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Students rally for classmate

Oct 1, 2014 / 8:24 pm

A group of students at Vernon Secondary School (VSS) are rallying around a classmate who they feel was targeted by a photographer for wearing pink lipstick in his school photo. “I was told I had to wipe it off and we questioned why,” explains student Adam Bade surrounded by friends....

Distracted driving tales

Sep 30, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld As part of ICBC's Distracted Driving campaign, members of the North Okanagan Traffic Services shared their own experiences Monday on nabbing distracted drivers in Vernon. The two officers,...

Foul play ruled out in death

Sep 30, 2014 / 1:24 pm

UPDATE SEPT 30, 2014 Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a 19-year-old Vernon teen. Dylan Cordell Hanna was discovered unresponsive outside his home, in an oil-field workers camp in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, on Sept 14 around 6 a.m. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where...

No cellphone ticket spike

Sep 29, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A campaign by North Okanagan RCMP to catch drivers breaking the rules found a surprising twist on the norm. Of the 83-violation tickets issued during the one day enforcement blitz, 58 of them were for not wearing a seatbelt while only 14 were for use of a cellphone (whether talking or...

No one found in crashed car

Sep 29, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Police are looking for answers after a car, reported driving dangerously through Vernon, was found crashed shortly after. On Sept 28 just after midnight, RCMP received a call of a car speeding through the intersection of 32 Street and 32 Avenue. “The silver car with two occupants was...

Rifle stolen from truck

Sep 29, 2014 / 4:47 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are reminding gun owners to store their firearms properly after a rifle was stolen from a truck in Enderby. Early Sunday morning Enderby RCMP responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle in the area of George Street and Regent Avenue. “The owner reported his truck...

RCMP truck goes off cliff

Sep 29, 2014 / 4:38 pm

Lumby RCMP had to rush to the scene after one of their own went down a cliff. According to RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, the officer was responding to a report of a drunk driver on Creighton Valley Road when he, for currently unknown reasons, lost control and ended up down a cliff. It...

Stalking cougars killed

Sep 29, 2014 / 1:07 pm

Three cougars have been killed, another is still on the hunt, in an area of Vernon north east of Swan Lake. It is believed the cats are all from the same family. Conservation officer, Terry Myroniuk, says people in the Keddleston and McLennan Road areas should be on the lookout for the cougar...

Tories ready to replace Mayes

Sep 29, 2014 / 11:19 am

North Okanagan - Shuswap Conservatives will be voting this week to select a candidate for the 2015 federal election. Current Conservative MP Colin Mayes triggered a candidate selection process for the Conservative Electoral District Association (EDA) when he announced in April that, after nearly...

Liberals find North OK candidate

Sep 29, 2014 / 11:17 am

Cindy Derkaz of Salmon Arm will carry the Liberal banner in the riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap in the 2015 federal election. Derkaz won her party nomination following meetings in Salmon Arm and Vernon over the weekend. She has lived in the community for 55 years, starting her working...

ATV rider rescued

Sep 29, 2014 / 11:14 am

Vernon Search and Rescue were called out to assist a man in need just north of Oyama Sunday evening. The call came in to SAR and Lake Country Fire about 6:30 p.m. for an ATV rider who suffered a broken leg. The accident occurred approximately 900 feet above Kal Lake on a plateau near the...

New SAR gear gets test run

Sep 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

Vernon Search and Rescue (SAR) is the first in the province to offer a new rescue technique in a ground-breaking pilot project that could serve as a model for other SAR units across the country. The Vernon unit is the first volunteer search and rescue organization to offer helicopter winch...

Treasure hunter unearths opals

Sep 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

The finished product Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. The finished product Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. The winning rock Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada Inc. Previous Digs Photo: Contributed - Opal Resources Canada...

Two more join election race

Sep 26, 2014 / 7:05 pm

The council ballot is filling up with eight names now running for the six available seats. Along with incumbents Brian Quiring, Catherine Lord, and Juliette Cunningham, Bob Spiers is also throwing his hat back into the ring. Spiers, a two-term incumbent, says he has been encouraged by past...

State of the art SAR technology

Sep 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Vernon Search and Rescue is undertaking a ground-breaking initiative that will have a national impact, as it becomes the first volunteer SAR unit nationwide capable of carrying out Helicopter Winch Rescue (HWR) operations to save lives. To celebrate this exciting project the group is inviting...

Oh dear, thieves got a Deere

Sep 26, 2014 / 3:27 pm

Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's assistance after thieves broke into Brandt Tractor at 3104 48th Avenue. They made off with a 50G John Deere excavator. The excavator is yellow with a grey boom. It's valued at about $90,000. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says police were...

Bear Cubs rescued

Sep 26, 2014 / 11:16 am

Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal Hospital Photo: Facebook - Tri Lake Animal...

Gas leak causes evacuations

Sep 25, 2014 / 9:05 pm

9 p.m. update: FortisBC reports all repairs were competed to the broken gas line at 8:59 p.m. Thursday. The leak was capped at around 2 p.m., but it took another seven hours to finish the job. There were five homes without gas for the day, crews started to re-ignite their appliances after 9...

Money stolen from food bank

Sep 25, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Save-On-Foods manager Jim Tennant is once again camping out on the roof of his store in Vernon, raising money and collecting food for the local food bank. He has been up there for seven days and hopes to stay on the roof until 25,000 pounds of food has been collected. This is the third...

CUPE ratifies deal with city

Sep 25, 2014 / 3:37 pm

There will be five years of labour peace between the City of Vernon and its CUPE workers. A new five year deal, reached last Friday, was ratified yesterday by members of CUPE local 626. Workers voted 88 per cent in favour of the new five-year contract. Vernon City Council ratified the...

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