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Car fire closes highway

Jul 12, 2015 / 7:12 am

A serious car crash involving a fire closed down Highway 97 on the outskirts of Vernon overnight. The incident happened about midnight on the overpass just north of Vernon's north end commercial district, between the McDonald's restaurant and Swan Lake. Witnesses report a car on fire...

NHLers hit the beach

Jul 10, 2015 / 4:15 pm

Photo: Contributed - Wayne Emde Vernon and area residents flocked to Kal Beach Friday afternoon to mingle with NHL stars and help raise money for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. The NHL Players Association Community Celebration raised $7,000 for VJH, and the...

Passerby helps tackle blaze

Jul 10, 2015 / 3:54 pm

A vigilant passerby used a small chemical fire extinguisher to buy firefighters valuable time before they arrived at a fire near Killiney Beach on Westside Road, Thursday. The fire, believed to have been started by a cigarette, began about 4 p.m. Despite the quick action of the Good...

SeaDoos collide in dark

Jul 10, 2015 / 2:39 pm

Two people are lucky to be alive after a late-night collision at the north end of Kalamalka Lake, Thursday. According to police in Vernon, a local resident called police after he heard the sound of two vessels colliding shortly after they left the same dock. The incident occurred just before...

Dragoons given boost

Jul 10, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan's own military unit received a shot in the arm Thursday. Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes announced infrastructure improvements worth $3.3 million at the Vernon Military Camp. The camp is home to A Squadron of the BCDs, a primary reserve armoured reconnaissance unit. It...

NHLers tee off for charity

Jul 9, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Shea Weber. Photo: Darren Handschuh Andrew Ference, far left, was in the Valley. Photo: Darren Handschuh Shane Doan Photo: Darren Handschuh Scott Hartnell Photo: Darren Handschuh Kelly Hrudy Photo: Contributed Josh...

Accident snarls traffic

Jul 9, 2015 / 11:14 am

Traffic along Highway 97 near the Vernon army cadet camp was brought to a virtual standstill Thursday morning following a two-vehicle accident. The collision between a Honda Ridgeline pickup and blue compact car believed to be a Toyota Yaris happened just after 10 a.m. at the intersection of the...
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Voluntary boat checks

Jul 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

Starting Saturday, the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP marine unit will start a safety pre-check using RCMP volunteers at the Paddlewheel Park boat launch. The boat check is completely voluntary. After it is complete, a document will be presented to the operator, who is then able to produce it if...

Raising funds to find Curtis

Jul 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

A family friend is hoping to raise money to continue the search for Curtis Wilson. Wilson is missing, and presumed drowned in Kalamalka Lake. He and friend Shane Letkeman were last seen together Sunday, June 28. Letkeman's body was discovered in the Cosens Bay area of Kal...

Cyclist victim ID'd

Jul 8, 2015 / 4:43 pm

The B.C. Coroners Service has identified Jennifer Wadsworth, 37, of Vernon, as the woman who died earlier this week after being hit by a truck. Wadsworth was riding her bicycle eastbound on 25th Avenue at the intersection of 35th Street in Vernon about 6:20 a.m. on July 2 when she was struck by...

Protester confronts minister

Jul 8, 2015 / 4:05 pm

A high-level Conservative MP spoke at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, but it was the vocal protest of a lone aboriginal woman that stopped the show. Peter MacKay, minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, addressed some 50 chamber members and party...

MacKay announces funding

Jul 8, 2015 / 3:49 pm

Much-needed advocacy centres for children and youth will soon be coming to Vernon. The goal is to help child and youth victims and their families navigate the criminal justice system. The work of a multi-disciplinary team in such centres can greatly reduce the emotional and mental harm to...

Calls legit, but not local

Jul 8, 2015 / 10:28 am

A telemarketing campaign by the Canadian Police Association had some people calling local RCMP to see if it was a scam. While the calls asking for donations to the association's national anti-bullying campaign are legitimate, they are not associated with the North Okanagan...

Illegal campfire doused

Jul 8, 2015 / 10:17 am

Vernon Fire Rescue has put out yet another illegal campfire. Just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews were returning to the downtown firehall after attending a call when they smelled smoke. Deputy chief Jack Blair said the crew drove around the area until they located the source, a home on...

Pospisil out at Wimbledon

Jul 8, 2015 / 9:31 am

Vernon's Vasek Pospisil is out at Wimbledon after he was defeated in three straight sets by Andy Murray Wednesday morning. Murray beat the 25-year-old Vernon native 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday on centre court, finishing it off with the roof closed after a pair of rain delays. This was...

Thieves get jet skis, dirtbike

Jul 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

It was a lousy way to start a vacation. The evening before Okanagan Landing resident Jamie Jurica was to head out on holiday, someone broke into his home and stole a number of items, as well as his two Kawasaki 750 Jet Skis. They also made off with his KTM 560 dirtbike. Jurica said the...

Life's a beach for NHLPA

Jul 7, 2015 / 7:00 pm

It will be a day at the beach with current and former NHL stars on Friday. The National Hockey League Players’ Association Community Celebration is a Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation fundraiser that will take place at Kalamalka Beach. The family friendly event will include...

Turn off the taps

Jul 7, 2015 / 6:40 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan is telling people to turn off the taps to reduce water usage as it upgrades to stage 1 water use restrictions. Stage 1 is a shift from normal conditions, meaning there will be increased monitoring of outdoor water use to encourage customers to reduce water...

Massive blaze accidental

Jul 7, 2015 / 2:10 pm

The cause of the massive fire that gutted a one-storey office building in Vernon last week will officially be marked as undetermined. But officials are ruling out arson in the blaze that sent black smoke billowing over the city June 30. The fire gutted the 48th Avenue structure that housed...

Fire starters ignore ban

Jul 7, 2015 / 1:51 pm

Despite a complete fire ban being in place since Friday, people are still lighting up. On Monday evening, Vernon Fire Rescue responded to two calls of campfires said assistant fire chief Lawrie Skolrood. With the fire hazard rating hovering between high and extreme in some areas, a fire ban...
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