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Breaks help taxpayer

Apr 26, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Armstrong council has given the first three readings to its 2016 property tax rates and while the city's budget is going up, the tax bill for residents appears to be going down. “We budgeted for a three per cent increase,” said Mayor Chris Pieper. “That's (an increase...

Giveaway computer stolen

Apr 26, 2016 / 4:31 pm
The plan was to give away one laptop every three months to a deserving person, but unscrupulous scoundrels dashed those plans before they could even really begin. Not only did the thieves make off with the laptop Derek Deans had planned to give away, they also took seven other laptops from his...

Powerhouse mural OK'd

Apr 26, 2016 / 2:52 pm
In the end it was easy. With a quick show of hands, Vernon city council gave its blessing to a new mural in the downtown, this one on the east wall of the Powerhouse Theatre building located on 35th Avenue. Council received a letter of apology from the Powerhouse Theatrical Society and its...

Crash closes 43rd Ave

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:23 pm
Emergency responders in Vernon closed off 43rd Avenue by 20th street during the noon-hour Tuesday following a two-vehicle accident. Vernon fire Capt. Reinhard Mann said the driver of black car heading eastbound on 43rd was taken to hospital for observation after sustaining minor injuries in the...

Opposition resonating

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:09 pm
Another discordant note has been sounded over a proposed amphitheatre on Okanagan College's Vernon campus following a chorus of noes from neighbours. Coldstream council has voted to send a letter to the college, the Okanagan Summer Festival Society and Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster...

Tap to plug the meter

Apr 26, 2016 / 11:15 am
For the technically savvy, pay by phone parking may be available at every metered spot and current public parking lot and the parkade in downtown Vernon by the summer. That is the goal of the Downtown Vernon Association. “Every existing parking stall within the City of Vernon will be...

Senior's complex for N. end

Apr 26, 2016 / 10:25 am
Vernon city council has supported some variance permit applications for developers of a five-storey, 119-unit seniors' assisted housing and commercial complex on 24th Street, near 48th Avenue. “This about providing affordable housing,” said Wilf Lunde, architect and spokesperson...

Don't spin our wheels

Apr 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Members of the North Okanagan Cycling Society are asking Vernon city council for action on a bike skills park. “It is in the parks master plan but has a one-to-six year timeline,” said society spokesperson Nick Macdonald. “We'd like it to be amended to be in the 2017 parks...

Plucked from a cliff

Apr 25, 2016 / 9:08 pm
UPDATE: 9:04 P.M. Vernon Search and Rescue volunteers were involved in the rescue of an injured man who was located at the bottom of a steep cliff near Turtle Mountain late Monday afternoon, according to a spokesperson. "The rescue team faced difficult conditions, which included a very...

Way paved for Enderby

Apr 25, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The way has been cleared for the City of Enderby to borrow $467,000 for its Cliffe Avenue revitalization project. The alternative approval process ended Monday with 195 people opposed to borrowing the funds, said Mayor Greg McCune. “I don't think it was anything to worry...

Syrian family arrives

Apr 25, 2016 / 4:55 pm
A Syrian refugee family is safe and sound in Vernon. The family arrived in the North Okanagan three weeks ago after not being able to find permanent accommodations in the Lower Mainland. Carol Wutzke, with the Vernon and District Immigrants Services Society, said the family of seven includes...

Rules of the sidewalk

Apr 25, 2016 / 4:24 pm
Vernon city council is considering a rethink on whether skateboards should remain solely in the parks. While the bylaws are often broken, they currently forbid skateboarding on city streets and sidewalks. But Mayor Akbal Mund told council there are no such laws in Kelowna. "I'm...

Police still looking for Potts

Apr 25, 2016 / 3:34 pm
There is still no sign of Caitlin Potts who has now been missing for two months. However, Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said police do not suspect foul play at this time. Potts was last seen on Feb. 22, and made contact with friends on social media Feb. 26, but has not been heard from...

No charges in school arson

Apr 25, 2016 / 3:03 pm
A suspect has been identified in a North Okanagan arson, but the culprit will not be facing any charges. Toilet paper and Post-it notes were used to start a fire in the girl's washroom of AL Fortune Secondary School in Enderby last month. The school was evacuated and Enderby volunteer...

Clothing store robbed

Apr 25, 2016 / 2:23 pm
Police are looking for a thief who robbed a Vernon clothing store. The window of Shambala Clothing Co. on 31st Avenue in Vernon was smashed on April 23 at about 5:45 a.m., and a thief made off with some of the merchandise. RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy estimated the value of the items stolen...

Store clerk terrorized

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:20 pm
A Lumby convenience store clerk is unhurt, but emotionally traumatized after being robbed at knifepoint Sunday. Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, a lone man entered the Mac's store in the downtown core, produced a knife and held it to the lone female clerk. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the...

Another dial-a-dope bust

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:54 am
Vernon RCMP have shut down another suspected dial-a-dope operation. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said this is the third such operation police have shut down in recent months. “The investigation led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Vernon man and the seizure of an undisclosed amount of heroin...

Cabin looted during winter

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:25 am
A cabin owner in the North Okanagan got a rude welcome upon returning to their woodland cottage. Someone had broken into the remote cabin located on the Lumby side of Mabel Lake and stolen a Yamaha generator, Stihl chainsaw, 9.8-horsepower Nissan outboard motor and numerous tools. Vernon RCMP...

Homeless funding denied

Apr 25, 2016 / 10:55 am
Vernon's homeless population, and the problems that come with it, is increasing at the same time as a major supporter of the transient population has been denied crucial funding. The Upper Room Mission has been denied $100,000 in gaming grant money leading to a cutback in hours of operation...

Pellet plant at full strength

Apr 25, 2016 / 10:35 am
The Pinnacle Pellet plant in Lavington is running at full capacity, despite a fire in one of its dryers last month. Leroy Reitsma, Pinnacle president and COO, said the dryer is still shut down while independent investigators finish their inquiry, but all shifts are at full strength. While...

Gov. urged to take action

Apr 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
An open letter from three Okanagan hydrogeologists with Western Water Associated is slamming the province for its lack of action on the Hullcar aquifer contamination. “After attending the April 14 Hullcar Aquifer Inter-Ministry Action Plan meeting at the Hullcar Hall, we are dismayed at...

Grants for Shuswap arts

Apr 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
The B.C. Arts Council has been handing out grants to arts groups in the Shuswap. A total of six groups have received a combined $81,366 in grants. They include: Arts Council for the South Shuswap/Shuswap Children’s Theatre Foundation: $9,700 Eagle Valley Arts Council:...

Debate rolls into council

Apr 24, 2016 / 1:55 pm
The topic of skateboarding in Vernon will be on the table at city council Monday, but at least one councillor thinks it's a waste of time. Last week, Castanet talked to Bryce Wach who owns and operates Okanagan Skate Co. Wach is promoting the use of skateboards and longboards as a green...

Pilots fly in for training

Apr 23, 2016 / 9:15 am
Pilots of small aircraft are driving or flying into Vernon airport Saturday for the annual Rust Remover seminar at the Vernon Flying Club hangar. “Students have already cleaned out the hangar, washed the aircraft, cleaned up the ramp and helped set most things up,” said Hal...

Funtastic reveals lineup

Apr 22, 2016 / 9:00 pm
Funtastic has announced its 2016 musical lineup and a number of bands are return engagements. The Funtastic slo-pitch tournament and music festival takes place June 30 to July 3. On Thursday, June 30, local bands take to the stage, with Cosmic Brew, Hog Wild and The Young'uns, a staple of...

Investigating shots fired

Apr 22, 2016 / 6:02 pm
RCMP in Vernon are investigating a report of shots fired that occurred on April 21. According to Sgt. Mike Moyer, the incident took place just after 5 p.m. in the 3400 block of Okanagan Ave. Currently there are no reports of any injuries or damage. The incident is still under investigation...

Fighting plant invaders

Apr 22, 2016 / 2:39 pm
The North Okanagan Regional District is getting some provincial funding to help control the spread of invasive plants. The $36,800 grant is one of 31 being handed out across the province. The provincial government also earmarked $13,500 for the Regional District of Central Okanagan to help...

Jail for 25 counts of fraud

Apr 22, 2016 / 11:56 am
A Vernon man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay about $70,000 in restitution and victim surcharges after a two-year crime spree. Jeffrey Leonard White, 34, had pleaded guilty to 25 counts of fraud, committed between June 9, 2011, and May 8, 2013. During...

Cleanup on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2016 / 9:14 am
Teams of volunteers have been cleaning up downtown Vernon Friday morning ahead of an Earth Day birthday party in Cenotaph Park. Bags of garbage were collected by crews that started at 7 a.m., with others taking later shifts, going from block to block through the central core. Some items...

Four wheels, no gas

Apr 22, 2016 / 8:25 am
It is a green mode of transportation. It produces no pollution and leaves virtually no footprint on the environment, but some local skateboarders feel they are being unjustly targeted for their method of getting around. Bryce Wach took to the Startup Vernon website to protest what many...

Kindale opening in Vernon

Apr 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kindale Developmental Association is opening a new training centre in downtown Vernon which will include a thrift store to on-the-job training provide people with diverse abilities. The training centre in Armstrong has successfully hosted several sessions leading to long-term employment...

Board support dwindles

Apr 21, 2016 / 5:10 pm
School District 83's beleaguered trustees hold a public budget meeting tonight at the Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary at 7 p.m., according to the district website. The North Okanagan Shuswap school board has been under fire over revelations that millions of dollars in surplus...

Reservoirs full

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:33 pm
Greater Vernon Water says Duteau Creek reservoirs are almost full and it's expected they'll start spilling early next week. “Persons living or working near creeks and streams should be aware that stream water levels may rise quickly during this time and should exercise caution...

Vernon man missing

Apr 21, 2016 / 2:33 pm
RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing Vernon resident. Chrystopher Righthouse, 42, was last seen April 18. He is described as caucasian, 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, with short, light brown hair and blue eyes. Righthouse was last seen wearing coloured beige...

Driver blamed for spill

Apr 21, 2016 / 1:16 pm
The gasoline spill at the Centex gas station in Coldstream last winter has been blamed on driver error by the Alberta-based company that delivered the fuel. G&B Fuels conducted an internal inquiry into the Nov. 25 spill at the station on Kalamalka Road after some 6,000 litres of gas spilled...

Cheers to farmers market

Apr 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm
It's spring in the Okanagan and that means it's time for the Vernon Farmers Market. The market opened for the season with 70 vendors at Kal Tire Place Thursday, but during peak season the number of vendors will more than double. Ingrid Baron, market manager, said all of the items sold...

No power in Sicamous

Apr 21, 2016 / 11:35 am
UPDATE: 1:43 P.M. Power to residents in the Sicamous area is expected to back on around 3:30 p.m., according to B.C. Hydro. "Crews have found a transformer off-line at Salmon Arm substation," said Jen Walker-Larsen, a hydro spokesperson. Walker-Larsen said repairs are being...

Boy on bike hits car

Apr 21, 2016 / 9:50 am
A 10-year-old Vernon boy sustained minor injuries Wednesday night after his bike hit a vehicle on the 2500 block of 32nd Avenue. “Vernon Fire Rescue was called at 19:28 for a car-versus-bicycle,” said Fire Chief Keith Green. “Our guys found a 10-year-old boy sitting on the...

Cyclists need respect

Apr 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Motor vehicle drivers in Vernon are being urged to respect cyclists and bike lanes in order to protect everyone out there using them. Warm weather has brought out many cyclists who are now sharing the road with cars and trucks. “It’s important that we respect the areas set aside...

Accident slows 97 traffic

Apr 20, 2016 / 4:25 pm
A two-vehicle accident on Highway 97 has sent one person to hospital with minor injuries. Traffic heading north of Vernon was slowed by the accident near Swan Lake Wednesday afternoon as northbound traffic was reduced to a single lane. One eye witness saw a woman being put in an ambulance and...
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