Legion fire set on stairs

Jul 29, 2016 / 3:46 pm
UPDATE: 3:44 P.M. A fire at the old Legion building on 31st Avenue in the downtown was purposely started on a staircase at the back of the building. Chief fire investigator Lawrie Skolrood inspected the scene Friday, some hours after Vernon Fire Rescue crews battled the blaze in the...

It's BRBN bourbon

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:46 pm
Okanagan Spirits has released the first batch of its much-anticipated 'BRBN', a bourbon-style corn whisky. The grain-corn comes from plantings in the Coldstream Valley. “We came up with the name BRBN, a phonetic play on the regionally protected name bourbon, just over five years...

Another fire in BX

Jul 29, 2016 / 11:57 am
BX/Swan Lake fire crews fought a hedge fire right across the street from the fire department on Silver Star Road early Friday morning. “It looked impressive in the middle of the night,” said fire chief Bill Wacey, describing the 60-foot hedge going up in flames just after 1...

48th Avenue crash

Jul 29, 2016 / 11:14 am
A crash at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 27th Street tied up traffic for at least an hour Friday morning. Traffic on 27th was down to one-lane in both directions and left turn lanes from 48th were blocked as police and a Vernon Fire Rescue crew attended the scene. A dark Dodge minivan...

Rolling thunder for Johnny

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Chantel Mayne is encouraging friends, family and anyone with a love of motorcycles to come out for a ride to help her father who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The Ride For Johnny will be held Aug. 14 starting at 10 a.m. at Thunder Alley Hawg Pen, #2, 2203-18th Ave. It is being organized...

Pondering pig precedent

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund is worried a decision last year to allow a pet pig to live within the city limits may come back to bite council. A woman has begun an attempt to convince council to allow her 30-lb. pet pig, Layla, to stay at her Vernon home as well. And there have been other requests,...

It's all downhill at the Star

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new trail will challenge riders at the B.C. Cup downhill race next weekend at Silver Star. Cameron Sorensen, bike park director, said the new course will be fast and exciting. “It will be more open and fast; similar to the world cup styles,” said Sorensen. “Every time...

Chopper looks for suspect

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:53 pm
A police helicopter took a look for a break and enter suspect from above Thursday, but the bad guy got away. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Vernon RCMP were called following a break and enter Thursday afternoon near Kal Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream. “Air Services happened to be in area...

Port delay stalls business

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:53 pm
A small businessman in Vernon has finally had some good news after losing customers and having to layoff staff. Henk Blok of Gemini Gas Springs Inc. has been waiting since June 22 for the Canada Border Services Agency to release a shipment of raw material from overseas. The shipment has been...

Culture team takes action

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:55 am
An action team put together to look at a possible multi-purpose cultural facility for the Greater Vernon area holds its first meeting Thursday. The team will look at the cost and the structure of a building that could house both the Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Greater Vernon Museum...

No reason to panic

Jul 28, 2016 / 10:50 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund says there is no reason for people to panic following a spate of shots fired incidents in the Greater Vernon area over the past number of months. The latest shots fired took place at a house on Palfrey Drive West in Coldstream early Saturday morning. “It's...

Gunfight trial to be set

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Three men, alleged to have been involved in a confrontation and shooting at the notorious Green Valley Motel and Polson Park two years ago, have been committed to stand trial. A lengthy preliminary hearing into the case against two of suspects, Adrian Dziedzic and Robin Rochemont, ended in...

Save the Speedway

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
There's been an explosion in membership to a local Facebook group that wants the engines restarted on a race track near Vernon. The number of people joining the 'Save the Motoplex Speedway' Facebook group rocketed in just hours on Wednesday, after word that no events were planned...

MP ready to help Splatsin

Jul 27, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Mel Arnold is ready and willing to step in and help resolve a land dispute in the Splatsin First Nation. The North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP said he has not spoken with representatives of the band yet, but he “will be reaching out to see if I can offer any assistance.” At...

World-class slalom ride

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:45 pm
Bas Van Steenbergen is one of the world's best bike-handlers. Kelowna-based, Van Steenbergen is a Red Bull Rampage alumnus and an advocate of using slalom riding to sharpen his ability to change direction. Now the world-renowned mountain bike rider has created a challenging downhill track...

Truck thief gets away

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:37 pm
Vernon RCMP were called to the Hartnell Road area of the BX for a report of a suspicious truck and trailer Monday evening, but ended up on another case. While they were checking out the truck and trailer, a stolen truck drove right past an investigating officer. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said that...

Project a life changer

Jul 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Having a place to call home would mean the world to Ryan Dubois. The young man and his girlfriend are expecting their first child later this year and like many people they are struggling to find suitable accommodation in Vernon. But a project by the Vernon First Nations Friendship Society...

Coldstream power on

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:22 am
UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. A bird landing on a line in the Kidston area sparked a widespread power outage in Coldstream Wednesday morning, according to B.C. Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman. Power was restored shortly before 11 a.m., Sharman said. A widespread power outage is affecting much of...

Enderby fire probe

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:01 am
An investigation is underway into the cause of a forest fire in the Enderby area on Tuesday, according to Max Birkner, fire information officer with the Kamloops fire centre. B.C. Wildfire Service crews and a helicopter assisted the Enderby fire department in putting out the one-hectare blaze in...

Forest fire in Enderby

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm
UPDATE 6:50 P.M. The fire is fully contained and crews are in the mop up stage. UPDATE 4:13 P.M. Hugh Murdoch with the B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire is one hectare in size and not expected to grow. “We are pretty confident it will not get any bigger,” said...

Diesel spill on Mission Hill

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:33 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to a diesel spill Wednesday afternoon, but this mishap was blocks away from the nearest gas station. Just after 2 p.m., crews were called to the intersection of 32nd Street and 23rd Avenue on Mission Hill where they found a white 50-gallon drum lying on its side...

Vernon gets the game

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Vernon's Kal Tire Place will host a pre-season NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 2, following the Village of Lumby's 2016 Hockeyville title win. Lumby won the game and $100,000 for renovations to its aging Pat Duke Memorial Arena which is not equipped to...

Suspicious fires a concern

Jul 26, 2016 / 2:45 pm
Friday's trio of fires in the BX area are still under investigation, and they are not believed to be accidental. BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the fires are suspicious and police are also investigating. “It's pretty concerning considering since April we have had seven...

Movie magic in Vernon

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:37 pm
A Canadian film production company based in Regina is shooting a movie in Vernon. Called Minds Eye Entertainment, the company is using a large building on Kosmina Road as a studio. The former Far West building now has a large sign outside that reads 'Okanagan Film...

Rainbow for Coldstream

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:31 pm
The District of Coldstream appears ready to come out. A rainbow crosswalk in the district is being considered in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) community, even though it contravenes the district's cosmetic enhancements to infrastructure...

CoC queries Liberals

Jul 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Representatives of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce were in Kelowna last week raising a number of issues with members of the Federal Liberal Pacific Caucus. President Tracy Cobb-Reeves and general manager Dan Rogers represented the local chamber and among the issues they raised was the...

Investigating Palfrey shots

Jul 25, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Police in Vernon are continuing to investigate an incident of shots fired in what witnesses describe as a quiet neighbourhood in Coldstream. Witnesses said police were called early Saturday morning when gunshots were heard coming from a home on Palfrey Drive West. Police have stated...

Enderby woman missing

Jul 25, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Another First Nations woman has gone missing in the Enderby area. Enderby RCMP said Deanna Mildred Werzt has not been seen since the early morning of July 19 at her residence on Yankee Flats Road. Werzt, 46, was reported missing on July 22. She is described as First Nations,...

Caring for Kiera

Jul 25, 2016 / 1:03 pm
Kiera Hansen is a fighter. She isn't even in Kindergarten yet, but the four year old has already undergone four heart operations. While most families are enjoying beach time and barbecues, the Hansen family has been through a trying time this summer. Kiera has been at B.C....

Sunny to cloudy to sunny

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:46 am
It's cloudy, it's sunny, it's cloudy, it's sunny. Mother Nature just can't seem to make up her mind when it comes to summer this year. After a rather damp start to July, the sun came out and the temperature rose – for a day or two, then it was back to cloudy...

Body pulled from lake

Jul 25, 2016 / 10:08 am
UPDATE: 10:06 a.m. Lumby RCMP have confirmed a 45-year-old woman died at the Mabel Lake Provincial Park Sunday. Initial reports said a child was pulled from the lake, but Cpl. Trevor Tribes said it was actually a Calgary woman. Police were called to the campground north of Lumby to assist...

Marathon swimmer's diet

Jul 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 8:55 a.m. U.S. swimmer Adam Ellenstein departed on marathon swim at 5:49 a.m. Monday, according to his Facebook page. U.S. ultra-distance triathlete Adam Ellenstein was expected to begin his marathon swim of Okanagan Lake starting at 5:15 a.m. Monday. Ellenstein, accompanied by...

Power back on in Vernon

Jul 24, 2016 / 6:25 pm
UPDATE 8 P.M. The power is reportedly back on. More than 2,000 people are without power in Vernon. BC Hydro is reporting an outage in the BX area affecting 2,471 customers. Residents west of Lynx Road, south of Greenhow Road and north of 14th Avenue are without power. Hydro crews...

Playground set on fire

Jul 24, 2016 / 2:49 pm
RCMP are investigating after a suspicious fire damaged a piece of playground equipment. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Brent Bond said crews were called to the playground behind Fulton Secondary School just before midnight Saturday. A plastic tunnel that joined two other pieces of the playground...

Splash mob on Kal Lake

Jul 24, 2016 / 12:30 pm
A colourful splash mob of 150 or so watercraft invaded Kalamalka Lake, off Kal beach in Coldstream, on Sunday – hoping to raise public awareness of the threat of quagga and zebra mussels. People on wake boards, in canoes, on floaties and in a handful of power boats joined in a circle off...

Rotary ride for trail

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:18 am
The latest effort to raise funds for the Okanagan Rail Trail takes place Sunday. The Silver Star Rotary Club holds its 2016 Rotary Ride today with the funds going toward building of the trail that spans from Kelowna to Vernon. “The rail trail has so many community benefits. It is a...

Gunshots in Coldstream

Jul 23, 2016 / 3:50 pm
Three gunshots were heard in Coldstream early Saturday morning, according to a local source. The Castanet reader said there were initially problems at about 11 p.m. when up to 100 people attended a noisy house party on Palfrey Drive West. The party was noticeable in what is typically a quiet...

Stuck in the lake for hours

Jul 23, 2016 / 9:15 am
A man and teenager spent at least three hours in Okanagan Lake Friday afternoon after being thrown from their rented SeaDoo in rough waters. The SeaDoo Rental Company in Vernon contacted the RCMP at 5:15 p.m. when they realized the two males had not returned when they were supposed to. Vernon...

Suspicious wildfire

Jul 23, 2016 / 7:55 am
UPDATED: 7:55 a.m. Police are considering the wildfire along the BX Trail Friday night to be suspicious at this time. Investigators are examining the area to determine the origin of the fire and the possible cause. No structures were impacted by the blaze, and no one was reported...

A Mile High event

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
It’s the only event of its kind in the North Okanagan and it’s Canada’s highest outdoor wine tasting. Blair Baldwin with Okanagan Wine Festivals said the Mile High Wine and Music event gives locals something that happens right in their own back yard. “It plays to...
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