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Explosive situation averted

Apr 8, 2015 / 5:10 pm

A quick eye by members of the Vernon Fire Department averted what could have been disaster. The incident has prompted a warning from fire officials that storage of flammable or combustible materials in metal sea can storage containers is not allowed unless the containers have been properly...

Jaws of Life used in crash

Apr 8, 2015 / 12:14 pm

Three people were taken to hospital Tuesday after a minivan was T-boned at a Vernon intersection. The crash happened just after 8 a.m. at the corner of 33rd Street and 43rd Avenue. Capt. Reinhard Mann of the Vernon Fire Department says a silver Nissan Xterra had severe frontal damage after it...

Predator to host NHLPA

Apr 8, 2015 / 10:49 am

Predator Ridge golf resort kicked off its 2015 season Wednesday morning with the announcement it will host the NHL Players Association Golf Classic this summer. The July 9 event will host some of the NHL's top names, both current and former, and Predator director of business development...

Playhouses benefit charity

Apr 8, 2015 / 9:54 am

Working late into the night, five members of the Coldstream Fire Department completed what could be the coolest playhouse yet, a replica of a firetruck that comes complete with its own working smoke alarm. Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant fire chief, said the group finished the playhouse at 1...

Traffic fine cash comes back

Apr 7, 2015 / 3:38 pm

Greater Vernon communities will share more than $400,000 in funds taken in through traffic tickets. The money was collected for speeding and other driving infractions, and totals nearly $40 million province-wide. Vernon will receive 192,084 in traffic fine revenue. Coldstream will...

Couple cash lotto cheque

Apr 7, 2015 / 3:19 pm

A $5.8-million share of last week’s 6-49 lottery draw has been claimed by a retired Vernon couple. Seventy-year-old Albert Greening and his 65-year-old wife, Margaret, claimed their winnings from B.C. Lotteries in Kamloops today, one of six winning tickets in Canada from last...

Granny caught thieving

Apr 6, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A Vernon couple is on the hunt for a petty thief. But this thief isn’t the typical young ne’er do well. It’s an elderly woman. Mike Malinosky was shocked Friday morning to discover on his home surveillance video footage what appears to be a grey-haired old woman, possible in...

Brown best shooter in NCAA

Apr 6, 2015 / 9:58 am

A basketball player from Vernon has been recognized as the best shooter in U.S. college basketball, after she was crowned 2015 State Farm three-point champion. Cassandra Brown, 22, a senior at the University of Portland, plays on the Pilots women’s basketball team. She is also a 2010...

OKIB chief re-elected

Apr 6, 2015 / 7:00 am

Byron Louis is still chief of the Okanagan Indian Band. Louis was re-elected by a healthy margin in the band election, which took place before the long weekend. The incumbent had 275 votes for chief, well ahead of his nearest rival for the job, Daniel Anthony Wilson, who drew 163 votes....

Vernon Market has support

Apr 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

It appears the Downtown Vernon Market will move ahead, if the results of a Downtown Vernon Association survey are accepted by city council at its April 13 meeting. At the March 25 council meeting, Coun. Catherine Lord said she had heard some businesses were being negatively impacted by the...

Nursing moms gain support

Apr 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

Close to 100 nursing mothers, family and friends turned out at the Village Green Mall Saturday, in response to an incident that happened at the same location a week prior. That was when Vernon mother Megan Dueling-Griffith was breastfeeding her four-month-old son, until a female mall patron...

Nursing mom gets apology

Apr 4, 2015 / 12:16 pm

Village Green Mall administration and the security company contracted by the facility have apologized to a Vernon mother for an incident Wednesday. Meagan Dueling-Griffith was approached by a young male security guard while nursing her four month old son. “I was told there is a time...

Acrobatic action at the Star

Apr 3, 2015 / 11:41 pm

Young athletes from Nova Scotia to the Yukon are competing at Silver Star in the Canadian Junior Nationals. The 13 to 19 year olds are competing in slopestyle, moguls, big air and air events. The competition began Wednesday and wraps up Saturday. The event is hosted by the Silver Star...

Creeks could crest soon

Apr 3, 2015 / 9:30 am

North Okanagan creeks could start cresting this weekend, prompting those with properties along waterways to be on notice. The Duteau Creek Reservoir was measured on Wednesday and is about 1,000 megalitres from starting to hit the spillway. Duteau feeds into the Bessette Creek system near...

Nurse-in planned at mall

Apr 2, 2015 / 2:44 pm

A Vernon woman is upset and promising action after being told not to breastfeed her four-month-old son inside the Village Green Centre. “I was told there is a time and place for that by a security guard at the mall, and that it was inappropriate,” said Megan Dueling-Griffith. She...

OKIB goes to the polls

Apr 2, 2015 / 12:58 pm

Okanagan Indian Band members are voting for a new chief and council today. There are three people running for chief – incumbent Byron Louis and former chiefs Fabian Alexis and Dan Wilson. Eighteen people are running for council. They are: Homer Alexis, Jonathan Alexis, Leona Bonneau,...

Are you new millionaire?

Apr 2, 2015 / 9:21 am

Someone in Vernon could soon find out they are a millionaire. Six lucky tickets were drawn Wednesday night for the $36-million Lotto 649 jackpot, leaving someone in Vernon $5,827,979.10 million richer. Of the six winning tickets, one was sold in Vernon, three were sold in Quebec and two were...

Inside an avalanche

Apr 1, 2015 / 8:08 pm

If you have ever imagined what it would be like to be tossed and turned in an avalanche, a Sicamous man got it all on tape. Curtis Johnson was sledding with friends in Blue Lake, east of Sicamous, when the slide struck. His helmet cam caught it all, and for nearly two minutes you see nothing...

Distillery opens new plant

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:54 pm

Okanagan Spirits has completed its new, 16,000-square-foot, state of the art distillery in Vernon. The craft distillery at 5204 24th Avenue is home to Canada’s tallest copper pot still and includes features such as a 27-foot tasting bar with a "moonshiner shack" theme, theatre...

$5M committed for rail trail

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:19 pm

A Vernon group behind the purchase of the abandoned Okanagan rail corridor has pledged to raise $5 million to develop it. Brad Clements with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative made the announcement during the official opening of the Yes campaign in Lake Country this week. The Yes campaign is...

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