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Silver Star #s up

Dec 31, 2015 / 3:15 pm
Silver Star Mountain Resort reports the number of visitors to the ski hill are up this winter over last year for both local and international guests. “The resort is very busy and the snow conditions are exceptional. With the snow we had (Wednesday), we've hit four metres of cumulative...

Longer hours at gov't office

Dec 31, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Service BC will test expanded office hours at its Vernon location in response to requests from local residents. This pilot project will cut red tape by improving flexibility and access to government services for citizens and businesses. Currently, the Service BC office in Vernon is open...

2 car smash by mall

Dec 31, 2015 / 1:41 pm
A two-car fender bender just before 1 p.m. Thursday closed a lane of southbound traffic on Hwy. 97, just in front of Vernon Square Mall. Firemen directed traffic around the crash site ahead of the RCMP's arrival. A paramedic on scene said all of the occupants of the vehicles were unharmed.

Armed robbery at pot shop

Dec 31, 2015 / 12:12 pm
RCMP have one person in custody after a local medical marijuana dispensary was held up at gunpoint Wednesday evening. Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP and the North Okanagan Serious Crime Unit are investigating the armed robbery at the Black Crow Herbal Dispensary. On Dec. 30, about 6 p.m., three...

Theft of horse mane baffling

Dec 31, 2015 / 11:11 am
Allison Kooijman was stunned to find someone had cut the mane from her daughter's horse. The Vernon resident sounded the alarm, taking to social media to warn people of the bizarre and brazen theft. “Our horse was robbed of her mane sometime last night,” Kooijman posted Dec....

Demand and donations up

Dec 30, 2015 / 3:57 pm
Demand was up, but so was the generosity of local residents. Vernon Salvation Army Cpt. Jean Curtis Plante said the need for assistance from the food bank and for Christmas hampers rose this year, but so did donations. “It's been an incredible year. We have had the highest demand...

Missing woman safe

Dec 30, 2015 / 3:29 pm
A 32-year-old Vernon woman who has been missing for two months has contacted her family. According to an RCMP press release, Hoy has been in contact with her family and is safe. Police made a public plea on Christmas Day for information on Hoy's whereabouts. There is no word on where...

Get cold for Zimbabwe

Dec 30, 2015 / 2:45 pm
Anyone with the urge to go for a mid-winter dip in Kalamalka Lake while helping a good cause will get their chance during the Vernon Winter Carnival. While it is held on New Year's Day in several Okanagan communities, the Vernon polar bear swim will take place during carnival on Feb. 7 at...

Truck still stuck in lake

Dec 30, 2015 / 1:57 pm
UPDATE: 1:58 p.m. Efforts to remove the truck stuck in a frozen Swan Lake are in motion. Regional district Electoral Area B director Bob Fleming said he has been in contact with the Ministry of Environment and the RCMP about getting the truck out of the water. Fleming said police informed...

Mayor's 2016 priorities

Dec 30, 2015 / 12:12 pm
Downtown development is a key goal of Vernon city council going into the new year, said Mayor Akbal Mund in a year-end interview with Castanet. “We'd like to get the downtown development started,” said Mund, pointing to a planned mega-block project on the Bennett parking lot...

Accident on PV Road

Dec 29, 2015 / 5:40 pm
Emergency crews were called to Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon, following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday about 5:10 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said a Pontiac Sunfire and Jeep collided, blocking the northbound lane and scattering debris across the road The occupants of both vehicles told...

Homeless beds full

Dec 29, 2015 / 4:40 pm
Beds for the homeless in Vernon are full and colder weather is on its way, according to the forecast. Approximately 107 beds are available in Vernon for people living on the streets or recovering from addictions says Kelly Fehr, program director for the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan...

Clearing the sidewalks

Dec 29, 2015 / 3:45 pm
It wasn't as bad as the Snowmageddon storm of last winter, but the recent snowfall dumped a lot of the white stuff in a short period of time, creating challenges for commuters and pedestrians. Up to 15 centimetres of snow was dumped on Vernon over the weekend, and some areas are still...

Doggie donations sought

Dec 29, 2015 / 1:41 pm
The Vernon SPCA is seeking donations to care for Girlie and Dash. The two dogs recently arrived, after the closure of an animal rescue organization in the area. Both need expensive medical treatment. Dash, an energetic, one-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd cross, was suffering from a bad...

$140k equipment theft

Dec 29, 2015 / 9:43 am
RCMP report a break and enter and major commercial theft at the Salmon Arm industrial park. Officers were called in at 8:28 a.m. Monday to find a number of vehicles and equipment missing from the park, including a white 1995 International boom truck, a yellow 1989 Craig flat-deck trailer with a...

Looking for graffiti vandals

Dec 29, 2015 / 7:25 am
RCMP in the North Okanagan are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those who are responsible for spray painting vandalism in the Pleasant Valley Road area of Armstrong over the last month. On November 16, graffiti was sprayed on the outside walls of the Lenwood Middle School...

Chasing an Olympic dream

Dec 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm
She does not have big sponsors. She does not have multiple horses or big money backing her up, but Joni Lynn Peters has a dream and she has determination. Peters has a dream of going to Rio with her horse, Travolta, to represent Canada in the 2016 Olympics in dressage. “I am short...

Water source switched

Dec 28, 2015 / 11:36 am
An electrical issue has forced Greater Vernon Water to switch customers to service from Duteau Creek water treatment plant. The Mission Hill water treatment plant/ Kalamalka Lake water source was shut down due to electrical issues on Saturday, and customers will be getting their water from the...

Truck stuck in Swan Lake

Dec 28, 2015 / 11:05 am
One motorist found out the hard way the ice on Swan Lake north of Vernon is not thick enough to drive on. A reader sent Castanet a picture of a pickup submerged to the cab a few metres from shore. BX-Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said fire crews were not called to the incident, but he did...

Riverwalk extension

Dec 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
Enderby's popular Riverwalk is to be expanded – if the city and the Splatsin band can find money for the project. The paved pathway currently meanders beside the Shuswap River from Kildonan Avenue in the north to Granville Avenue in the south. “We'd like it to continue...

Missing at Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 / 8:33 am
Vernon RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman. Kristina Hoy was last seen two months ago. The Vernon resident is described as: Caucasian female 32 years old Five feet five inches tall 119 pounds Thin build Long black straight hair Blue...

Polson Park shootout prelim

Dec 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
Two men alleged to have been involved in a gunfight in Polson Park in August 2014 face a preliminary inquiry next year. Robin Rochemont, 35, and Adrian Dziedzic, 25, will appear together in a Vernon provincial courtroom May 9. The arrests of three people took place in July, eleven months...

Sally Ann tally

Dec 24, 2015 / 4:30 pm
The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettles campaign in Vernon has received more donations this holiday season than ever before. “As of (Wednesday) we have received $150,697, passing the all-time high raised in 2014 of $149,115,” said spokesperson Jean-Curtis Plante. The Kettles...

Agencies advised of crash

Dec 24, 2015 / 12:04 pm
Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board have been notified of Wednesday afternoon's crash of a light plane in a field north of Tronson Road. “Both agencies were notified immediately after the accident,” said Patti Bridal, a city spokesperson. “It is up to them...

Chimney fire doused

Dec 24, 2015 / 10:23 am
A chimney fire in a home on the 10000 block of Coldstream Creek Road was quickly doused by firefighters Wednesday night, with little damage done. But Coldstream Fire Chief Dave Sturgeon says it is a reminder to people to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected annually. “It was deemed...

Counting the birds

Dec 24, 2015 / 9:00 am
The numbers are not available yet, but the North Okanagan Naturalists Club got some nice pictures during the annual Christmas bird count in the Vernon area. Different teams went bird hunting with their cameras on Dec. 20, near the MacKay reservoir and along the future rail trail by Kekuli...

Woman's body found

Dec 23, 2015 / 9:27 pm
The body of a woman, who went missing in Vernon Dec. 18th, has been found. RCMP say they were notified by family and friends of the discovery of Aurelia Wedenig's body around noon Wednesday. The 65-year-old's remains were located in a thick stand of trees bordering a property at the...

OK after plane crash

Dec 23, 2015 / 4:38 pm
UPDATED: 4:35 P.M. RCMP say two men aboard a small plane that crash landed in a field north of Tronson Road Wednesday afternoon are okay. The plane was leaving the airport when it suffered engine trouble, said Cst. Richard Lausman, who was at the scene of the crash. The pilot tried but...

4 vehicles in 97 crash

Dec 23, 2015 / 2:17 pm
UPDATE: 2:10 p.m. A chain reaction collision involving four vehicles sent two men to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday. North Okanagan Traffic Services report a semi slammed into the back of a cube van which hit a sedan that then ran into the back of a...

Light a Bulb beats goal

Dec 23, 2015 / 12:13 pm
The Christmas bulbs are shining brightly above Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The VJH Foundation has announced its 28th annual Light a Bulb campaign has surpassed its $200,000 goal. The campaign has raised $213,162 for the purchase of two new orthopedic surgical sets aimed at reducing the lengthy...

130 stopped in road checks

Dec 23, 2015 / 10:30 am
RCMP say 130 drivers have been stopped for alcohol- and drug-related investigations on North Okanagan roads since holiday roadside checks began Dec. 1. Sgt. Dave Bell of North Okanagan Traffic Services says most people have been slapped with three-, seven- or 30-day roadside prohibitions,...

Civic Arena's future

Dec 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Civic Arena may have a future in Vernon after Kal Tire Place is twinned. Mayor Akbal Mund says he would like it to remain standing and used for something else once its days as an ice sheet come to an end. A new arena is expected to be built and opened by the fall of 2018. Until then, the...

Vernon couple wins big

Dec 22, 2015 / 4:17 pm
Diana Cools and Neil Remsbery are going to take some time and figure out what they want to do with an early Christmas gift. The Vernon couple won $500,000 on Lotto Max Extra on Nov. 11 and they claimed their prize this week.` Diana waited almost six weeks before cashing in her winning ticket...

Pot dispensaries to unite

Dec 22, 2015 / 2:46 pm
Owners and managers of medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon are hoping to work together on standardized business procedures. Representatives of three of the five clinics met last week to “get on the same page as far as policies and procedures go,” said Imre Kovacs, owner of The...

Xmas eve dinner is served

Dec 22, 2015 / 2:17 pm
Things are busier than ever at the Upper Room Mission, but thanks to a couple of local businesses, a majestic Christmas Eve meal will be served. Rob and Lisa Ellis of Rellish Transport Services, along with Jim Tennant of Save On Foods, are sponsoring the Mission’s annual Christmas Eve...

Show proof on air quality

Dec 22, 2015 / 12:08 pm
A group of Lavington area residents is calling for action from the District of Coldstream, claiming there is no scientific evidence of air quality improvement since the opening of the Pinnacle pellet plant in late September, despite private testing by the company. “Numerous residents now...

Safe Christmas tips

Dec 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
Watch that deep-fried turkey. Vernon Fire Rescue is asking people planning to cook their Christmas turkey in a deep fryer to keep it outside. “I know people are trying this deep frying of turkeys, that's best left outside,” says deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood....

Enderby takes on disputes

Dec 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
You really will have to take the matter up with city hall in future. The City of Enderby has joined B.C.'s bylaw adjudication program so residents involved in minor bylaw infractions can take their disputes to an independent adjudicator. The program is aimed at saving a complainant money...

Car crashes into backyard

Dec 21, 2015 / 9:40 pm
A young driver escaped a harrowing crash unscathed. A Volkswagen sedan driven by a young female driver went off the road on Bella Vista Road. It took out a row of cedars, rolled onto its roof and went down a bank before getting hung up on a rock wall in the backyard of a home on Burton...

New website for city

Dec 21, 2015 / 4:56 pm
The City of Vernon website is sporting a new look. The new website launched late Monday, following approval by council at the regular open meeting on Dec. 14. “The site is designed with a focus on improved communication, ease of navigation, functionality and city branding,” said...
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