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Pinnacle appeal deferred

Mar 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
An environmental appeal board hearing against the Pinnacle pellet plant operation in Lavington has been deferred for a third time. A B.C. government lawyer “took exception” to an amended statement of points, submitted by three Lavington families involved in the appeal of...

Drawing a line in the road

Mar 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon councillor Scott Anderson has been getting complaints about the poor visibility of faded pavement markings on city streets after the winter snow and salt wore them away. “It's not just the yellow lines, it's the white lines and every other line that's on the streets...

They'll be watching for you

Mar 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon motorists had better watch their speed starting Friday, and that's no April Fool's joke. The Speed Watch Program will be in effect starting April 1 at 7:30 a.m. “The purpose of the Speed Watch Program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers” said Regan...

Action on tainted water

Mar 30, 2016 / 5:29 pm
Splatsin First Nation Chief Wayne Christian wants a moratorium on the application of liquid manure to farmers' fields in the Spallumcheen area. In a letter written to three NDP MLAs who visited the site of the controversial Hullcar aquifer Tuesday, Christian explained his concern “with...

More money for mussels

Mar 30, 2016 / 4:36 pm
The B.C. government is flexing its financial muscle in the ongoing battle against quagga and zebra mussels. On Wednesday, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster announced the Liberal government was providing $2 million to set up eight permanent inspection stations at major border crossings with the...

Slocan Valley rescue

Mar 30, 2016 / 3:18 pm
UPDATE: 4:44 P.M. Vernon Search and Rescue's helicopter winch team is returning to the Okanagan following a rescue in the Slocan Valley but Leigh Pearson, spokesperson for VSAR, could provide no further details. The RCMP in New Denver are expected to provide further details. Vernon...

Kids out, washrooms locked

Mar 30, 2016 / 2:01 pm
The sun is shining, children have been out of school for almost two weeks on spring break, but the washrooms at Polson Park are locked and some people are wondering why. Alanna Austring Yousif took to social media to specifically ask city councillor Scott Anderson why the bathroom doors remain...
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IPE not being neighbourly

Mar 30, 2016 / 12:17 pm
IPE officials in Armstrong have been called out over problems with a parking lot, used for carnival trucks during the big Aug. 31-Sept. 4 event, that have upset the neighbours. The lot is south of the fair grounds, situated along Jackson Avenue and Poole Street. “Some of the people with...

Downtown upgrades

Mar 30, 2016 / 11:29 am
The City of Vernon advises that crews continue work along 28th and 29th avenues as part of the 30th Street upgrade project. Work began March 15 and is expected to continue until May 6. Roadworks include reconstruction of failing sewer, storm and water pipes and renewal of services to property...

Homeless funding sought

Mar 30, 2016 / 11:10 am
The City of Vernon is asking the federal government for funding to combat the homelessness issue. Council voted unanimously on Monday to fire off a letter to the Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development, asking for a portion of the $112 million in funding on a homelessness strategy...

Fire under investigation

Mar 30, 2016 / 10:27 am
Officials with the Pinnacle Pellet Plant in Lavington are continuing to investigate a fire in one of the dryers Tuesday afternoon. In a prepared statement, Pinnacle COO and president Leroy Reitsma said the fire occurred in the No. 1 dryer, but did not say if the plant is back in operation...

That's a whole lot of poles

Mar 30, 2016 / 9:50 am
BC Hydro crews will replace 270 power poles in Vernon this year as part of an ongoing maintenance program that will see the replacement of about 12,000 utility poles across the province. On average, the poles last about 40 to 50 years. However, there are about 70,000 wooden poles in the system...

Stinks to high heaven

Mar 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
City staff head back into meetings with North Okanagan Regional District officials this week to sort out what's causing the big stink at Vernon's Polson mall. The city has pointed the finger at NORD's septic receiving facility, but regional officials believe the odour wafting through...

Pellet plant fire probe

Mar 29, 2016 / 6:20 pm
UPDATE: 6:20 P.M. Coldstream Fire Chief Dave Sturgeon said fire crews are mopping up after a fire in the dryer building at the Pinnacle pellet plant in Lavington. “We're investigating and dousing hot spots,” Sturgeon said, almost two hours after 24 firefighters from the...

Driver crashes into fence

Mar 29, 2016 / 5:43 pm
Driver error is believed to be the cause of an accident on 20th Street in Vernon Tuesday. Police, ambulance and fire crews responded to the single-vehicle accident in the 4100 block of 20th Street. Police at the scene said the driver, who put her car partially through a chainlink fence, was...

Buildings coming down

Mar 29, 2016 / 4:59 pm
It's no surprise, but Vernon city council has made it official – a number of old buildings in the downtown are coming down to make way for parking. Council has released information showing the former New Dehli restaurant at 2905 29th St. and the Open Door Learning centre, located next...

Water quality unacceptable

Mar 29, 2016 / 4:23 pm
The poor water quality for 200 people on the Hullcar aquifer in Spallumcheen area is unacceptable and the provincial government must take action immediately, says the NDP. Environment critic George Heyman toured the region Tuesday, speaking with a handful of residents in the North Okanagan...

Mission busier than ever

Mar 29, 2016 / 3:44 pm
With the rising cost of groceries, skyrocketing rent and lack of employment in the Vernon area, it's shaping up to be the busiest year on record at the Upper Room Mission. On average, the mission is serving up to 50 meals a day more than they were last year, and officials are bracing for...

Sledders choppered out

Mar 29, 2016 / 3:39 pm
UPDATE: 3:36 P.M. Vernon Search and Rescue is advising outdoor enthusiasts to prepare themselves for the unexpected when in the back country. This follows the rescue of two North Okanagan sledders who did not make it home Monday evening. Eighteen SAR members were called out while other...

Ex-NHLers join Lumby fun

Mar 29, 2016 / 10:10 am
Organizers in Lumby are hoping to see some former NHL players partying in the village this weekend as this year's Kraft Hockeyville winner is announced. Lumby is in a race with St. Isidore, Que. for the title. Already, both communities have won $100,000 for renovations on their arenas....

Room tax big earner

Mar 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon earned $616,621.27 between January and December last year from its two per cent tax on local hotel room rentals, the largest-ever total collected by the city. “This is a 15.1 per cent increase over 2014 ($535,746.89) and is up 77.1 per cent since the first full year of...

Rec Centre work proceeding

Mar 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
City staff say phase one of major renovations at the Vernon Recreation Centre should be completed by mid-April. That's when the front doors are expected to reopen after a months-long refurbishment of the interior. Cabinets for the new Creekside Energy Bar are currently being installed and...

Sound tests rejected

Mar 28, 2016 / 5:49 pm
Coldstream residents living near Okanagan College's Vernon campus are booing over planned sounds tests this summer. “If we can hear the ducks quacking on the lake from Fitzmaurice, how much more will we be hearing if AC/DC is playing outside at the college?” resident Mike Powell...

VSAR: Behind the scenes

Mar 28, 2016 / 1:16 pm
The hard work and dedication of Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers is much appreciated by those who unfortunately may need their services. However the public may not always be aware of the wide variety of tasks SAR teams are involved in. Those at Vernon Search and Rescue are taking the...

Local teen gets galaxy title

Mar 27, 2016 / 10:13 am
A local teen has climbed the pageant ranks to win the title of Miss Teen Galaxy Canada. Vernon's Samantha Sewell, 18, earned the galaxy title after being crowned Miss Teenage Okanagan earlier this year and also grabbing the national title of Miss Teen Social Media. She is currently in her...

Woman missing from VJH

Mar 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm
UPDATE: 3:38 p.m. Alatsjia Gurr has been located, according to the Vernon RCMP. Police in the North Okanagan are looking for a missing woman who was last seen at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Alatsjia Gurr was reported missing Friday to the Vernon RCMP. She is described as a 26-year-old...

Fire at closed motel

Mar 26, 2016 / 10:17 am
Vernon fire crews responded to a fire at the Green Valley Motel in the early hours of Saturday morning. Ten firefighters arrived at the now-closed motel, on the corner of Highway 97 and 25th Avenue, just after midnight. They found a fire in the bathroom of a unit on the third floor of the...

Police look for missing teen

Mar 25, 2016 / 10:30 pm
Police in the North Okanagan are looking for a missing teen. Suzie Clark was reported missing Thursday to the Vernon RCMP. She is described as a 17-year-old First Nations young woman, about 4-10 in height with a slight build, brown eyes and shoulder length blonde hair in braids. Anyone...

Search on for missing senior

Mar 25, 2016 / 6:45 pm
The Salmon Arm RCMP is requesting the public’s help in finding a missing 75-year-old man. Calvin Erickson’s family members reported him missing from his home on Thursday at 6 p.m. He was last seen in the Salmon Arm Hillcrest area at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police have conducted...

Be a help phone hero

Mar 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kal Tire is rolling a nationwide fundraiser into the Okanagan. People are being encouraged to register now and raise money for the Be A Kids Help Phone Hero event May 1. Kevin McCarty, who works for Kal Tire in Vernon and is volunteering his time to organize the one-day fundraiser, said this...

'Dial-a-dope' busted

Mar 24, 2016 / 8:25 pm
A “dial-a-dope” operation in Vernon was shut down Wednesday. A 24-year-old Delta man was arrested in Vernon for allegedly selling heroin and methamphetamine out of a hotel by phone. After arresting the man, police searched his hotel room and found heroin, methamphetamine, cash and...

Mother appeals for help

Mar 24, 2016 / 5:41 pm
All Priscilla Potts wants is to see her daughter again. It has been more than a month since friends and family had any contact with Caitlin Potts, 27, who was last heard from on Feb. 22. She was reported missing to police March 1, and on Thursday, her mother issued an appeal through the RCMP...

Cops on the downtown beat

Mar 24, 2016 / 4:57 pm
The RCMP Downtown Enforcement Unit is up and running in Vernon. Last year, city council gave the Vernon RCMP its financial blessing to hire two more officers, bringing the detachment total to 50. Vernon RCMP Supt. Jim McNamara said those two new officers have been placed in the...

Disabled want a raise

Mar 24, 2016 / 4:01 pm
UPDATE 4 P.M. The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation wants to clarify its position on bus passes and raises for people with disabilities (PWD). According to an email from Sean Leslie, Senior Public Affairs Officer with the ministry, the BC Bus Pass program has not been...

Bad money used for good

Mar 24, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Money generated from bad people will go toward helping people deal with bad situations. Cash from the Civil Forfeiture Office is being handed out across the province, including the North Okanagan. Three Vernon-based organizations that work to safeguard vulnerable young people from gang...

Knotweed beware

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:16 pm
Gardeners and homeowners in the Okanagan are being asked to keep a wary eye out for Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant that is of growing concern. “It's one of the weeds that seems to have been transplanted at some point in time in B.C. as people brought it in as a landscape...

Salmon Arm bank robbed

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm
Salmon Arm's Bank of Montreal was robbed Wednesday afternoon. RCMP were called to the Trans Canada Highway branch at 2:45 p.m. Despite a rapid response by police, the lone male suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators said the man entered the bank about 2:30...

NDP on tainted water tour

Mar 24, 2016 / 10:26 am
NDP critics will be flooding into the Spallumcheen-Hullcar Valley area next week to get a first-hand look at the tainted water situation. New Democrat MLAs George Heyman, Lana Popham and Scott Fraser will visit residents and the Splatsin First Nation Tuesday, March 29. The critics have...

Big Lumby budget number

Mar 24, 2016 / 10:03 am
The numbers in the Village of Lumby's 2016 budget are a bit mind-boggling. Total revenue and expenditures for the year total just over $2.4 million compared to $466,538 the year before. “If the budget looks really high there is $1.7 million in there from the federal...

Hockeyville party in Lumby

Mar 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
Win or lose, Lumby is going to party on Apr. 2 when the overall winner of the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title is announced. “Thank you to everybody involved,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, at a meeting of regional politicians on Wednesday. “It's been an impressive showing from the...
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