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Let the chaos begin

Jun 5, 2015 / 2:50 pm

Arts and crafts chaos has been unleashed on Vernon – again. Thousands of people will flock to the Vernon Recreation Complex to take in the 40th annual Creative Chaos craft fair, which opened Friday and continues through the weekend. The popular arts and crafts fair features more than...

Take a hike!

Jun 5, 2015 / 5:41 am

Regional district officials want people to take a hike – literally. Saturday is International Trails Day and, to celebrate, the Regional District of North Okanagan and Ribbons of Green Trail Society are holding a grand opening for the Farnsworth Nature Reserve and Middleton Mountain...

Stickle pickle solution

Jun 4, 2015 / 12:08 pm

Vernon motorists could find out in the next couple of weeks what the Ministry of Transportation has for a solution to the Stickle Road pickle. The accident-prone intersection with Highway 97, across from Swan Lake, has been the focus of recent division over how best to redirect traffic and...

Bears on the prowl

Jun 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Officials are asking people to take bird feeders down and not put out garbage overnight after bears have been spotted roaming Vernon neighbourhoods in search of food. WildSafeBC Vernon summer ambassador Tessa Coulthard says there have been upward of 15 bear sightings in the Vernon area over the...

Boil water due to bacteria

Jun 3, 2015 / 7:08 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan sent out a boil water notice Wednesday evening, for those who are supplied by the Silver Star Water Utility. The notice, which takes effect immediately, is due to a bacteria count in the water distribution system. The RDNO suggests boiling any water...

Chaos coming to Vernon

Jun 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

Chaos will reign supreme in Vernon this weekend – and residents wouldn't want it any other way. Creative Chaos will celebrate 40 years when the popular arts and crafts fair is held Friday through Sunday. Chaos will feature more than 200 artisans from across B.C. and Canada. The...

Scoot in safety

Jun 2, 2015 / 4:55 pm

On the heels of two recent scooter-vehicle collisions, the City of Vernon, RCMP, Schubert Centre and Southward Medical Supplies are offering a scooter safety course on Thursday. The course is free for those who already have a scooter or are considering a scooter purchase in the near future. It...

Concerned about crime

Jun 2, 2015 / 2:48 pm

Crime in Enderby has increased, says a concerned citizen who feels police have failed to adequately control it. RCMP statistics show the number of RCMP files in the first quarter of 2015 has increased five per cent compared to 2014. But, the resident, who wished to remain anonymous so as not to...

Sustainability champions

Jun 2, 2015 / 11:57 am

The City of Vernon has announced the winners of its 2015 Sustainability Awards. Awards were handed out for outstanding achievement in the categories of building and development, sustainable business, community sustainability and youth initiatives. The recipients "contribute to community...

Bummed out by tickets

Jun 2, 2015 / 11:17 am

Vernon RCMP are showing some creativity when it comes to catching seatbelt and cellphone violators. In one hour Monday afternoon, 11 people were ticketed by what looked like a panhandler. Cpl. Mark Taylor dressed as a homeless person holding a sign at the busy intersection of Anderson Way and...

Getting to Creative Chaos

Jun 2, 2015 / 5:38 am

The City of Vernon is working to ensure there will be continuous access to the rec centre for this weekend's Creative Chaos despite renovations to the property. This includes assurances the main bridge and east entrance to the rec centre will be available. Originally, construction was...

Boater struck by prop

Jun 1, 2015 / 11:41 am

A man fell off a boat on Okanagan Lake Saturday night and was struck by the propeller. The incident occurred about 9 p.m., according Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. The 21-year-old Vernon resident was boating with four friends and was on the bow of the boat when he went overboard. ...

A case of mistaken location

Jun 1, 2015 / 6:40 am

UPDATED Emergency authorities in Vernon knew nothing about a supposed highway closure this morning. They didn't even have a file referring to anything in the area. But, after a little digging, Castanet found out through the Ministry of Transportation that a report from DriveBC this...

Boat destroyed in fire

May 30, 2015 / 11:33 am

Fire officials and RCMP are investigating after a boat was destroyed by flames at a Banner Recreational Products, in Vernon. The blaze was reported just after 3 a.m., and Captain Dan Walker of the Vernon Fire Department says the vessel was fully involved when crews arrived on site. "The...

'Definition of Indian giving'

May 29, 2015 / 2:19 pm

Chief Byron Louis says he doesn't want to kill the idea of a multi-use trail on the old Okanagan rail corridor – but historical wrongs must be corrected. In a statement released Friday, Louis said the band sought to postpone the sale ... "not to prevent the creation of a multi-use...

Deer vs. Harley

May 29, 2015 / 1:04 pm

For the second time in a week, there has been a collision between a deer and a motorcycle in the North Okanagan. About 9:40 a.m.Thursday, an Okanagan Landing couple was headed out for a ride on their Harley-Davidson when a deer jumped directly in front of their bike. “They were...

New home for llama on lam

May 28, 2015 / 6:43 pm

A llama that went on the lam before it could be auctioned off has a new home after his antics stopped traffic on a highway in Armstrong. Bert, as he came to be known, escaped from a truck before he could be delivered to Valley Auctions. He ran across Highway 97 as police tried to corral him...

Blood splattered on road

May 28, 2015 / 12:29 pm

UDATE 12:30 P.M. Vernon RCMP have now confirmed their suspicion that a blood splatter found near Ellison Elementary School on Wednesday was tied to a stabbing victim in hospital. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers from the Vernon North Okanagan Detachment spent most of their day...

Winning ticket full of love

May 27, 2015 / 2:11 pm

A Coldstream woman fell to the floor with tears of joy, after the shock of winning the lottery. Caroline Longval was the $500,000 winner of last Friday's Lotto Max Extra. As it turns out, Longval received the winning Lotto Max ticket as an impromptu “I love you gift” from her...

A historic injustice

May 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Seven new grave markers will be placed in Pleasant Valley Cemetery for men who died while interned during the First World War. A rededication ceremony was held over the weekend, with members of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund in...

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