Hockeyville not just a game

Oct 2, 2016 / 8:58 pm
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Crews knock down fire

Oct 2, 2016 / 9:45 am
The Vernon fire department is investigating after putting out a blaze Sunday morning. Fire crews were called to the scene at 2306 32nd Street at 6:51 a.m. “Somebody driving by noticed what they thought was flames in the window,” explained captain Doug Imrich. “When we...

Suspect has lengthy record

Oct 2, 2016 / 8:13 am
A former Vernon man charged in the disappearance and death of a Japanese exchange student will appear in court Monday. Natsumi Kogawa, 30, was found dead on the grounds of an empty Vancouver mansion on Wednesday. The ESL student was reported missing on Sept. 12. Surveillance images...

Hockeyville game day

Oct 2, 2016 / 7:49 am
The puck hits centre rink tonight in Vernon at the long-anticipated pre-season NHL game. The NHL contest is part of the Kraft Hockeyville prize awarded to Lumby earlier this year. Fans are expected in every seat to watch the Edmonton Oilers face off against the Los Angeles Kings at the...

Vernon motor home fire

Oct 1, 2016 / 4:37 pm
UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. Vernon firefighters wearing breathing apparatus doused a motor home fire on the 2200 block of Kalamalka Lake Road on Saturday afternoon. Crews were called to the scene at 3:48 p.m., according to fire captain Darren Cecchini of Vernon Fire Rescue. "The owner of the...

Stanley Cup in Lumby

Oct 1, 2016 / 12:30 pm
Polished to a brilliant hue, Lord Stanley's cup shone in the sunlight as it arrived in Lumby's Oval Park for the Hockeyville celebrations on Saturday. An audible gasp was heard among hockey fans who had gathered for the moment, with hundreds lining up for a chance to have a photo taken...

Lavington glass plant sold

Oct 1, 2016 / 9:38 am
The home of the former glass plant in Lavington has sold for an undisclosed amount. It is anticipated manufacturing of some form will occur on site once again, news that could have a significant impact on the local economy. When the plant originally closed its doors in 2008, 300 jobs were...

Dancing for a cause

Oct 1, 2016 / 9:00 am
Ten couples took to the stage at the Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre Friday night to wow the judges with their moves. The ninth annual Dancing With the Vernon Stars was held Friday night, with proceeds going towards the North Okanagan Hospice Society. Vicki and Dan Proulx took the...

Whole lotta heart in Lumby

Oct 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
If sharing is caring, then there's a whole lot of caring going on in Lumby. "Care stations" have started popping up around the small town, where people can donate non-perishable food, and those in need are welcome to take as needed. There are three stations now set up in Lumby and...

Rollover at Stickle

Sep 30, 2016 / 3:20 pm
UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. RCMP in the North Okanagan say a woman driving a vehicle that flipped after a crash on Highway 97 this morning will survive. The 41-year-old Rav4 driver swerved to avoid a black Ford F350 towing a large fifth-wheel trailer that was turning onto the Highway from Stickle Road....

'It happened so fast'

Sep 30, 2016 / 2:24 pm
UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. A firefighter and resident were both treated for smoke inhalation after trying to save a dog from a house fire. The fire started Thursday night on the bottom floor of a house on 39th Avenue. Deputy Vernon fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said both the firefighter and resident...

Charged in student's death

Sep 30, 2016 / 12:20 pm
Police in Vernon have arrested a man wanted in connection with the death of a Japanese student who has been missing for weeks. Vancouver Police found the body of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, at a mansion in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood on Sept. 28 just before 7 p.m. Hours later, RCMP in...

Police seek missing man

Sep 30, 2016 / 10:53 am
Police in the North Okanagan are hoping for help finding a missing man. Bradley Moore, 29, was last seen in Vernon on Sept. 2. He has distinct tattoos, including a skull on his right upper arm and "Moore" on his neck. He's described as 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with short light...

Get your eat on

Sep 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Upper Room Mission wants you to get your eat on this Sunday. The URM is hosting it’s first annual Autumn Rib Fest and Community Open House to support hungry children in the community. “This is a great chance to come down, and enjoy some amazing food, and have a walk around our...

RCMP leave park

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:17 pm
UPDATE: 4:17 p.m. Police continue to remain tight-lipped about the investigation in Polson Park Thursday morning, which has now concluded. Police vehicles and crime scene tape that once blocked a path heading into the Park, off Highway 97, were gone by 3 p.m. Thursday. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk...

Sentencing set for Krewson

Sep 29, 2016 / 2:24 pm
The sentencing date has been set for Howard Krewson, the man found guilty of second-degree murder for killing Linda Ross. Krewson, 57, was found guilty by a jury of 12 people on Sept. 24, after a two week trial in Vernon's Supreme Court. He remains in custody and will face sentencing on...

Get high off a safe supply

Sep 29, 2016 / 11:43 am
A former B.C. premier wants people to have a safe supply of weed. Mike Harcourt, who chairs True Leaf Medicine based in Lumby, is calling on the federal government to ensure a “safe and secure” supply of marijuana is available before the drug is legalized. A recent report showed...

Arena fixed just in time

Sep 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
The last of the new floor is being installed in Kal Tire Place, just in time for the pre-season NHL Hockeyville game, Sunday. A broken water main in early September flooded the rink, wrecking flooring on the bottom levels of the arena, including the player and referee dressing rooms, player...

Science thrills kids

Sep 28, 2016 / 6:51 pm
A couple hundred Mission Hill kids were ecstatic with Science World's on-the-road science show Wednesday. "This show is called fantastic forces. It's all about forces in motion in the world around us and the science behind them," Charlotte Swanson, an on-the-road facilitator...

Traffic woes at UBCM

Sep 28, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The City of Enderby's council has met Ministry of Transportation officials several times this week in Victoria at the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention, looking to find a solution to their highway congestion problems. Enderby Mayor Greg McCune says the congestion on Highway 97 has...

Woman killed in crash ID'd

Sep 28, 2016 / 3:45 pm
The woman who was killed in a car crash on Highway 97 last week has been identified by the BC Coroners Service. Susan Louise Delrose, a 55-year-old Kamloops woman, was in the back seat of a Honda SUV that was turning left onto Highway 97 from Westside Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. A...

Quadriplegic to skydive

Sep 28, 2016 / 2:15 pm
A woman will be jumping out of an airplane for her first time in 20 years, but this time will be quite a bit different than her first jump. Michelle Britton suffered a stoke in 1999, which left her physically disabled. She has been a quadriplegic since the stroke, but retains the use of her...

Looking for school bus cash

Sep 28, 2016 / 12:30 pm
School District 83 will apply for additional student transportation money from the province, deciding on the application at Tuesday's school board meeting. If the district receives the $561,925 from the province, they will implement it in several ways, with the goals of decreasing walk...

No taking back guilty plea

Sep 28, 2016 / 11:10 am
Over four years after the incident took place, a Vernon man's attempt at withdrawing his sex assault and forcible confinement guilty pleas for the second time was denied Wednesday morning. The 54-year-old man, whose name is protected under a publication ban to protect the identity of the...

Party, Lumby style

Sep 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby is getting ready to host the hockey world, or at least a small slice of it, this weekend. The small North Okanagan community will host Hockeyville activities all weekend, culminating with an NHL pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and LA Kings at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on Sunday....

Welcome to your home

Sep 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
A measure of relief is at hand for people in need of affordable housing. Barbara Levesque, executive director of the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan/Kootenay Region, said units at the Blair Apartments are ready for tenants. In fact, several have already moved in. Affordable...

Power outage in Vernon

Sep 27, 2016 / 11:27 pm
About 265 homes in Vernon's Canadian Lake View Estates and Adventure Bay are without power tonight. BC Hydro crews are on site and working to determine the cause of the outage, which happened just before 9:30 p.m. It's estimated power will be back on by 12:30 a.m. For a detailed...

Shady spot at Paddlewheel

Sep 27, 2016 / 5:09 pm
People will have a spot in the shade at Paddlewheel Park, thanks to the efforts of several groups and businesses. The picnic pavilion at the Okanagan Landing park is officially open and organizers said the open design is particularly useful in accommodating visitors from local senior’s...

Business leaders to watch

Sep 27, 2016 / 3:55 pm
The second set of recipients in the KPMG Top 20 under 40 include an entrepreneur who has gone into franchising, a lawyer, a veterinarian, a small business owner and an optometrist. The KPMG Top 20 Under 40 recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan who are making their mark...

Water switch in North OK

Sep 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm
The Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant/Kalamalka Lake water source will be shut down Sept. 28, to accommodate replacement of the transformer that supplies power to the station. This planned project is to be completed by Oct. 14. All Greater Vernon Water customers will be switched to the...

Rescue at Bisson Lake

Sep 27, 2016 / 1:45 pm
There was a second rescue in the Okanagan Monday night, this one involving a dirt bike rider. The rescue took place in the Bisson Lake area, about 20 kilometres south of the junction of Highway 6 and Kettle Valley Road. Vernon Search and Rescue, RCMP and BC Ambulance all attended the...

Fighting crime downtown

Sep 27, 2016 / 12:29 pm
Some 25 downtown business owners attended a meeting Monday evening to make the downtown core and their businesses safer from crime. Organizer Lindsay James, of The Scarlet Studio and Artisan Market on 30th Avenue, said the meeting was very informative. Along with downtown businesses,...

Boat launch now open

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:22 am
The boat launch at Vernon's Paddlewheel Park is now open. The launch and beach were closed Sunday afternoon when a partially submerged boat began leaking fuel and oil into the water. The launch remained closed Monday, but according to Vernon Fire Department deputy chief Jack Blair,...

Pushing boundaries

Sep 27, 2016 / 10:22 am
The BC Chamber of Commerce thinks the province should have a role to play when it comes to amalgamation for certain districts. The provincial chamber is concerned about the UBCM’s resolution to oppose any provincial government involvement in cases of local government...

Get up and get walking

Sep 27, 2016 / 9:44 am
Civic leaders want kids to get a little exercise on the way to school next month. The City of Vernon will be celebrating International Walk to School Month (i-Walk) in October. During i-Walk Month, the city is partnering with three elementary schools: Ellison on Wednesday, Oct. 12; Harwood on...

UBCM worth attending

Sep 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
The mayor, four councillors and two city administrators are attending the Union of BC Municipalities conference this week. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund said that is only one more than last year and it is well worth the expense of attending. City officials will be meeting with four provincial...

Hunt for booze bandits

Sep 26, 2016 / 5:06 pm
The owners of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery are hoping someone can help identify some booze bandits. They busted into the Vernon distillery Saturday morning, stealing a collection of spirits and causing thousands of dollars in damage. The pair of culprits arrived at the distillery in a...

Ongoing Stickle pickle

Sep 26, 2016 / 4:46 pm
It's a controversial subject that just won't go away. What to do with Stickle Road has been a subject of debate for years. While many residents called for a light where the road comes to Highway 97, the idea was rejected by the Ministry of Transportation. Eventually, the ministry...

Casino should ante up

Sep 26, 2016 / 3:52 pm
One Vernon councillor is wondering if the city is getting short-changed by the local casino. During Monday's regular council meeting, Bob Spiers suggested the city could get $1.5 million more than it currently does if it received 10 per cent of the gross, rather than the current 10 per cent...

Everything, plus kitchen sink

Sep 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm
A section of the Shuswap River is much cleaner thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers. More than 30 people took part in the River Clean Up Day in Enderby Sunday. The Shuswap River is popular with tourists and locals alike who float down its gentle current in the hot summer...
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