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Habitat builds home

Sep 1, 2016 / 5:02 pm
A project that will see three Vernon families be able to buy into the pricey housing market was officially marked with a sod-turning Thursday. Work on the Habitat for Humanity triplex at 2404 35th Ave. is expected to start within days, said Glory Westwell, the group's local...

Dancing up donations

Sep 1, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Local 'celebrities' will be dancing the night away during the Dancing with the Vernon Stars event. Couples will be showing their best dance moves at the Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre. While tickets for the Sept. 30 event have sold out, people can still help out by donating...

Viciously attacked

Sep 1, 2016 / 2:39 pm
UPDATE 2:40 p.m. RCMP have released some information on a brutal assault that left a Vernon woman with head and facial injuries. The man who struck Brianna is described as 6-foot3, about 200 pounds, with a darker skin and wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans. The matter remains under...

Record crowd at IPE

Sep 1, 2016 / 12:41 pm
It was a record-breaking day at the IPE Wednesday. The opening day of the fair that is in its 117th year saw 18,327 people go through the gates, an increase of almost 1,000 over last year. “It's a nice increase,” said Yvonne Paulson, IPE general manager. “I think the...

Family loses everything

Sep 1, 2016 / 11:57 am
A young family who stayed the night in Vernon are pleading for help after everything they owned was stolen by thieves. Ryan Prevost, his fiance and their one-year-old daughter were moving from Vancouver to Calgary – driving to their destination in a rented 20-foot U-Haul that held all of...

2nd phase for Enderby

Sep 1, 2016 / 7:20 am
The second phase of Enderby's main street construction begins following the Labour Day long weekend. The work will complete the construction of Cliff Avenue, from the Vernon Street intersection to the Bawtree Bridge. Construction will occur between Sept. 6 to approximately Nov. 11, Monday...

Party time at the IPE

Aug 31, 2016 / 5:00 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 Photo: Contributed The 117th annual Interior Provincial Exhibition kicked off Wednesday for...
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Five ODs in a day

Aug 31, 2016 / 3:34 pm
At least five people were taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital suffering from illicit drug overdoses Tuesday and there is concern they are linked to the same drug used in recent overdoses in Kamloops – where an overdose alert has been issued following a fatality. “There were five cases...

Hwy 6 chain reaction

Aug 31, 2016 / 3:07 pm
UPDATE: 3:08 p.m. The driver of a pickup truck has been ticketed for driving without due care and attention, following a crash on Highway 6 involving four vehicles, according to the RCMP. While the accident is still under investigation, it appears that a truck rear-ended another vehicle...

Serious accident downtown

Aug 31, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Two people were transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Wednesday afternoon, one with serious injuries, following a three-vehicle crash in the downtown. Emergency crews were called out to attend the scene at 30 Avenue and 37th Street at 1:38 p.m., said fire captain Reinhard Mann of Vernon Fire...

Wish comes true

Aug 31, 2016 / 1:52 pm
Five year-old Eli Johannson got his wish granted Wednesday – and it was a big one. An ‘Optimus Prime’ transformer-themed playhouse, donated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon, was lifted through the air and onto the family’s Coldstream property. The child...

Mopping up fire scene

Aug 31, 2016 / 11:19 am
It's back to business for Vernon Fire Rescue crews mopping up the remnants of a wildfire that started near Predator Ridge on Saturday afternoon. Called the Kokanee Road fire, all work had to stop after an unexploded ordnance (UXO), from Vernon's military days, was found in the area of...

Last chance for NHL tix

Aug 30, 2016 / 6:00 pm
If you have not yet filled in ballots for a chance to win tickets to a pre-season NHL game to be held at Kal Tire Place in Vernon Oct. 2, there is one more day to do so. The big game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings is being sponsored by food giant Kraft following Lumby's...

Two slashed in attack

Aug 30, 2016 / 5:18 pm
A stabbing in Vernon over the weekend sent two men to hospital, RCMP report. On Sunday, Aug. 28, at around 9:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a stabbing in the downtown area. “On RCMP and BCAS arrival, investigators located two men that had suffered stab wounds, who stated that...

Police probing BX fires

Aug 30, 2016 / 4:24 pm
An RCMP investigative team and a dog team were called out following another suspicious fire in the BX neighbourhood. BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the call came around 3 p.m. on Tuesday for a fire off Spanky's Trail, just off Wallace Road. The bush fire got to about 20 by 30...

Surprise guests a concern

Aug 30, 2016 / 3:38 pm
It's not uncommon for someone to knock at your front door, but when the people claim they rented your house for the night it gets a little strange. That is exactly what happened to Adrienne and Pierre Alexandre of Vernon. On Saturday, their doorbell rang so Pierre went to see who it was...

Cause of Lumby house fire

Aug 30, 2016 / 1:29 pm
The cause of a serious house fire in Lumby on Monday is “undetermined but probably electrical,” said Lumby fire chief Tony Clayton. Clayton and an official with the BC Safety Authority spent a number of hours at the residence on Mabel Lake Road Tuesday morning. “There's...

Butt out, outdoors

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:56 pm
With the growing emphasis on healthy living and concern over grass fires, Enderby and area residents are being asked if smoking should be allowed in city parks and other recreation areas. A survey posted on the city's website on Monday asks: What do you think about smoking tobacco in parks,...

Favourite apple out early

Aug 30, 2016 / 11:32 am
They are already picking honey crisp apples out at Davison Orchards in Vernon. "They are definitely early this year. They are three to four weeks ahead of last year," said Shane Landreville of Davison's. "Typically, we'd start picking well into September." The farm...

Sunken boat leaking fuel

Aug 30, 2016 / 10:04 am
RCMP are expected to hit Okanagan Lake today in search of a half sunken boat. According to one woman who first reported the boat to police, it's been leaking fuel into the water which has started washing up on the shore near Vernon Indian Band land. The West Kelowna RCMP was initially...

Fare boost for rail trail

Aug 30, 2016 / 10:01 am
A two-day effort by Nature’s Fare markets in Vernon and Kelowna has raised $30,000 for Okanagan rail trail construction, and the business is now urging other stores to mount a similar campaign. The money raised will fund 187.5 metres of rail trail on the discontinued rail corridor between...

Action over suspicious fires

Aug 30, 2016 / 9:27 am
RCMP have stepped up patrols and so have residents in Vernon's BX neighbourhood, following a series of suspicious fires. “The scariest part of this whole thing is somebody is starting fires at night,” said Blair Peden, a member of the BX-Swan Lake Community...

It's time for the IPE

Aug 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
The summer is almost over and there is a hint of fall in the night air. That can only mean one thing – it's time for the IPE. The Interior Provincial Exhibition – or the Armstrong Fair as it is often called – kicks off Wednesday in the farming community 15 minutes from...

Battling structure blaze

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:00 pm
UPDATE: 3:58 p.m. A family is in the care of emergency social services after their home was destroyed by flames, in Lumby. Fire Chief Tony Clayton says the blaze was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 p.m. “We managed to save some nearby trees and a garage, but...

Jitters at Sparkling Hill

Aug 29, 2016 / 12:44 pm
Vernon's fire chief Keith Green joined B.C. forestry officials at the site of the Kokanee Road fire Monday, where hot spots were still being put out and a response team was dealing with an old unexploded ordinance from the area's military past. At its peak early Saturday evening, dozens...

Get ready to pay to park

Aug 29, 2016 / 11:37 am
Free parking at Vernon's Civic Arena is coming to an end. Starting Sept. 1, motorists who have been using the large gravel lot for free, will have to shell out money for the privilege. Paid parking will be in effect Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will still be free of charge...

Explosive hazard at fire

Aug 29, 2016 / 10:23 am
Firefighters battling the Kokanee Road fire had to deal with more than flames on the weekend. Vernon Fire Rescue Services and Wildfire Management Branch firefighters encountered a mortar shell while battling the fire in the Predator Ridge area. Unexploded ordnances (UXOs) are a result of...

Bringing the past to life

Aug 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Stories of the Past will come to life in Vernon as part of Culture Days. Keyanna Burgher, Vernon Community Arts Centre administrative assistant, said she teamed up seven local artists with seven local seniors to create artwork based on life stories from the seniors’ past. “Over...

Two more suspicious fires

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:07 pm
The number of suspicious fires continues to grow in the North Okanagan. BX/Swan Lake fire crews were called to two more fires Sunday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. Crews were called to both fires within an hour of each other and both are suspicious. BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the...

Cause of fire released

Aug 28, 2016 / 3:47 pm
UPDATE 3:44 P.M. The cause of the Kokanee Road fire has been determined. Vernon deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the fire was caused by a downed power line. “It was a line coming loose off a power pole. It appears to have come down in the wind and it appears to have ignited one...

Stepping up to help out

Aug 28, 2016 / 2:51 pm
An Okanagan College English professor will be stepping out of the classroom and stepping up to help a student. Tim Walters, an English professor at the Salmon Arm campus and president of the OCFA (the Okanagan College Faculty Association) will be walking 160 kilometres in an effort to raise...

Hockeyville ticket fever

Aug 28, 2016 / 11:55 am
The hockey fever is building in Lumby as residents lined up on Saturday to enter the lottery for a coveted NHL ticket. The Lumby Chamber Visitors Centre was the place to be on Saturday as Kraft Hockeyville ballots were accepted for the preseason NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the LA...

Fire almost contained

Aug 27, 2016 / 8:15 pm
UPDATE: 8:12 p.m. Crews at the site of a wildfire near Predator Ridge say it is relatively contained at the perimeter although there are flames in the middle as well as hot spots. Air support departed as night fell but dozens of firefighters remained at the scene. "Ground crew will be...

Vernon fire: Your pictures

Aug 27, 2016 / 7:46 pm
Photo: - Denise Callander Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: - Julie Pringle Photo: - Warren Irwin Photo: - Isaiah C. Crews from Vernon Fire Rescue and the Ministry of Forests were battling a wildfire just north of the Predator Ridge resort, near...

Thunderstorm on the way

Aug 27, 2016 / 12:49 pm
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the North Okanagan, for an incoming storm that could include strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms in the north Okanagan, including...

Concern over fire starts

Aug 27, 2016 / 9:04 am
Residents in a Vernon area neighbourhood are growing concerned over the frequency of suspicious fire starts in their area, according to BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey. Two suspicious fires were started Friday, one easily doused by Vernon Fire Rescue at Black Rock Road and 39th Avenue after 4...

Top of the bosses

Aug 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's Station BBQ Smokehouse on 29th Street has been awarded employer of the year by Venture Training, a local group that supports adults with developmental disabilities. Owners of the popular restaurant, Eric and Tanya Wisse, hired local youth Steven Walter through Venture's...

Virtual reality is here

Aug 26, 2016 / 3:34 pm
For those interested in the latest interactive experience, look no further than downtown Vernon. The Downtown Internet Lounge has two virtual reality systems up and running that offer gamers and others the chance for a 360 degree experience playing the popular Minecraft game, fighting zombies or...

Searching for answer

Aug 26, 2016 / 1:22 pm
The BX/Swan Lake fire chief is still searching for the cause of a fast-moving fire on McLennan Road in the BX early Wednesday evening. Bill Wacey said the cause remains undetermined but suspicious at this time. “I'm taking a fire service advisor there this afternoon,” said...

Constables on carts

Aug 26, 2016 / 11:38 am
RCMP have mounted patrols by cart rather than bike at Kal Beach this summer. “We noticed bike patrols were not present in the community and asked the superintendent about that,” said Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick. North Okanagan RCMP detachment Supt. Jim McNamara appeared before...
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