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Feds asked to buy railway

Jun 30, 2014 / 9:05 pm

Days after a ground breaking Supreme Court decision to allow aboriginal title, the Okanagan Indian Band is requesting the Government of Canada buy the defunct Kelowna Pacific Railway Line between Kelowna and Vernon. Chief Byron Louis says on the heels of last weeks decision the Okanagan Indian...

Paraglider clings to cliff

Jun 30, 2014 / 3:48 pm

Update: 5:40 p..m.: Search manager Leigh Pearson tells Castanet the man trapped on the side of the cliff has been rescued. A helicopter flown in from Penticton was used to save the man. Pearson says the paraglider was brought by helicopter to the staging area where he was transported by...

Canada Day fun in Vernon

Jun 30, 2014 / 1:11 pm

Polson Park is the place to be in the North Okanagan on July 1 as the Greater Vernon area celebrates Canada's 147th birthday. Canada Day events runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with formal ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m., including the unveiling of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol's memorial....

Car crash cuts deer in half

Jun 30, 2014 / 10:39 am

A Victoria man had to catch a bus home after crashing into a deer with enough force to cut the animal in half. On June 28, Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a motor vehicle incident on Highway 1 in Blind Bay. The driver of the vehicle had struck a deer that was crossing the highway. The head...

Police takedown in Vernon

Jun 29, 2014 / 11:41 am

UPDATED 11:35 a.m. Vernon RCMP have confirmed that they arrested a 44-year-old male yesterday in connection with this incident. Just before 6 p.m. RCMP received a complaint of a male with a hand gun at the Shell gas station on the 3200 block of 32 Ave in Vernon. Police arrested the man who...

Suspicious fire at Vernon Rona

Jun 28, 2014 / 9:39 am

There was yet another suspicious fire in Vernon last night. This time the late-night blaze was in Rona Home Centre's lumber yard. Captain Dan Walker with the Vernon Fire Department said it was a late night for his team. Two trucks responded and crews had some issues gaining access to...

Twinning Kal Tire Place is best

Jun 27, 2014 / 4:06 pm

After requesting input from the public and conducting a full feasibility study the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has decided twinning Kal Tire Place to the north is the best option. Doug Ross, Director of Recreation Services for the City of Vernon says the top options were: a...
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RCMP action in June

Jun 26, 2014 / 7:38 pm

The past month has been a busy one for the RCMP here in Lumby. In May Cst. Kevin Boeglin was transferred to Surrey detachment. Cst. Boeglin worked in Lumby for over three years. The evening of June 23rd we executed two search warrants for drugs in the 2000 block of Mountainview Ave in Lumby....

Cop car rammed

Jun 26, 2014 / 12:02 pm

A suspect and an RCMP officer both received minor injuries after a man rammed a police cruiser trying to evade capture. The incident began late Wednesday morning. RCMP were pursuing a truck near the hospital with two people inside who might have been involved in a shoplifting incident at Buy...

Injuries didn't stop her

Jun 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

A young Vernon woman is showing that perseverance is key after an accident almost took everything from her. 25-year-old Andrea Grover graduated from Okanagan College in 2011 as Health Care Assistant. She was working at a residential care facility last summer when she was injured. Realizing...

Shots fired in Vernon

Jun 24, 2014 / 1:10 pm

A man is in police custody today after officers found him at the scene of a possible shooting in Vernon. Tuesday at about 1 a.m. Vernon RCMP responded to a report of gun shots being fired in the 3200 block of 22 Street. “Police responded and their initial investigation determined there...

Vernon payroll over $21M

Jun 24, 2014 / 12:51 pm

The City of Vernon spent over $21 million to pay 305 city employees in 2013. Of those 305, 84 employees, or 27 per cent of them, made over $75,000 with the top earner, Chief Administrative Officer Will Pearce bringing in just over $172,000 (before expenses). Thirty of those higher earners had...

Murder charge in shooting

Jun 24, 2014 / 8:28 am

A Lumby man has been charged with second-degree murder following an incident on June 19, 2014. Howard Everett is believed to have shot 51-year-old Linda Marie Stewart last Thursday. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance this morning, but is still recovering in hospital from a self...

The swimming pool moose

Jun 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

Shot in the back camping

Jun 23, 2014 / 4:19 pm

A woman is recovering in hospital after being accidentally shot in the back while camping this weekend. Salmon Arm RCMP say that on Saturday June 21 at approximately 9:10 p.m. they responded to a call for assistance related to an accidental shooting on Mt. Ida. RCMP struggled to get to the...

Vernon seeks input for parks

Jun 22, 2014 / 6:29 pm

The City of Vernon is still seeking feedback from the public for the development of a parks master plan. In the coming months the city is holding meetings with stakeholders to better understand the needs that will help guide the future of Vernon's parks. The city is also asking local...

Another suspicious fire in Vernon

Jun 21, 2014 / 3:36 pm

Another suspicious fire has destroyed some property in the Vernon area last night. Around 1:30 a.m. emergency crews responded to a locked compound on Tronson Road west of Vernon. Upon arrival they saw that about a three foot span above the wheel well at the rear of the motorhome was engulfed...

Lumby murder

Jun 20, 2014 / 12:49 pm

Police in the North Okanagan are on the scene of an apparent murder and attempted suicide near the community of Lumby. The victims were found in a home at 387 Trinity Valley Road early Thursday evening. Neighbours say they heard a single gun shot, went to investigate and heard a second shot...

Car flips into street light

Jun 20, 2014 / 8:47 am

Update -- June 20 A captain with the Vernon Fire Department has confirmed that the two occupants of the car were taken to hospital. Both young men travelling in the Honda Civic are said to be from Vernon. The 17-year-old driver was able to make his way out of the vehicle on his own, but...

Pedestrian hit on Hospital Hill

Jun 19, 2014 / 3:24 pm

UPDATE 3:00 P.M. JUNE 19 A Vernon man is recovering in hospital after being struck yesterday on Hospital Hill in Vernon. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says the man in his 50's is suffering from severe broken bones but it is expected to make a full recovery. Molendyk says RCMP have...
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