Steps ahead, say parents

Jun 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Parents at Armstrong Elementary School hope the dismissal of the entire School District 83 board of trustees will save their school. The board considered a proposal to close Armstrong and Silver Creek Elementary in Salmon Arm before backing down and delaying a decision for one year. As well,...

Do It For Dad event

Jun 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon residents are being urged to take part in this year's Do It For Dad run and walk, taking place at Coldstream Ranch this weekend. “The Do it for Dad event is very important to me,” Roy Gavelin, a Vernon resident and survivor of prostate cancer. “The journey is not...

Tops in sports awarded

Jun 15, 2016 / 8:31 pm
Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey Photo: Kate Bouey The best in sports were recognized Wednesday night in Vernon at the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards. Kevin Hill's gold medal win at the Canadian snowboard cross championship in...

Barrel full o' pot found

Jun 15, 2016 / 4:27 pm
Someone misplaced a large barrel of pot, and local RCMP are encouraging the owners to give them a call to claim it. On May 31, North Okanagan RCMP received information regarding a large blue plastic industrial barrel in the area of the Kingfisher Forest Service Road. “Officers attended...

First arson, now porn

Jun 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm
William Murray Phelps Munton was arrested June 1 and charged with four counts of arson. Police are continuing to investigate Munton and more arson charges are possible. Munton, 55, is also facing two charges of making or publishing child pornography and one count of possession of child...

Dealing with disaster

Jun 15, 2016 / 2:58 pm
An accident, emergency or natural disaster can happen at any time and without warning – and a local group wants to help people prepare for the unexpected. According to Public Safety Canada, roughly 8,000 wildfires and 5,000 earthquakes occur each year in Canada. When a traumatic event...

Car hits People Place

Jun 15, 2016 / 11:09 am
There was some cosmetic damage, but no injuries when a senior drove into the People Place building. Crews were called just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after the driver hit a brick pillar at the front door of the building that houses several social agencies. The woman driver was not...

Missing teen found

Jun 15, 2016 / 9:33 am
UPDATE 9:32 A.M. Suzie Clark has been located. Vernon RCMP said the teen had been reported missing on June 8. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the 17 year old has been found, but did not provide any more details. “RCMP would like to thank the media and public for your...

Upset at historic ranch

Jun 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
The man who runs Historic O'Keefe Ranch is disappointed by Vernon council's decision to extend a $150,000 grant for only one more year before it is drastically reduced. General manager Glen Taylor had asked council to rethink a 2013 decision to slash funding to ranch. “We'd...

Top athletes honoured

Jun 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
The 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan athlete, team and leader of the year awards will be presented Wednesday evening. The awards have been handed out since 1994. In 2015, winners included swimmer Savannah King (Athlete of the Year), the Jim Cotter's rink (Team of the Year) and Jan Mori...

Pipe pops up on lake

Jun 14, 2016 / 8:37 pm
It's not Ogopogo, but it is still an unusual sight. An offshore storm main has surfaced in Okanagan Lake near the 8800 Tronson Road area. City crews will be marking the location of the main for safety purposes. City officials said remedial action will be taken as soon as...

Parks plan provides perks

Jun 14, 2016 / 7:44 pm
There are several changes happening throughout Vernon since city council endorsed the Parks Master Plan in September 2015. Following the adoption of the plan, which was completed after significant consultation with Vernon residents, several first-year projects have taken place,...

Happy trails

Jun 14, 2016 / 7:43 pm
New heights were reached Monday evening thanks to a partnership between Vernon Toyota and the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS). Vernon Toyota has given NOCS a new trailer to haul all of their tools to and from the trailheads. “This is huge” said society president, Matt Ball....

Outbreak at Lumby Days

Jun 14, 2016 / 4:31 pm
Interior Health is investigating following an outbreak at a Lumby Days' event left at least two dozen people sick. Dr. Silvina Mema, IH medical health officer, said the health authority has received reports of 24 people falling ill after attending the delegates' luncheon. She said the...

Salaries top $22 million

Jun 14, 2016 / 3:10 pm
The City of Vernon spent a whopping $22,445,031 on salaries in 2015, including for the RCMP and fire department. The amount is almost $1 million more than what was spent on salaries in 2014. In a breakdown of figures shown in the 2015 draft annual report, the amount of money spent on salaries at...

Thumbs down on air

Jun 14, 2016 / 1:15 pm
Coldstream's mayor is disappointed by the lack of interest in an air quality service in the North Okanagan. “It's unfortunate,” said Jim Garlick. “That's one of the things the Ministry of Environment said would be a good thing to work together on when the (Pinnacle)...

Another year for O'Keefe

Jun 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
O'Keefe Ranch will get a $150,000 grant from the City of Vernon for at least one extra year, although council squabbled ahead of the decision. “It's something we cannot lose,” said Coun. Scott Anderson. “I'd almost like to see our museum out there. It's the...

Kindness meters OK'd

Jun 13, 2016 / 5:24 pm
Vernon city council has given the nod to a plan to rein in panhandling in parts of the city. “It's a start,” said Coun. Scott Anderson. “I hope it will work so (panhandling) is no longer impacting the economic life of this city.” While Coun. Brian Quiring...

IPE ropes big grant

Jun 13, 2016 / 4:34 pm
The Interior Provincial Exhibition Society has received $100,000 from the provincial government’s community gaming grant program. It is one of five grants to Shuswap and North Okanagan organizations, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo said Monday. Three not-for-profit societies in Salmon Arm and...

Safety ambassadors patrol

Jun 13, 2016 / 1:57 pm
The City of Vernon's safety ambassadors are back on the streets for the summer. The four ambassadors walk and bike around the city – greeting members of the public and answering questions, especially for tourists visiting Vernon. They also act as eyes and ears for the RCMP and take...

East meets West at Tattoo

Jun 13, 2016 / 1:06 pm
A Band of Outriders will perform at Okanagan Military Tattoo. The Outriders will bring the West while the Republic of Korea Military Traditional Band will bring the East. It was announced last week the ROK band would perform at the show in Kal Tire Place, making the third annual event an...

Respected newsman gone

Jun 13, 2016 / 12:02 pm
The dulcet tones of Glen Morrison will be heard no more. The longtime Vernon news reporter, who worked at KISS FM, died Sunday at the age of 67. He had been battling cancer. Morrison had retired from his position in the radio station newsroom in March 2015. “He was an authoritative...

Protecting Shuswap salmon

Jun 13, 2016 / 11:26 am
The Province is closing a small section of the Shuswap River around Trinity Bridge to angling, to protect migrating chinook salmon. The closure runs 50 metres upstream and 50 metres downstream of the bridge near Enderby, and is in effect from June 15 until Nov. 15. Fisheries and Oceans...

Council blasts Stickle plan

Jun 13, 2016 / 10:56 am
Members of Vernon council have made plain their disapproval of a Ministry of Transportation proposal for the notorious Stickle Road intersection at Highway 97, north of the city. The $9.5 million plan would extend 20th Street from Stickle Road to behind Walmart. “It's such...

Sockeye fry released today

Jun 13, 2016 / 10:53 am
Mother Nature will get a helping hand today when the Okanagan Indian Band releases thousands of sockeye fry into Okanagan Lake. The fish will be released into Six Mile Creek – which spills into the lake. Prayers and songs will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the fish being released at 7 p.m....

Cliff Avenue colours

Jun 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Major upgrades to Enderby's main street have been frustrating for businesses and residents, but there is excitement too, says Mayor Greg McCune. “They realized the downtown was not going in a great direction,” said McCune. Some residents were shocked when 15 mature trees were...

Stabbing victim will survive

Jun 12, 2016 / 5:51 pm
The 24-year-old male victim of a brutal assault in Vernon is expected to recover from his life-threatening injuries. The unidentified man was found by passersby on the corner of 25th Avenue and 41st Street just after 10 p.m. June 6 with numerous stab wounds. He was rushed to Vernon Jubilee...

Cops looking for good kids

Jun 12, 2016 / 1:50 pm
North Okanagan RCMP plan on handing out a lot of tickets this summer, but that's a good thing. Police will be targeting children in the Armstrong area, looking for youths who are obeying the rules. “The detachment has teamed up with the Armstrong 7-Eleven and police will be handing...

Picking site for pickleball

Jun 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's pickleball club may know if there is a site for courts by July. The Greater Vernon Advisory Council has asked staff to report back next month, identifying areas where a pickle ball facility could be placed. It will most likely be Marshall Field, which is what the 320-member club...

Action team on art

Jun 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
An action team with an eye on a possible new cultural facility for Greater Vernon will swiftly be put together. “We're looking at fast-tracking, pulling that team together because there is some federal money out there and we don't want to miss the opportunity to be able to tap into...

No Hockeyville venue yet

Jun 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm
Hockey fans still do not know where the highly-anticipated Hockeyville game will be played this fall. While fans were hoping for a location announcement this afternoon in Lumby, the Local Organizing Committee for Kraft Hockeyville Lumby did announce the first details of the celebration. Lumby...

Fire victims get help

Jun 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
A family that lost a house to fire in Lumby this week is getting some help from the community. The Derry Lane home received considerable damage on Thursday after a rifle was accidentally discharged in the house, setting gunpowder alight and starting the fire. The family of four is now without...

Old clothes fight diabetes

Jun 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Unwanted clothes could unlock a cure for diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Association is urging people to donate reusable clothing at its staffed donation drop centre at Vernon Square Mall by London Drugs - 4400 32nd Ave. - from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The association says the donations will...

Extra cash for rescuers

Jun 10, 2016 / 3:19 pm
Search and rescue organizations in the North Okanagan and Shuswap have received a combined total of more than $163,000 from the province. The money comes from $10 million in one-time funding commitments to the B.C. Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA). It is expected to help bolster...

Race track off to court

Jun 10, 2016 / 1:49 pm
And they're off....to court. The battle over a prime piece of Vernon real estate is in the hands of lawyers, confirmed Ed Woolley, of the Okanagan Equestrian Society. Just months ago, the society and the City of Vernon had been trying to work out their differences. “Proposals...

Blackway in theatres

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:52 pm
A Hollywood movie shot in the North Okanagan is getting a shot at theatre audiences. 'Blackway', starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, opens at the Vernon Towne Cinema at 7 p.m. tonight. The thriller was produced by Enderby Entertainment, which held its premiere at...

Gunfire leads to house fire

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:11 pm
The accidental discharge of a firearm that lit up gunpowder is being blamed for the destruction of a house in Lumby on Thursday. “The investigation confirmed the explanation of the owner of the house. It was an accidental discharge of a rifle that caused gunpowder to ignite,” said...

What to do about the Civic?

Jun 10, 2016 / 11:30 am
What do do about the aging Civic arena once it is decommissioned is near the top of Vernon city council's list of priorities over the next two years. Council held a special committee-of-the-whole meeting at the Lakers' clubhouse Thursday. “It was a good review of where we are...

Walking the line

Jun 10, 2016 / 10:05 am
Sixteen members of Vernon Search and Rescue were called out around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night to search for an elderly man who had gone missing from the downtown. “We flooded the downtown core,” said search coordinator Pete Wise. The missing man is believed to have been suffering...

Teen's killer appeals

Jun 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The man found guilty of killing a teenage girl in Armstrong almost five years ago is slated to be back in court Friday to appeal his first-degree murder conviction. The Court of Appeal hearing list shows 30-year-old Matthew Foerster will appear in a Vancouver courtroom by video conference from a...
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