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Home ready for refugees

Dec 20, 2015 / 2:31 pm
Efforts to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan are gaining speed. Ron Brinnen, who has been spearheading the drive to save a family from a Middle East refugee camp, said the “go button" has been pushed and they have completed the first document that will put them in...

Academies grow

Dec 20, 2015 / 10:35 am
Academies within School District 22 continue to grow. Board chair Kelly Smith said trustees have agreed to allow Vernon's Community School Academy add grades 10 and 11 for the 2016/17 year. Those interested in the format can move to the academy in grade seven. Sign up is in January. Only...

Shuswap aims for seniors

Dec 20, 2015 / 10:34 am
The province is handing out money to help seniors stay mobile, physically active and socially connected. Sicamous is among 28 B.C. communities to be given a 2016 age-friendly Community Planning and Project grant. It will receive $20,000 for its project, Becoming a Leader as an Age-friendly...

RCMP search for woman

Dec 19, 2015 / 12:17 pm
Vernon RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in finding a missing 65-year-old woman who left a mental health facility Friday. Aurelia Wedenig is 5’6” tall and weighs 149 pounds. The Caucasian woman has green eyes, blonde/grey hair, wire rim glasses and a mole on her right...

VJH close to goal

Dec 19, 2015 / 6:00 am
Donations to the Light a Bulb campaign have those lights sparkling above Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The VJH Foundation says that campaign is $5,000 shy of its $200,000 goal. To date, the campaign has raised $194,862 towards the purchase of two new orthopedic surgical sets for the hospital. The...

Board salaries go up

Dec 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon's School District 22 board of education has given itself a raise. Trustee remuneration is based on annual surveys of districts of a similar size, budget and student population including, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Sooke, Saanich, Comox Valley and Cowichan Valley. Effective...

Amping up the volume

Dec 18, 2015 / 8:00 pm
A husband-and-wife team in Coldstream is setting up a group to oppose a plan for an amphitheatre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus. Jackie George, who said she represents Residents Against the Amphitheatre, is circulating an email asking Okanagan College not to permit or support activities...

We're No. 22!

Dec 18, 2015 / 7:18 pm
Vernon and Salmon Arm have made it on the list of the 36 best cities for work in the province. BC Business magazine looked at six economic indicators the magazine felt reflected the health of a city’s job market. These included five-year average household income change, average...

Drug bust trial set

Dec 18, 2015 / 4:16 pm
A Vernon man faces trial next October in connection with a large drug bust in Vancouver last winter. Ronald Learning, 31, will appear for a one-day trial before a Supreme Court judge Oct. 26 on four weapons charges and breach of undertaking. Learning's home was raided Jan. 13, a week...

Wearing the silk

Dec 18, 2015 / 3:03 pm
Former Vernon Monashee MLA Tom Christensen has made Queen's counsel. The announcement was made Friday by Attorney General Suzanne Anton. Christensen is an associate at Nixon Wenger LLP with a general practice, including wills and incapacity planning, estate administration and real estate...

Emissions pleasant surprise

Dec 18, 2015 / 12:51 pm
Air pollution testing at the Pinnacle pellet plant in Lavington last month shows current emissions are 83.1% below previously permitted levels, according to a report by McCall Environment which conducted the testing. “We hope some of the concerns of residents of the area are assuaged now...

Vehicle rollover

Dec 18, 2015 / 12:16 pm
UPDATE: 12:14 p.m. Vernon Fire Rescue says no one was injured when a vehicle went off the road on Kestrel Place in the Canadian Lakeview Estates this morning. Deputy chief Jack Blair reports the vehicle rolled down a 20-foot embankment but that the driver was able to get out of the vehicle...

Another doctors clinic?

Dec 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
Could another doctors' clinic be in Vernon's future. Mayor Akbal Mund says there is “some intent to start up a new clinic.” Mund's comment follows a meeting this week with a representative of Walk-In Clinics B.C. There is concern that the upcoming closure of the...

School funding shortfall

Dec 17, 2015 / 7:42 pm
A shortfall of $804,740 is being projected for the Vernon school district's 2016-17 year. A report to the board of education states a “combination of $1,354,000 in projected cost pressures along with a projected revenue increase of $549,260” could result in the shortage of...

PV Road crash

Dec 17, 2015 / 4:32 pm
UPDATE: 5:16 P.M. Tow trucks removed the vehicles, allowing the road to be opened around 5:15 p.m. Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon is closed by 48th Avenue due to an accident just after 4 p.m. A witness says two vehicles were involved in the crash, which has closed off the road heading...

Mayor pays fine

Dec 17, 2015 / 1:55 pm
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund has forked over $1,000 after being fined by the taxman. “It was business, not personal,” says Mund of the fine, relating to a late 2012 filing when papers from business partners did not arrive on time. Mund has pleaded guilty to one count of failure to fill...

'Greeks' lose appeal

Dec 17, 2015 / 11:43 am
Members of the notorious Vernon gang The Greeks have lost an appeal to have a murder conviction overturned. According to the Vancouver Sun, Peter Manolakos, Leslie Podolski and Sheldon O’Donnell said the appeal should be allowed in part because of in camera pre-trial hearings from which...

Neighbour bites back

Dec 17, 2015 / 10:04 am
The lawyer for a man fired by Vernon's RCMP detachment has issued a statement from his client over an ugly and ongoing neighbour dispute. Scott Rempel admits in a summary of evidence dated Dec. 16 that while working as a civilian member at the detachment, he looked at a “synopsis...

Kin Track still not settled

Dec 17, 2015 / 10:03 am
It has been an issue for years, and finding a solution to end the Kin Race Track legal stalemate will have to wait a little longer. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund was hoping the matter could be dealt with in 2015, but with only a couple weeks left in the year, that is not going to happen. “We...

Real estate down a bit

Dec 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
According to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board real estate sales have been strong in the Central Okanagan, but a little weaker in the north end of the Valley. “Strong consumer confidence has translated into elevated housing demand,” said Christopher Miller, OMREB president and...

One Habitat home available

Dec 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
Work is expected to begin in the spring on three homes being built by the Vernon chapter of Habitat for Humanity Okanagan. Glory Westwell, chairperson of the local chapter, said the tri-plex is being built on an East Hill lot. “We currently have selected two families and we will be...

Sally Ann hopes for more

Dec 16, 2015 / 6:15 pm
Vernon area residents have donated more than $250,000 to the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign. According to the latest tally, donations from both direct mail and the Kettles stand at $263,514.16. However Jean-Curtis Plante, Salvation Army captain, said that's only 51 per cent of...

Taylor honoured by peers

Dec 16, 2015 / 4:27 pm
For her role in helping to feed hundreds of people, Dawn Taylor is being recognized by her peers with the Realtors Care Award. Taylor organized the 38th annual North Okanagan Realtors Food Drive that collected more than 32,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Each year, the...

Hamper time at Sally Ann

Dec 16, 2015 / 11:56 am
Christmas is going to be a lot brighter for close to 700 people in the North Okanagan this year thanks to the Salvation Army Food Bank. Once again, the Sally Ann has provided meals, toys and clothing to the less fortunate of the city. The House of Hope was a beehive of volunteers and clients...

Suspicious car fire

Dec 16, 2015 / 10:54 am
Fire crews had to douse a “fully involved” car fire early this morning on the 1500 block of 35th Street in Vernon. Fire Capt. Dan Walker says the department received a number of calls from homeowners around 3:30 a.m. “Those kinds of fires make a lot of noise," he...

Driver trapped in rollover

Dec 16, 2015 / 8:35 am
The driver of a black SUV had to be freed by Vernon Fire rescue following a rollover Wednesday morning. Police, ambulance and firefighters responded to the accident in Okanagan Landing at 7:15 a.m. to find the driver of the vehicle trapped. Police at the scene said fire crews had to remove...

New kilts for pipers

Dec 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon city council has approved discretionary grants to buy kilts, a piano and a new freezer. The North Okanagan Pipes and Drums band is getting $3,000 to assist with the purchase of new kilts. The Vernon Community School Music School has been granted $10,000 to assist with the purchase of a...

Waiting to count cattle

Dec 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
It will not be until later this month before the extent of cattle rustling from Coldstream Ranch is known. In October, the largest ranch in the region received reports of cattle being shot and butchered in the King Eddy and Postill Lake areas. In the span of six week, three butchered cattle were...

Picture a banner

Dec 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
Ten City of Armstrong banners will adorn the entrance to the community off Highway 97 next year, but first a design has to be found. Council has approved the banners, but rejected staff's first design plan. “Staff had pictures of the old train station,” said Mayor Chris...

Possible retrial for driver

Dec 15, 2015 / 3:56 pm
The trial of a man convicted of dangerous driving causing bodily harm earlier this year may have to be done over. Ian Douglas Burns was convicted in Vernon provincial court of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, following an incident on June 26, 2013 when the truck he was driving struck...

Snowmobilers found

Dec 15, 2015 / 3:46 pm
The search for two missing snowmobilers from Salmon Arm ended happily after the pair were found cold, but uninjured early Tuesday morning. RCMP were notified of the missing men just before midnight after they failed to return from an outing in the Owl Head recreation area, east of...

Pain at the pump

Dec 15, 2015 / 3:37 pm
Motorists may have wished they filled up this morning. Tuesday morning, gas in Vernon was sitting at 97.9 at some stations and 99.9 at others, but by the afternoon the price had ballooned to 106.9. The price of a litre of petrol had been dropping like a feather over the past few weeks, but it...

Kitty rescue a success

Dec 15, 2015 / 2:58 pm
It sounds cliche, but Vernon Fire Rescue Services really did rescue a cat from a tree. Crews were called to Kin Beach just after dark Monday to pull a distressed feline from one of the large cottonwood trees. While rescuing cats stuck in trees is not a call the fire department normally...

Fired over dog bite

Dec 15, 2015 / 2:52 pm
What started out as a neighbours' dispute over a dog bite last winter blew up into a police matter, with charges against one man and the firing of another. And it's not over yet. Stephen Truscott, who lives in the BX, says he was bitten on the leg and knocked over in his own garage by a...

Staff praised in wake of fire

Dec 15, 2015 / 2:40 pm
A staff member at a senior's care facility is being credited with averting a potentially serious situation. A fire broke out at Noric House in Vernon shortly after 5 p.m. in one of the resident's rooms. The unidentified staff member extinguished the flames before fire crews arrived,...

Emergency service pull out

Dec 15, 2015 / 11:32 am
The City of Armstrong is pulling out of regional emergency services. Council has given first three readings to a bylaw to withdraw from inter-municipal emergency operation services run out of Vernon. Armstrong is the latest to pull out. “Coldstream and NORD (North Okanagan Regional...

Council caps tax hikes

Dec 15, 2015 / 10:33 am
Vernon city council has made known its plan to keep budget increases below two per cent during the next three years. Council passed a motion Monday directing city administration to cap the 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets at 1.8 per cent increases. However, that's not enough to satisfy...

Pleasant Valley detour

Dec 15, 2015 / 9:03 am
The City Of Vernon has issued a notice stating the roundabout, near the 2500 block, on Pleasant Valley Road is closed until Wednesday, December 16, for utility service installation. Traffic is being detoured around the construction. Please allow extra time for travel and obey all signs and...

Campaign short of goal

Dec 15, 2015 / 5:47 am
There are only two weeks to go in their annual campaign, and numbers are way down for the United Way in the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap. With a goal of $250,000, the campaign has yet to reach the halfway mark, collecting only $111,500 as of Dec. 14. “So far, things are a little...

Parkade problems

Dec 15, 2015 / 5:00 am
Safety concerns could be the reason drivers aren't parking in Vernon's downtown parkade, believes Coun. Catherine Lord. "I think a lot of women are a little bit nervous about using the parkade because it is not that open," Lord told reporters Monday, following a council...
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