Summer food drive

Jul 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
There are some empty shelves at the Salvation Army food bank in Vernon and efforts are being made to fill them. The Sally Ann's summer food drive takes place all day Thursday at Save-on-Foods at the Village Green mall. “Feed the Need is one of our biggest fundraisers of the...

City work in the ditch

Jul 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon will be completing annual ditch maintenance on Tronson Road, Bella Vista Road and surrounding areas over the next six weeks. Ditch maintenance involves the excavation and removal of built-up material in ditch lines and is required to ensure proper roadway drainage and to...

Landing Plaza evacuated

Jul 12, 2016 / 7:18 pm
UPDATE 7:17 P.M. A pair of Vernon youths are under investigation following a bomb threat that was called in Tuesday afternoon. Cpl. Spencer Hornoi said the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax and the two youths "from the Greater Vernon area" said a bomb was set to go off at the...

Thieves target Silver Star

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:09 pm
Police are on the lookout and more security has been added up at Silver Star after a rash of thefts. Brad Baker, director of operations for Silver Star Mountain Resort, said the thefts are not happening in the village proper, but in the surrounding condos and townhouses. From last Thursday...

Playing around in Oyama

Jul 12, 2016 / 4:20 pm
Pioneer Park got a facelift and new playground funded by provincial grant. In April 2015, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick delivered a $35,000 grant to the District of Lake Country in support of playground improvements for Pioneer Park in Oyama. On Tuesday, he joined Mayor James Baker...

Floating for a cause

Jul 12, 2016 / 4:12 pm
Two local businesses are on the water raising money for the Upper Room Mission and the Women's Transition House. Called Floating for a Cause, Pat Loehndorf, general manager and partner at Bannister Honda, and Stan Morris, owner of Papa Murphy's in Vernon, have been out on a boat selling...

Murder charge dropped

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:59 am
A charge of second-degree murder has been stayed against a 15-year-old male in connection with the death of a man in Polson Park last August. “That occurred in court this morning,” said Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson for the criminal justice branch, after speaking with the prosecutor...

Fighting the mussels

Jul 12, 2016 / 10:15 am
A new initiative starts in the Greater Vernon area this weekend due to concern over the possibility of quagga and zebra mussels entering local lakes. Starting July 16, Vernon RCMP volunteers will be conducting vessel safety checks at Paddlewheel Park boat launch and will be checking vessels for...

Rising from the ashes

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Plans for another apartment building on hospital hill, just south of VJH on 31A Street, have narrowly won support in principle from Vernon city council. City staff had recommended the plan for a 42-unit building be rejected in favour of the current Official Community Plan land use designation...

Big money in movies

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
A TV-movie production company is expected to drop $2 million into the North Okanagan economy over a six-week period, according to a City of Vernon official. “This is film one,” said Kevin Poole, economic development manager, hinting more will follow. The Prairie-based company is...

Chief has egg on his face

Jul 11, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite took the raw eggs in the face to join forces with a firefighter and community man he believes deserves recognition. Known simply as 'Coach' in the North Westside area...

Skateboard talks roll on

Jul 11, 2016 / 5:30 pm
The public and stakeholder groups, including skateboard and cycling associations, are to be asked what they think about allowing skateboarders on certain roads and sidewalks within the City of Vernon. Currently, skateboarders are breaking municipal bylaws by riding on either and they can be...

Not so welcome

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:18 pm
First the design was too bland, now there is little interest in building them. The City of Vernon will be issuing a second request for bids to create and construct three welcome signs for highway entrances into town. That's because the city received only one $200,000 bid to make the three...

Revving up for car show

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Some of the hottest steel, chrome and rubber on four wheels will be rumbling into Vernon this weekend for the Sun Valley Cruise-In. Hotrods, cruisers, trucks, ratrods and more will be on display on 30th Avenue from Friday, 4-9 p.m., and then again in Polson Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3...

City council feeling blue

Jul 11, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Vernon City Council is joining the movement. On Monday, council agreed to join the Blue Dot movement, a nationwide effort that aims to amend Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment. At their regular Monday council meeting, civic leaders...

Gun call a false alarm

Jul 11, 2016 / 2:36 pm
A large police presence on the Pelmewash Parkway yesterday caught the attention of many, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says officers were called to a pull out along Pelmewash Parkway after receiving a report of a possible firearm being pointed across Wood...

'I'm glad to be alive'

Jul 11, 2016 / 12:39 pm
Sandra Penner says the next time she has to travel, she will drive. The Vernon resident was on a flight from Calgary to Kelowna yesterday that was struck by lightning, terrifying passengers and making headlines across the country. Penner was returning home from Calgary where she had...

Rear ender slows traffic

Jul 11, 2016 / 12:04 pm
A rear end crash at 32nd Street and 28th Avenue slowed traffic heading north on Highway 97 through Vernon, just before noon on Monday. A Vernon Fire Rescue crew administered oxygen to an older woman on the passenger side of a blue car showing front end damage and a smashed windscreen before two...

Crazy housing market

Jul 11, 2016 / 11:03 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson is fearful the cost of a family residence in the North Okanagan is almost out of reach for the average family. During a presentation to council on Monday, the city's economic development manager, Kevin Poole, said the average price of a single-family...

Vehicle erupts in flames

Jul 11, 2016 / 5:53 am
A vehicle burst into flames on the street overnight in Coldstream. Firefighters doused the blaze about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Kal Lake Road and Aberdeen Road. The vehicle, which appeared to be a truck, was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured, and the occupants of the...

Civic T-boned by truck

Jul 9, 2016 / 5:52 pm
A Honda Civic was T-boned by a GMC pickup truck Saturday afternoon on the 3800 block of 25th Avenue in Vernon. The Civic was pulling out of a driveway at about 5:15 p.m. when it was hit by the truck. There were no injuries in the collision, but traffic was reduced to one lane in the eastbound...

Highway 97A reopens

Jul 9, 2016 / 4:35 pm
UPDATED: 4:35 p.m. Highway 97A has been fully reopened. ORIGINAL: 2:52 p.m. The northbound lanes of Highway 97A south of Armstrong has been closed due to a vehicle crash. The crash occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. DriveBC reports the closure can be avoided by using...

Wanted man at large

Jul 9, 2016 / 6:33 am
Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted man. Vincent Silas Maxwell has an outstanding warrant for being unlawfully at large. He is described as: Caucasian male Six feet three inches tall 188 pounds Black hair Brown eyes If you know of...

New event ready to roll

Jul 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
JCI Vernon and BDO Canada LLP will be bowling over local young professionals with a new event. The inaugural Lawn Days of Summer tournament will take place over the span of three Friday evenings: August 5, 12 and 19, at the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club in Polson Park. BDO is the presenting...

Busted gas line 'roaring'

Jul 8, 2016 / 2:59 pm
The smell of rotten eggs wafted through a residential neighbourhood near Middleton Way and Braeburn Drive for several blocks, after an excavator cracked a natural gas pipeline just before 2 p.m. Friday. Middleton Way was completely closed down to traffic, to reduce the possible ignition sources...

56 bus stops removed

Jul 8, 2016 / 1:24 pm
Vernon's transit system is undergoing a major overhaul, as 56 bus stops are being removed to improve efficiency. City staff have been working with the transit operators, reviewing the spacing and location of the 300 stops in the city. In addition to the removals, five other stops are...

Rail Trail hits $100K goal

Jul 8, 2016 / 12:53 pm
UPDATED: 12:53 p.m. The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative has met its Canada Day goal of raising $100,000 for the development of a trail between Coldstream and Kelowna, and there's still two more days before the July 10 cut-off. Duane Thomson of the Rail Trail campaign says while the...

Air discharge dispute settled

Jul 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
B.C.'s Ministry of Justice has mediated a settlement in a dispute over the Pinnacle pellet plant's air discharge permit in Lavington. An environmental appeal board hearing against the plant's operation was deferred for a third time in March, frustrating three local families who had...

Who caused blaze?

Jul 7, 2016 / 4:47 pm
The RCMP are investigating following a small but suspicious fire Thursday morning in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road. Vernon Fire Rescue was called to the scene by officers around 9:20 a.m. “We found smoke coming from thick brush behind a residence,” said fire captain...

Cycling by numbers

Jul 7, 2016 / 4:17 pm
Amost 1,000 cyclists took part in the recent Ride to Work and School week in Vernon, statistics show. One person won a 14-day cycling adventure in Vietnam. Numbers show: 995 total cyclists participated 280 cyclists were new to biking to work or school four elementary schools and four...

Pickleball gets a home

Jul 7, 2016 / 2:39 pm
Marshall Field has been tentatively chosen as the home of pickleball for Greater Vernon. Due to a lack of flat park space, the busy sports area appears to be one of the few options available, according to Keith Pinkoski, parks planner with the North Okanagan Regional District. Marshall Field...

Down to business

Jul 7, 2016 / 1:18 pm
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has hired a sales and business development manager. Jamie Morrow, who's been with Okanagan College School of Business for the past decade, joined the Chamber this week. Morrow, who ran for Vernon mayor in the 2014 municipal election, has an...

'Heroes' save bald eagle

Jul 7, 2016 / 12:04 pm
An Okanagan woman is hailing some local firefighters as heroes today after they came to the rescue of a frantic bald eagle. Andra Depaoli was hiking through the woods above Killiney Beach up Westside Road when she found a injured bald eagle that couldn't fly more than 20 feet at a...

Culture gets some action

Jul 7, 2016 / 11:25 am
An action team is to look at the construction of a possible, new multi-purpose cultural facility in Vernon that would replace both the public art gallery and the museum. The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has given the nod for a team that will look at a possible structure and its cost to the...

Triple crunch on Main

Jul 7, 2016 / 10:41 am
A Vernon Taxi cab had to be towed from the scene of a three-vehicle fender bender on 30th Avenue in the downtown Thursday morning, just after 9 a.m. Witnesses at the scene in front of Nolan's pharmacy and Spinners' Sound Centre say the cab was travelling west when it drove into the back...

A life-changing accident

Jul 6, 2016 / 1:45 pm
What was supposed to be a relaxing getaway has turned into a nightmare for a Vernon family. Mike and Tanya Gauthier were camping near Lumby on the Canada Day long weekend when tragedy struck. According to a Go Fund Me page, Mike went for an ATV ride with a friend while Tanya stayed back at...

21st century library

Jul 6, 2016 / 1:43 pm
The Okanagan Regional Library in Vernon has kept up with the modern age without losing its bookish appeal, according to Mark Christensen, new head librarian. “A modern library has a lot of the same elements that they have always had so there are books, a beautiful space, a place where...

Elders want land protected

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
Elders from the Splatsin First Nation near Enderby will be putting pressure on the chief and band council to reclaim an ancestral burial ground. The band will be going to referendum July 16 to decide if they will accept a $300,000 offer in exchange for land that the band claims was illegally...

Hundreds wait for housing

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
The price of renting a room in a boarding house in Vernon is now “just as expensive” as the Lower Mainland, said Barb Levesque, executive director of the John Howard Society for the North Okanagan-Kootenay. “We have just been notified by the rooming houses." “In...

Caetani unveils studio

Jul 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
After three months of construction, the Caetani Cultural Centre is unveiling its new port studio, a multi-purpose facility located on the grounds of the well-known house. The studio will be used to host workshops, presentations by artists and writers, exhibits, music and other cultural...
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