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No sign of missing man

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

The search for a missing Alberta man came up empty on the weekend. Friends and family of Curtis Wilson were in the North Okanagan Saturday and Sunday to search for the man who went missing late last month. Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka...

Thousands attend Tattoo

Jul 26, 2015 / 4:37 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Thousands of people took in the...

Musical men in uniform

Jul 26, 2015 / 7:48 am

Military pomp and pageantry combined with music at the Okanagan Military Tattoo, Saturday night. Seven pipe bands, four military bands, two highland dance groups, a choir, the RCMP Ceremonial Troop, military battle wagons and country singer Rob Dinwoodie made up part of the 400 musicians and...

Culinary delight at the Star

Jul 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Summer Food and Wine Festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort will showcase some of the best culinary talent Canada has to offer. Chef David Hawksworth from Hawksworth Restaurant, four-time winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Best Upscale Restaurant, is returning to the festival to prepare a...

Coldstream crossing closed

Jul 25, 2015 / 3:02 pm

The railway crossing on Kalamalka Road at Highway 6, in the vicinity of Coldstream Ranch, will be closed to accommodate railway upgrades and road repairs on July 28. The railway crossing located on Hill Drive will be closed to accommodate railway upgrades and road repairs on July 29. Work may...

Greens go with George

Jul 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Retired businessman Chris George will carry the Green Party banner into the fall federal election. George received the nod from a party faithful, on Thursday, to run in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding after a surprise endorsement from fellow nominee Keli Westgate. “Chris is an...

Fire burns near Kal Lake

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:30 pm

UPDATE 5 p.m. BC wildfire management has been called in to help with the fire burning in the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Information officer Kelsey Winter says it is a spot size blaze approximately 20 by 30 metres, in size. “It is a rank one fire, which means there is no open...

Bolean order downgraded

Jul 24, 2015 / 11:47 am

An evacuation order for the Bolean Lakes Lodge was downgraded to an evacuation alert this morning. Cooler temperatures and precipitation have calmed down fire activity throughout the Okanagan, allowing fire crews to get the upper hand. The evacuation order for the Shelter Cove fire was also...

Marching to their own beat

Jul 24, 2015 / 11:44 am

Members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band are mentoring young musicians at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. The band members are in Vernon to take part the Okanagan Military Tattoo and spent several hours this week passing on their skills and experience to cadets enrolled in musician courses...

Piano hits the right note

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

While Steven Tyler may not have made an appearance yet, a painted piano in downtown Vernon is getting a lot of attention. The front man for the legendary rock band Aerosmith surprised fans earlier this month by sitting down and playing a few notes on a piano at the waterfront promenade in front...

Mural tours are back

Jul 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

Mural tours are back this summer in downtown Vernon. With two volunteer mural tour guides in place, free guided mural tours are being offered to those who are interested in learning more about the stories behind the Vernon landmarks. Tours are available Tuesday and Friday mornings – to...

No new water restrictions

Jul 23, 2015 / 7:15 pm

Vernon residents will not have to cut back on their watering more than they are now, yet. Jennifer Miles, water sustainability co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan, said they are closely monitoring reservoir water levels, but as of Thursday, there was no need to introduce...

Grass fire off highway

Jul 23, 2015 / 6:00 pm

UPDATED: 6:40 P.M. Fire crews now have the small blaze under control, according to the Vernon Fire Department. The BC Wildfire Service water truck has left the scene and crews are mopping up what remains. ORIGINAL: 6:00 P.M. A two hectare grass fire is burning south of Vernon near...

Cops' texts revealed

Jul 23, 2015 / 4:17 pm

The admissibility of testimony was once again at the forefront of the trial of former Vernon RCMP officer Ryan Hampton. He's charged with possession of child pornography and faces nine counts, including two of possessing and accessing child pornography, six counts of breach of undertaking...

Fined for open burning

Jul 23, 2015 / 10:59 am

Officials in Lumby are taking a zero-tolerance approach to open fires – as one resident recently found out. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton said crews were called to a home following a complaint of open burning and found a burn barrel that was “full to the brim with woody...

Little movement at fire

Jul 22, 2015 / 6:30 pm

“Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and higher relative humidity is benefiting firefighting efforts,” at the Bolean Lake wildfires, says emergency information officer Ryan Nitchie. There was little movement in the two fires today, but an evacuation order remains in effect for the...

Thieves go on spree

Jul 22, 2015 / 3:27 pm

Someone is going on a smash-and-dash spree in Vernon, but police say there are steps people can take to reduce the odds of becoming a victim. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said there have been a number of thefts all around the city. “In the last couple weeks, we've had close to...

Dixon Dam Road fire out

Jul 22, 2015 / 11:49 am

A potential disaster was averted after fire broke out on Dixon Dam Road in Vernon, Tuesday evening. Crews hit the fire fast and hard, and it is now in the mop-up stages. Not even a wisp of smoke could be seen rising from the charred logs and foliage Wednesday morning. The heavily wooded area...

Crews battle two fronts

Jul 21, 2015 / 9:15 pm

Despite 24 properties remaining on evacuation alert, no structures are being threatened by the Bolean Lake wildfire near Falkland. An evacuation order for the Bolean Lake Lodge was issued Monday, and four campers and the owner fled to safety. Navie Saini, fire information officer with the...

Brush fire beaten back

Jul 21, 2015 / 8:45 pm

UPDATE 8:45 P.M. A small brush fire in the Silver Star area has been beaten down. That according to RCMP officers manning road blocks on the scene. Members of the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department are on scene along with a four-member crew from the Wildfire Management Branch. A bucketing...

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