Water woes on UBCM plan

Sep 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Janice Brown, mayor of Spallumcheen, will head to Victoria Monday for the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention with the Hullcar aquifer on her mind. The drinking water from the Hullcar aquifer has had elevated level of nitrates in it for years, prompting a drinking water advisory from...

Guilty verdict in murder

Sep 24, 2016 / 7:00 am
UPDATE: 7 a.m. A jury has found Howard Krewson guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Linda Ross. The jury came back with its verdict Friday afternoon, following a two-week trial before Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole. Ross, a Vernon teacher, was shot at her Trinity Valley home in...

Stickle still in a pickle

Sep 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
Naturalists are fighting to save a North Vernon wetland from the proposed extension of 20th Street to Stickle Road. The Stickle pickle continues to be the talk of the town, with sides drawn over the merits of a traffic light versus the province's preferred option of the 20th Street...

Where to skateboard?

Sep 23, 2016 / 1:41 pm
The debate around skateboards on Vernon streets and sidewalks continued this week, with the city holding a discussion forum on the issue on Sept. 19. Sixteen people with varying perspectives attended the forum, including those representing the Downtown Vernon Association, the Sustainable...

Museum vandalized again

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:00 pm
For the second time this month, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives have dealt with vandalism. Rocks thrown through two of the museum's doors set off alarm bells at the museum at about 7 a.m. Friday morning. Despite the smashed windows, Tracy Satin, museum director, said nothing in the...

More free car charging

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:11 am
BC Hydro's final electric vehicle charging station was officially unveiled in Vernon Friday morning, the 30th station the utility has installed throughout the province. The electric vehicle charging station, located near the Greyhound Station on 31st Avenue, isn't the first charging...

Soup for Third World

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:51 am
The North Okanagan Gleaners are busy turning Okanagan produce into soup for the hungry. "We do this because there is so much hunger in the world, so much need and we have so much surplus here in Canada," Harold Sellers, General Manager with the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners...

More beds to fight addiction

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:14 pm
The Round Lake Treatment Centre will be getting bigger. The centre, which serves the North Okanagan area, will have six new aboriginal-support recovery beds in Armstrong. Interior Health (IH) announced that five contracts have been awarded for the creation of 26 additional support recovery...

Going to the big game?

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:30 pm
The list of winners has been posted on Facebook. And the winners are... The lucky fans who have won tickets to the practice and pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings will be announced in Facebook later today. The NHL contest will be played at Kal Tire Place...

Busy UBCM for Enderby

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:05 pm
It's going to be a busy week for members of Enderby council. The Union of B.C. Municipalities conference starts Monday and Mayor Greg McCune said he and the five councillors in attendance have 19 meetings set up over five days. That's on top of regular conference events. McCune...

Drive-thru a success

Sep 22, 2016 / 1:57 pm
Hundreds of people turned out on a sunny Thursday morning to get a bite to eat and support a good cause. The annual United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast was held at the Vernon Atrium with people giving a donation and getting a bag breakfast in return. Linda Yule, United Way North Okanagan Columbia...

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Sep 22, 2016 / 1:20 pm
UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. A magnitude 2.9 earthquake shook portions of the North Okanagan Thursday afternoon. The small quake hit 15 kilometres east of Vernon at a depth of 10 kilometres. According to emails received by Castanet, the quake was felt from Vernon to Lumby. There were reports of...

Murder trial in hands of jury

Sep 22, 2016 / 10:42 am
The fate of a man accused of second-degree murder is in the hands of a jury. Howard Krewson is facing the charge in the shooting death of Linda Ross (also known as Linda Stewart.) Krewson, 57, is charged in the shooting death of Ross, 51, at her Trinity Valley home in June 2014. While...

Social issues on agenda

Sep 22, 2016 / 9:54 am
Social issues will dominate the agenda for Vernon officials when they attend the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference next week. Mayor Akbal Mund said he and councillors Scott Anderson, Juliette Cunningham, Dalvir Nahal and Catherine Lord, along with CAO Will Pearce and his assistant, will...

Breakfast for a cause

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Don't feel like making breakfast this morning? Not a problem. The United Way North Okanagan will be holding its annual Drive-Thru Breakfast today from 6-9 a.m. at the Vernon Atrium Hotel. “We have been reviewing community priorities in the towns and cities that we support and we...

Time to think Christmas

Sep 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
It may only be September, but it is time to start thinking about Christmas. The Downtown Vernon Association need help to make the annual Light Up the biggest and best yet. This year, the Light Up takes place on Saturday, Nov. 26. “Planning for the next annual Downtown Vernon Light Up...

Manslaughter trial next year

Sep 21, 2016 / 7:19 pm
Almost four years after her death, the man accused of killing Jillian McKinty is going to trial. Logan Scott is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of the Armstrong woman in 2013. McKinty's body was found in her home at Wolfenden Terrace in Armstrong on Nov. 27, 2013. The mother...

Shanda tough as steel

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm
Shanda Hill is no ordinary woman – she's more like a superhero. The Vernon resident and ultra-triathlete will be the first and only woman in Canada to compete in a "Quintuple Anvil" in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 10. "It's the equivalent of five Ironman races back to...

Traffic jams in ... Enderby?

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:19 pm
It's not what most people expect from such a scenic town, but at times traffic in Enderby rivals the big city. The quaint community 30 minutes from Vernon on Highway 97A has far surpassed predicted traffic levels, and that has city and provincial officials taking action. Mayor Greg McCune...

Flushing the lines every day

Sep 21, 2016 / 3:57 pm
Water at six North Okanagan schools is being flushed every morning since testing showed higher-than-acceptable levels of lead in the water. District Supt. Joe Rogers said the health of the students is a top priority and flushing the water lines has made the water safe for drinking. Rogers...

Lives at risk on road

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:27 am
No one should have to risk their life at work, but Teagon Burton sees it almost every day. Burton works for JPW Road and Bridge doing traffic control, road maintenance and cleanup. Hardly a day passes when she doesn't hear of someone having a close call on the job. “It can be a...

Five leaders to watch

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:25 am
And the winners are... The first five recipients in the KPMG Top 20 under 40 include a small business owner, a professional appraiser, an educator, a lawyer and a property manager. The second annual KPMG Top 20 Under 40 recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those...

Crash closes Hwy 97

Sep 21, 2016 / 9:58 am
UPDATE: 10 a.m. A 55-year-old woman from Kamloops was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car collision on Highway 97 Tuesday evening. RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the accident involved a Honda SUV and Chevrolet pickup. “Scene examination ... indicates that the Honda SUV with three...

Morty needsss sssome help

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Mortimer is not your average pet. He's not exactly the classic definition of cute and cuddly, but to Andrew Brys, 'Morty' the ball python is his “baby boy.” Morty has become ill, so Brys started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to cover the veterinarian bills for the...

Ruff year pups with cough

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:34 pm
Vernon has seen a greater-than-usual outbreak of Kennel Cough this year. The highly infectious respiratory disease has seen dog owners swarming to the vet clinic. "It's slowing down a little bit but the last couple of months we would get four, five, six dogs a day with Kennel Cough,...

Walking for the health of it

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm
Enderby is encouraging anyone impacted by multiple myeloma to come out and show their support. The community north of Vernon on Highway 97A will be taking to the streets for the inaugural Multiple Myeloma March, Saturday, Sept. 24. The march is part of Myeloma Canada’s national...

Dark past focus of docs

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:02 pm
It is now the site of a high school, but a Vernon field was once a place of hardship for hundreds of people. From 1914-20, McDonald Field, next to WL Seaton Secondary School, was an internment camp during the First World War for men, women and children mostly of Ukrainian descent. It was one...

'My heart is broken'

Sep 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm
All Michelle McPhie wants is her husband's bike back – no questions asked. McPhie's husband, Neil, passed away from a brain tumour in May and sometime Sunday night, someone stole his mountain bike. McPhie said she accidentally left the garage door open and when she noticed in...

Guilty pleas in park attack

Sep 20, 2016 / 9:58 am
Two men charged with a vicious assault in Polson Park in May have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Dale Mathew Lea and Jason Wayne Andrews were originally charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in relation to a machete attack on two homeless men who were living in the...

On a mission to feed kids

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Upper Room Mission is known for helping the less fortunate living on the fringe of society, but it is also active in keeping students fed. The Healthy Snack Program helps feed more than 250 school-aged children in the local school district. “The goal of our program is to provide...

Bear near Alexis Park Drive

Sep 19, 2016 / 4:30 pm
Amanda Linz was surprised to see an unexpected visitor in her neighbourhood Monday afternoon - a black bear. Linz posted a picture of the bruin running through a residential neighbourhood in the Alexis Park area at around 3:30 p.m. “I've never seen that before,” said Linz who...

She said 'Yes'

Sep 19, 2016 / 1:13 pm
(Video by tailoredfitfilms.com) Rylee had a plan. It took several months and a few white lies, but he miraculously pulled off a surprise proposal with the help of friends, family and co-workers. Unsuspecting bride-to-be Danica was in shock when the plan unfolded. “Rylee convinced...

Budget input now online

Sep 19, 2016 / 12:57 pm
Vernon residents can now go online to offer their opinion the city's budget plans. The interactive budget simulator will help council and administration understand the public’s priorities on various services provided by the city. The survey is open from Sept. 19 to Oct. 14. The...

Too drunk for murder?

Sep 19, 2016 / 12:57 pm
The man accused of the second-degree murder of Linda Ross broke down on the stand Monday while testifying about what happened the day Ross was shot. Howard Krewson is charged in the shooting death of Ross (who also goes by Linda Stewart) at her Trinity Valley home in June 2014. Defence lawyer...

New candidates announced

Sep 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
A long-standing tradition is alive and well in the North Okanagan with the announcement of the Queen Silver Star candidates. The Queen Silver Star Excellence Program announced the 10 candidates for the title of Queen and Princess Silver Star 57 at the Schubert Centre recently. They...

Vehicle fire on Hwy 97

Sep 18, 2016 / 6:19 pm
A vehicle fire has slowed northbound traffic on Highway 97. The incident is in the northbound lanes of the bypass between Winfield and Oyama in Lake Country. The fire happened late Sunday afternoon. The cause of the vehicle fire or if there are any injuries is not known at this...

Running for Terry

Sep 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Once again Canadians honoured the nation's favourite son by going for a walk, ride or run. The 36th annual Terry Fox Run was held at Marshall Fields in Vernon with more than 200 people coming out on a sunny Sunday morning. Co-organizer Tanya Davoren said last year the event raised more...

Assaulted in Coldstream

Sep 18, 2016 / 1:51 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating after two women claim they were assaulted in Coldstream. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the incident happened last Monday, Sept. 12, when “two females reported being approached by a vehicle containing two males in the area of Cypress Drive and Scenic Drive in...

Give, don't throw, away

Sep 16, 2016 / 10:53 am
Vernon's Sustainable Environmental Network Society urges people to "give away" rather than "throw away." It's organizing its first Curbside Giveaway Weekend Sept. 24 and 25. Organizers say the event will keep reuseable items out of the landfill and be a fun...

Pool reopens Monday

Sep 16, 2016 / 10:38 am
The Vernon Aquatic Centre will reopen Monday. The rec centre pool has been shut down for three weeks, for annual maintenance. Several facility upgrades have been made during the closure, including a new water feature in the leisure pool called the Sneaky Soaker 3. A new, simplified fee...
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