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Fire at golf club

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:11 pm

UPDATE 5:11 P.M. Officials have determined what caused a fire in the kitchen of the Vernon Golf and Country Club. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the cause was electrical. “It was a pinched power cord for one of the small appliances,” he said. “It arced on a metal...

Body in Polson Park

Aug 26, 2015 / 10:49 am

Vernon RCMP have cordoned off a section of Polson Park after the discovery of a body Wednesday morning. Police are releasing few details on the incident, but several officers are at the downtown park talking to people in the area. The body was covered with a pink and white blanket near some...

Close encounter with bear

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

A woman walking her dog near BX Creek in Vernon had a close encounter with a black bear this week. Vernon conservation officer Tanner Beck said the woman was walking her dog on her property near the creek when they ran into the bear. “The bear was acting aggressively toward her...

New track to open Friday

Aug 25, 2015 / 3:45 pm

It's been more than two years in the making, but people will soon have a chance to check out the North Okanagan's newest sporting facility. A 'soft opening' of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park will be held on Friday. Regional district staff and volunteers will be at the park...

Alberta NDP lends a hand

Aug 24, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Jacqui Gingras is hoping the orange wave that rolled through Alberta in the provincial election earlier this year will wash over the rest of Canada in October. The North Okanagan-Shuswap NDP candidate teamed up with Alberta NDP MLA Lori Sigurdson, who is the Minister of Innovation and Advanced...

Fire started in BX area

Aug 24, 2015 / 5:10 pm

It appears someone is setting fires in the woods around BX Creek. BX/Swan Lake firefighters were called to the 5700 block of Silver Star Road Monday after a report of a fire. Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Hidasi said the fire was human caused and police are investigating. “It was in a...

Province funds arts, culture

Aug 24, 2015 / 11:03 am

Thirteen arts, culture and sports groups in Vernon and two in Lumby are receiving a total of $421,100 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program. Lumby and District Figure Skating Club: $7,500; Lumby and District Minor Amateur Hockey Association: $15,400; Greater Vernon...

Gypsy to play with Kings

Aug 23, 2015 / 10:00 am

Okanagan musician Lance Carr will open for the Grammy Award-winning Gipsy Kings at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton on Tuesday. Carr is known for a new style of music known as gypsy funk – a fusion of modern beats and grooves (played on guitar like a drum) with traditional Spanish...

Pool closed for a month

Aug 21, 2015 / 10:00 am

The Vernon Aquatic Centre will be closed for annual maintenance from Aug. 24 to Sept. 21. The remainder of the recreation centre, including the Halina Seniors Centre, will remain open. This year’s shutdown is scheduled to be four weeks in order to allow for the removal of the old flooring...

Crash claims driver's life

Aug 21, 2015 / 9:45 am

UPDATE 9:45 A.M. One man is dead as a result of a single vehicle crash on Highway 97A and Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk said an officer came across the crash scene just before 4:20 a.m. this morning. "The investigators have determined the vehicle was...

Beware of phone scammers

Aug 21, 2015 / 7:00 am

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are warning the public of a Canada Revenue Agency phone scam that has come to the area. “In this scam, a person will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from Revenue Canada, saying that taxes are owed,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy....

Fire crews douse open burn

Aug 20, 2015 / 1:49 pm

Incredibly, Vernon Fire Rescue was called to a burning complaint Thursday morning. Crews were called to a home on Old Stamp Mill Road near Kin Beach where a man was burning refuse. Deputy Chief Jack Blair said given the number of wild fires in the area – including the devastating fires...

Renters beware of scam

Aug 20, 2015 / 12:15 pm

A Vernon man has a warning for anyone renting a place or looking to rent a place: beware of scammers. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he and his wife were renting a unit in town and had placed an ad on Castanet and Kijiji. They had successfully rented the space when someone...

Sweet history of bakery

Aug 20, 2015 / 11:04 am

Starting from scratch, Roy and Caroline Bouman have spent the past two decades turning Sweet Caroline's Bakery into one of the most popular spots in Vernon for freshly baked goods. Ryan Bouman, son of owners Roy and Caroline, put together a history video piece on the the six generations of...

Police investigate fire

Aug 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Vernon RCMP are continuing their investigation into an apartment fire that sent two men to hospital with severe burns. The fire happened last Friday afternoon in the 3400 block of Okanagan Avenue. The blaze was contained to the bathroom of the apartment and fire officials have turned the...

Time running out for tenants

Aug 19, 2015 / 8:10 pm

Time is running out for tenants of the Green Valley Motel. They were given notice earlier this year that the hotel across from Polson Park at the corner of 25th Avenue and Highway 97 would close on Sept. 1. But so far, only a handful of people have taken advantage of the services offered by...

No herons in cut trees

Aug 19, 2015 / 7:20 pm

Some Vernon residents are up in arms after a stand of cottonwoods was cut down next to Walmart, a couple blocks away from larger stand of cottonwoods that is home to several great blue herons. Some have complained that by cutting the trees, city officials allowed development to destroy habitat...

Fire at Tolko mill

Aug 19, 2015 / 11:46 am

The Lumby Fire Department was called to the Tolko mill near Lumby early Wednesday morning after a report of a fire in the hog fuel pile. The hog fuel pile – which consists of sawdust and wood waste – caught fire just before 5 a.m. Fire Chief Tony Clayton said there was smoke and...

Top 20 under 40

Aug 19, 2015 / 8:30 am

KPMG LLP and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce want to recognize top young professionals and community builders in the area. The chamber has teamed up with KPMG to bring the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 to Vernon. The initiative was officially launched Tuesday as the Vernon chamber began the...

Kal Lake search continues

Aug 19, 2015 / 5:00 am

The search for a missing Alberta man will continue again this weekend. Curtis Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake and the body of his friend, Shane Letkeman, 32, was discovered in Kalamalka Lake, near Cosens Bay, late in June. Police...

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