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Distillery ready to shine

Mar 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm

It could be a big March for Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. The company is preparing to move from its existing Vernon location to a purpose-built 16,000-square-foot, state of the art building in North Vernon, and is also looking to repeat its victory at the World Spirit Awards. The...

Radioman hangs up mic

Mar 13, 2015 / 12:16 pm

When Glen Morrison first turned on the microphone in 1972, Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, Neil Young’s Heart of Gold and Don Maclean’s American Pie were tearing up the charts. Radio stations were playing 45s and the all-night DJ was still in demand. Forty-three years later,...

Med school opens at VJH

Mar 13, 2015 / 10:22 am

Students in the University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program officially have a new place to call home at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. UBC’s regional associate dean for the Interior Dr. Allan Jones and Vernon Jubilee Hospital physician Dr. George Borchert, were joined by...

Dust advisory lifted

Mar 12, 2015 / 5:24 pm

The Ministry of Environment has ended its dust advisory for Vernon issued on Monday due to high concentrations of coarse particulates in the air. Changing weather conditions have contributed to improving air quality, and this is expected to continue over the next few days, air quality...

Cash returned to owner

Mar 12, 2015 / 3:21 pm

UPDATE MARCH 12 The owner of an envelope of cash found in Vernon has come forward – and is grateful for the Good Samaritan who turned it in. According to RCMP, a family member had just picked up the rent money and lost the envelope before getting home. The honest resident who turned...

Seattle ski coach extradited

Mar 12, 2015 / 10:41 am

A former private school ski coach from Seattle, convicted in Vernon for peeping on his students at Silver Star, has been extradited to the U.S. to face further charges. Jason Christopher Paur, 44, was indicted last year by a U.S. federal grand jury for five child pornography related offences....

Focus on regional issues

Mar 12, 2015 / 8:29 am

Governments from throughout the Southern Interior will focus their efforts at a meeting next month. Issues of regional importance are on the agenda – such as fire zones, invasive mussels, meat processing regulations and more. There are 24 resolutions on the table for the Southern...
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Garbage up, recycling down

Mar 11, 2015 / 11:52 am

A new five-year waste management contract has been signed by the City of Vernon and the successful bidder, Progressive Waste Solutions. Residential rates will stay the same, while there are major shifts in commercial garbage removal and recycling rates. Businesses will pay nine per cent more...

Growers fear GMO backlash

Mar 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Arctic Apple is creating a chill in the Okanagan orchard industry, says the president of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association. The BCFGA is calling on Ottawa to place a moratorium on approval of the non-browning genetically modified apple developed by Summerland-based Okanagan Specialty Fruits...

Drunk speeder nabbed

Mar 10, 2015 / 11:48 am

Speeding excessively while drunk is not a good idea. But Vernon RCMP caught a young driver doing just that on Saturday. A North Okanagan Traffic Services officer noticed a Subaru speeding at Ricardo Road on Highway 6 near Coldstream about 7:20 a.m. It was clocked on radar travelling 56 clicks...

Fire destroys Vernon home

Mar 10, 2015 / 9:25 am

RCMP and fire investigators are looking into a mysterious fire that destroyed a home near Vernon Monday evening. RCMP say they received the call, along with the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department, at 8:35 p.m. of a residential fire on 25th Avenue in Greater Vernon. A passing jogger had noticed the...

Smoke from controlled burn

Mar 9, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Photo: Contributed - Wayne Emde If you happen to notice smoke in the Vernon area, no need for alarm. Smoke is coming from a controlled burn just off Westside Road which is being carried out by the Okanagan Indian Band Volunteer Fire Department. The band is cleaning up some dry...

Dust warning for Vernon

Mar 9, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The Ministry of Environment has issued a dust warning for the City of Vernon. The warning comes due to a high concentration of coarse particulates which is expected to persist until there is a change in current weather patterns. According to the advisory people with chronic underlying medical...

New Tim's worries parents

Mar 9, 2015 / 7:30 pm

A proposal to construct a Tim Hortons and a Co-op gas bar on 27th Street and 35th Avenue next to Beairsto Elementary has parents concerned. The school’s parent advisory council formed a special committee two weeks ago to try and get more answers about the proposal. A group of 30 parents...

Burns to restore habitat

Mar 9, 2015 / 4:14 pm

A series of "ecosystem restoration" burns is planned for the Satellite Hill and South Fork areas east of Vernon. These prescribed fires will occur in several phases and may start as early as Tuesday and continue until the end of the month, weather permitting. The controlled burns...

Vernon's best businesses

Mar 8, 2015 / 6:10 pm

The best of Greater Vernon’s entrepreneurship was celebrated at the Annual Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Saturday night. Close to 300 were in attendance at the Best Western Vernon Lodge to recognize the top businesses and organizations in twelve different...

Car crash paralyzes nurse

Mar 7, 2015 / 4:49 pm

Three months ago the life of nurse, mother and wife was changed forever when she found herself the victim of a hit and run. As the culprit took off from police, the Vernon nurse stayed trapped in her car, near death. Robin had just finished her shift on Dec. 3 and was on her way home to her...

Carnival goes Mardi Gras

Mar 7, 2015 / 5:01 am

Next winter's Vernon Winter Carnival already has its theme – Mardi Gras. The carnival's board of directors selected the theme this week and announced the dates for carnival 2016: Feb. 5-14. "With over 100 theme suggestions from the community, the board of directors had...

Spying coach sentenced

Mar 6, 2015 / 7:00 pm

An American cross-country ski coach who secretly took videos of young girls while at a resort in B.C.'s Okanagan has been sentenced to time served. Jason Paur of Seattle who has already spent 16 months in custody awaiting trial was also given two years of probation on Friday by a provincial...

Big lift at Vernon Jubilee

Mar 5, 2015 / 12:20 pm

Cranes are making some big lifts this week as construction materials are being hoisted to the seventh floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital's Polson Tower. According to Interior Health spokesperson Patrick Gall, interior construction on the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower is on...
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