Campaign picks up steam

May 22, 2016 / 10:24 am
A letter writing campaign opposing an expansion of a dairy farm operation in Spallumcheen is “picking up steam,” says Al Price, spokesperson for the Save the Hullcar Aquifer Team (SHAT). Price is urging residents within the Steele Springs Waterworks District to write to Spallumcheen...

Easy peasy in Shuswap

May 22, 2016 / 6:32 am
Bike-to-Work Week organizers really want to make it easy for people to bike to work next week. To eliminate the impediment of safely storing bikes, they've set up Salmon Arm's first-ever week-long supervised Bicycle parkade – free of charge. In an effort to encourage people to...

Perfect for amphitheatre

May 21, 2016 / 7:00 am
The architect who designed the proposed amphitheatre for the grounds of Okanagan College's Vernon campus believes it is a perfect site for such a project. “When I saw this site, as an architect, I was amazed. It's a gift to be given a site so perfect for this project,” said...

And the paint goes on

May 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new mural in Vernon's downtown is getting some colour. Artist James Postill is working on his creation on the east wall of the Powerhouse Theatre building, on 35th Avenue. The mural shows the history of the building, from the days when it generated power for Vernon to its transformation...

Heroic event in Cherryville

May 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Dust off your cape and pull out your mask, it’s time for the 53rd annual Super Heroes and Villains Cherryville Days 2016. Held June 3-5, Cherryville Days kick off with a blues and barbecue night at the Cherryville Golf and Roadhouse Café. On June 3, local musicians will start...

Bella Vista rollover

May 20, 2016 / 3:25 pm
About a half dozen people, including a child, were transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for observation Friday afternoon after a three vehicle crash on the 4600 block of Bella Vista Road. There were no serious injuries despite one of the vehicles, a Nissan Rogue, rolling over onto its roof,...

Mission looks for funds

May 20, 2016 / 1:26 pm
Vernon's Upper Room Mission is “actively seeking other sources of funding” after being denied $100,000 in gaming grant funds, according to Rick Lavin, the Mission's executive director. On Thursday, Lavin and members of other agencies in Vernon met with B.C. Gaming...

Gala funds for mental health

May 20, 2016 / 9:42 am
Youth mental health services in Vernon have been given a boost. The JCI hospital gala on April 16 raised $33,515 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation's youth mental health initiative. The Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU) is comprised of youth,...

Falkland ready to stampede

May 20, 2016 / 9:39 am
Falkland is ready to kick up its heels for the annual Falkland Stampede. The three-day stampede kicks off Saturday with professional cowboys vying for prizes worth more than $50,000. One of the oldest rodeos in Canada, the stampede celebrates it's 98th birthday this...

Carnival reviews the year

May 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The fun was in February, now the work starts all over again for the Vernon Winter Carnival committee. The public is invited to the annual general meeting at the Winter Carnival office, 3401-35th Ave. Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30-6:30 p.m. New members are welcome. “The annual general...

Rec centre turns 50

May 19, 2016 / 3:53 pm
UPDATE: 5:00 P.M. The Vernon Recreation Centre marked its 50th birthday Wednesday as upgrades to the building continued. A new healthy food bistro, outdoor patio area and expanded lobby area are already in use. New picnic tables and bike racks sit outside. Phase two work on the back...

Butt flickers beware

May 19, 2016 / 2:14 pm
With wildfires raging in Alberta and across northern B.C., a lot of attention is being focussed on the dry conditions and fire prevention. Butt flickers – people who toss lit cigarettes out of car windows – are fast becoming a target on social media with people posting pictures of...

Premiere ticket giveaway

May 19, 2016 / 2:11 pm
Movie producer Rick Dugdale says the contest continues for tickets to the movie premiere of Blackway which is being held at the Starlight Drive-in in Enderby on June 2. Dugdale, who is based in Los Angeles but was raised in Enderby, shot the Hollywood thriller in and around his hometown in...

Foul play now suspected

May 19, 2016 / 12:31 pm
Police are looking at the possibility of foul play in the disappearance of Ashley Marie Simpson, who went missing from the Salmon Arm area last month. On April 30, Vernon RCMP initiated a missing persons investigation due to the unexplained disappearance of Simpson, who was reportedly last seen...

Caught with loaded gun

May 19, 2016 / 11:10 am
Members of the RCMP gang squad have arrested a 16-year-old male after finding a loaded gun in his possession. The suspect is believed to be “involved in the Vernon conflict,” according to a press release, a reference to three shots fired incidents in the city in less than a...

Tourism numbers up

May 19, 2016 / 9:45 am
Tourism is booming in the North Okanagan as the number of people who visit the region continues to climb. “Our community has enjoy five consecutive years of tourism growth which equates to a 77 per cent increase since 2011 for our MRDT (municipal regional district tax),” said Mayor...

Liberals head to convention

May 19, 2016 / 9:17 am
Thirteen members of the North Okanagan Shuswap Federal Liberal Riding Association are heading to the national Liberal convention in Winnipeg May 26-28. More than 4,500 delegates from across the country have registered for the convention. ”We promised that we would be active in the riding,...

Mission gambles on replay

May 19, 2016 / 8:28 am
The head of the Upper Room Mission meets today with gaming grant officials following a rejection of a $100,000 grant application. However not all is lost. “They've sent in a notice of appeal,” said Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, whose staff will also be attending the morning...

Line painting and road work

May 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
Phase one of the City of Vernon line painting program is near completion. Contactors will be finishing curbs and symbols and long-line painting (which includes centre lines and fog lines) is scheduled to begin May 24 between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The City will be paving a service patch at 32nd...

Camper found safe

May 18, 2016 / 10:00 pm
UPDATE: 10 p.m. An RCMP spokesperson has confirmed that a camper who had been reported missing in the Spectrum Lake area, north of Cherryville, was found unharmed Wednesday evening. A search was launched in the afternoon after a police aircraft earlier failed to spot the Armstrong man's...

'Lucky to be alive'

May 18, 2016 / 5:25 pm
An RCMP officer says a 30-year-old motorcyclist is "extremely lucky to be alive" following a single vehicle crash northbound on Highway 97, south of the Vernon Cadet Camp. The driver hit a lamp standard, knocking it to the ground, but remained conscious. The man's bike lay in...

Motorcyclist bear sprayed

May 18, 2016 / 2:26 pm
A Vernon motorist was stunned to see someone in a passing truck spray a motorcyclist with what appeared to be bear spray. The incident happened on 48th Avenue Monday at around 5:45 p.m. Michele, who asked her last name not be used, was heading toward 27th Street when she noticed an oncoming...

Fundraising for rail trail

May 18, 2016 / 11:00 am
UPDATE: 12:28 p.m. Supporters of the rail trail construction plan are excited by the start of a campaign to raise $7.8 million to be used to put in a gravel trail from Coldstream to Kelowna. “It's been a long time coming and now that the municipalities, with the support from the...

No crime wave in Oyama

May 18, 2016 / 10:38 am
Despite posters warning of a rash of break-ins, there is no crime wave in Oyama, said one local ward councillor. Someone has been putting up signs around the Lake Country community warning people of numerous break ins, but Coun. Owen Dickie looked into the matter and said the claims of a crime...

Gang squad called in

May 18, 2016 / 10:19 am
The RCMP's gang squad has been called in to help the Vernon detachment following three shots-fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month. “Members of the CFSEU-BC 's Uniform Gang Enforcement Team are currently in Vernon to support the Vernon RCMP from an operational perspective...

Park the car, ride the bike

May 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon wants people to rethink how they get to work. Several events are planned for Bike to Work and School Week May 30 to June 5 to get Vernon residents thinking outside the box about their daily commute. The campaign begins May 25-26 with four secondary schools — Clarence...

Friendship centre cutbacks

May 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Federal funding cuts could have a big impact on the North Okanagan First Nations Friendship Centre Society and the people they serve. Society executive director Patricia Wilson said the centre will see a reduction of $164,000 in funding, which will impact numerous programs. The centre has...

Don't let in flood

May 17, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Lumby's mayor doesn't want to see water covering the village's downtown, or elsewhere again. “We're quite concerned,” said Mayor Kevin Acton. Council has sent a letter to the North Okanagan Regional District asking staff to observe “best practices” to...

Second fire under review

May 17, 2016 / 2:04 pm
Following the second act of arson at a Vernon senior care facility, Interior Health is once again reviewing the incident to see if anything can be done to prevent it from happening again. In December 2015, a resident of Noric House started a fire in his room. Staff quickly put the fire out, but...

Fire scorches lumber yard

May 17, 2016 / 1:35 pm
UPDATED: 1:35 p.m. Fire crews appear to have the blaze at Mardan Lumber Sales under control, while continuing to douse a large smoldering sawdust pile. A charred piece of heavy machinery is on its side in the yard, and there are several pieces of burned lumber scattered nearby. Three fire...

Pepper sprayed in home

May 17, 2016 / 12:42 pm
At least one person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital around noon Tuesday after being pepper sprayed at a residence in the 2000 block of 34th Street. A woman was carried out of the house to a waiting ambulance. RCMP officers on the scene wore masks before entering the premises. One...

Fighting the big ones

May 17, 2016 / 11:47 am
It's day 12 for firefighters from the North Okanagan involved in battling a massive blaze in the Peace River region, 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John. The Beaton Airport Road fire is an estimated 15,000 hectares in size and 45 per cent contained, according to the B.C. Wildfire...

Road safety in spotlight

May 17, 2016 / 10:22 am
A cycling group is trying to raise awareness of road safety following a shocking incident earlier this month when a mother and daughter out on their bikes were hit by a pickup, which then sped off into the night. Mae Hooper, 55, and her 17-year-old daughter were cycling on Buchanan Road in...

Stickle Rd. open house

May 16, 2016 / 4:20 pm
It's been called the Stickle pickle, but the Stickle solution may be at hand. Stickle Road is one of the most notorious intersections in Vernon. It meets with Highway 97 at the north end of town and has been the site of several accidents and numerous close calls. It has also been the...

Coroner IDs Vernon climber

May 16, 2016 / 3:50 pm
A Vernon man killed in a free climbing incident at Turtle Mountain on Sunday has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service. The body of Martin Hieltje Wolbers, 32, was found shortly after 4 p.m. on May 14 by passersby walking their dog along the Grey Canal trail. “Wolbers (was) lying...

Driver cops to hit and run

May 16, 2016 / 3:24 pm
A pickup truck driver who's alleged to have been involved in a May 6 hit-and-run accident involving a mother and daughter cycling on Buchanan Road in Coldstream has spoken with police. The unidentified man is expected to be charged in connection with the incident, said Sgt. Mike...

Manmade fires off Silver Star

May 16, 2016 / 2:22 pm
The BX-Swan Lake fire department dealt with two human caused fires over the weekend, including what appeared to be a makeshift campfire near BX Falls and an abandoned camper set alight. About mid-morning on Saturday, witnesses spotted the camper on fire just off of Silver Star Road, said deputy...

Sudden death in Vernon

May 16, 2016 / 11:59 am
UPDATE: 12 P.M. Vernon RCMP have released a few more details about an incident on the 4000 block of 29th Street. Sgt. Mike Moyer said at 5:07 a.m. Monday May 16, police were called to assist ambulance crews at a residence. "Police and coroner are investigating a sudden death,"...

Fire set at senior's facility

May 16, 2016 / 10:00 am
For the second time in six months, Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Noric House after a resident deliberately started a fire. Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said crews were called to the senior's care facility at 8:15 p.m. Sunday after a resident lit his mattress on fire. “It...

YAA Fest for Polson Park

May 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
The annual YAA Fest will be happening in Polson Park this week. The Youth Achievement and Appreciation Festival takes place Thursday, May 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The festival highlights services available to youth throughout the North Okanagan as local youth showcase their academic,...
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