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VSAR: Behind the scenes

Mar 28, 2016 / 1:16 pm
The hard work and dedication of Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers is much appreciated by those who unfortunately may need their services. However the public may not always be aware of the wide variety of tasks SAR teams are involved in. Those at Vernon Search and Rescue are taking the...

Local teen gets galaxy title

Mar 27, 2016 / 10:13 am
A local teen has climbed the pageant ranks to win the title of Miss Teen Galaxy Canada. Vernon's Samantha Sewell, 18, earned the galaxy title after being crowned Miss Teenage Okanagan earlier this year and also grabbing the national title of Miss Teen Social Media. She is currently in her...

Woman missing from VJH

Mar 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm
UPDATE: 3:38 p.m. Alatsjia Gurr has been located, according to the Vernon RCMP. Police in the North Okanagan are looking for a missing woman who was last seen at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Alatsjia Gurr was reported missing Friday to the Vernon RCMP. She is described as a 26-year-old...

Fire at closed motel

Mar 26, 2016 / 10:17 am
Vernon fire crews responded to a fire at the Green Valley Motel in the early hours of Saturday morning. Ten firefighters arrived at the now-closed motel, on the corner of Highway 97 and 25th Avenue, just after midnight. They found a fire in the bathroom of a unit on the third floor of the...

Police look for missing teen

Mar 25, 2016 / 10:30 pm
Police in the North Okanagan are looking for a missing teen. Suzie Clark was reported missing Thursday to the Vernon RCMP. She is described as a 17-year-old First Nations young woman, about 4-10 in height with a slight build, brown eyes and shoulder length blonde hair in braids. Anyone...

Search on for missing senior

Mar 25, 2016 / 6:45 pm
The Salmon Arm RCMP is requesting the public’s help in finding a missing 75-year-old man. Calvin Erickson’s family members reported him missing from his home on Thursday at 6 p.m. He was last seen in the Salmon Arm Hillcrest area at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police have conducted...

Be a help phone hero

Mar 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kal Tire is rolling a nationwide fundraiser into the Okanagan. People are being encouraged to register now and raise money for the Be A Kids Help Phone Hero event May 1. Kevin McCarty, who works for Kal Tire in Vernon and is volunteering his time to organize the one-day fundraiser, said this...

'Dial-a-dope' busted

Mar 24, 2016 / 8:25 pm
A “dial-a-dope” operation in Vernon was shut down Wednesday. A 24-year-old Delta man was arrested in Vernon for allegedly selling heroin and methamphetamine out of a hotel by phone. After arresting the man, police searched his hotel room and found heroin, methamphetamine, cash and...

Mother appeals for help

Mar 24, 2016 / 5:41 pm
All Priscilla Potts wants is to see her daughter again. It has been more than a month since friends and family had any contact with Caitlin Potts, 27, who was last heard from on Feb. 22. She was reported missing to police March 1, and on Thursday, her mother issued an appeal through the RCMP...

Cops on the downtown beat

Mar 24, 2016 / 4:57 pm
The RCMP Downtown Enforcement Unit is up and running in Vernon. Last year, city council gave the Vernon RCMP its financial blessing to hire two more officers, bringing the detachment total to 50. Vernon RCMP Supt. Jim McNamara said those two new officers have been placed in the...

Disabled want a raise

Mar 24, 2016 / 4:01 pm
UPDATE 4 P.M. The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation wants to clarify its position on bus passes and raises for people with disabilities (PWD). According to an email from Sean Leslie, Senior Public Affairs Officer with the ministry, the BC Bus Pass program has not been...

Bad money used for good

Mar 24, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Money generated from bad people will go toward helping people deal with bad situations. Cash from the Civil Forfeiture Office is being handed out across the province, including the North Okanagan. Three Vernon-based organizations that work to safeguard vulnerable young people from gang...

Knotweed beware

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:16 pm
Gardeners and homeowners in the Okanagan are being asked to keep a wary eye out for Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant that is of growing concern. “It's one of the weeds that seems to have been transplanted at some point in time in B.C. as people brought it in as a landscape...

Salmon Arm bank robbed

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm
Salmon Arm's Bank of Montreal was robbed Wednesday afternoon. RCMP were called to the Trans Canada Highway branch at 2:45 p.m. Despite a rapid response by police, the lone male suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators said the man entered the bank about 2:30...

NDP on tainted water tour

Mar 24, 2016 / 10:26 am
NDP critics will be flooding into the Spallumcheen-Hullcar Valley area next week to get a first-hand look at the tainted water situation. New Democrat MLAs George Heyman, Lana Popham and Scott Fraser will visit residents and the Splatsin First Nation Tuesday, March 29. The critics have...

Big Lumby budget number

Mar 24, 2016 / 10:03 am
The numbers in the Village of Lumby's 2016 budget are a bit mind-boggling. Total revenue and expenditures for the year total just over $2.4 million compared to $466,538 the year before. “If the budget looks really high there is $1.7 million in there from the federal...

Hockeyville party in Lumby

Mar 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
Win or lose, Lumby is going to party on Apr. 2 when the overall winner of the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title is announced. “Thank you to everybody involved,” said Mayor Kevin Acton, at a meeting of regional politicians on Wednesday. “It's been an impressive showing from the...

NORD passes budget

Mar 23, 2016 / 7:00 pm
It wasn't without some controversy, but the North Okanagan Regional District's 2016 budget has been approved by the board of directors. The consolidated financial plan is $63.6 million, down $1.6 million from last year. Approximately two-thirds of the money, $43.2 million, is for...

Driver hits credit union

Mar 23, 2016 / 3:29 pm
An elderly woman was visibly upset after smashing her car into the Vernon Prospera Credit Union building. The accident happened at around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said there was damage to the front doors of the building and minor damage to the car, but the driver was not...

Cannabis spin off

Mar 23, 2016 / 2:56 pm
With five medical marijuana dispensaries and a marijuana compassion club in town, Vernon is already known as a centre for those using the substance. Now a spin-off firm is moving to the city. “A patient education counselling centre” is opening an office at Paradigm Naturopathic on...

Refugees settling in

Mar 23, 2016 / 12:20 pm
It's a long way from the war-torn Middle East to the Shuswap, but Syrian refugee families that have made the flight to safety are settling in to their new environment. Brian Ayotte, with the Salmon Arm Refugee Coalition, said one family arrived four weeks ago and another family made the move...

Water warning still in effect

Mar 23, 2016 / 10:09 am
People are still being advised to avoid the site of a contaminated spill on Shuswap Lake. On March 15, water containing fuel and glue spilled into the lake from Canoe Forest Products. The amount of contaminated water is in dispute. Interior Health initially said thousands of litres spilled...

Opponents pack meeting

Mar 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Up to 80 people opposed to a proposed amphitheatre at Vernon's Okanagan College campus packed a public meeting Tuesday evening to ensure their side was heard. Almost every hand in the room was raised when professional facilitator Alison Moore asked who wanted to take part in a breakout...

Arnold eyes federal cash

Mar 22, 2016 / 4:11 pm
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold is hoping to get a fraction of the billions of dollars the Liberal government has promised in new spending on infrastructure. “I'll definitely be working hard to bring projects to the riding,” said Arnold, after the government delivered its...

Dog was humanely killed

Mar 22, 2016 / 4:03 pm
The RCMP have closed the file, and charges against whoever shot and killed a dog in the Crowfoot Mountain recreational area parking lot are not likely, according to Kathy Woodward, SPCA senior animal protection officer. The SPCA is investigating the shooting that sparked a maelstrom of outrage...

Scouting out movie location

Mar 22, 2016 / 2:58 pm
The head of the Okanagan Film Commission is hoping for more cinematic magic from an L.A.-based producer who has returned to the Valley hoping to shoot another movie. Rick Dugdale, the president of Enderby Entertainments, is back scouting out a location for a thriller in the same genre as the...

$14,000 dirt bike stolen

Mar 22, 2016 / 2:01 pm
His bike only had six kilometres on it and Landon Harris wants it back. Harris had his 2016 Husqvarna 501 motorcycle stolen from an impound lot in Lumby sometime Sunday night. Someone cut the lock to the gate and made off with his brand new ride. Harris said he was riding the uninsured...

Vernon seniors safety

Mar 22, 2016 / 1:58 pm
A home invasion in Vernon that left an 83-year-old man tied up in his own home last Saturday has senior citizens' talking about their safety. The 83-year-old victim managed to free himself and call police, but the incident has been described as shocking. “It's an extreme...

No Enderby air concerns

Mar 22, 2016 / 10:40 am
North Enderby Timber Company has applied for a major permit amendment from the Ministry of Environment to add two new dry kilns to one already in the works yard. While emissions will increase by 15 per cent, the company has assured the City of Enderby that new dust collection systems have led to...

Lineups at walk-in clinics

Mar 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The opening of Vernon's newest walk-in clinic Monday was greeted by a lineup of people wanting to see a doctor. The clinic, in the Sterling Building, opened at 4 p.m. Monday, and Castanet was told that by 4:15 the waiting room was full. The clinic will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday to...

JetSurf makes a splash

Mar 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
You don't see too many people in Kal Lake at the beginning of March. For the record, the water temperature was a bone-numbing 3 C. But a couple of people were drawing a crowd on a new watersports toy to the Okanagan, the JetSurf – myself for my several bails into the frigid water;...

Steps for tainted water

Mar 21, 2016 / 8:04 pm
UPDATE: 8:01 P.M. Provincial officials are expected to hold a public meeting for Spallumcheen residents about steps to be taken to try to solve the problem of the tainted Hullcar aquifer. Details of the April 11 meeting are still being worked out, but it may be held at the Hullcar community...

The Star hosting Hoedown

Mar 21, 2016 / 3:13 pm
It's time for the Showdown Throwdown Hoedown at SilverStar Mountain Resort. Top local and national freestyle ski and snowboard talent will compete for cash prizes at SilverStar Mountain Resort’s 11th annual event Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27. One of the premier events on...

SPCA looking into killing

Mar 21, 2016 / 2:26 pm
The BCSPCA has taken over an investigation into what happened to a dog that was found shot in the head Sunday near Chase. The body of the short-haired brown and white dog was found in the parking lot of the Crowfoot Mountain recreation area. The lot belongs to the Crowfoot Mountain Snowmobile...

Still no sign of Caitlin Potts

Mar 21, 2016 / 1:54 pm
RCMP are still looking for Caitlin Potts, who has not been seen for a month. The 27-year-old First Nations woman was reported missing March 1, but was last seen Feb. 22, when she indicated she was moving to the Calgary area from Enderby. Potts is described as approximately five feet three...

Elderly man tied up, robbed

Mar 21, 2016 / 1:17 pm
Two thugs broke into an elderly man's home, tied him to a chair and robbed him. They then fled in a Winnebago Police said the home invasion happened Saturday afternoon in the Bella Vista area of Vernon. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the 83-year-old home owner managed to...

Hockeyville: up all night

Mar 21, 2016 / 9:16 am
Some Lumby residents stayed up all night to continue voting in the Kraft Hockeyville contest. The village is in the top two against St. Isidore, Que. Both communities are already guaranteed $100,000 in renovations for their arenas after beating out eight other communities across Canada. A...

New doctors' clinic opens

Mar 21, 2016 / 8:45 am
A new walk-in medical clinic opens in Vernon today. The Sterling Centre clinic at 3210 25th Avenue will operate 4-8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Those hours will expand over time as we are able to do so,” said Dr. Chris Cunningham. Several...

Lumby hopes for title

Mar 20, 2016 / 1:29 pm
Vote Lumby and vote often. The small North Okanagan community was named as one of the two finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 contest Saturday evening, meaning Lumby will get $100,000 to renovate the aging Pat Duke Memorial Arena. But the town of 1,700 is still in the running to win the...

Big Vernon job fair

Mar 20, 2016 / 5:01 am
With jobs seemingly in short supply, a large turnout is expected at a Vernon job fair at the end of the month. More than 25 employers are participating, including: Tolko Davison Orchards Kingfisher Boats Quality Greens Century 21 Universal Packaging Student Works...
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