Lives at risk on road

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:27 am
No one should have to risk their life at work, but Teagon Burton sees it almost every day. Burton works for JPW Road and Bridge doing traffic control, road maintenance and cleanup. Hardly a day passes when she doesn't hear of someone having a close call on the job. “It can be a...

Five leaders to watch

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:25 am
And the winners are... The first five recipients in the KPMG Top 20 under 40 include a small business owner, a professional appraiser, an educator, a lawyer and a property manager. The second annual KPMG Top 20 Under 40 recognizes the next generation of leaders in the North Okanagan, those...

Crash closes Hwy 97

Sep 21, 2016 / 9:58 am
UPDATE: 10 a.m. A 55-year-old woman from Kamloops was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car collision on Highway 97 Tuesday evening. RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the accident involved a Honda SUV and Chevrolet pickup. “Scene examination ... indicates that the Honda SUV with three...

Morty needsss sssome help

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Mortimer is not your average pet. He's not exactly the classic definition of cute and cuddly, but to Andrew Brys, 'Morty' the ball python is his “baby boy.” Morty has become ill, so Brys started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to cover the veterinarian bills for the...

Ruff year pups with cough

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:34 pm
Vernon has seen a greater-than-usual outbreak of Kennel Cough this year. The highly infectious respiratory disease has seen dog owners swarming to the vet clinic. "It's slowing down a little bit but the last couple of months we would get four, five, six dogs a day with Kennel Cough,...

Walking for the health of it

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm
Enderby is encouraging anyone impacted by multiple myeloma to come out and show their support. The community north of Vernon on Highway 97A will be taking to the streets for the inaugural Multiple Myeloma March, Saturday, Sept. 24. The march is part of Myeloma Canada’s national...

Dark past focus of docs

Sep 20, 2016 / 3:02 pm
It is now the site of a high school, but a Vernon field was once a place of hardship for hundreds of people. From 1914-20, McDonald Field, next to WL Seaton Secondary School, was an internment camp during the First World War for men, women and children mostly of Ukrainian descent. It was one...

'My heart is broken'

Sep 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm
All Michelle McPhie wants is her husband's bike back – no questions asked. McPhie's husband, Neil, passed away from a brain tumour in May and sometime Sunday night, someone stole his mountain bike. McPhie said she accidentally left the garage door open and when she noticed in...

Guilty pleas in park attack

Sep 20, 2016 / 9:58 am
Two men charged with a vicious assault in Polson Park in May have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Dale Mathew Lea and Jason Wayne Andrews were originally charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in relation to a machete attack on two homeless men who were living in the...

On a mission to feed kids

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Upper Room Mission is known for helping the less fortunate living on the fringe of society, but it is also active in keeping students fed. The Healthy Snack Program helps feed more than 250 school-aged children in the local school district. “The goal of our program is to provide...

Bear near Alexis Park Drive

Sep 19, 2016 / 4:30 pm
Amanda Linz was surprised to see an unexpected visitor in her neighbourhood Monday afternoon - a black bear. Linz posted a picture of the bruin running through a residential neighbourhood in the Alexis Park area at around 3:30 p.m. “I've never seen that before,” said Linz who...

She said 'Yes'

Sep 19, 2016 / 1:13 pm
(Video by tailoredfitfilms.com) Rylee had a plan. It took several months and a few white lies, but he miraculously pulled off a surprise proposal with the help of friends, family and co-workers. Unsuspecting bride-to-be Danica was in shock when the plan unfolded. “Rylee convinced...

Budget input now online

Sep 19, 2016 / 12:57 pm
Vernon residents can now go online to offer their opinion the city's budget plans. The interactive budget simulator will help council and administration understand the public’s priorities on various services provided by the city. The survey is open from Sept. 19 to Oct. 14. The...

Too drunk for murder?

Sep 19, 2016 / 12:57 pm
The man accused of the second-degree murder of Linda Ross broke down on the stand Monday while testifying about what happened the day Ross was shot. Howard Krewson is charged in the shooting death of Ross (who also goes by Linda Stewart) at her Trinity Valley home in June 2014. Defence lawyer...

New candidates announced

Sep 19, 2016 / 5:00 am
A long-standing tradition is alive and well in the North Okanagan with the announcement of the Queen Silver Star candidates. The Queen Silver Star Excellence Program announced the 10 candidates for the title of Queen and Princess Silver Star 57 at the Schubert Centre recently. They...

Vehicle fire on Hwy 97

Sep 18, 2016 / 6:19 pm
A vehicle fire has slowed northbound traffic on Highway 97. The incident is in the northbound lanes of the bypass between Winfield and Oyama in Lake Country. The fire happened late Sunday afternoon. The cause of the vehicle fire or if there are any injuries is not known at this...

Running for Terry

Sep 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Once again Canadians honoured the nation's favourite son by going for a walk, ride or run. The 36th annual Terry Fox Run was held at Marshall Fields in Vernon with more than 200 people coming out on a sunny Sunday morning. Co-organizer Tanya Davoren said last year the event raised more...

Assaulted in Coldstream

Sep 18, 2016 / 1:51 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating after two women claim they were assaulted in Coldstream. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the incident happened last Monday, Sept. 12, when “two females reported being approached by a vehicle containing two males in the area of Cypress Drive and Scenic Drive in...

Give, don't throw, away

Sep 16, 2016 / 10:53 am
Vernon's Sustainable Environmental Network Society urges people to "give away" rather than "throw away." It's organizing its first Curbside Giveaway Weekend Sept. 24 and 25. Organizers say the event will keep reuseable items out of the landfill and be a fun...

Pool reopens Monday

Sep 16, 2016 / 10:38 am
The Vernon Aquatic Centre will reopen Monday. The rec centre pool has been shut down for three weeks, for annual maintenance. Several facility upgrades have been made during the closure, including a new water feature in the leisure pool called the Sneaky Soaker 3. A new, simplified fee...

Online poll looks at crime

Sep 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
The perception of an increase in crime in Vernon has been a hot topic of debate for several months and one man is taking to social media to see just how people feel about their city. Paul Cousins has created a poll on the Vernon & Area Community Forum Facebook page asking people five...

Time to run for Terry

Sep 15, 2016 / 7:29 pm
It has become as much a Canadian tradition as maple syrup and hockey and once again people will be running, walking and cycling for a Canadian icon. The annual Terry Fox Run takes place at Marshall Fields Sunday in Vernon. Registration is at 8:45 a.m., with the run, walk, ride starting at...

Um, is that a live grenade?

Sep 15, 2016 / 2:25 pm
There was an explosion of concern at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum after someone questioned if some of the vintage war ordnance on display had been disarmed. Maureen Karran, museum president, said on Sept. 2 a visitor from Scotland, who was an expert in the area of munitions, pointed out he...

Smile and have a cookie

Sep 15, 2016 / 12:13 pm
The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is all smiles after teaming up Canada's most popular coffee house. Tim Hortons stores in Vernon will be selling Smile Cookies for $1 each with all of the money going to the foundation. Sue Beaudry, foundation director of development, said this is the...

Explosive fire guts home

Sep 15, 2016 / 11:15 am
The cause of a fire that left a man homeless and gutted a mobile home in Spallumcheen is under investigation. Members of the Armstrong/Spalluncheen Fire Department were called to the home on Whitaker Road early Wednesday morning and found it engulfed in flames. Alistair Crick, ASFD fire...

Virtual Shangri-La

Sep 15, 2016 / 10:26 am
Vernon is set to become the most connected community in Western Canada. Earlier this year, TELUS announced it is investing $35 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Vernon directly to its fibre optic network. Construction began this spring, and TELUS anticipates...

Revving up a new event

Sep 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Silver Star Mountain Resort will be adding another sport to its long list of exciting events. Internationally renowned for its alpine skiing, Silver Star is also well known for its cross-country skiing, mountain bike trails and hiking and later this month it will add motorcycle racing to the...

The Stanley Cup cometh

Sep 14, 2016 / 4:56 pm
The Holy Grail of hockey is coming to the Okanagan. The Stanley Cup will be in Lumby Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of the ongoing Hockeyville events. Lord Stanley's trophy will be on display at Oval Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras, as they will...

Off to the Emmy Awards

Sep 14, 2016 / 4:34 pm
The operators of Back to Earth are over the moon after accepting an invitation to show their products at the upcoming Emmy Awards. The mother and daughter team of Kiley Routley and Kath Raeber of Back to Earth Enviro Products are off to the Emmy’s on Friday for the big event on Sunday,...

Roadwork galore

Sep 14, 2016 / 2:51 pm
Vernon motorists might want to plan their route in advance as several road projects will be diverting traffic in the city. Crews from On the Mark Locates will be repairing a street light conduit along the 3600 block of 14 Street on Sept. 15-16. Single-lane traffic will be in effect until...

Dealing up some money

Sep 14, 2016 / 1:48 pm
Lake City Casino will be dealing up some funds for a local group that assists people with disabilities. Kindale Developmental Association, Lake City Casino and Match Eatery & Public House in Vernon will hold the fourth annual charity barbecue Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the...

A place to heal

Sep 14, 2016 / 12:36 pm
Patchwork Farms at Vernon Okanagan College campus does a lot more than grow plants. It is a place for people to connect with the land, a place to heal, a place to make new friends. The program received a $29,000 boost from the provincial government, Liberal MLA Eric Foster announced...

We're hiring!

Sep 14, 2016 / 11:41 am
Castanet is hiring another person at its Vernon office. The expanding, Okanagan-based media company is looking for an experienced sales person as it grows in the community. A full description of the job can be found here.

More money for aging arena

Sep 14, 2016 / 9:47 am
A crowd funding campaign has been launched in an effort to improve Lumby's aging Pat Duke Arena. The community, located 25 minutes from Vernon, has already won $100,000 for renovations for girls change rooms by winning the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville title. Organizers hope the crowd funding...

Kindness meters a hit

Sep 14, 2016 / 5:21 am
It would seem kindness meters are doing the job. After a flurry of complaints and concerns about panhandling earlier this year, the city installed bright orange kindness meters where people could donate their change rather than give it to panhandlers. The change would then be divided up among...

Get wild at gala

Sep 13, 2016 / 4:54 pm
The Allan Brooks Nature Centre wants people to get wild. The Wine & Wild Things Sparkling Gala and Auction will be held in the ballroom at Sparkling Hill Resort Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The 15th annual event will benefit the ABNC with its goal to sustain and expand the educational programs it...

Suspicious package scare

Sep 13, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Police and fire crews were called to the Vernon office of the Ministry of Children and Family Development following the delivery of a suspicious package Monday. On Sept. 12 at 4:42 p.m., police were called to the government building in the 2800 block of 28th Street said Cpl. Dan...

Band of businesses

Sep 13, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Lindsay James knows how hard it is when your business gets broken into. The owner of The Scarlet Studio and Artisan Market had her 30th Avenue business broken into earlier this year. When she heard the Okanagan Skate Company had been broken into for a third time she decided to take...

Byelection date set

Sep 13, 2016 / 1:55 pm
Armstrong residents will head to the polls in November to elect a new councillor. A seat on council was left vacant with the passing of Coun. Ron (Sully) O'Sullivan earlier this year. Mayor Chris Pieper said the byelection will be held Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Odd Fellows...

Blood trail led to handgun

Sep 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm
The second-degree murder trial of man accused of killing a woman in the Lumby area has begun. Howard Krewson is charged with the second-degree murder of Linda Marie Ross (also known as Linda Stewart) in her Trinity Valley Home on June 19, 2014. Justice Frank Cole is presiding over the Vernon...
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