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Marching to his own drum

Mar 20, 2015 / 12:03 pm

Galen March will lead the best cadet musicians in B.C. tonight. The army cadet warrant officer, from Enderby, will be drum major for the Pipes and Drums concert, 7: 30 p.m. at Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre. The free concert features the top 45 cadet musicians in the province and is...

Coroner report on fatal crash

Mar 19, 2015 / 4:26 pm

A coroner's report has listed as accidental the deaths of three people involved in a head-on collision on Highway 97 south of Vernon nearly two years ago. Allan Arthur Allport, 70, and his wife Fay Dorothy Allport, 67, both from Salmon Arm, were killed when their Volvo was slammed head-on by...

$5M for wildfire mitigation

Mar 19, 2015 / 4:15 pm

With the potential of a very active fire season ahead the province will put $5 million dollars to continue its support of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative program, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson made the announcement Thursday in Vernon. The...

Thinking inside the box

Mar 19, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Photo: Kevin Rothwell Photo: Kevin Rothwell Photo: Kevin Rothwell A new structure near Vernon’s downtown bus loop is attracting a lot of attention – and that suits the Vernon Public Art Gallery just fine. The Okanagan Print Triennial exhibition opens to the public Friday and...

Ex-cop's porn trial moved

Mar 19, 2015 / 12:06 pm

A former Vernon Mountie facing child pornography charges, will have his trial in court this summer. The trial of Ryan Hampton, 37, was expected to begin this month in Vernon, but it has now been put over to July 13 in Kelowna. Hampton faces one count of possession of child pornography, one...

Watch out for Speed Watch

Mar 19, 2015 / 10:06 am

Speeders beware. The Speed Watch program returns to Vernon school zones on April 1. The program is co-ordinated by the Vernon Safe Communities Unit and is operated by RCMP volunteers. “The purpose ... is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” said Regan Borisenko, crime...

Spirit Award seeks nominees

Mar 18, 2015 / 12:03 pm

The Downtown Vernon Association is accepting nominations from the community for its 2014 Spirit Award recipient. "We want to honour a business for its outstanding contributions to the downtown business community over the last year and its commitment to customers over the long term,"...
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OK pot trades in Germany

Mar 18, 2015 / 9:30 am

A Lumby company hoping to procure a medical marijuana licence is expanding its investment opportunities. Common shares of True Leaf Medicine International are now listed and trading on German stock exchanges in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. The stock is being traded under the symbol TLA. This...

Lookout to get makeover

Mar 18, 2015 / 9:00 am

Weary travellers and those seeking a place to freshen up will enjoy upgrades coming to the Kalamalka Lake rest area. As part of the provincial government’s new 10-year transportation plan, it will be upgrading the washrooms and other facilitates near Coldstream, which are just one part of...

Dump road set for upgrade

Mar 18, 2015 / 8:45 am

As part of a $2.5-billion announcement today by the B.C. government, Vernon is set to see some highway intersection improvements. The government says the design and plan process is now underway for intersection upgrades at Highway 97 and Birnie Road (just south of Vernon) to make it safer for...

Planning for accessibility

Mar 17, 2015 / 7:00 am

The City of Vernon has added new voices to its advisory planning commission to bring a perspective on disability and youth issues. Lisa Kongsdorf and Laura Hockman from Independent Living Vernon both have backgrounds in disability and mobility issues. Robert Aguilar has been appointed to the...

The modern indian

Mar 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

What does it mean to be First Nation in modern Canada? That and more will be probed March 25 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, as it hosts a First Nations in Contemporary Culture panel discussion. Starting at 7 p.m., the free event will include six speakers. They...

Cadet camp back to life

Mar 16, 2015 / 9:00 pm

By Wayne Emde One hundred and six army, sea and air cadets arrived in Vernon on Sunday for a week of training and competition. The cadets will receive advanced training in music, leadership, marksmanship and will compete for a place on the prestigious parachute course held in Trenton, Ont.,...

Take from bad, give to good

Mar 16, 2015 / 4:12 pm

The Vernon Women’s Transition House Society and Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP will receive provincial grant money from the province's Civil Forfeiture Fund, from which money is used to help organizations working on crime prevention and provide aid to victims of crime. “Its money...

Water outage this week

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:50 am

Some Vernon residents will be without water this week as the city conducts maintenance. Crews will be replacing valves on the main water line beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. Homes will be affected in the following areas: 621 to 650 Black Rock Rd. East Vernon Road, from Pottery to Black...

Mobile homes evacuated

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:42 am

A windstorm that blew across the province knocked out power in several communities. But, in Lumby, it caused a unique electrical hazard. About 7 p.m., Saturday, RCMP responded to a residence on the 400 block of Mabel Lake Road. The wind had blown a portable carport up into a power line,...

Easy fishing for speeders

Mar 16, 2015 / 11:21 am

RCMP had another busy weekend nabbing speeders between Vernon and Winfield. Officers from both North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services combined their efforts to impound eight vehicles for excessive speeding and hand out 50 tickets. They set up two separate speed traps within five...

C-51 protest hits streets

Mar 15, 2015 / 8:24 am

By Wayne Emde A crowd of about 250 protesters outside the office of North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, Saturday, in what was billed as a non-partisan gathering. “Bill C-51 is rash, politically motivated and dangerous,” said Jacqui Gingras, NDP candidate for North...

More cuts for school district

Mar 14, 2015 / 3:28 pm

As the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District faces school closures and cuts, the Vernon School District is preparing to tighten their own belt. But this district says they are going to continue to keep those cuts out of the classroom. The Ministry of Education has announced School District...

Distillery ready to shine

Mar 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm

It could be a big March for Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery. The company is preparing to move from its existing Vernon location to a purpose-built 16,000-square-foot, state of the art building in North Vernon, and is also looking to repeat its victory at the World Spirit Awards. The...
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