown 2001 GMC Sierra was stolen from the 5600 block of Heritage Drive. The truck has a cracked grill and red decals on the side. Also stolen from the residence was a Porter Cable air...

Caught on camera

Jan 25, 2016 / 11:10 am
Technology proved to be the downfall of an alleged thief who broke into the ICBC compound in Vernon. Security personnel in Vancouver saw a man enter the Vernon compound via online surveillance video and called police. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police arrested Cary Polanski, 46, as he was...

Too many homeless

Jan 25, 2016 / 10:56 am
Vernon's Gateway shelter has had to turn away more people from its doors this winter than ever before due to beds being full, states a report to city council. “We're hearing from Gateway that there have been more turn-aways than in previous years,” Annette Sharkey, executive...

Paint your windows

Jan 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Winter Carnival organizers are urging businesses to paint their windows ahead of the city's big seasonal event. The contest "is a great way to get involved and bring the spirit of the Carnival to your work place," organizers said in a release. "Paint your windows,...

Chamber nominations

Jan 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
It is going to be tough to pick the winners for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Business Excellence Awards. Over 200 nominations for the various awards were received, with a number of businesses and organizations being recognized in several different categories, the Chamber...


Shuswap, Valley grants

Jan 23, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Three social service organizations in Salmon Arm and one each in Armstrong, Sicamous and Scotch Creek have received a combined $100,550 in community gaming grants. They are: Fletcher Park Seniors Resource Centre Society (Salmon Arm): $29,000 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #445...

Snowmobilers rescued

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:24 am
The winch rescue helicopter team from Vernon Search and Rescue was able to extract two cold snowmobilers from a deep gully in the Shuswap Saturday morning. The chopper team was requested by Shuswap Search and Rescue after the two men were finally located Friday evening after an all-day search...

Vernon shop in A&W ad

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:00 am
A&W's most famous clerk was selling burgers in Vernon Saturday. Allen Lulu was starring in yet another national commercial being shot at the A&W at the Fruit Union Plaza. “There are TV cameras, sound guys, trucks, lights, a director,” said Jonathan McMurray, owner of...

Kin counterproposal?

Jan 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
There may be no action at Kin Race Track but there seems to be some movement in negotiations over the site. “We have a response going back to the City of Vernon,” confirmed Ed Woolley, spokesperson for the Okanagan Equestrian Society, following a board meeting this week. Woolley...

Viper boss in Carnival jail

Jan 22, 2016 / 9:53 pm
Todd Miller, executive vice-president of the Vernon Vipers, found himself back on the ice on Friday evening as part of a Vernon Winter Carnival promotion. Arrested by the Carnival Cops, Miller and Viper mascot Sniper were paraded around the ice during the first intermission of the Vipers game...

Trying to save school

Jan 22, 2016 / 10:52 am
Parents are full of suggestions on how to save Grindrod Elementary. It's one of a number of schools in the North Okanagan proposed for closure in an effort to cut millions from School District 83's budget during the next three years. “There is zero support for closing...

Just couldn't stop

Jan 22, 2016 / 7:45 am
A suspect in a stolen vehicle just didn't know when to stop this week. An RCMP officer on patrol on Old Kamloops Road Wednesday (Jan. 20) at approximately 8 p.m., observed a Toyota Tundra that had been reported stolen the previous evening from the Coldstream area. A number of police cars...

Missing Lumby woman

Jan 22, 2016 / 7:32 am
Lumby RCMP say they are concerned by the disappearance of a woman reported missing on Jan. 20th. Rebecka Hill, 24, is described as: Caucasian approximately five-foot-five-inches or 165 cm 110 lb (50 kg) hazel eyes shoulder length brown hair Police say the woman was last...

Petition seeks to ban boats

Jan 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Russ Collins wants to keep Sugar Lake clean and pristine. The Lumby resident has started an online petition asking the North Okanagan Regional District to ban motorized boats from the lake near Cherryville. “Sugar Lake, a pristine mountain lake in the Monashees of British Columbia,...

Refugee sponsorship 101

Jan 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Organizers are calling it 'refugee sponsorship 101.' People and groups planning or hoping to sponsor refugee families in the North Okanagan are being urged to take an upcoming workshop to learn more about what is involved in the process. "It is a somewhat complicated...

Crash leaves one dead

Jan 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm
UPDATE: 9:52 p.m. Vernon RCMP say a 24-year-old man from the Greater Vernon area succumbed to his injuries following a single vehicle crash on 32nd Street (Highway 97), just south of 48th Avenue on Wednesday night. A white 1999 Ford F-150 travelling northbound on 32nd Street went off the road...

Hungry thief pleads guilty

Jan 21, 2016 / 7:55 pm
A Vernon man who broke into a residence on 30 Avenue and helped himself to food and drink last Nov. 16 has been given a short stay in jail and ordered to pay back his victim. Joshua Gerald Gunnlaugson, 34, pleaded guilty to break and enter with intent and possession of stolen property during a...

Death ruled accidental

Jan 21, 2016 / 2:26 pm
The death of cyclist hit by a truck in Vernon last year has been ruled accidental by the coroner. Jennifer Wadsworth, 37, was struck by an eastbound truck July 2, 2015 while attempting to ride a bicycle across 25th Avenue at the intersection of 35th Street. Wadsworth was taken to Vernon...

New curator at O'Keefe

Jan 21, 2016 / 1:34 pm
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Carla-Jean Stokes who has been hired as the curator for Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Stokes graduated from Charles Bloom Secondary School in Lumby in 2005, before attending Wilfred Laurier University where she completed a Master's degree in...

Westside Road police drama

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:09 am
A man is in police custody in Vernon after being busted for driving a stolen vehicle. The drama unfolded Wednesday on Westside Road at around 9:30 p.m. Police are releasing few details on the incident, other than to say an unidentified man was arrested, but social media was abuzz over what...

Vernon population spike

Jan 21, 2016 / 10:07 am
Vernon is one of the fastest growing communities in B.C., according to newly released provincial statistics. Vernon’s growth was estimated at 3.4 per cent, making it the fifth fastest growing community among cities with a population of 25,000 or greater. A senior staff member at the...

NORD buys park land

Jan 21, 2016 / 9:34 am
The North Okanagan Regional District has completed the purchase of 13.43 acres of property at the north end of Crane Road on Swan Lake. “The acquisition of this property will potentially allow us to connect Crane Road with Lochdale Road through the development of a passive recreation...

Lumby skiers OK

Jan 21, 2016 / 8:05 am
Two men from Lumby skied out of mountainous backcountry northeast of Mabel Lake early Thursday morning, just before a search for them was getting underway for a second day. “It's a huge, huge relief,” said Trevor Honigman of Vernon Search and Rescue. “It's a vast area...

Spill still under investigation

Jan 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
There is still no word when, or if, charges will be laid in relation to a massive gas spill last year in Coldstream. It was on Nov. 25 when emergency crews responded to a report of a fuel spill at the Centex gas station, next to Coldstream Elementary School. The spill resulted in the school...

Search for Lumby skiers

Jan 20, 2016 / 7:40 pm
A search resumes Thursday morning for two skiers from the Lumby area who have gone missing in the back country northeast of Mabel Lake. A helicopter winch rescue team and a ground crew spent hours trying to locate the two men Wednesday but darkness forced a halt to the search, said Trevor...

Schools face tough issue

Jan 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Concerned parents and community members will have one final chance to add their input on the future of School District 83. The district, which includes schools in Armstrong, Enderby and Salmon Arm, is under financial strain after government cuts is forcing the district to shave more than $3...

Sentenced to time served

Jan 20, 2016 / 3:40 pm
Kody Perreault will likely not spend any more time in jail, after pleading guilty to assault and assault with a weapon (a vehicle). The 22 year old received three months for the assault and 60 days for assault with a weapon. However, Justice Mark Takahashi gave Perreault credit for time served,...

United Way short of goal

Jan 20, 2016 / 11:31 am
Officials with the United Way in the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap face some hard decisions if they don't reach their fundraising goal. The agency is currently at 89 per cent of its goal, and donations can be made until Jan. 31 to receive a tax receipt for 2015. “We are currently...

Gas prices finally drop

Jan 20, 2016 / 10:25 am
It would appear that Vernon is finally seeing a drop in the price of gas, with the cost of a litre of petrol dipping below the $1 mark this week. Residents have taken to social media over the past few days to express their frustration of the seemingly lack of a price drop – despite a...

Whooping cough returns

Jan 20, 2016 / 6:15 am
A handful of whooping cough cases in Vernon is no cause for alarm, according to a senior Interior Health official. There have been five cases in total in Vernon schools during the past few weeks, said Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi, IH medical health officer, who added that there have been no cases in...

Homeless move 'Kin'

Jan 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kin Race Track is home, sweet home to a handful of homeless people. While negotiations have been going on between the City of Vernon and the Okanagan Equestrian Society over the site, some of the city's down and outs have moved into the dilapidated horse stables in order to keep...

Vernon gaming grants

Jan 19, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Three social service organizations in Vernon have received a combined $150,000 in community gaming grants from the B.C. government. They include: North Okanagan Childcare and Montessori Preschool Society: $100,000 John Howard Society of the North Okanagan/Kootenay: $25,000 Independent...

A bit of a break

Jan 19, 2016 / 11:56 am
Vernon city council has found a way to give a little bit of money back to taxpayers. During 2016 budget deliberations, council voted to return $232,734.64 of a regional district hospital levy to current city taxpayers, due to a planned reduction in that levy. City staff are not sure what it...

Economic path charted

Jan 19, 2016 / 11:24 am
Lumby council has adopted an economic development strategy it hopes will pave the way for the village's economic future. Recommendations stem from a December public workshop. “We're going from a logging and forestry-based town only and trying to find a new path that everyone is...

Parents urged to engage

Jan 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
Parents in Enderby and Salmon Arm are being urged to attend town hall meetings this week on the future of the school system within District 83. Millions must be slashed off the district's budgets over the next three years and proposals are on the table to restructure or close a number of...

Donations help dogs

Jan 18, 2016 / 4:05 pm
Vernon's SPCA reports $700 in donations were made to help out two dogs in need of medical care after the closure of an animal rescue organization late last year. Dash, an energetic, one-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd cross, was suffering from a bad flea infestation, flea dermatitis and...

Robber demands ciggies

Jan 18, 2016 / 12:17 pm
Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at a Mac's convenience store in which the masked robbers demanded cash and cigarettes. Police say the incident occurred Saturday, Jan. 16, shortly before 7pm, in the store at the local Shell gas bar at 2800 10th Avenue NE. One suspect...

OKIB on DND role

Jan 18, 2016 / 10:00 am
The Okanagan Indian Band has released a statement following Department of Defence comments on DND's obligations to clean up training areas on band lands around Vernon, that are still covered with unexploded ordinance (UXO) from the Second World War. According to the OKIB, the DND has stated...
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