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Who will clean up mess?

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

When three large trees came crashing down across Vernon Creek, Mary Ferguson wanted to know who was going to clean up the mess. The trees fell from a neighbouring property on June 26 and she still has no answer. The manager of Vernon Creek Villas - a senior's townhouse complex - said the...

More beds open next year

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

The completion of two floors in Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson Tower are on time and should be fully operational next year. That from Interior Health board chairman Erwin Malzer who stopped by the largest hospital in the North Okanagan while touring region Monday. Malzer said adding the...

Money for museum

Jul 27, 2015 / 7:54 pm

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives will be getting some much-needed funding from the federal government and Regional District of North Okangan. Retiring Conservative MP Colin Mayes announced Monday the feds are providing the museum with $100,000. That money will be matched by the regional...

Protected T open house

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:39 pm

Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund was never too thrilled with any of the plans for the Stickle Road intersection, but after learning the fine details of the latest proposal he is even less so. Stickle Road has been a contentious issue for some time, with many people, including Mund and several council...

True Leaf still in running

Jul 27, 2015 / 3:11 pm

A Lumby company is one step closer to becoming a licensed producer under Canada’s marijuana for medical purposes regulations. True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. has received “additional enhanced screening” notice from Health Canada. As of March 15, there were 25 licensed...

Arrests in Vernon shooting

Jul 27, 2015 / 11:22 am

Police have made several arrests in connection with a shooting and robbery in Vernon last year. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said three men have been arrested and face numerous charges for the August 2014 incident that started at the Green Valley Hotel, spilled across the street into Polson...

No sign of missing man

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

The search for a missing Alberta man came up empty on the weekend. Friends and family of Curtis Wilson were in the North Okanagan Saturday and Sunday to search for the man who went missing late last month. Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka...

Thousands attend Tattoo

Jul 26, 2015 / 4:37 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Thousands of people took in the...

Musical men in uniform

Jul 26, 2015 / 7:48 am

Military pomp and pageantry combined with music at the Okanagan Military Tattoo, Saturday night. Seven pipe bands, four military bands, two highland dance groups, a choir, the RCMP Ceremonial Troop, military battle wagons and country singer Rob Dinwoodie made up part of the 400 musicians and...

Culinary delight at the Star

Jul 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Summer Food and Wine Festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort will showcase some of the best culinary talent Canada has to offer. Chef David Hawksworth from Hawksworth Restaurant, four-time winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Best Upscale Restaurant, is returning to the festival to prepare a...

Coldstream crossing closed

Jul 25, 2015 / 3:02 pm

The railway crossing on Kalamalka Road at Highway 6, in the vicinity of Coldstream Ranch, will be closed to accommodate railway upgrades and road repairs on July 28. The railway crossing located on Hill Drive will be closed to accommodate railway upgrades and road repairs on July 29. Work may...

Greens go with George

Jul 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Retired businessman Chris George will carry the Green Party banner into the fall federal election. George received the nod from a party faithful, on Thursday, to run in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding after a surprise endorsement from fellow nominee Keli Westgate. “Chris is an...

Fire burns near Kal Lake

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:30 pm

UPDATE 5 p.m. BC wildfire management has been called in to help with the fire burning in the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Information officer Kelsey Winter says it is a spot size blaze approximately 20 by 30 metres, in size. “It is a rank one fire, which means there is no open...

Bolean order downgraded

Jul 24, 2015 / 11:47 am

An evacuation order for the Bolean Lakes Lodge was downgraded to an evacuation alert this morning. Cooler temperatures and precipitation have calmed down fire activity throughout the Okanagan, allowing fire crews to get the upper hand. The evacuation order for the Shelter Cove fire was also...

Marching to their own beat

Jul 24, 2015 / 11:44 am

Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band are mentoring young musicians at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. The band members are in Vernon to take part the Okanagan Military Tattoo and spent several hours this week passing on their skills and experience to cadets enrolled in musician courses...

Piano hits the right note

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

While Steven Tyler may not have made an appearance yet, a painted piano in downtown Vernon is getting a lot of attention. The front man for the legendary rock band Aerosmith surprised fans earlier this month by sitting down and playing a few notes on a piano at the waterfront promenade in front...

Mural tours are back

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

Mural tours are back this summer in downtown Vernon. With two volunteer mural tour guides in place, free guided mural tours are being offered to those who are interested in learning more about the stories behind the Vernon landmarks. Tours are available Tuesday and Friday mornings – to...

No new water restrictions

Jul 23, 2015 / 7:15 pm

Vernon residents will not have to cut back on their watering more than they are now, yet. Jennifer Miles, water sustainability co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan, said they are closely monitoring reservoir water levels, but as of Thursday, there was no need to introduce...

Grass fire off highway

Jul 23, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATED: 6:40 P.M. Fire crews now have the small blaze under control, according to the Vernon Fire Department. The BC Wildfire Service water truck has left the scene and crews are mopping up what remains. ORIGINAL: 6:00 P.M. A two hectare grass fire is burning south of Vernon near...

Cops' texts revealed

Jul 23, 2015 / 4:17 pm

The admissibility of testimony was once again at the forefront of the trial of former Vernon RCMP officer Ryan Hampton. He's charged with possession of child pornography and faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking...

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