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Meeting with small business

Aug 5, 2015 / 6:15 pm

The NDP election bandwagon will stop in Vernon Thursday, when New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian comes to town. Julian is the official Opposition House Leader and he will join North Okanagan-Shuswap candidate Jacqui Gingras as they visit Robot House Automation to lay out the NDP plan to...

Driver injured in rollover

Aug 5, 2015 / 4:04 pm

One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital following a single-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. Police said the unidentified man was the only person in the truck, and he was taken away with undetermined injuries. The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m., near the 27th Street...

Sip, savour and summit

Aug 5, 2015 / 12:05 pm

If outdoor adventure doesn’t get you going at more than 5,000 feet above sea level, perhaps some of the Okanagan’s best wine will give you that mile high. This weekend, wine enthusiasts and those with a taste for the alfresco will gather at Silver Star for the third annual Summer...

Ever want to be a cop?

Aug 5, 2015 / 12:01 pm

Ever wonder what it's like to be a cop? Now's your chance to find out. RCMP and the City of Vernon are looking for volunteers to work side-by-side with the police and are now recruiting new candidates for classroom training that will take place in Vernon Sept. 21-25. Candidates with work...

Neighbours battle grass fire

Aug 4, 2015 / 8:50 pm

There was no question what started a small grass fire behind a Flemming Road home Tuesday evening in Vernon. Several people not only heard, but saw the lightning strike. And as soon as Peter Wiebe smelled smoke, he and another neighbour grabbed rakes and shovels and ran to the fire. At...

Rescued skydiver doing fine

Aug 4, 2015 / 2:29 pm

A skydiver who hit a power pole Monday and had to be rescued by emergency crews after his parachute got caught up in the power lines says he is fine. The parachutist spent the night at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. A CT scan and physical examination showed no sign of head injury, but he was kept...

A country wedding

Aug 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Before heading out on a cross-Canada tour, up-and-coming country singer Dean Brody played a more intimate venue this weekend – a wedding in Vernon. Shane Melenko was at the lakeside Chapman wedding and was impressed the country crooner was hired to play. So were a lot of other people...

Open during renos

Aug 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Recreation programming and activities are in full swing despite extensive renovations at the Greater Vernon Recreation Centre. The auditorium, Dogwood Gym, Halina Seniors Centre and the aquatic centre are all open and not affected by the project, despite the outward appearance the centre is...

Dramatic rescue of skydiver

Aug 3, 2015 / 1:11 pm

A skydiver had to be rescued after slamming into a telephone pole, Monday afternoon in Vernon. The unidentified man was with a group of skydivers when he veered away and hit the pole, leaving him hanging five metres from the ground. Mo Nimko was watching the group of skydivers from her front...

Candidate forum in Vernon

Aug 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Harper government announced it is calling a national election for Oct. 19, making it one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history. North Okanagan-Shuswap voters will have a chance to meet candidates during a public forum Sept. 14 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre starting...

Teen a robot phenom

Aug 1, 2015 / 6:00 am

The Okanagan Science Centre didn't have to look far to find a robotics expert to help them build a robotic clock. All they had to do was get in touch with Vernon robotics phenom Hudson Schier, who is one half of the brother robotic team RoboBros. Schier, 17, along with his 15-year-old...

Power restored

Jul 31, 2015 / 4:34 pm

UPDATED 4:34 P.M. Power has now been restored to nearly 3,000 customers in downtown Vernon. According to BC Hydro's web site, power returned about 4:24 Friday afternoon. Power was knocked out an hour before as a result of a single vehicle crash on 32 Avenue. One witness said she saw...

Rail crew douses fire

Jul 31, 2015 / 6:56 am

A CN Rail crew's quick response helped douse a fire near the tracks in Armstrong, Thursday. A fire broke out in a farm structure off Pleasant Valley road, and the passing crew in a maintenance vehicle was able to contain it until fire crews could respond. Mike Gale and Richard Herrington...

Simple Stickle solution

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Heath Anderson was disappointed to the point of embarrassment at how people responded to the latest Stickle Road improvement proposal by the Ministry of Transportation. So much so, the longtime Vernon resident felt he had to speak up. Anderson attended an open house Wednesday promoting the...

Police dog sniffs out suspect

Jul 30, 2015 / 1:43 pm

The Vernon RCMP dog unit sniffed out a bad guy who was trying to hide from police in a local park this week. Police were conducting inquiries on the 4200 block of 20th Street on Tuesday in their search for a youth wanted on an outstanding warrant. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police...

If a tree falls, who pays?

Jul 30, 2015 / 11:25 am

It's up to property owners to remove dangerous trees from the banks of creeks that cross their property. Mary Ferguson, manager of Vernon Creek Villas, learned that the hard way. Three trees came crashing down across Vernon Creek last month from a neighbouring property, and she has been...

Stickle solution unpopular

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

It would seem the only ones who don't want a stop light at the Stickle Road-Highway 97 intersection are Ministry of Transportation officials. An open house on the contentious intersection drew dozens of people minutes after the doors opened Wednesday. Castanet talked to several people,...

Why is Kal Lake green?

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Every resident and tourist alike will agree that one of the jewels of the Okanagan is Kalamalka Lake – but what is it that gives the lake that alluring blue-green colour? As it turns out, Kal Lake is one of only a handful of very special "marl lakes" that display the colourful...

Orchard mystery deepens

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:27 am

An Okanagan orchard industry leader says the case of four missing migrant farm workers in Vernon is the first disappearance in the decade-long history of Mexican farmhands travelling to the Okanagan. "To my knowledge, no one's ever pulled a Houdini act, vanishing like this, before...

Stickle open house today

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:14 am

The public will have a chance to get a look at the latest provincial proposal for the thorny issue of Stickle Road at an open house this afternoon. The open house is at 4 p.m. at the Prestige Inn. What to do about the dangerous intersection has been the centre of debate for some time, with...

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