Stunned by stolen identity

Jun 28, 2016 / 11:50 am
Kari Sargeant was stunned to find she had been a victim of identity theft. Equally upsetting was just how easy it seemed for the suspects to use her name to apply for credit cards. The Vernon resident received a call Monday from a woman in Oliver who was investigating a couple suspected of...

Rail trail is big biz

Jun 28, 2016 / 11:02 am
The Okanagan Rail Trail project is being viewed as a potential and key economic driver for the Valley that could significantly boost tourism to the North Okanagan. “It's very rare for a region such as the Okanagan to be presented with a new product that has the potential for that much...

Plenty to do downtown

Jun 28, 2016 / 10:54 am
They will be dancing in the streets again this summer and the Downtown Vernon Association is inviting everyone to join in. Jammin’ in Justice (Park) starts Wednesday July 6 and will feature acts such as Michael Painchaud, Mat Duffus, Sophia Mae and others. Jammin’ in Justice, in...

College grads celebrate

Jun 28, 2016 / 9:08 am
About 600 people attended a graduation ceremony Monday for Okanagan College students from the Vernon campus. More than 100 summer 2016 convocation students were on hand, supported by family, friends and college staff, at the Vernon District Performing Arts Centre. For some, this means the end...

Air quality quandary

Jun 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Coldstream's efforts to start a region-wide air quality service have gone up in smoke. The City of Vernon is the last community within the North Okanagan Regional District not to support the proposed new function. Instead, city council voted Monday on a weakened motion to support...

Welcome signs too costly

Jun 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon will have to live with the old signs welcoming people to the city for the time being. City council had hoped newly-designed signs would be up in time for the summer tourist season. But the one proposal to build the signs that came in was “significantly over budget,” Kim...

Fire in the back

Jun 27, 2016 / 5:41 pm
A male driver was surprised Monday afternoon when he was flagged down by the driver behind him because his vehicle was on fire. A Vernon Fire Rescue crew was called around 5:19 p.m to the report of a vehicle fire on 38th Street, by 30th Avenue. They arrived to find smoke coming from a yellow...

Syrian refugees get passes

Jun 27, 2016 / 4:37 pm
Vernon city council has voted to give staff the authority to issue transit and swim passes to Syrian and Iraqi refugees living within the city limits over the next year. The decision followed a squabble in council chambers over the request for passes for the latest Syrian family to locate in...

Paving on 27th St. delayed

Jun 27, 2016 / 3:56 pm
Due to weather conditions earlier this month, repaving on 27 Street between 43rd and 53rd avenues was delayed by one week. Current construction will finish July 10 and restart in September. Traffic may be reduced to single lane in both directions. Drivers are asked to be patient, slow down...

Shots fired at home

Jun 27, 2016 / 2:51 pm
There has been more gunfire in Vernon. Police responded to a call of shots fired at a home on Scott Road in the Okanagan Landing area at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said an examination of the scene confirmed the house was struck by bullets. An adult and a child were at...

Raising cash by camping

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:00 pm
UPDATE: 12:00 P.M. Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton's camp out over the weekend has raised $3,537.95 so far, said Gay Jewitt, executive director of Whitevalley Community Resource Centre. "Kevin has raised more than he ever has raised for us," Jewitt said. The amount puts the...

Getting ready for Funtastic

Jun 27, 2016 / 11:30 am
About 15,000 people are expected to be at the DND grounds over the Canada Day long weekend as Funtastic's slo-pitch tournament and music festival takes place. “Five thousand every night attending the concert and 200 ball teams coming here during the weekend, playing four days,”...

Here comes the heat

Jun 27, 2016 / 11:28 am
From rain and cool temperatures last week to well above normal highs this week, Mother Nature seems to be a little mixed up in June. Rainy days plagued campers and outdoor enthusiasts for several days this month, but things turned around Sunday with sunny skies and a high of 28.7 C. And...

Enderby mayor sees growth

Jun 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Enderby Mayor Greg McCune is excited by a spike in growth in the city. A number of development applications for homes and businesses came before council this week. “The exciting part is that people are seeing Enderby as attractive,” said McCune. “We're going in the right...

Hwy 6 logging truck crash

Jun 24, 2016 / 4:28 pm
UPDATE 4:38 P.M. Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after their car veered in front of a logging truck on Highway 6, just past Coldstream Ranch on the way to Lavington. “A four-door sedan heading eastbound veered to the right shoulder, braked hard and then veered...

Stuck on Stickle

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm
A traffic signal at Highway 97 and the notorious Stickle Road, north of Vernon, appears to be the preferred option among members of the public despite efforts to find a different solution, according to a transportation ministry spokesperson. However the ministry is still going through the...

Rain delays tournament

Jun 24, 2016 / 1:59 pm
Heavy rain has forced the closure of the ball diamonds on the DND grounds south of Vernon. Soccer fields remain open. The closure delays the start of the Vernon co-ed slo-pitch league playoffs which were slated to start Friday evening. Organizers hope to reschedule those games for Saturday...

'Urgent' medical need

Jun 24, 2016 / 12:09 pm
A list of the most urgently needed medical equipment for Vernon Jubilee Hospital and residential care facilities in the North Okanagan has been supplied by the VJH Foundation – following a meeting of the board of directors and consultations with Interior Health and medical staff. The 33...

Love letters soldier on

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:30 am
As Cathy Gaetz-Brothen opened the box to show her book club the hundreds of love letters her father had written her mother during the war, she recalls several people recoiling. Nestled alongside what may be the largest surviving collection of Second World War correspondence from a Canadian army...

Smoke overcomes driver

Jun 23, 2016 / 2:38 pm
Vernon firefighters put out a burning vehicle Thursday afternoon while others treated a driver overcome by smoke. The drama took place on 20A Street on East Hill, between 30th and 32 avenues, just after 2 p.m. The crew arrived to find heavy smoke spewing from under the hood of a white Dodge...

Time to pay the piper

Jun 23, 2016 / 1:43 pm
It's time to pay up. The City of Vernon is reminding property owners that property taxes are due on July 4. Late payment of taxes will result in a ten per cent penalty. In the event of a Canada Post strike or lockout, property owners are also responsible for ensuring payment is received...

Big changes for district

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:00 am
Public consultations will begin in the autumn over whether or not to replace or expand a number of schools within the Vernon school district, including Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby. As well, some students may face moving to other schools by September, 2017 due to recommended boundary...

Free ride to fireworks

Jun 23, 2016 / 10:12 am
People wanting to take in the Craftsman Collision Canada Day fire works can sit back and let someone else do the driving. A free shuttle service to and from Kal Beach – where the festive explosions will happen – will run from 8-11:30 p.m. Pick up will happen roughly every 30...

Doctors for Enderby

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new family physician should be in Enderby before the end of August and another should be in place sometime early next year, according to Interior Health. “We are really desperate,” said Coun. Brian Schreiner, who added the community had four or five doctors at one point but they...

Funtastic preparations

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The organizers of the Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival are busy with last minute business ahead of the big Canada Day long weekend event – and it will be packed. “We have more than 200 teams. That's the most Funtastic has had in a very long time,” says Tony...

Silver Star tests evac route

Jun 22, 2016 / 2:28 pm
Silver Star Mountain Resort was evacuated Tuesday evening, but it was a pre-planned exercise. The test evacuation was part of an open house that featured the resort's fire hall and emergency equipment. Silver Star Fire Rescue firefighter Brad Baker said five stations were set up inside...

We're safe, come visit

Jun 22, 2016 / 12:41 pm
The Downtown Vernon Association is urging residents to shop local and shop downtown, stressing it is safe to be on the city's main street. The message follows an estimated 40 recent telephone calls to the DVA, mainly complaints from businesses, after a newspaper report quoting one merchant...

Dumpster fire at VSS

Jun 22, 2016 / 12:05 pm
A custodian at Vernon Secondary School played the role of firefighter Tuesday morning. The custodian noticed smoke coming from a dumpster and proceeded to put out the fire. Vernon Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Jack Blair said the dumpster was a distance from the school and there was no...

Roads closed for triathlon

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:46 am
Children from throughout the region will be putting their athletic prowess to the test during the Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine Kids of Steel Triathlon this Saturday. The event starts at Kin Beach with a swim of varying lengths depending on the age of the athletes, who range age six and...

Road work on 31st Street

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:10 am
Crews from Postill Nixon Earthworks will be installing sanitary and storm service on 31 Street between 29 and 30 avenues from June 23-30. Road closures may be in effect during construction. Motorists are encouraged to obey signs and flaggers, or choose alternate routes for travel.

Mayor camps for a cause

Jun 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will be camping and fasting for a cause this weekend. Acton, who raised $4,499 for the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre (WCRC) last year, is hoping to repeat that effort. “I'll be spending time on the pullout on the right hand side of the highway,”...

No sun, lots of people

Jun 21, 2016 / 3:13 pm
Vernon's Sunshine Festival last Saturday attracted approximately 10,000 people to the city's main street, according to the Downtown Vernon Association. Although it poured in mid-afternoon, organizers say the rain held off for much of the day allowing young and old to listen to live music...

Murder charge dropped

Jun 21, 2016 / 2:21 pm
A 19-year-old Vernon man will not be facing murder charges in the death of a man in Polson Park last year. Brandon Wellington was one of three suspects charged with the second-degree murder of 42-year-old Jason Hardy. Dan McLaughlin, communication counsel with the criminal justice branch,...

Coping with panhandlers

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:41 pm
Until recently, panhandling hasn't been much of an issue in the Village of Lumby, according to the mayor, but times are changing. “There has been a little bit more if it,” admitted Mayor Kevin Acton. “People have been assertive and have been scaring people. “There...

Rising from the ashes

Jun 21, 2016 / 10:32 am
An online auction is being organized to help a Lumby family who lost everything in a house fire on June 9. The fire left the Ross family and a grandfather living in the basement suite of the house on Derry Lane “with nothing but the clothes on their back,” says Chauncey Jade, one of...

Going after dumpers

Jun 21, 2016 / 9:58 am
The City of Enderby is hoping a combination of stiff fines and rewards will stop illegal dumping in the area. A report to council states the dumping poses health, safety, environmental and economic threats to the area. “It's happening everywhere,” said Mayor Greg McCune, who...

More court for speedway

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
The developers of a housing community near the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park near Vernon are heading back to court, possibly hoping to close down the raceway for good. According to a notice of appeal filed with the B.C. Court of Appeal in mid-May, the Lawrence Heights developers are asking...

Back on the radar

Jun 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for Vernon Regional Airport are being thrown open to the public once again. Residents and business owners are invited to a third and final public open house which will be held at the Lakers Clubhouse (7000 Cummins Road) on Wednesday, July 6, from 5-7 p.m. During the session, City of...

Tips on fighting wildfires

Jun 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm
One of the wonderful aspects of living in the Okanagan is having nature right at your doorstep. And as people build homes in wooded areas, they are being urged to take action and do their part to reduce the risk of an interface fire. On Tuesday, members of Vernon Fire Rescue and BC Forestry...

Driver hits cyclist, takes off

Jun 20, 2016 / 12:08 pm
A man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries after a hit-and-run Monday morning. The unidentified man was riding his mountain bike in the cycling lane southbound on 27th Street at 11:20 a.m. when he was struck by a passing motorist in front of Beairsto school. The...
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