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Take a walk, kids

Sep 19, 2015 / 5:22 am

City officials want Vernon students to get off the bus and take a walk. The City of Vernon is inviting area schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk (iWalk) event, an annual global event held around the world in October to raise awareness about the benefits of active travel to...

Porn sentence 1 day

Sep 18, 2015 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE 2:20 P.M. Ryan Hampton will be released from custody on Saturday after serving seven months in prison, despite being found guilty on eight of the nine counts against him. The judge presiding in Friday's case in Kelowna found Hampton guilty of possessing child pornography and six...

RCMP step up enforcement

Sep 18, 2015 / 6:51 am

Drivers in the North Okanagan are being given fair warning – the RCMP is watching. The Vernon/North Okanagan Traffic Services Unit will conduct a traffic enforcement project from Sept. 21 to 25, focusing on distracted drivers, impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and people not wearing...

Celebrating our culture

Sep 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

She describes it as Cirque du Soleil meets live painting, and Amanda Shatzko will be bringing her unique art form to Vernon as part of Culture Days that will be held across the country Sept. 24-26. Shatzko grew up in Vernon – graduating from Vernon Secondary School – and has been...

Venture Training turns 60

Sep 17, 2015 / 7:32 pm

They opened the doors in September 1955 and 60 years later Venture Training is still helping people with learning challenges. To mark the milestone, the Vernon organization held a barbecue where it welcomed the public to check out the facility and to recognize its long-term...

Vernon mayor in court

Sep 17, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Akbal Mund wants to assure the people of Vernon he is not withholding taxes or responsible for any illegal tax maneuvers. The Vernon mayor said he did receive a summons for court from the Canada Revenue Agency and his lawyer appeared for him Thursday morning to respond to the dual charges of...

Arrest in arson case

Sep 17, 2015 / 10:46 am

UPDATE 10:45 A.M. Court documents reveal the 33-year-old Vernon man charged with arson is also before the courts on several other charges. Ryan Patrick Warnock, 33, was charged this week with one count of arson damaging property for the Sept. 6 fire at AJ's Pets & Things. Warnock...

Armed robber caught

Sep 17, 2015 / 9:45 am

Vernon RCMP have arrested a 29-year-old man after the Lakeview Market Store on 32nd Avenue in Vernon was robbed at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. “It was reported to police a lone male had entered the store with a large knife. He attempted to access the cash register but was unable to...

Getting soaked for water

Sep 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

If North Okanagan residents feel like they're getting soaked on their water bill, it's because they pay the highest water rates of the Okanagan's three major cities. Vernon residents pay for their liquid gold per cubic metre, and the cost is set by the Regional District of North...

Old signs in rough shape

Sep 16, 2015 / 7:45 pm

It has only been there for seven years, but the sign welcoming people to Greater Vernon at the south entrance on Highway 97 is being replaced and moved. City council agreed Monday to fork over $55,000 to have new welcome signs built at all three entrances to the city and plans to move the...

Child porn: did cop do it?

Sep 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATED: 6:00 P.M. Crown lawyer Claire Ducluzeau presented closing submissions Wednesday afternoon in the trial of former Vernon RCMP officer Ryan Hampton. Hampton faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking for...

Road work all over town

Sep 16, 2015 / 4:33 pm

Vernon drivers might want to plan their route around several road work projects in the city. Crews are installing a water main near the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and 48th Avenue through Oct. 31. The BC Transit bench on the southeast corner of the intersection is being temporarily...

Two forums into one

Sep 16, 2015 / 11:32 am

Instead of hosting its own all-candidates forum, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has decided to partner with Junior Chamber International Vernon in staging an all-candidates youth forum Sept. 25 at the Kalamalka campus of Okanagan College. “In light of the significant number of...

OKIB bids to remove bombs

Sep 15, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Members of the Okanagan Indian Band are committed to making parts of the North Okanagan safer by removing munitions left over from training exercises during the Second World War. The OKIB has submitted a joint bid with Xtech Explosive Decontamination Inc. to participate in the clean-up of...

Stuff the Save On bus

Sep 15, 2015 / 6:23 pm

He may not be camping on the roof in the wind and the rain, but Save On Foods manager Jim Tennant is still collecting food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. For the past three years, Tennant has camped atop the Village Green Mall grocery store for eight days while seeking donations for the food...

Engineering a cleanup

Sep 15, 2015 / 5:29 pm

A group of engineers from Stantec traded their desks for the great outdoors and their ties for work gloves on Tuesday. Last year, the volunteers painted a wood bridge and gazebos in Gellatly Bay, in West Kelowna. This year, the team members volunteered for the City of Vernon, performing park...

New gateway signage

Sep 15, 2015 / 6:00 am

Visitors to Vernon will be greeted by new signage next year. The current signs on Highway 6 and the north and sound entrances on Highway 97 will be replaced, and this time the city of Vernon is picking up the entire tab. The current signs were paid for by Greater Vernon communities, but they...

No off-leash dogs allowed

Sep 15, 2015 / 5:00 am

He had dogged determination, but in the end Coun. Scott Anderson couldn't convince the rest of city council to let dogs run free in a designated off-leash area at Marshall Fields. At the centre of the debate was the city's revised parks master plan, which calls for a trail from Marshall...

Candidates on the hot seat

Sep 14, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Candidates for the North Okangan-Shuswap federal riding were grilled by their most challenging critics Monday – the voters. Conservative Mel Arnold, Liberal candidate Cindy Derkaz, Green Party candidate Chris George and NDP hopeful Jacqui Gingras faced more than 400 people at the Vernon...

City treated unfairly?

Sep 14, 2015 / 8:45 pm

Juliette Cunningham wants to know why the Ministry of Environment is holding Vernon to a higher standard than some other Okanagan communities. The Vernon city councillor said the issue came up when the city submitted its liquid waste management plan to the province and was told there were...

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