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Hwy 97 rockslide cleaned up

Jan 29, 2015 / 5:47 pm

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. Highway 97 just south of Vernon was fully reopened to four lanes Thursday afternoon, in the wake of an early morning rockslide. Joe Wrobel with maintenance contractor JPW Roads & Bridge says the slide was a small one, that involved about 30 cubic metres of rock and earth....

Vernon's own MasterChef

Jan 29, 2015 / 5:00 am

She's a mother of three, a dental hygienist, a foodie, a couponer – and she might be Canada's next MasterChef. Season two of the popular home-cook culinary competition MasterChef Canada begins this weekend, and one of Vernon's own will be gracing our TV screens. Jennifer...

SPCA pushes for cat licensing

Jan 28, 2015 / 3:20 pm

Cat licensing is an issue that hasn't gained traction in most municipalities. But the Vernon SPCA would like to see the idea given consideration. In a presentation to city council, the SPCA identified cat licensing among several ideas it would like to see examined. The notion has been...

Heroin bust leads to Vernon man

Jan 28, 2015 / 1:43 pm

A Vernon man is facing numerous charges following a large drug bust in Vancouver. On Jan. 8, a large quantity of heroin originating from Thailand was intercepted by Canada Border Services Agency air cargo officers at Vancouver International Airport. CBSA referred the matter to the RCMP,...

Police seek woman in ATM theft

Jan 26, 2015 / 11:47 am

Don't leave your card in the ATM. That advice from Vernon RCMP, who are investigating a case of a forgotten bank card being used to withdraw more money without the account holder's knowledge. The theft took place at the Bank of Montreal on 32nd Street in Vernon on Oct. 5, and police...

City seeks parks feedback

Jan 25, 2015 / 7:08 pm

The city of Vernon is asking for feedback on the draft Parks Master Plan and is inviting residents to visit a consultation station from 1 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Okanagan Regional Library Vernon Branch, 2800 30th Ave. One consultation station already took place on Saturday, Jan....

Animal cruelty charges laid

Jan 25, 2015 / 11:00 am

One month after 16 horses were seized in deplorable conditions in the North Okanagan, the owner has been charged. Gary Roberts, 69, of Armstrong faces three counts of animal cruelty after the BC SPCA executed a warrant at his farm on Dec. 11. North Okanagan SPCA protection officer Kathy...

Kevin Hill takes X Games gold

Jan 25, 2015 / 9:11 am

The City of Vernon, Silver Star Mountain and the whole North Okanagan are set to celebrate gold tonight. A celebration is planned at Monashee’s Bar & Grille for hometown boy Kevin Hill, who took his first gold medal in Snowboard Cross at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this...

Vernon ready to rock for carnival

Jan 24, 2015 / 8:00 am

Vernon is getting ready to rock as final preparations are being made for the 55th annual Vernon Winter Carnival. This year’s theme is “Carnival of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and the annual celebration will kick off Feb. 6, continuing to Feb. 15. Carnival executive director...

Slopes for Hope

Jan 24, 2015 / 7:00 am

Cancer fighters will take on a new challenge by hitting the slopes of Silver Star for an Everest-style event. On February 22, winter enthusiasts will attempt to ski or board the equivalent of Everest (29,029 vertical feet) in one day. Appropriately titled ’Slopes for Hope’, this...

Vernon grapples with water quality

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:08 pm

How to grapple with water system upgrades is again front of mind for Vernon-area residents. The Greater Vernon Water District held a referendum in November asking the public to borrow $70 million for the first phase of a water upgrade, which would have included a $26.5-million filtration plant...

Band seeks rail line partners

Jan 23, 2015 / 4:00 pm

The Splatsin Indian Band is looking for partners to help acquire the full CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong. After successfully negotiating for about 30 acres of the discontinued CP Rail line between Sicamous and Armstrong in December, the SIB is looking for regional and municipal...

Imam says peace the true Islam

Jan 20, 2015 / 4:30 pm

When a Vernon Imam says terrorists don't represent the true Islam, he may raise eyebrows. Not for what he says. But for what he looks like, or more correctly – what he doesn't look like. Muhammed William, Imam at the Vernon mosque, is a Caucasian, born and bred B.C. boy who...

Fog, ice lead to crashes

Jan 20, 2015 / 9:45 am

Thick fog and black ice combined to make for dangerous driving in the Vernon area early Tuesday. During the morning commute, a handful of accidents were reported. The most notable was a three-car collision on Highway 97 South, between Kal Lake Lookout and the Vernon landfill, which slowed...

Drunk crashes into pole

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:37 pm

A North Okanagan man is facing drunk driving charges after colliding with a hydro pole and blowing two-times the legal limit. On Jan. 18 at about 8:45 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle that had just collided with B.C. Hydro pole at 2920 Okanagan St. in Armstrong. “The crash...

Suspicious dumpster fire

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Last year, Vernon was plagued with suspicious fire after suspicious fire. Now, for the first time this year, another has been lit. On Saturday at 6:45 p.m., Vernon fire crews were called to a small dumpster fire in the 2300 block of 36th Avenue. “Indications are that cardboard had been...

Men in masks claim innocence

Jan 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Two men wearing black masks were arrested by Vernon RCMP Saturday, after their odd clothing caught attention. According to RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, police were called to the scene at 10:40 a.m. Jan. 17. “Our officers were dispatched to a report of two males near the Fruit Union...

New fire hall at Predator Ridge

Jan 18, 2015 / 5:01 am

A new fire station has officially opened up between Vernon and Kelowna. The Station 3 – Predator Ridge Fire Station is now fully operational, following the wrap up of construction last week. “The new hall is a tremendous public safety asset for Predator Ridge and Vernon as a...

Heavy lifting at VJH

Jan 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm

Work continues on fitting out the sixth and seventh floors of the Polson Tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. This week, four units of a massive "chiller" or air handler were craned into position, forcing temporary closure of access to the emergency unit drop-off area. The machine is a...

Police dog nabs suspect

Jan 16, 2015 / 2:20 pm

One suspect is in custody and another is on the loose after a break-in in Vernon. At about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Vernon RCMP were called to a report of a break and enter in progress at the construction site of a new townhouse complex in the 4000 block of 28th St. in Vernon. The...

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