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Students learn how to iWalk

Oct 15, 2014 / 2:17 pm

Photo: Contributed - Paul Cousins Mayor Rob Sawatsky drives his Walking School Bus along Fulton Road Wednesday morning. It seems fitting that, in the middle of National Carpool Month, the City of Vernon launched two new 'VernonMoves' campaigns at Ellison Elementary School this...

$75K for 77-yr.-old arena

Oct 15, 2014 / 12:47 pm

Vernon council has approved a recommendation to put $75,000 into the aging 77-year-old Civic Arena. The decision was made, despite plans for twinning the ice sheet at Kal Tire Place as a replacement for the old arena. The City still needs the building to remain in good operating condition until...

Bomb blown to "smithereens"

Oct 10, 2014 / 5:27 pm

Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed A navy bomb disposal team was called and arrived at the site Friday in the Monashee Mountains near Lumby, B.C. "They confirmed without a doubt that it is a...

Truck down 200-foot cliff

Oct 10, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A semi-truck driver is lucky to be alive after his truck lost control Wednesday evening, and careened down a 150-foot cliff. The 67-year-old Penticton man was driving along Hwy. 97 approximately two-kilometres south of the Schweb's Bridge, north of the intersection with Westside Road when he...

Crime report

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:53 am

A landlord in Salmon Arm was assaulted Monday, Oct. 7th while checking on a property. The incident happened on 10th Avenue SW around 7 a.m. He arrived at the rental unit to find an unknown man with a key to the residence. When he attempted to retrieve the key, bear spray was deployed in...

Death in care home assault

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:10 am

Mounties and the coroners' service are investigating after a 93-year-old man with dementia died following an attack by another patient at a long-term care facility in BC's southern Interior. John Young was assaulted last Friday at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm after he wandered into the...

Shots fired, one injured

Oct 9, 2014 / 1:47 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan are at a property in Cherryville today after a report of shots fired. Police spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says police in Lumby were called to the property Wednesday evening. Molendyk says officers spoke to several people on scene at the time of the incident. One...

Rescued dog stolen

Oct 9, 2014 / 9:54 am

Photo: Contributed - SPCA UPDATE 10:00 a.m.. OCT 9, 2014 In a terrible twist to yesterday's rescue story (below), one of the small Carlin Pinschers was stolen from its pen overnight in Penticton. “I came in this morning and when I went to feed them I noticed this...

Manhunt ends in arrest

Oct 8, 2014 / 4:33 pm

RCMP in Vernon are still trying to piece together a string of events that led to the arrest of a man on a hillside above Fulton Secondary School Wednesday afternoon. Police spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the man was apparently involved in at least three separate incidents over a period of a...

Lumby Food Bank needs you

Oct 8, 2014 / 11:23 am

Residents of Lumby are being asked to support their local food bank tonight, by leaving donations on the curb. The Lumby Food Bank assists over 50 local families each month and it needs your help keeping the shelves full. Tonight, Wednesday Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m., RCMP, Lumby Fire Services and...

Coldstream, CUPE ratify deal

Oct 7, 2014 / 10:25 am

The District of Coldstream and members of CUPE Local 626 have ratified a new five-year collective agreement. The contract is retroactive to Jan 1, 2014 and runs through Dec 31, 2018. The new agreement will see incremental wage increases of 8.5% over the term of the five-year agreement....

Water disruptions planned

Oct 7, 2014 / 9:38 am

Some residents living within the Killiney Beach water system will be running dry on Wednesday. The water will be shut off for approximately 75 homes below Westside Road while the RDCO repairs a leak in a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) at Westside Road and Kildare Way. Work is scheduled to...

Boost in international students

Oct 7, 2014 / 5:03 am

Vernon’s school district is getting a financial boost from a spike in international students studying in the area this year. According to the district principal of the Vernon International Student Program, Judy Hershman, 2014 enrolment numbers are way up when compared with the September...

Cocaine and cash seized

Oct 6, 2014 / 12:11 pm

Vernon RCMP have busted two men, suspected for drug trafficking, and seized drugs and cash in the process. On Oct. 3 police arrested a 26-year-old White Rock man in his vehicle in Vernon, who was found to be in possession of cocaine and heroin, packaged for sale. The seizure lead police to...

Charges laid in pub assault

Oct 6, 2014 / 12:09 pm

Police have now laid charges in a brutal assault at a local bar last month that left a man in hospital. Lucas Slizak, 23, of Vernon was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Oct 1, 10 days after allegedly hospitalizing another 23-year-old Vernon man. On Sept. 21 North Okanagan RCMP...

Conservatives find replacement

Oct 5, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Conservatives in the North Okanagan-Shuswap have selected a new candidate to run after Colin Mayes retires. The vote took place over two days to ensure opportunity for members to participate from all over the riding, culminating in Vernon where the ballots were also tallied. Mel Arnold...

Art gallery needs more space

Oct 5, 2014 / 2:50 pm

The Vernon Art Gallery is hosting the Okanagan Print Triennial, but it's too small to house the 179 artist exhibit. The Okanagan Print Triennial was originally conceived in Vernon in 2009 as a juried exhibition showcasing printmakers from across Canada. A partnership between the Vernon...

New park opens today

Oct 5, 2014 / 2:02 pm

There is a lot of buzz at Roderick Haig-Brown Park and no, it's not bees. Excavators and saws working on a multi-year construction project have left many new facilities, and the first of thousands of families have descended on the park to view the spawning salmon. Today, MLAs Todd Stone...

Legion donates $11k to VJH

Oct 4, 2014 / 8:40 am

Surgeons and medical staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital will soon have a new piece of equipment to assist with abdominal surgeries thanks to a generous donation from the Vernon Legion, Branch #25. Referred to as a surgeon’s ‘third arm’, the 18-piece stainless steel Bookwalter...

Doing more for seniors

Oct 4, 2014 / 7:15 am

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Premier Christy Clark was in the Okanagan this week to celebrate seniors in our community. “One in four British Columbians is going to be seniors by 2030. I know as a government we have to be forward...

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