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Mulcair visits Vernon

Sep 1, 2015 / 5:45 pm

Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair made a brief stop in Vernon Tuesday where he promised to make First Nations a top priority for his government should the party be voted into power on Oct. 19. Mulcair was greeted by close to 300 party supporters at North Okanagan-Shuswap candidate Jacqui...

Pedophile gets 66 months

Sep 1, 2015 / 3:35 pm

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. A Vernon man who pleaded to sexually assaulting his two young stepdaughters and possessing hundreds of images of child pornography was sentenced to six and a half years in jail, Tuesday. Justice Mark Takahashi took time served into consideration and the man – who cannot...

Room for improvement

Sep 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Overall, the City of Vernon did well in an audit by acting Auditor General for Local Government Arn van Iersel, but there is some room for improvement. “They have done some good things. They have improved on their management of inventory,” said van Iersel. “They need to update...

Bruno off to InterSki

Aug 31, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Silver Star Nordic coach Marie-Catherine Bruno has been selected by her Nordic ski instructor peers to represent Canada at the 2015 InterSki conference in Argentina. InterSki is where the world’s “best of the best” snow sports instructors meet to exchange ideas on technique and...

Robbed while sleeping

Aug 31, 2015 / 8:30 pm

A 20-year-old woman was injured after someone smashed the window of her car and stole her purse and cellphone just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the Vernon woman was sleeping in her Volkswagen Jetta while it was parked on the corner of 30th Street and 29th...

Who lost envelope of cash?

Aug 31, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Vernon RCMP are trying to track down who ever left an envelope full of money at the downtown Safeway. On July 29, someone left a light brown envelope full of cash at checkout 6 at 12:55 p.m. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the envelope “has writing in black lettering indicating the...

Hurt ribs in quad accident

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:39 pm

A man trapped under his quad Sunday in the Noble Canyon Road area was flown to hospital with possible bruised or broken ribs. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the ATV rollover happened about 11:40 a.m. and the man was flown out via helicopter to Kelowna General Hospital. The...

City bending rules: audit

Aug 31, 2015 / 1:29 pm

A performance audit report on the City of Vernon has been completed by B.C.'s auditor general for local government. In summary, it appears that in 2011 a city department direct-awarded a $35,000 purchase order to a vendor to provide services without involving the purchasing services...

Drug lab caused explosion

Aug 31, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Vernon RCMP have confirmed an explosion in a Vernon apartment earlier this month resulted from a marijuana oil extraction lab. “This is just another example of the danger that exists when people attempt to extract the oils in an operation such as this," police spokesperson Gord...

Park death a homicide

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:34 am

The death of a man in Vernon's Polson Park last week has been ruled a homicide. The remains of Jason Thomas Hardy, 42, were found in bushes behind the lawn bowling club near the park bandshell. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police are treating this as a criminal investigation and...

City under audit scope

Aug 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Are Vernon residents getting good value for their tax dollars? The inner workings of City Hall will be revealed Monday as B.C.'s auditor general for local government releases a performance audit report on the City of Vernon. The focus of the report: "Achieving Value for Money in...

Get ready for the IPE

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:43 pm

There's a hint of fall in the air and the return to school is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: it's time for the IPE. The Interior Provincial Exhibition – also known as the Armstrong fair – kicks off Wednesday. It will be the 116th year for the popular...

Injured ATV rider airlifted

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A B.C. Ambulance Service helicopter had to be called in after an ATV rider was injured near Becker Lake, Sunday. Apparently, the rider was hurt and trapped under the ATV. Someone else freed him, John Angard told Castanet. “The pilot did an excellent job landing in a very tough spot...

Public breaks in new track

Aug 30, 2015 / 4:24 pm

The Greater Vernon Athletics Park is now open for public use. A soft opening for the $7.5-million athletic facility was held Friday and people have been taking advantage of the new track and field ever since. While it was a somewhat blustery day Sunday, that didn't stop area seniors Mike...

Province buys old motel

Aug 28, 2015 / 12:52 pm

An old Vernon motel will soon be transformed into an affordable housing complex. The provincial government, through BC Housing, recently purchased the Journey Inn Motel on 28th Avenue, behind Fruit Union Plaza. Once renovations are complete, it will provide 38 units of housing for people at...

Tourists still coming to town

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

While the smoky skies may not make for the best vacation conditions, tourists are still coming to Vernon. For the past few days, the Okanagan has been huddled under a blanket of smoke from massive fires in Washington State. However, it would appear the gloomy skies are not enough to keep...

Mayor OK with rainbows

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna introduced rainbow crosswalks – to some controversy – earlier this month, Penticton is talking about it now, but so far no one has approached Vernon city council about the idea. Rainbow sidewalks are a visible show of inclusivity of LGBTQ individuals in the...

Two suspicious fires set

Aug 27, 2015 / 12:15 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to two small fires within 30 minutes, Thursday morning. Both fires were within blocks of each other and deputy fire chief Jack Blair said both were suspicious. Police are investigating. The first fire was set at 5:53 a.m. on the 3200 block of 30th Street, where...

Cause of death unknown

Aug 27, 2015 / 10:19 am

No cause of death has been determined in the discovery of a body in Polson Park, Wednesday. Vernon RCMP police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the man, in his 40s, was found dead in the downtown park shortly before 10 a.m. “The man’s identity is not being released at this time...

Benches turned into art

Aug 26, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Local artists have added some flair to downtown benches. While they normally go unnoticed, several benches in downtown Vernon are getting a lot of attention after they were turned into works of art. Dauna Kennedy Grant, Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director, said the benches were one...

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