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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...

A 1 in 50 million miracle

Oct 26, 2015 / 6:15 pm
A Salmon Arm couple who've waited years to become parents are expecting three babies at once — identical triplets, which doctors say come along only once in 50 million births. For Mahalia Meeuwsen and her husband Mike, just having one baby seemed like a miracle. Meeuwsen, 42, is 30...

Propping up the old Civic

Oct 26, 2015 / 6:00 pm
How can Vernon keep Civic Arena running even if a new ice sheet becomes a reality? That was the question to recreation facilities co-ordinator Jim Coughlin from city council on Monday. “It will have to last two to three more years even if (the referendum) passes,” Coun. Catherine...

Another suspicious truck fire

Oct 26, 2015 / 3:04 pm
For the third time in less than a month, Vernon Fire Rescue were called to suspicious vehicle fire. VFR Fire Chief Jack Blair said the call came in at 1:30 a.m. Monday. When crews arrived they found the truck in the 3300 block of 35th Avenue in flames. “The guys arrived on scene at...

Speeding leads to impound

Oct 26, 2015 / 1:22 pm
Two speeders are without their vehicles after police in Salmon Arm had them impounded. The drivers were both stopped by RCMP for excessive speeding between 10 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on Sunday. According to Sgt. Scott West, one of the drivers was from out of town, while the other was a local...

Semi side-swipes camper

Oct 26, 2015 / 1:19 pm
Two people are lucky to have only minor injuries after their pickup was side-swiped by a tractor trailer on Sunday. The incident occurred just east of Salmon Arm on the Trans-Canada Highway, about 6 p.m. RCMP Sgt. Scott West said an investigation determined a eastbound tractor trailer crossed...

Evacuation at rec centre

Oct 26, 2015 / 12:55 pm
The Vernon Recreation Centre had to be partially evacuated around noon Monday following an alarm. Vernon Fire Rescue responded as about 30 patrons and staff were sent outside. About 20 to 30 swimmers were put in a holding area inside the building while officials went to investigate, according...

Bail for murder suspect

Oct 26, 2015 / 11:25 am
A Vernon man charged with second-degree murder has been granted bail. Brandon Wellington, 18, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Jason Hardy, 42, whose body was found in Polson Park on Aug. 26. Also charged in connection with the homicide is Tal Kalum La Riviere, 28, and...

College flying high

Oct 26, 2015 / 10:24 am
Okanagan College is flying high after a second major donation from a local aviation company. Kelowna-based Carson Air has donated a Metroliner II aircraft to the college's aircraft maintenance engineering program at Vernon Airport. The $300,000 plane made its final flight Oct. 16, landing...

Helping pets and people

Oct 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
With wagging tails and nuzzling noses, pets offer unconditional love, making them a big part of someone's life. And for the past two years, a local group has been doing what it can to help pet owners who may be having a tough time caring for themselves and their furry friends. The Pet...

Victims of camps honoured

Oct 25, 2015 / 4:17 pm
A dark part of Vernon's history will be remembered half a world away this week. On Wednesday, a bilingual (Ukrainian/English) plaque will be unveiled in Kyiv at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrected Christ, recalling Canada’s first national internment operations of...

Power out to 1,400

Oct 25, 2015 / 1:49 pm
UPDATE 1:48 P.M. A single-vehicle accident Sunday morning knocked out power to some 1,400 residents along Westside Road. Vernon Fire Rescue Capt. Reinhard Mann said the call came it just before 11 a.m. “The driver of the vehicle managed to crawl out of it,” said Mann....

Kal lookout looks good

Oct 24, 2015 / 8:00 am
Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick has welcomed a new look at Kalamalka Lake lookout, a rest area off Highway 97, south of Vernon. Approximately $58,000 in provincial funds have been spent on picnic tables, new garbage and recycling bins, and toilets to make the lookout a little more welcoming for...

Nasty smell at civic

Oct 24, 2015 / 6:30 am
Yet another problem with Vernon's civic arena faces city council Monday – and it's a smelly one. Staff report a second urinal has had to be removed from a washroom after the drain became clogged. “Due to the age of the pipes in the walls of the civic arena, plumbers do not...

Creekside renos complete

Oct 23, 2015 / 3:05 pm
Residents of Creekside Village in Vernon cheered Friday upon learning a new hot water system had been installed in the building. It was part of a just completed $1.9-million renovation of the 74-unit apartment complex that houses low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The provincial...

The legalization debate

Oct 23, 2015 / 11:33 am
The campaign trail saw Justin Trudeau promise to legalize and regulate marijuana. Now, with a Liberal majority, those in the medicinal pot industry are hoping Trudeau will turn his promise into a reality. In Vernon, Selen Wong heads the online compassion club The Flower of Life. She's...

Standoff suspect dies

Oct 23, 2015 / 11:00 am
A court case against a senior citizen who held police at bay during a five-hour standoff in Vernon last April has come to an end. A court official says the accused, Clifford Wilkinson, has died. Wilkinson, in his early 70s at the time of his death, had been facing a number of firearms charges...

An 'arresting' experience

Oct 23, 2015 / 9:49 am
Vernon's mayor found himself in legal trouble Thursday and was promptly locked up – in the name of charity. Akbal Mund was "jailed" for failure to remain seated on a school bus and ordered to raise $2,000 for the Cops for Kids fundraiser. A cell was set up at Vernon's...

Ready for referendum

Oct 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
There is great excitement among user groups in Vernon desperate for a new ice rink in the region. A referendum will be held Nov. 28 on whether $13.2 million should be borrowed for the twinning of Kal Tire Place. “It's definitely something that we need,” said Kara Blaizek,...

Funds, immigrants needed

Oct 23, 2015 / 5:00 am
The incoming Liberal government's mega infrastructure plan is a plus for the North Okanagan, according to Greater Vernon's chamber of commerce boss. During the federal election the Liberals promised to boost investment in social infrastructure by almost $6 billion over the next four...

Remembering Taylor

Oct 22, 2015 / 6:20 pm
A memorial walk to remember a slain Okanagan teen will be held on a different day this year. It was four years ago on Halloween day when 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest was attacked and killed in a senseless murder that rocked the tight-knit farming community of Armstrong. Since that day,...

Rustlers active in B.C., Alta

Oct 22, 2015 / 12:00 pm
Cattle rustlers continue to be active in the North Okanagan. While Coldstream Ranch, the area's largest cattle ranch, has not found any of their animals slaughtered in the the last week or so, another ranch found two of its cattle killed and butchered Jeremy Wasylyszyn said he found a cow...

Double the screams at ranch

Oct 22, 2015 / 11:24 am
Halloween fans can get their scream on with a double bill at Historic O'Keefe Ranch starting this evening at the Field of Screams: The Harvest. The ranch, 10 minutes north of Vernon on Highway 97, has set up two corn mazes that promise to be full of frightening fun. Ranch general manager...

Mund eyes federal money

Oct 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
They may be at different levels of government, but Vernon's mayor is no stranger to MP-elect Mel Arnold. Arnold won the North Okanagan-Shuswap federal riding Monday for the Conservative Party, which was reduced to being the official opposition after Justin Trudeau's Liberals formed a...
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