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Boater struck by prop

Jun 1, 2015 / 11:41 am

A man fell off a boat on Okanagan Lake Saturday night and was struck by the propeller. The incident occurred about 9 p.m., according Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. The 21-year-old Vernon resident was boating with four friends and was on the bow of the boat when he went overboard. ...

A case of mistaken location

Jun 1, 2015 / 6:40 am

UPDATED Emergency authorities in Vernon knew nothing about a supposed highway closure this morning. They didn't even have a file referring to anything in the area. But, after a little digging, Castanet found out through the Ministry of Transportation that a report from DriveBC this...

Boat destroyed in fire

May 30, 2015 / 11:33 am

Fire officials and RCMP are investigating after a boat was destroyed by flames at a Banner Recreational Products, in Vernon. The blaze was reported just after 3 a.m., and Captain Dan Walker of the Vernon Fire Department says the vessel was fully involved when crews arrived on site. "The...

'Definition of Indian giving'

May 29, 2015 / 2:19 pm

Chief Byron Louis says he doesn't want to kill the idea of a multi-use trail on the old Okanagan rail corridor – but historical wrongs must be corrected. In a statement released Friday, Louis said the band sought to postpone the sale ... "not to prevent the creation of a multi-use...

Deer vs. Harley

May 29, 2015 / 1:04 pm

For the second time in a week, there has been a collision between a deer and a motorcycle in the North Okanagan. About 9:40 a.m.Thursday, an Okanagan Landing couple was headed out for a ride on their Harley-Davidson when a deer jumped directly in front of their bike. “They were...

New home for llama on lam

May 28, 2015 / 6:43 pm

A llama that went on the lam before it could be auctioned off has a new home after his antics stopped traffic on a highway in Armstrong. Bert, as he came to be known, escaped from a truck before he could be delivered to Valley Auctions. He ran across Highway 97 as police tried to corral him...

Blood splattered on road

May 28, 2015 / 12:29 pm

UDATE 12:30 P.M. Vernon RCMP have now confirmed their suspicion that a blood splatter found near Ellison Elementary School on Wednesday was tied to a stabbing victim in hospital. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says officers from the Vernon North Okanagan Detachment spent most of their day...


Winning ticket full of love

May 27, 2015 / 2:11 pm

A Coldstream woman fell to the floor with tears of joy, after the shock of winning the lottery. Caroline Longval was the $500,000 winner of last Friday's Lotto Max Extra. As it turns out, Longval received the winning Lotto Max ticket as an impromptu “I love you gift” from her...

A historic injustice

May 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Seven new grave markers will be placed in Pleasant Valley Cemetery for men who died while interned during the First World War. A rededication ceremony was held over the weekend, with members of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund in...

Arts advocate remembered

May 26, 2015 / 4:13 pm

A longtime Vernon resident and stalwart of local theatre who died last week in an accident at the Vernon Yacht Club was lauded by members of city council, Monday. David Jones, 82, was repairing a mast on a sailboat Thursday morning when he was witnessed to fall from the ladder he was...

Car crashes into office

May 26, 2015 / 3:43 pm

Staff at a downtown Vernon business had a shocking experience when a car drove right through their front window on Tuesday. Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says a woman driving a Dodge Dart compact sedan mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brakes and went through the large, plate glass...

City gets into bike biz

May 26, 2015 / 10:05 am

Vernon Tourism is getting into the bicycle rental business – but not everyone on Vernon council is happy about it. Starting June 12, tourists will be able to rent bikes from the tourist information centre on 39th Avenue. The city is taking 15 per cent of the revenue in lieu of rent for...

$1M birthday present

May 25, 2015 / 5:05 pm

Tanya Williams gave herself an early birthday present. The 33-year-old Enderby woman will celebrate her birthday next week with an extra $1 million in her jeans. Williams was one of 12 Maxmillions million-dollar winners from last Friday's Lotto Max draw. She was the only winner in...

Tourney hits $1M mark

May 25, 2015 / 4:35 pm

The weather may have been dark and stormy, but the spirit of giving was great. A rain-shortened sixth annual Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Golf Classic was forced to move indoors after eight holes due to a thunderstorm. The tournament and auction raised $242,000. To private donations...

Foodies undeterred by rain

May 25, 2015 / 4:09 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Davison family members and staff gave tours of the new cannery building, where delicious smells...

Llama on lam back in pen

May 25, 2015 / 1:03 pm

An animal auctioneer says a llama that made a run for freedom before it was to be auctioned off in Armstrong could use a home with a high fence. Don Raffan of Valley Auction says the animal that he named Bert took off from the back of a pickup and spent a day on its own before being rounded up...

Car flees crash scene

May 25, 2015 / 11:31 am

A motorcyclist was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with serious injuries, Saturday, following a collision on Okanagan Landing Road. The crash happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Okanagan Landing and Fulton roads. Police say a silver Toyota Celica collided with the motorcycle...

Body discovered at school

May 25, 2015 / 10:37 am

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Parents report school operations are back to normal at Okanagan Landing Elementary in Vernon, following the discovery of a dead body on school grounds this morning. Okanagan Landing Elementary School is on lockdown after a body was discovered in the schoolyard. RCMP...

Defence minister in Vernon

May 23, 2015 / 8:26 pm

Canada's defence minister, Jason Kenney, paid a visit to local cadets in Vernon today. The minister took a tour of the Vernon Cadet Training Centre, and met local sea, army and air cadets. The cadets showed off their marksmanship skills to Kenney. Kenney praised the 1705 B.C. Dragoons...

Enderby on silver screen

May 22, 2015 / 3:18 pm

The tiny community of Enderby is front and centre across North America today. The North Okanagan municipality was the backdrop for Disney's latest theme inspired movie, Tomorrowland. The movie, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie (House) was filmed in the summer of 2013. Since then,...
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