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Apple cider, anyone?

Jun 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

The debate over whether Okanagan apples can be used to make quality cider has been resolved. Dave and Melissa Dobernigg started BX Cidery in 2013 and has quickly developed a fan base for the beverage that is made with apples from the Vernon orchard proving specific apples are not required to...

One hurt, cat loose in crash

Jun 26, 2015 / 1:42 pm

An older man was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries following a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 6 Friday morning. The crash occurred just past the White Valley Tolko mill, near Lumby, at approximately 11 a.m. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton said the highway was reduced to...

Mountain bikers galore

Jun 26, 2015 / 12:13 pm

Silver Star Bike Park will host top riders from every mountain biking discipline at two events this weekend. The Norco RAD Festival takes place Saturday and brings pro riders, cross-country and downhill racers and freeriders together for Norco appreciation day. Norco riders get 50 per cent off...

Heat helps harvest

Jun 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Growers in the Okanagan are looking at a bumper crop this year thanks to the early and sustained heat wave. Tom Davison, of Davison Orchards Country Village in Vernon, said everything is about two weeks ahead of normal and that is good for tourists who can buy Okanagan fresh produce earlier than...

Festival draws record crowd

Jun 25, 2015 / 9:46 pm

Saturday's Sunshine Festival drew record crowds to downtown Vernon. “The weather was perfect for the event this year,” says Hailey Rilkoff, downtown Vernon events and promotions co-ordinator, “The temperature was just right for locals and visitors to enjoy the festival...

Garbage truck rollover

Jun 25, 2015 / 2:44 pm

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. Lumby RCMP say the driver is doing OK after the truck he was driving flipped on Highway 6 today. Cpl. Trevor Tribes says the accident happened about 10:30 a.m. and had traffic backed up along Highway 6 while crews worked to clean up the mess. While the incident is still...

Motel tenants turfed

Jun 25, 2015 / 5:44 am

While it may have come as a shock to some, the closing of the low-income housing Green Valley Motel was anticipated by others. Annette Sharkey, executive director of the Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan, says the possibility was looked at as soon as the motel was put up for sale...

Reckless action starts fire

Jun 24, 2015 / 3:25 pm

Quick action by citizens averted a potentially disastrous situation in a popular park. About 7 p.m. Tuesday, Coldstream Fire Rescue was called to the Turtles Head area of Kal Lake Provincial Park. Fire Chief Dave Sturgeon said witnesses reported individuals were shooting a flare gun over the...

Jail time for sexting

Jun 24, 2015 / 1:59 pm

A Vernon man was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years probation for having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy. The man, who cannot be identified due to a court-ordered publication ban, did not have sexual contact with the minor, but he did share explicit sexual messages...

Hockey players wanted

Jun 24, 2015 / 11:11 am

Greater Vernon Recreation Services is looking for players 45-plus for a new competitive men’s hockey league. The season runs from October until March 2016 and registration will be open until Sept. 14. Prior to Aug. 15, team fees are $4,500 including taxes. After that, the cost is...

No water restrictions yet

Jun 24, 2015 / 5:31 am

Vernon residents don't have to worry about tighter watering restrictions just yet. Regional District of North Okanagan officials are keeping a close eye on Greater Vernon reservoirs and, depending on the weather, tighter restrictions may be issued. But for now, no changes are...

'Garbage bear' put down

Jun 23, 2015 / 9:05 pm

North Okanagan conservation officers were forced to put down a young black bear that was roaming a Coldstream neighbourhood over the weekend. Conservation officer Mike Richardson said they had been receiving calls about the problem yearling for a week. On Sunday at around 3:30 p.m., they were...

Contract for firefighters

Jun 23, 2015 / 5:25 pm

The City of Vernon and International Association of Firefighters Vernon have reached a memorandum of understanding for the firefighter's contract, but only until the end of the year. The MOA will see the city's professional firefighters get a 2.5 per cent salary increase for each year,...

Arsonist on the loose?

Jun 23, 2015 / 2:46 pm

It would appear someone is setting fires in the Vernon area – again. During the past couple of weeks, fire crews have responded to several grass and brush fires in Becker and Jubilee parks that are human caused. Most of the fires happen early in the morning, and about 5 a.m. Tuesday,...

Rec fees going up

Jun 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's going to cost a little more to use City of Vernon recreation facilities. Doug Ross, director of recreation services, told council Monday that wages, maintenance and utility fees are the catalysts for the 2.6 per cent increase. Ross said the increase is consistent with last year and...

Activate your life

Jun 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The City of Vernon wants you to activate your life. Activate Life is the new branding phrase that will be used to promote the city. The branding plan was endorsed by city council, Monday. Branding task force chairman Glenn Benichek said the committee looked at survey responses from both...

Concern over evictions

Jun 22, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Vernon city council is concerned about the closure of Green Valley Motel. The motel announced last week it was giving 60 days eviction notice to its tenants as it continues to seek a buyer for the property. The motel was listed for sale in April for $1,195,000. It's been unsuccessful...

Another park, another fire

Jun 22, 2015 / 2:20 pm

Another day, another fire in a Vernon park. This time, fire crews responded to a grass fire in Jubilee Park, a small green space downtown, near the Schubert Centre. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the call came in about 5:20 a.m. and the fire was human caused. “There were...

Fire destroys cars, garage

Jun 22, 2015 / 11:45 am

A detached garage, three vehicles and a small travel trailer were destroyed by fire Sunday night near Vernon. BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the call came in at 9:45 p.m. and, when crews arrived, they found a two-car garage on Old Kamloops Road fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses...

Funtastic ready to rock

Jun 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

They are going to be getting naked in the North Okanagan this weekend – Bif Naked that is. The rocker will kick off the Funtastic Slo-pitch Tournament and Music Festival Friday. The 31st annual event runs June 26-29 this year and brings thousands of people to the region. So many teams...

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