Looking good for 55+

Sep 8, 2016 / 1:22 pm
The 55+ BC Games in Vernon are only a year away and organizers are asking for money to be put aside to ensure sports venues look as good next September as they usually do in the springtime. “We just want to remind and include in the budget should the facilities need to be brought back up...

Someone is a millionaire

Sep 8, 2016 / 12:12 pm
Check your tickets. Someone in Vernon is the Okanagan's newest millionaire. According to the BC Lottery Corporation website, someone has won $1 million on the 6-49 guaranteed prize draw. The exact match winning number is 11942971-01. The guaranteed prize draw is held every week in...

Pay your fine with food?

Sep 8, 2016 / 11:35 am
Delinquent parkers in Lexington, Kentucky are helping to feed the less fortunate and one Vernon city councillor is wondering if the same can be done here. The American city introduced a system where people can pay their parking tickets by donating items to the local food bank. Motorists will...

Looking for lookout help

Sep 8, 2016 / 10:56 am
The Transportation Ministry is seeking help from a community group or municipality to help it fight the weeds at the Kalamalka Lake lookout, a rest area off Highway 97, south of Vernon. A letter of complaint was fired off to the ministry some months ago over the tall weeds and general lack of...

Back on the ice

Sep 8, 2016 / 9:57 am
The clean up is almost complete and user groups will soon be back on the ice at Kal Tire Place. The Vernon multiplex flooded last week after a nearby water main broke, leaving the basement under several centimetres of water. Cleaning crews have finished in the lower dressing room and hallway...

Cleaning up the Shuswap

Sep 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
Enderby city council hopes to sit down with members of the local chamber of commerce next month to discuss concerns over garbage left by tourists along the banks of the Shuswap River as well as parking issues. “We need to acknowledge we're a tourist destination for the river,”...

Doggone good fundraiser

Sep 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
Animal lovers are encouraged to come out to the BX Ranch Dog Park to help the local SPCA. The annual Paws for a Cause event takes place Saturday and all of the money raised locally will stay with the Vernon SPCA. Chelsea Taylor, Vernon SPCA branch manager, said people can bring their dogs,...

Branding the rail trail

Sep 7, 2016 / 4:38 pm
Volunteer ambassadors for the Okanagan Rail Trail will be more identifiable in future. Bright blue T-shirts with a rail trail crest have been supplied by the Coldstream-based excavation firm, R.E.Postill & Sons. “The trail will be something that everyone will be able to enjoy for...

Puffing in park sparks replies

Sep 7, 2016 / 3:25 pm
It appears a lot of people want a say in whether smoking should be allowed in city parks and other recreation areas in Enderby. A survey posted on the city's website last week asks: What do you think about smoking tobacco in parks, on beaches or on recreation trails (such as the Riverwalk)?...

Tweet mob?

Sep 7, 2016 / 1:12 pm
It's time to tweet, says the organizer of a splash mob event that took place on Kalamalka Lake in July. Brynne Morrice of Protect Our Freshwater succeeded in getting 170 paddlers, boaters and kayakers to take part in the splash mob in an effort to raise awareness of the threat of quagga and...

Calling all doctors

Sep 7, 2016 / 12:48 pm
A doctor shortage has reached a critical point in Lumby which has only a single physician to serve more than 5,000 people. Rick Fairbairn, electoral area D director, said at its peak, Lumby had three doctors, but one retired and another left the community for a larger centre. Attracting...

Eyes on speed

Sep 7, 2016 / 11:15 am
Speed Watch is back on Vernon streets keeping an eye on drivers this month, especially in school zones. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund brandished a radar gun as he joined an RCMP volunteer monitoring traffic on Silver Star Road, just north of BX Elementary early Tuesday morning as children headed to...

Area hills to be set ablaze

Sep 7, 2016 / 10:19 am
There will be smoke billowing from area hills this week, but there is no need for alarm. The BC Wildfire Service will be conducting six prescribed burns in the Vernon area from Sept. 8-9. None of the controlled fires will be larger than 10 metres by 10 metres, but smoke may be visible from...

MacLean coming to town

Sep 7, 2016 / 9:36 am
The voice of hockey in Canada is coming to town. Rogers Hometown Hockey host Ron MacLean announced Wednesday morning that Vernon will be part of the Hometown Hockey tour for the 2016/17 season. Rogers Hometown Hockey, now in its third season, will bring MacLean and co-host Tara Slone to...

Truck slams into home

Sep 7, 2016 / 6:13 am
Police cordoned off an area of Vernon's Mission Hill neighbourhood overnight as they searched for the driver of a pickup that crashed into a house. About 1 a.m., the red Dodge truck smashed into the home on the 3400 block of 21st Avenue, according to witness reports. Three possible...

Rocky returns from road trip

Sep 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
Rocky the cat has quite a story to tell. At not even a year old, the wayward feline spent weeks on his own after disappearing from his Vernon home. Chelsea Temple said Rocky went missing July 12, but on Tuesday morning, she received a call that Rocky had been found – in...

Is $2 million enough?

Sep 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
The state of the City of Vernon's infrastructure has come under question after a number of recent water main breaks, including two major incidents – one that flooded the lower portion of Kal Tire Place and another that caused the closure of 32nd Street, diverting highway traffic heading...

Okanagan Autobahn

Sep 6, 2016 / 3:36 pm
Okanagan Bob has a need for speed. Okanagan Bob, as he - or she - calls themself on YouTube, posted a video driving 179 km/h in a 100 zone along the newer stretch of Highway 97 between Oyama and Winfield. The video, entitled Vernon to Lake Country Autobahn, was uploaded July 31st and shows...

Celebrating recovery

Sep 6, 2016 / 2:52 pm
A celebration of strength and determination will be held at Polson Park later this month. The fourth annual Recovery Day Okanagan event will be held on Sept. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The first annual Recovery Day in Canada took place in 2012 in Vancouver and more than 1,500 people...

No suspects in assaults

Sep 6, 2016 / 1:52 pm
There are no suspects in two high-profile attacks in Vernon. RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said there is nothing to report on an attack last week on two men by a knife-wielding assailant or the assault of a young woman a few days later. On Sunday, Aug. 28, at around 9:15 p.m., police responded to a...

Cleaning up Kal Tire Place

Sep 6, 2016 / 10:19 am
Photo: Kate Bouey The rupture overwhelmed a pump station and sewer lines, sending sewer water spewing into the lower levels of the rink and causing the cancellation of a Vernon Vipers exhibition game. While the extent of the damage and cost estimates are not yet know,...

Flushing the lead

Sep 6, 2016 / 9:44 am
School District 22 is implementing flushing protocols at area schools after samples taken in a handful of schools found elevated lead levels in the tap water. In a release to parents, the district explains that testing was conducted after elevated lead levels were detected at schools in Prince...

School zones in effect

Sep 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
Drivers within the Vernon School District are reminded that Sept. 6th is back to school for students and those 30 kilometre an hour zones are in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. “As the RCMP are doing, RCMP volunteers will be increasing their Speed Watch operations through the...

Crime on councillor's radar

Sep 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon has seen its share of crime lately from stabbings to shootings to drug overdoses, but one city councillor is reminding people Vernon is still a great place to live. In a lengthy online statement, Coun. Scott Anderson bestows the many virtues of Vernon, but he also addresses the crime rate...

Man attacked in driveway

Sep 4, 2016 / 12:22 pm
Gerald Sanjenko was attacked in his own driveway without provocation over the weekend. His wife, Rose, said the vicious attack happened at at around 6 a.m. Friday morning at their Armstrong home. Gerald had taken the dogs outside when one of them began to growl. He thought they were growling...

One last day for the IPE

Sep 4, 2016 / 9:30 am
It may be the last day of the 117th Interior Provincial Exhibition, but there is still plenty to see and do. The gates are open at the Armstrong fair and thousands of people are expected to attend. The West Coast Amusements midway, which is one of the largest in B.C., is ready to entertain...

Fox run volunteers needed

Sep 4, 2016 / 8:27 am
The legacy of Terry Fox has helped countless numbers of people and as has become Canadian tradition the Terry Fox Run will be held in Vernon on Sept. 18. The 36th annual event began after Fox succumbed to cancer while attempting to run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer...

All the fun of the fair

Sep 3, 2016 / 5:19 pm
Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester Photo: Jon Manchester The rain stayed away for the IPE parade, Saturday, and crowds packed...

Stolen U-Haul found

Sep 3, 2016 / 4:21 pm
UPDATE: 6:07 p.m. Ryan Prevost, a member of the family who reported the stolen U-Haul, says they believe most of their belongings have been gone through, and they don't know to what extent because they haven't seen the truck. Castanet will provide more details as they become...

Broken water mains flood

Sep 3, 2016 / 12:28 pm
Two broken water mains have flooded streets, disrupted traffic, backed up sewer and water lines and cancelled a hockey game in Vernon. One water main break, near 35A Street and 40 Avenue, has closed southbound traffic on 35A Street, and reduced northbound traffic to one lane. Fifty homes in...

Block grows up

Sep 2, 2016 / 3:37 pm
The Bennett parking lot in downtown Vernon is history as the walls of a new residential care home on 29th Avenue continue to climb. Once it is finished, "The Hamlets at Vernon" will be a six-storey building with 85 publicly-funded and 15 private-pay residential complex care beds, as...

Power outage over

Sep 2, 2016 / 1:55 pm
UPDATE: 13:55 p.m. BC Hydro has blamed a bird for a widespread power outage in parts of Vernon and Coldstream mid-day on Friday. A Hydro crew has rectified the problem and power is back on, said company spokesperson Dag Sharman. The incident occurred on Sarsons Road. Power was out to...

Get to know the teacher

Sep 2, 2016 / 1:47 pm
The head of the Vernon school district is urging parents to get to know their child's teacher once school starts next week. “My advice always for parents is to get in the school, get to know your child's teacher,” said Joe Rogers, superintendent of School District 22....

Dozens of offers and calls

Sep 2, 2016 / 11:11 am
Vernon RCMP are reported to have been inundated with calls from people offering to help a young family who lost all of their belongings in one night when a U-Haul truck was stolen this week. “How generous. How generous and kind people are,” said Hary Prevost, father of Ryan Prevost...

Ice changing in Lumby!

Sep 2, 2016 / 9:50 am
The NHL's top icemaker was in Lumby this week and has changed the look of the village's Pat Duke Arena. Lumby won the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title and $100,000 in renovations to the aging rink. Identified only as 'Wayne', the pro league's top man on the job helped arena...

Habitat builds home

Sep 1, 2016 / 5:02 pm
A project that will see three Vernon families be able to buy into the pricey housing market was officially marked with a sod-turning Thursday. Work on the Habitat for Humanity triplex at 2404 35th Ave. is expected to start within days, said Glory Westwell, the group's local...

Dancing up donations

Sep 1, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Local 'celebrities' will be dancing the night away during the Dancing with the Vernon Stars event. Couples will be showing their best dance moves at the Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre. While tickets for the Sept. 30 event have sold out, people can still help out by donating...

Viciously attacked

Sep 1, 2016 / 2:39 pm
UPDATE 2:40 p.m. RCMP have released some information on a brutal assault that left a Vernon woman with head and facial injuries. The man who struck Brianna is described as 6-foot3, about 200 pounds, with a darker skin and wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans. The matter remains under...

Record crowd at IPE

Sep 1, 2016 / 12:41 pm
It was a record-breaking day at the IPE Wednesday. The opening day of the fair that is in its 117th year saw 18,327 people go through the gates, an increase of almost 1,000 over last year. “It's a nice increase,” said Yvonne Paulson, IPE general manager. “I think the...

Family loses everything

Sep 1, 2016 / 11:57 am
A young family who stayed the night in Vernon are pleading for help after everything they owned was stolen by thieves. Ryan Prevost, his fiance and their one-year-old daughter were moving from Vancouver to Calgary – driving to their destination in a rented 20-foot U-Haul that held all of...
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