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Building going strong

Aug 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The latest figures from the City of Vernon paint a rosier picture of construction activity this year. From Jan.-June, building permit value sat at $91.3 million, “a significant increase from the 2015 value at $44.3 million” during the same time period, according to a report to city...

Let's talk hockey

Aug 19, 2016 / 2:51 pm
Despite temperatures soaring into the 30s, Vernon Recreation Services is getting serious about hockey. The early-bird deadline for two local recreational hockey leagues is approaching and both leagues are looking for teams. As well, city staff have ice time for two other proposed...

Bear cub digs it

Aug 19, 2016 / 1:26 pm
A bear cub was caught digging for a snack in the Vernon area Wednesday as the mother wandered off, looking for a less strenuous way to find food. The cub was caught on a trail camera in a backyard, part of the way up Silver Star Road. North American black bears are eating machines and are...

Walked away from crash

Aug 19, 2016 / 10:06 am
North Okanagan RCMP were kept busy with vehicle crashes Thursday, including one that knocked power out to a portion of Enderby and required assistance from BC Hydro. Police were called at 11:35 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97a and Stroulger Road. Eye witnesses reported a male driver...

Suspicious fire in BX

Aug 19, 2016 / 9:15 am
The RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire in the BX early Friday morning that burned 60 feet of fencing on Dixon Dam Road, near Tillicum Road. The blaze started just before 1 a.m. Friday and had the potential to turn into a wildfire, according to BX/Swan Lake fire chief Bill Wacey, who's...

Walk, roll, ride in Lumby

Aug 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
Lumby is gearing up for Kraft Hockeyville Week and everyone is invited. The community, 25 minutes from Vernon on Highway 6, won the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville title earlier this year and will host an NHL pre-season game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings on Oct 2nd. Lumby also...

Cyclist hit by truck

Aug 18, 2016 / 4:47 pm
A man was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury after being hit by a truck while cycling along Kal Lake Road Thursday afternoon. Vernon Fire Rescue Cpt. Darren Cecchini said the cyclist was riding along the bike path heading towards Kal Lake when a truck made a right-hand turn from 11th...
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No sign of missing women

Aug 18, 2016 / 3:21 pm
There is still no sign of three women who have gone missing in the North Okanagan this year. Caitlyn Brandy Potts, 27, has not been heard from since Feb. 22 and Ashley Simpson, 31, was last heard from on April 27. Then on July 22, Deanna Mildred Wertz, 46, was reported missing from the...

Miracles do happen

Aug 18, 2016 / 2:51 pm
To see Rory Murtland run around the playground, one would never guess that just 12 months ago he was given only a 15 per cent chance of survival. The two-year-old had been diagnosed with cancerous brain tumours, and the prognosis was grim. Rory's mom, Daylene Bowlby, said her son was...

Local school drops in ranks

Aug 18, 2016 / 11:42 am
Clarence Fulton Secondary in Vernon is among the ten fastest declining secondary schools in B.C., according to the annual rankings released by the Fraser Institute. In this year’s report, 28 schools experienced declines in performance since the school year 2010/2011, while 21 schools...

Hope for RCMP tax credit

Aug 18, 2016 / 10:29 am
Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers' effort to win a tax credit for auxiliary RCMP constables still has some life in it. Spiers started an e-petition last year calling for the auxiliary constables to be given the same tax credit as other volunteer first responders. It was tabled in the...

Racism in the N. Okanagan

Aug 18, 2016 / 9:57 am
Vernon may not be a hotbed of discrimination or prejudice, but it does exist. And much of it is not even reported through formal agencies. Annette Sharkey, with the social planning council, met with Vernon city council this week to tell officials about what was done with information from a...

Loader used to bash ATM

Aug 18, 2016 / 6:23 am
Vernon RCMP say a stolen front-end loader was used to knock over an ATM structure at Interior Savings Credit Union early Wednesday. The bizarre crime happened about 2 a.m. when a loader drove up to the structure and knocked the machine over. The unknown suspect then fled the scene, says Vernon...

Changing healthcare

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Health professionals in the North Okanagan want big changes to the long-term care of senior citizens and money directed at regions that do things best. A number of groups concerned about medical care attended a roundtable discussion Wednesday hosted by North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold and...

Trained for searches

Aug 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
The COPs are joining the SAR. For those not in the know, a core group of Vernon's Citizens on Patrol are to be brought in when Vernon Search and Rescue teams are involved in urban searches and evacuations. “They have a lot of training to better understand how to operate in terms of...

Riot on the Roof

Aug 17, 2016 / 5:30 pm
The Vernon Public Art Gallery is hosting its 8th annual Riot on the Roof this weekend. More than 700 people attended last year's party, and gallery staff hope for a similar turnout this year. There will be a lot happening. Entering the parkade will be immersive: music, dancing,...

Reward to catch cat trapper

Aug 17, 2016 / 4:02 pm
A national wildlife protection group wants to find out who hurt Bruce the cat. Last Sunday, the eight-month-old cat got caught in what is believed to have been a leg hold trap in Lumby, shattering his leg which had to be amputated. The Fur-Bearers are putting money on the line to find out...

Report sheds light on death

Aug 17, 2016 / 3:19 pm
A coroner has ruled the death of a senior in a Vernon care facility a homicide, but has made no recommendations. On Aug. 19, 2013, police and ambulance crews were called to the special care unit of the Polson Extended Care Centre after a resident was attacked by another resident. John Furman,...

Cadets on final parade

Aug 17, 2016 / 12:45 pm
Another summer has come to an end at the Vernon Army Cadet Training Centre. The camp has been in operation for more than 60 years and during that time thousands of youths have attended. Courses range from two to six weeks where participants learn about drill, marksmanship and other aspects of...

ATM takes a beating

Aug 17, 2016 / 10:34 am
Something and someone have knocked over the hefty ATM machine at the Interior Savings Credit Union at the corner of 32nd Street and 43rd Avenue. One report is that a thief used a front end loader to knock over the drive-thru money machine. A photo shows police and fire crews puzzling over the...

Keeping BC beautiful

Aug 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
More conservation officers are needed if the province really wants to remain “beautiful B.C.,” said Enderby Mayor Greg McCune. “If we're going to be the most beautiful province on earth, then I think we should realize that seven or eight conservation officers for the whole...

Popular whisky lottery

Aug 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
This whisky is said to be so popular that Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery needs a lottery to hand it out. The company has announced the opening of its 2016 Laird of Fintry single malt whisky lottery. Made of B.C. malted barley, the whisky has found itself shipped across Canada and the...

Bruce the cat comes home

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:02 pm
Bruce the cat is back home, and Alana Reinhardt has her faith in humanity restored. It was Sunday morning when eight-month Bruce was found in the backyard of Reinhardt's Lumby home with a shattered leg and mangled paw after being caught in a leg-hold trap. Bruce was rushed to a...

B&Bs for mortgage help

Aug 16, 2016 / 3:54 pm
Recognizing the struggle some householders are having to meet those mortgage payments, Lumby council is considering allowing people to set up bed and breakfasts to help make ends meet. A recommendation from Coun. Nick Hodge recognizes the shortage of short-term accommodation for visitors to the...

Step closer to colour

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:36 pm
A colourful crosswalk could soon adorn one of Coldstream's most well-used zebra crossings. Council is considering having a rainbow crosswalk at Kalamalka Lake by the parking lot, according to Mayor Jim Garlick. Councillors recently agreed to place a rainbow crosswalk in the district in...

No time for pot bylaw

Aug 16, 2016 / 12:49 pm
It's up to the federal government to rule on marijuana operations, Vernon city council has decided. Council has voted down a recommendation to have staff investigate a bylaw, recently passed in Osoyoos, that bans pot dispensaries within the township's boundaries. Vernon has a number of...

Top 20 Under 40 sought

Aug 16, 2016 / 11:09 am
A program that recognizes Greater Vernon's young entrepreneurs is being thrown open to the whole of the North Okanagan. Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 are being received by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce starting Tuesday, Aug. 16 until Friday, Sept. 2. Nominations are accepted...

Top women join board

Aug 16, 2016 / 9:45 am
Okanagan College's board of governors has two new board members, both from the North Okanagan and both prominent women in the region. Gloria Morgan, former chief of the Splatsin Indian Band, has a two-year board appointment. Lawyer Riminder Gakhal’s term is to Dec. 31, 2017. Morgan...

Young celebs to hit Vernon

Aug 16, 2016 / 7:00 am
Vernon will once again set the scene for another movie. Drink Slay Love, a teen-vampire movie, will begin shooting in the North Okanagan city from Aug. 22 to Sept. 13. Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says the film is being produced by Vancouver-based Sepia Films, Los Angeles-based...

Fewer begging complaints

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Complaints about panhandling in Vernon's downtown are way down, according to the City of Vernon, which attributes the drop to its new strategy. “The volume of complaints received from Vernon residents and businesses regarding panhandling within the city has visibly reduced,” says...

It'll cost you

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
No more freebies for vehicles parking at Vernon's old Civic arena lot. Starting Sept. 1, the city will begin charging parking fees. The paid parking coincides with a recreation fees and charges bylaw, which takes effect that date for all recreation programs and services. Work will be done...

Thrilled to have even tried

Aug 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Joni Peters may not have made it to the Rio Olympics, but she had fun trying. Peters does not have the backing of big sponsors, multiple horses or any of the other luxuries often afforded to international competitors, but she has heart. Through the support of friends, family and total...

Pet pig gets reprieve

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:55 pm
Vernon city council is letting Layla, the pet mini pig, stay where she is – for now. Owner Coralee Carrier appeared before council Monday, asking councillors to waive the bylaw that does not allow farm animals within city limits. “I ask you to open your minds and allow our baby to...

No booze for the big guys

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:43 pm
A delegation of independent liquor store owners packed Vernon council chambers on Monday, asking for regulations to be put in place that would curb wine sales in the big grocery stores. “We are asking council to have staff examine the one kilometre distance rule between all retailers of...

Dragon Boats take to Kal

Aug 15, 2016 / 4:10 pm
The skies were clear and the setting was stunning for the annual Vernon Dragon Boat Festival. The event was held on the emerald waters of Kal Lake over the weekend and attracted 16 teams from across the province. “Each team has 24 paddlers,” said organizer Lisa George. “The...

Cat mutilated in leg trap

Aug 15, 2016 / 3:18 pm
UPDATE 3:15 P.M. Alana Reinhardt said at around 3 p.m. Monday that Bruce was in surgery and has to have his leg removed at the shoulder. The surgery will take several hours, but should be complete by the evening. "There was nothing left of Bruce's paw," said Reinhardt....

Crews douse slash fire

Aug 15, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Members of the Lumby Fire Department were called to a smoldering slash pile Monday morning. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said crews were called out at 7:30 a.m. after a man walking his dog came across the slash pile on Dutchman Forest Service Road, in the Trinity Valley area. Clayton said the pile...

BX firefighters kept busy

Aug 15, 2016 / 10:10 am
BX/Swan Lake firefighters were kept busy Sunday afternoon responding to two accidents in less than 90 minutes. The first accident happened just after 4 p.m. on Pottery Road. Then at 5:30 p.m., crews were dispatched to Highway 97 near Swan Lake for another collision. Fortunately, neither...

Crime spike in N. Ok

Aug 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Crime is up in the North Okanagan. In his quarterly report to city council, the area's top cop, Supt. Jim McNamara, points to an almost 10 per cent increase in criminal code cases from April to June, compared to the previous year. McNamara says property crime is up 12.42 per cent and...

Let's ask Trudeau

Aug 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's Winter Carnival Committee is hoping to entice a big name to the February extravaganza. Carnival chairperson Deb White has issued an invitation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his young family. Now White is asking for the support of city council, Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster...
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