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Winter can make you SAD

Jan 13, 2016 / 11:01 am
Clouds, some snow, perhaps some rain and more clouds is what Okanagan residents have to look forward to for the next week. According to Environment Canada, the weather will be dark and dismal for the next few days at least. While the temperature will be mild, the brightening rays of the sun...

Arnold uses R word

Jan 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan Shuswap Conservative MP Mel Arnold used the word “recession” when describing the current state of the Canadian economy and how it could affect the Okanagan over the coming months. “Part of what I campaigned on was hoping to bring jobs to the area and work with...

Gyula no longer on GVAC

Jan 12, 2016 / 6:08 pm
Gyula Kiss is no longer sitting on the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee for Coldstream. Because the Coldstream councillor is not a director or alternate with the regional district board he is not allowed to sit on the GVAC board said Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick. Garlick says he and Coun....

Ready for refugees

Jan 12, 2016 / 4:29 pm
About the only thing the Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project needs now is the refugees. While there is still some fundraising to do, much of what is needed for a Syrian refugee family is in place. A five-bedroom house – which is almost fully furnished - is ready and waiting, medical...

Armstrong set for snow

Jan 12, 2016 / 2:01 pm
With snow expected in the North Okanagan Tuesday, Armstrong city council has been reviewing its snowplowing policies when it comes to roads and sidewalks. “We're always concerned every year but, basically, everything's going along pretty good,” said Mayor Chris...

No water at Lumby school

Jan 12, 2016 / 10:30 am
The superintendent of School District 22 hopes the water will be running at Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby by Wednesday but classes for the 325 students continue just the same. “There's been a water main break underneath the school that feeds the boiler,” said Joe Rogers....

Kal Lake water back on

Jan 12, 2016 / 8:17 am
The Kalamalka Lake water source is running through the taps of many Greater Vernon residents once again. The pump station was closed Dec. 26 following a ground fault in the electrical system. The North Okanagan Regional District reports the transformer and all components in the system were...

Council looks at parking

Jan 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon city council approved four days of free downtown parking, but how many more will be allowed has yet to be seen. Coun. Catherine Lord said the city currently allows 15 days of free parking downtown a year, and while that may not look like much, it does add up to several thousand...

Campaign sets records

Jan 11, 2016 / 7:00 pm
The Salvation Army annual Food Bank fundraising drive surpassed all records set during its 110 years in Vernon. “An astounding $457,932 was collected during our Christmas Hope campaign, which surpassed our 2011 high by $59,119,” said Cpt. Jean Curtis Plante. “We are extremely...

Vipers make deadline deal

Jan 11, 2016 / 4:44 pm
The Vernon Vipers made one move as part of the Jan. 10 BC Hockey League trade deadline. The Vipers shipped D-man Griffin James to the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. “Griffin wanted an opportunity to play closer to home and...

Bus stop brouhaha

Jan 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm
There may not be much they can do, but Vernon city council will be going to bat for bus riders heading to the Village Green Centre. Currently, plans are in place to move the bus stop from the food court doors to nearby 48th Avenue. BC Transit said the move is necessary because of safety...

Contestants have talent

Jan 11, 2016 / 4:17 pm
A large crowd of supporters turned out Sunday to watch the Vernon Winter Carnival Talent Showcase. The annual event featured the talents of the seven candidates for Queen Silver Star 56. The top four presenters, who will perform again at the proclamation in February, were selected by the...

GMC pick-up truck stolen

Jan 11, 2016 / 1:26 pm
Police in Salmon Arm are on the lookout for a stolen black GMC Sierra pick-up truck. Staff Sgt. Scott West said the truck, with Alberta licence plate EKS 767, was stolen from a parking lot on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. “The vehicle was stolen in the 2400 block of the Trans Canada...

Shuswap Pawn broken into

Jan 11, 2016 / 10:33 am
The owner of a Salmon Arm pawn shop is offering a reward for the arrest of whoever broke into his business. Mike Jalving took to social media late Sunday in an effort to spread the world that his store, Shuswap Pawn, was broken into Sunday evening at around 7:45 p.m. “There is some...

New Orleans' carnival

Jan 10, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Mayor Akbal Mund praised directors and organizers of the upcoming Vernon Winter Carnival during a promotional event on the weekend. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of effort and a lot of planning,” said Mund, to a roomful of people dressed in colourful costumes and masks connected to...

Tax break for volunteer cops

Jan 10, 2016 / 6:19 am
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has thrown his support behind an online Parliamentary petition that calls for auxiliary RCMP constables to be given the same tax credit as other volunteer first responders. The e-petition to the federal government is the brainchild of Vernon city councillor...

Jail time for porn

Jan 8, 2016 / 4:25 pm
A Vernon man has been given a nine-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Karl David Lawrence, 51, was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs following his sentencing which was longer than the four to six months behind bars requested by Crown lawyer...

Short East Hill outage

Jan 8, 2016 / 3:47 pm
B.C. Hydro says 2,227 customers were without power in Vernon for about an hour Friday afternoon. Some businesses on the south side of 30th Avenue were affected but Hydro spokesperson Dag Sharman said the biggest area hit was East Hill where residents' lights went out at 1:54 p.m. Sharman...

Explosive property

Jan 8, 2016 / 11:43 am
A Vancouver company hoping to subdivide a huge parcel of land between Commonage and Bench Row roads expects its efforts to clear Second World War explosives from the site could last until 2017. “It began in the spring of last year and is a two-and-a-half year project,” said Kevin...

Scrubbing the water

Jan 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
It sounds like science fiction, but Greater Vernon Water staff want to to try air scrubbing Duteau Creek water in order for it to reach Interior Health Authority drinking standards. They hope to start a $40,000 pilot project using ultraviolet treatment and air scrubbing in order to kill...

Preparing for the mussels

Jan 7, 2016 / 2:06 pm
Greater Vernon Water staff have plans to fight zebra and quagga mussels in the event the pests make it into Kalamalka Lake. The small mussels multiply rapidly and can clog up screens and water pipes, among other hazards, increasing maintenance costs. “Although we are hoping the mussels...

Left hand crash

Jan 7, 2016 / 12:57 pm
A 35-year-old semi truck driver from Surrey has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act after trying to pass a pickup which was making a legal left turn off Highway 1 onto 1st Avenue SW in Salmon Arm around 1:43 a.m. Thursday, says the RCMP. Police say the semi struck the pickup causing...

Culture, water are tops

Jan 7, 2016 / 11:59 am
The newly-acclaimed chair of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee hopes work on a master culture plan for the North Okanagan region will be finalized in February. Juliette Cunningham is back in GVAC's top seat for another year after no one ran against her. Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick is...

Parking tightens up

Jan 7, 2016 / 11:35 am
UPDATE: 11:32 a.m. City of Vernon real estate manager Brett Bandy says subjects on the sale of the Bennett lot come off today (Thursday). Bandy confirms the lot sold to The Hamlets in Vernon Residence Inc. for $1.6 million. Tri City Canada Inc. is a partner in the development of the...

Pickleball pickle

Jan 7, 2016 / 11:21 am
Pickleball and tennis enthusiasts will have to wait to find out whether or not they have the backing of Greater Vernon politicians for new facilities at Marshall Field. Proponents say it would cost just over $2 million to build an indoor, 12-court structure, but North Okanagan Regional District...

Cops look for wanted man

Jan 7, 2016 / 9:49 am
Vernon RCMP are seeking public help in locating a wanted man. As of Dec. 18, Dale Christopher Babiy has an outstanding warrant for theft of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property from an incident in Vernon on Dec. 17. Babiy is described as 22, five feet four inches tall, 150 pounds...

Who owns camera gear?

Jan 7, 2016 / 9:47 am
Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP are searching for the owner of some recovered photography equipment. On Jan. 5, police recovered a black plastic box of professional-style photography and lighting equipment that is believed to have been stolen. “Police have not been able to locate the...

Do you recognize ATV thief?

Jan 7, 2016 / 7:02 am
Vernon RCMP are seeking the public's help to identify an ATV thief. On Dec. 18, a trailer and Polaris ATV were stolen from the 5300 block of 27th Ave. The vehicle and trailer were later recovered on the 5500 block of Willow Place in Vernon. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a press...

Child porn sentence delayed

Jan 6, 2016 / 8:30 pm
A Vernon man who admitted to possessing, downloading and viewing child pornography will know how long he will spend in jail later this week. Karl David Lawrence will serve at least the mandatory three months in jail for possessing child pornography, but his sentence could be longer. Police...

Christian remains chief

Jan 6, 2016 / 2:40 pm
Wayne Christian has been re-elected chief of the Splatsin First Nation. Results from Tuesday's election shows Christian garnered 126 of the 241 ballots cast for chief. Four people ran against him. Christian has worked for 30 years in establishing healing and health systems for B.C.'s...

Art gallery springs a leak

Jan 6, 2016 / 2:04 pm
Things are getting even wetter at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Dauna Kennedy Grant, gallery executive director, said another leak has sprung in the facility, located in the parkade building. “It's an ongoing thing we battle with. This just happens to be a new leak. We have the...

Truck hits fire hydrant

Jan 6, 2016 / 11:30 am
Icy roads are a possible culprit in a single-vehicle accident on Tronson Road Wednesday morning. The driver of the black Dodge pick-up truck was heading east on Tronson when he lost control of the vehicle, sliding into the ditch and striking a fire hydrant near the Vernon airport. The truck...

Arnold's grand opening

Jan 6, 2016 / 11:17 am
UPDATE 11:13 a.m. North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has announced the grand opening of his Vernon constituency office on Jan. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Arnold said he had hoped to open the office soon but had to wait for the installation of a wheel chair ramp...

Driver goes to court - again

Jan 6, 2016 / 10:12 am
A Vernon man will be heading to court later this year to face charges of dangerous driving – again. Ian Burns was convicted in Vernon provincial court of dangerous driving causing bodily harm last year, following an incident on June 26, 2013 when the truck he was driving struck volunteer...

Freezing rain warning

Jan 6, 2016 / 9:39 am
Salmon Arm RCMP have issued a warning to drivers to slow down as the region contends with freezing rain. Police attended seven motor vehicle collisions Monday and Tuesday and conditions on the roads are not good despite the best efforts of snow removal crews, said Staff Sgt. Scott...

Looking for commitment

Jan 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
A search will soon begin in the North Okanagan for people who are good organizers and have a lot of time on their hands. Invitations have gone out to a handful of local politicians, the school district, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and sporting groups for a Jan. 27 meeting at Vernon city...

Another PV Road crash

Jan 5, 2016 / 9:38 pm
There has been a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and 48th Avenue in Vernon. A small pickup and a car collided around 9 p.m. Tuesday blocking the northbound lane on PV Road and the outer lane heading eastbound on 48th. A witness said a passenger in the car appeared to...

Single moms robbed

Jan 5, 2016 / 3:03 pm
As if life was not challenging enough for Kris Zacharuk, having someone break into her home and steal irreplaceable items made it even worse. The single mother shares her Vernon home with another single mom and Tuesday morning she posted someone had smashed their way into the...

Beaver prompts rescue call

Jan 5, 2016 / 2:58 pm
Emergency crews in Vernon responded quickly to a report of a person in Swan Lake Tuesday afternoon, but it turned out to be a four-legged creature not in need of rescue. RCMP, search and rescue, a BX Swan Lake fire crew and other emergency personnel dashed to Swan Lake after someone on shore...

7-Eleven helps fight crime

Jan 5, 2016 / 2:22 pm
A national convenience store is doing its part to fight crime. Donation canisters will be available on all 7-Eleven Canada front counters through January and February, offering customers the opportunity to support Crime Stoppers programs across the country. 7-Eleven Canada and Crime Stoppers...
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