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Predator Ridge Fire Hall coming soon

Mar 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

The long awaited Predator Ridge Fire Hall is coming together and is set to be built this year. Monday at the Vernon City Council Meeting the land lease was officially signed, allowing the fire department to proceed with building a new fire hall for the Predator Ridge community. “ We are...

Vernon Farmer's Market wins top spot

Mar 11, 2014 / 4:50 am

The winners of the first annual BC Farmers’ Markets Awards were announced Saturday, and top ‘large size’ market in the entire province went to Vernon! At the March 1st, 2014 BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) Conference in Vancouver, farmers, artisans, chefs, and...

Lost snowmobiler was full of life

Mar 10, 2014 / 7:10 pm

This weekend the community of Coldstream lost a father to be, an avid downhill mountain biker, a coach and a friend. Tragedy struck when 34-year-old Adrian John (AJ) Cleary and a group of six went snowmobiling in the Monashee Mountains, about 90 kilometres east of Vernon on Saturday. At about...

Silver Star helps victim's family

Mar 10, 2014 / 4:40 pm

Silver Star Ski Resort Ltd. has opened a trust fund for avalanche victim AJ Cleary’s family. AJ passed away as a result of being caught in an avalanche near Keefer Lake on Saturday March 8. He worked as a part-time employee at the resort last summer and was a downhill mountain biking...

Drunk driver tries to escape in cab

Mar 10, 2014 / 10:28 am

Salmon Arm RCMP came across a crashed vehicle early Sunday morning in a ditch near the Salmon River Bridge. The officer saw a taxi cab departing the scene as he arrived at 3:15 a.m. and traced a single set of footprints from the collision site to the spot where the taxi had departed. They...

Rescued snowmobiler dies in hospital

Mar 9, 2014 / 12:41 pm

Despite a heroic and miraculous recovery of a snowmobiler buried 15-feet in an avalanche on Saturday, RCMP confirm the Vernon man has succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Castanet has learned that it was 34-year-old AJ Cleary who died Sunday after being rescued Saturday, spending nearly...

One rescued from avalanche

Mar 8, 2014 / 8:00 pm

8 p.m. update: On March 8, at about 3 p.m. the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP detachment out of Lumby responded to a report of a snowmobiler caught in an avalanche near the Keefer Lake Resort. Vernon Search & Rescue were deployed to the scene. The emergency services at resort assisted in...

Someone is a 'Maxmillionaire' in Vernon

Mar 8, 2014 / 3:41 pm

We don't know who just yet, but some lucky duck purchased a million dollar ticket in Vernon recently. According to the BC Lottery Corporation website there were eight 'Maxmillionaire' winning tickets sold in the country and one of those winners was sold right here in the Okanagan....

Victim sleeps in trailer to prevent theft

Mar 8, 2014 / 9:39 am

On March 4, Lumby RCMP received a report of an attempted B&E in the 700 block of Fraser Road. The owner reported two nights earlier, his dog had alerted him someone was trying to break into his travel trailer. The owner decided to sleep in it to see if they came back. At about 1...

Co-worker stabbed in Salmon Arm

Mar 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

A 32-year-old Salmon Arm man is in police custody after a workplace incident in that community Friday morning. RCMP and ambulance service personnel responded to a report of a stabbing in the Industrial Park area of Salmon Arm shortly after 11 a.m. According to police a 34-year-old man had...

Hospital floors to be finished by fall 2015

Mar 7, 2014 / 9:28 am

The top two floors of Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s Polson Tower should will be completed in the fall of 2015. “This latest announcement signals completion of the procurement stage of the project and we are eagerly anticipating construction to begin in the coming weeks,” said...

Pedestrian struck on hospital hill

Mar 6, 2014 / 3:28 pm

A 14-year-old girl is in hospital in Vernon after she was struck by a vehicle on hospital hill Thursday afternoon. The collision occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. According to police the girl was trying to cross Highway 97 near Vernon Jubilee Hospital when she was hit. Police indicate the...

Ditched near Salmon Arm

Mar 6, 2014 / 2:50 pm

RCMP in Salmon Arm are following up after a driver reported being forced off the road. The incident occurred about 10:30 Wednesday morning. According to police a vehicle travelling west along the Trans Canada Highway near Pierre's Point attempted to pass a semi on snowy roads. The...

Crash killed Enderby woman not fire

Mar 5, 2014 / 3:14 pm

The BC Coroner has determined the accident itself killed a grandmother last summer before her vehicle burst into flames. The coroner has now determined that 49-year-old Peggy (Margaret) Irene Ann Armstrong died before the fire and therefore the rescuers could not have changed the outcome if they...

Ex-cop's child porn case goes to trial

Mar 5, 2014 / 10:56 am

A former Vernon RCMP police officer, accused of possessing child pornography, has been ordered to stand trial in BC Supreme Court. Ryan Hampton's preliminary hearing wrapped up Tuesday. The judge determined there is enough evidence to go through with the charges and ordered the 35-year-old...

Students bear sprayed

Mar 3, 2014 / 7:32 pm

Three international students were bear sprayed outside Clarence Fulton Secondary School on Saturday. RCMP say that on March 1 at about 10 p.m. the students, all in their teens, were walking along a path in front of the school when they were harassed by four teenage males. The three were...

Police standoff ends peacefully

Mar 3, 2014 / 12:52 pm

Police were at a standoff Sunday evening after a 28-year-old man barricaded himself in his apartment. Around 5:30 p.m. RCMP were called to the scene by neighbours who reported the man had stabbed himself in the leg and was threatening to further harm himself. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says...

Slippery roads and sloppy drivers

Mar 3, 2014 / 12:20 pm

It was a busy weekend for Salmon Arm police as they dealt with slippery road conditions and sloppy drivers. On Friday they arrested a man at the Greyhound Bus Depot for public intoxication. He was taken into custody until he was sober enough to ride the bus. Later that same evening,...

Body found near school

Mar 3, 2014 / 11:38 am

UPDATE MARCH 5, 3:20 P.M. The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male who was found unresponsive in Vernon on Feb. 27. He was Michael William Steward Kalinouski, aged 36, of Vernon. Mr. Kalinouski was found unresponsive in an outdoor area near the intersection of Okanagan...

Info centre info

Feb 28, 2014 / 3:18 pm

At the public meeting held in City of Vernon Council Chambers on Monday, February 24, residents raised a number of questions or concerns regarding the proposed centralization and relocation of Vernon’s two Visitor Information Centres. The following represents some of those questions and...

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