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Watch that driving

Nov 2, 2015 / 3:00 pm
For those brave enough to try, an obstacle course set up in Cenotaph Park offered a glimpse at what happens when we don't pay attention while walking or driving. Rachael Zubick, co-ordinator of the Vernon Community Policing Office, said the course was part of Crime Prevention week which...

Vernon man dies in crash

Nov 2, 2015 / 2:25 pm
RCMP have confirmed the death of a 36-year-old Vernon man in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 95 south of Golden last Friday. Police say a 10-ton freight line cube van went off the road and struck a shop being built on private property just before 5 a.m. (6 a.m. MT) Oct. 30, near the small...

The snow has arrived

Nov 2, 2015 / 10:33 am
There's snow in them there hills, and plenty of it. Silver Star Mountain resort near Vernon was blanketed Monday morning as 23 centemetres of the white stuff covered the mountaintop. And if cooler temperatures keep the snow on the ground, that bodes well for area skiers and...

New arena, a money maker?

Nov 2, 2015 / 10:09 am
A new arena would be a money maker for restaurants and hotels in Vernon, according to a school counsellor, who has summed it up with some basic math. According to Dave Mackenzie, who works at Clarence Fulton Secondary School, more than $1.4 million per season could be made with an average of 11...

Arena referendum FAQs

Nov 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
On Nov. 28, residents of Vernon, Coldstream and Electoral Areas B and C will be asked to vote on the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) borrowing $13,250,000 to finance the construction of a second ice sheet at Kal Tire Place. The following represent frequently asked questions about the...

Arnold official winner

Nov 1, 2015 / 2:48 pm
Mel Arnold is the MP for the North Okanagan-Shuswap federal riding. The Conservative candidate said it became official Sunday. “Feeling sense of responsibility and anticipation waiting for word of swearing in ceremony,” Tweeted Arnold from Ottawa. The first-time politician...

All quiet on Halloween

Nov 1, 2015 / 12:46 pm
It appears to have been a quiet Halloween night in Vernon. Vernon Fire Rescue reported only a single call of a couple pieces of cardboard on fire in the middle of the road in the 6000 block of Scott Road. Vernon RCMP have issued no press releases on any Halloween shenanigans so...

Farmer's market can stay

Nov 1, 2015 / 11:45 am
The Vernon Farmer's Market is staying put. As area officials pursued adding a second sheet of ice to Kal Tire Place, there was some concern the market would be displaced because of the location of the additional ice sheet. “If they built it to the north it will pretty much take up...

Tasty treat trail

Oct 31, 2015 / 4:17 pm
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Hundreds of children took part in Downtown Vernon's treat trail on Halloween, stopping by Castanet's new Vernon office.

Heads up please

Oct 31, 2015 / 5:29 am
The City of Vernon has begun a Heads Up campaign asking drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to keep their heads up as the diminishing daylight reduces visibility, and increases the risk of collisions. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to keep heads up for drivers and to be seen, be safe, and...

Evac at Okanagan Spring

Oct 30, 2015 / 5:19 pm
UPDATE: 5:19 p.m. A leak of freon R22 prompted an evacuation of workers at Okanagan Spring brewery in Vernon Friday afternoon. Staff members gathered outside as a crew from Vernon Fire Rescue searched the building. Fire captain Colin Clarke said a line was cut during maintenance resulting...

Leaks, cracks at Civic

Oct 30, 2015 / 3:07 pm
They are keeping it going, but the problems keep on coming. City of Vernon staff opened the Civic Arena to media, Friday, highlighting issues such as cracks in the walls, roof joist connections, water leaks, erosion, broken toilets, heat shield failures, and an aging ice plant. It will cost...

Doozy of a question

Oct 30, 2015 / 11:43 am
The City of Vernon has released the official question that voters in Greater Vernon will be asked at next month's borrowing referendum. “Are you in favour of the Regional District of North Okanagan adopting Bylaw No. 2679, being 'Vernon & District Multi-Use Facility Expansion...

Have your say on cycling

Oct 30, 2015 / 9:57 am
Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to roll on down to the Vernon public library, Wednesday, to look at design plans for the downtown that could impact them. City of Vernon transportation co-ordinator Wendy Majewski and cycling advocate Bruce Mol are hoping to prompt discussion among cyclists...

Little control until 2017

Oct 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
It will be 2017 when partners involved in the Okanagan rail trail project between Kelowna and Coldstream take “full and complete control,” according to David Sewell, North Okanagan Regional District chief administrator. During a pre-budget meeting with members of the Greater Vernon...

Halloween treat trail

Oct 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
Downtown Vernon will be bustling Halloween day as hordes of young ghouls, goblins, princesses and super heroes make their way along the treat trail. “Businesses are expecting a fun filled treat trail this year, with the event taking place on a Saturday,” said Hailey Rilkoff, events...

School enrolment up

Oct 29, 2015 / 6:00 pm
Student enrolment has shot up in the North Okanagan. School District 22 board chair Kelly Smith said 159 students have been added since September projections. “That's a good number for a district of this size,” Smith said Thursday. She expressed surprise that most of the...

Possible water, tax hikes

Oct 29, 2015 / 2:01 pm
Greater Vernon residents could face higher water rates and increased property taxes next year. Staff at the North Okanagan Regional District indicate they will recommend a two per cent water rate increase for 2016, effective Jan. 1. Members of the Greater Vernon Advisory Council (GVAC) were...

Kiddie porn court sentence

Oct 29, 2015 / 1:23 pm
An Enderby man caught in a Canada-wide child-pornography ring has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Forty-six-year-old Rylan Sandberg pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in May and must also serve 18 months probation. He must submit a DNA sample and is barred from having contact with...

New plan for Stickle Road

Oct 29, 2015 / 11:34 am
Will the latest plan put an end to the ongoing debate of what to do with Stickle Road? Vernon-Monahsee MLA Eric Foster hopes so. How to best remedy the dangerous intersection at the north end of town has been the centre of heated debate for months. Turning toward town from Stickle requires a...

Schools to offer condoms

Oct 29, 2015 / 9:54 am
Youth at two Vernon schools will have easy access to condoms with the blessing of the school board and parent groups. Vernon's school board has unanimously approved a three-month condom pilot project for Vernon and W.L. Seaton secondary schools. Board chairperson Kelly Smith said Thursday...

Close shave for Foster

Oct 29, 2015 / 6:31 am
It was a close shave for Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster, as Premier Christy Clark wielded a razor – but it was all for a good cause. Foster will grow a moustache starting Nov. 1 as part of "Movember," a worldwide effort to raise awareness of men’s health...

Silver Star expands terrain

Oct 29, 2015 / 5:00 am
Plenty of heavy equipment is still at work at Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon in an ambitious program to add more than 130 acres of new terrain before alpine skiing starts on Nov. 26. Cross-country is expected to begin Nov. 12. “We went into heavily forested areas that were...

Rail trail moving ahead

Oct 29, 2015 / 5:00 am
Things are moving ahead for the Okanagan Rail Trail. An inter-jurisdictional development team was recently formed to guide the future of the defunct rail corridor. “That's a team made up of Kelowna, Lake Country and the North Okanagan Regional District,” said Brad Clements...

Arnold tweets goodbye

Oct 28, 2015 / 5:01 pm
The North Okanagan Shuswap's rookie MP-elect, Mel Arnold, is on his way to Parliament Hill. “On my way to Ottawa for orientation,” tweeted Arnold, Wednesday. “Soon the work begins.” Unfortunately for Arnold, that work will be on the opposition side of the House of...

Helping village to rebuild

Oct 28, 2015 / 4:00 pm
News that the most powerful hurricane ever recorded was bearing down on Mexico last week sent people scrambling to safety, but all Jen Hobbs could do was wait and hope for the best. For the past 18 years, Hobbs' parents, Bill and Cathy Crane, have spent several months a year living in...

Be seen on Halloween

Oct 28, 2015 / 1:30 pm
Be seen on Halloween. City of Vernon Protective Services has partnered with ICBC to promote safety for trick-or-treaters this Halloween by offering free reflectors that easily attach to backpacks or clothing to increase visibility at night. The reflectors are available from reception at City...

Is pellet plant a polluter?

Oct 28, 2015 / 10:48 am
Is the new Pinnacle wood pellet plant in Lavington polluting the air or not? Some area residents have approached Coldstream council with complaints that is does, but other reports disagree. Mayor Jim Garlick wants to find out exactly what's going on. “The Ministry of Environment...

Polson Park safe in daylight

Oct 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
A few recent weekend strolls around Polson Park turned into an informal poll of citizens for Vernon councillor Scott Anderson. Anderson told council Monday that he spoke with a number of people about whether or not they felt safe in Polson Park and found no one who was worried during daylight...

Free condoms in school?

Oct 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon's school board votes Wednesday evening on whether to approve a condom pilot project for Vernon and Seaton secondary schools. The purpose of the Interior Health project is to discover if “offering free condoms in schools increases youth access to condoms and results in a decrease...

City looks for volunteers

Oct 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon is asking members of the public to consider serving on one of its advisory committees. Upcoming committee vacancies include, affordable housing, tourism, transportation and economic development. The main role of an advisory committee is to provide advice and recommendations...

Kal Tire tests tires

Oct 27, 2015 / 8:15 pm
Just how well will a set of tires brake at a slippery intersection, corner in a snowstorm, manoeuvre through puddles or push through slush? Kal Tire conducted a series of tests to find out. The Vernon-based tire chain is the first tire retailer to independently test tires in Canada and in the...

Watch for construction

Oct 27, 2015 / 2:06 pm
Crews from Fredex Construction will be working in several locations around the city over the next couple of weeks. Construction will take place in the 2900 block of Lardeau Way, the 2100 block of 36th Avenue, the 2700 block of Alvaston Place and the 2700 block of 40th Avenue between Oct. 27 and...

Have a safe Halloween

Oct 27, 2015 / 1:38 pm
With Halloween only a few days away, Vernon Fire Rescue Services would like to pass on some of the top safety tips to keep everyone safe during trick or treating that night, including: The best costumes are light coloured or bright and reflective. Keep costumes short to avoid tripping and...

Vernon road work

Oct 27, 2015 / 12:05 pm
Vernon drivers will face disruption around 21st Street and 36th Avenue during the next two weeks. The City of Vernon says traffic may be affected as crews from Fredex Construction install conduit for Shaw Cable on the 2100 block of 36th Avenue, now through Nov. 13. Drivers are asked to obey...

Recycling 'has to change'

Oct 27, 2015 / 12:01 pm
There may be some quick fixes to Greater Vernon's blue bin recycling program, but that will be all for now. Coun. Scott Anderson says it's possible lids could be put on the bins. He has also asked city staff if the company in charge of the program, Multi Material BC, is responsible...

Dogs versus toads

Oct 27, 2015 / 8:00 am
Vernon councillor Scott Anderson hopes city officials don't enforce the on-leash rule for dogs at Marshall Fields. On Monday, council received an update on environmental concerns in the Marshall Fields area. Anderson remained silent, stating later there was no sense in putting forth...

Missing woman found

Oct 27, 2015 / 5:57 am
UPDATE: RCMP in Vernon say a woman missing for several weeks has turned up alive and well. Police had requested the public's help in locating Celina White, 26, after her family reported her missing. White was finally located Oct. 26. The RCMP have expressed thanks to those who...

Documentary about camps

Oct 27, 2015 / 5:00 am
Men, women and children being rounded up without cause, herded into camps and being forced to work laborious tasks with no compensation. While it may sound like the work of a totalitarian regime, it happened in the Okanagan during the First World War. Thousands of people across the country...

College Way paving

Oct 27, 2015 / 3:00 am
Greater Vernon residents who use College Way in Coldstream are being reminded single lane, alternating traffic will be in effect Tuesday, Oct. 27 through to Thursday, Oct. 29. Crews from the District of Coldstream will be out paving. Drivers are being asked to heed signage and traffic control...
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