Competition is hot stuff

May 29, 2016 / 12:22 pm
It's how they train on a regular basis, but the Pacific Regional Firefit competition gives dozens of firefighters a chance to show their skills and have some fun doing it. Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant chief with the Coldstream fire department, said the competition simulates actual...

Chamber goes to bat

May 29, 2016 / 8:24 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is hoping progress can be made with the province on helping small wineries and cideries in the region. Vernon reps will be attending the B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in Kelowna, where the issue is expected to be front and centre. The...

NHLers join the fun

May 29, 2016 / 5:58 am
Up to 15 current and former NHL players are expected to take part in this year's Fitness for Families Hockey Challenge in Vernon June 10 and 11. Put on by the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society, the fun family event pairs kids and adults with professional players in a series of...

Longtime councillor dies

May 28, 2016 / 4:48 pm
A longtime Armstrong city councillor has died. Melinda Stickney, the city's chief administrative officer, said the following in a statement released Saturday afternoon. "On behalf of the City of Armstrong, it is with deep sadness that I write to advise you that long time Councillor...

D grade for conditions

May 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Many schools within the Vernon School District don't make the grade, according to a lengthy report presented to trustees this week. “It is also noted that with the exception of Vernon Secondary School and Coldstream Elementary which are newer facilities in excellent shape, Vernon...

Four-day school week?

May 27, 2016 / 8:14 pm
Vernon School District's $90.5 million 2016-17 budget has been approved by trustees. It is the largest budget in the past decade, said board chairperson Kelly Smith - due to an increased number of students. With the budget approved, the board is considering future options to save money,...

2 charged with kidnapping

May 27, 2016 / 4:04 pm
Two people have been charged with kidnapping in connection with an incident in Cherryville two days ago, although no information about what happened has been released by the RCMP or Crown counsel. Thirty-five-year-old Angela Kathleen Fisher was detained Friday after appearing in Vernon...

Let's talk about arena

May 27, 2016 / 10:55 am
Greater Vernon residents are being invited to talk about what's needed for the new arena slated for construction beside Kal Tire Place. City of Vernon staff and MQN Architects, designers of the arena, are inviting the public to consultation sessions to provide input on the Kal Tire Place...

Round Lake gets extension

May 27, 2016 / 7:54 am
The Round Lake Treatment Centre, north of Vernon, has been given a 35-year lease extension. The announcement from the Okanagan Indian Band follows Wednesday's referendum on the issue. Only two years had remained on the current lease, and the centre needed an extension in order to secure...

Burning to take part

May 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Firefighting prowess will be on show this weekend at the Pacific Regional Firefit competition taking place in Vernon on Saturday and Sunday. “It's a real range of talent,” said Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant chief with the Coldstream fire department. “We have...

$9.5 mil plan for Stickle

May 26, 2016 / 7:31 pm
The Ministry of Transportation has come up with a $9.5 million solution to a dangerous intersection in Vernon, and it doesn't involve a traffic light. Residents packed an open house at the Prestige Inn Thursday afternoon to see the third solution for Stickle Road at the north end of the...

Guilty plea in robbery spree

May 26, 2016 / 2:50 pm
A Vernon man arrested following a string of robberies in the city in one day last January has pleaded guilty in provincial court. Jeremiah Miller, 42, was arrested Jan. 28, following robberies at the 7-Eleven store on 39th Avenue, the Mac's convenience store on 27th Avenue and the Village...

Market brings night life

May 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm
It's a once-a-month event. This Friday, the first curbside night market takes place in downtown Vernon on 30th Avenue, between 6-9 p.m. The market will be held just once a month in May, June, July and August and will feature a live band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The block will be filled...

Ride of the century

May 26, 2016 / 1:13 pm
The ride of the century will be taking place this weekend – again. The 18th annual Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride happens Sunday, May 29. The popular and adventurous cycling event attracts cyclists from all over the Okanagan and Kootenays as well as far away as Calgary and Vancouver. It...

To grant or not to grant

May 26, 2016 / 1:03 pm
Vernon council has approved a one-time $4,000 grant to the Okanagan Military Tattoo Society. The Military Tattoo, a musical extravaganza of pipers, drummers, military bands and marching will be performing at Kal Tire Place on July 23 and 24. The funds were requested in order to help meet the...

PayByPhone parking

May 26, 2016 / 12:26 pm
The Downtown Vernon Association has welcomed a council decision that will allow drivers to use their cell phones to pay for street parking. The City has agreed to swallow 10 pennies of the 35 cent transaction fee, the rest of which will be paid for by drivers. “We were concerned that to...

Serious injuries in accident

May 26, 2016 / 11:33 am
A single-vehicle accident on Commonage Road sent a 35-year-old Vernon man to hospital with serious injuries early Thursday morning. Vernon Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Jack Blair said the accident happened at 1:30 a.m. and involved a small pick-up truck. “We had one person with...

Donor challenge issued

May 26, 2016 / 9:24 am
A woman who's life was saved 10 years ago through organ donation is challenging residents of Greater Vernon to sign on to save a life. “I received a liver from a 76-year-old donor,” Amanda Poch told Vernon council. “That is an amazing legacy to leave...

Carnival names board

May 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Work for next year's Winter Carnival starts now said Deb White, president of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society. White was re-elected president of the society at Tuesday night's annual general meeting. Fifteen directors were named to the board, including eight new...

Transit links for Coldstream

May 25, 2016 / 4:33 pm
Coldstream council has given approval in principle to a transit plan that could improve the bus links within the district, but it will take time. The three-year expansion initiative would add 2,000 transit hours, for the implementation of the Middleton Mountain local transit network in March...

More money for Mission

May 25, 2016 / 4:17 pm
There is relief at the Upper Room Mission as operating hours are restored to serve those in need through some federal funding. And the money comes at a crucial time. A grant from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has allowed the URM to once again open its doors longer during...

Holly Wood at O'Keefe

May 25, 2016 / 4:00 pm
A new ranch hand is joining Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Holly J. Wood has joined the ranch as marketing and event specialist. Wood brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the tourism industry in both Alberta and B.C. Wood has an extensive background in international travel...

Funtastic filling up

May 25, 2016 / 2:36 pm
If you haven't got your team signed up for the Funtastic slo-pitch tournament this year, then you had better be quick. There are only a few spaces left. “Right now we're at almost over 200 teams,” said Tony Pallas, executive director of the Funtastic Sports Society. He said...

Pallet on road causes crash

May 25, 2016 / 10:43 am
A female motorcyclist was sent to hospital with a broken leg after hitting a wooden pallet in the northbound lane of Highway 97A, north of Swan Lake, on Tuesday morning. RCMP Cpl. Kevin Kwast said the accident happened at around 10:50 a.m. near L&A Cross Road north of Vernon. “She...

High school bike feud

May 25, 2016 / 10:27 am
The cycling gauntlet has been thrown down. Vernon Secondary School students Holly Clancy and Ava Ready, who are part of the school’s leadership program, have teamed up with the City of Vernon to organize a challenge to neighbouring high schools to bike to school every day from May 30 to...

Gun charge laid against teen

May 25, 2016 / 10:01 am
A charge has been laid against a 16-year-old Vernon male for possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The youth is expected to appear in court this morning by video as he remains in custody, said Dan McLaughlin,...

Hostility over bus passes

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson fears a council decision to issue free one-year transit and swim passes to a Syrian refugee family could create hostility. “While it is a welcoming gesture to the refugees it also speaks to a whole bunch of other people who are out of jobs or on EI...

Sprucing up the cemetery

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Money will be spent to beautify the Vernon cemetery's patchy grass. Council has okayed $70,000 in funds to restore the lawn. The money will come from the 2015 unexpended and uncommitted year-end balance. Last year's hot, dry summer left dead grass and weeds among the...

Hero nurse does it again

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Teresa Hidasi was key in preventing a potentially disastrous situation from developing – not once, but twice. Teresa is an LPN at Noric House, a Vernon senior's care facility, and is an unsung hero in two fires that could have turned tragic had it not been for her quick actions. In...

Sawicki gets fence back

May 24, 2016 / 5:56 pm
Sawicki Park on Middleton Mountain is getting back its fence following complaints from residents who feel it is a safety issue for their children. Council has voted to have a fence re-installed around the perimeter of the park. The three entrances to the north, south and middle will have...

Council tackles panhandling

May 24, 2016 / 5:15 pm
Vernon city council is hoping to quickly get some rules in place to deal with panhandling in the downtown and on medians at certain busy intersections. “If panhandlers didn't make any money, they wouldn't be there,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. The mayor said council was told by...

Human remains found

May 24, 2016 / 4:52 pm
Human remains have been found near Salmon Arm. The Salmon Arm RCMP were called to an area on 6th Street NE on May 20. “Between 6th Street NE and Lakeshore Drive investigators located what have been confirmed as partially decomposed human remains,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West....

Party parents beware

May 24, 2016 / 4:35 pm
Graduation is a life accomplishment worth celebrating, but parents need to be cautious when it comes to parties for their young graduates. Doug Rogers, School District 22 substance abuse prevention counsellor, said parents could be the ones in trouble if they host a party and someone gets hurt...

Missing women not linked

May 24, 2016 / 3:35 pm
While the South East District Major Crimes Unit is now investigating the disappearance of two area women, police are saying they don't believe the cases are related. Earlier this month, the major crimes unit took over the missing persons cases of Caitlyn Potts and Ashley Simpson. Potts,...

Chaos is coming

May 24, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Fear not: Creative Chaos is alive and well. Over the weekend, there was a rumour on social media the massive craft fair had been cancelled. Nothing could be further from the truth. Creative Chaos chairwoman Ingrid Baron said the 41st annual event will take place June 3-5 at the Vernon...

Dairy farm gets permits

May 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm
Spallumcheen council is caught between a rock and a hard place. Mayor Janice Brown said council has no choice but to issue building permits to a local dairy farm even though there is concern the operation could be part of the cause of high nitrate levels in drinking water from the Hullcar...

Battle of words goes on

May 24, 2016 / 9:57 am
A group of residents living near Okanagan College's Vernon campus has taken the battle against a proposed amphitheatre to the society in favour of the project. In a letter to the Okanagan Summer Festival Society directors, the residents list the negative impacts of an amphitheatre in their...

Wave of lottery thefts

May 24, 2016 / 6:05 am
RCMP are investigating a series of lottery ticket thefts from Vernon businesses. Police say a male and female enter a business and one creates a distraction by asking directions using a map or by spilling a cup of coffee. While employees are distracted, the other party steals the tickets from...

Stampede wraps up Monday

May 22, 2016 / 6:24 pm
The weather may not have been the greatest, but cowboys are a hardy breed and the 98th annual Falkland Stampede carried on despite rainy conditions. The May long weekend event is a popular one with rodeo fans who travelled to the community 30 minutes north of Vernon on Highway...

Wayward budgie causes stir

May 22, 2016 / 5:16 pm
The case of the wayward budgie has several Vernon residents uniting to capture the lost bird. Cierra Carlyle posted on social media Sunday morning her dad spotted the green and yellow bird in a tree near the veterinarian clinic on Kal Lake Road. “He flew away when my dad tried to catch...
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