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Machine shop catches fire

May 12, 2014 / 5:10 pm

Lumby fire crews quickly got a fire under control Sunday night, preventing what they say could have been $3 million in damage. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton says they received a call of a construction fire at 9:45 p.m. Sunday evening. The fire was inside an industrial machine shop. He says...

Two killed in separate crashes

May 12, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Two North Okanagan men lost their lives Sunday in separate crashes. First at 2:20 a.m. RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover on Whitevale Road near Lumby. “RCMP, Lumby Fire & Rescue, EMS and RCMP Accident Reconstructionist responded to the scene and located a vehicle...

Fire guts Vernon building

May 12, 2014 / 11:39 am

Photo: Contributed - David Goodman Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Carmen Weld A vacant business on Kalamalka Lake Road was gutted Sunday night in Vernon. Deputy Chief of Operations for Vernon Fire Services, Jack Blair says crews were called to a building...

Tabby Terry needs your help

May 10, 2014 / 12:43 pm

Terry the tabby needs your help. The two-year-old stray cat was discovered by the Vernon SPCA in poor condition and now the shelter is putting the call out to the public for assistance. Terry requires an expense surgery to repair his injured femur. A surgery he needs to find a brighter future...

High water warning issued

May 9, 2014 / 4:33 pm

Waterways are expected to rise this weekend, promoting a safety warning. Duteau Creek Water Reservoir readings taken by Greater Vernon Water (GVW) May 6, show that the reservoirs are near capacity and are predicted to spill on May 10 or 11. Residents near creeks and streams should be aware...

Stolen-property appeal flushed

May 8, 2014 / 7:22 pm

A BC man accused of pilfering a privy remains knee-deep in legal woes after the province's highest court flushed his appeal of two stolen-property convictions. Robert Anthony Andel's troubles began to pile up when Mounties from Lumby, visited his rural property to investigate the theft...

Not enough firefighters?

May 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

A house fire like this is always a spectacle, but onlookers at a blaze in Vernon on Saturday were in for something different. “Hey you! Give 'em a hand,” shouts a member of the Vernon Fire Department to residents standing around the fire. The captain on duty decided to solve...

Mail theft suspect caught

May 7, 2014 / 4:18 pm

North Okanagan RCMP believe they may have caught someone behind the rash of recent mailbox break-ins throughout the Okanagan. On May 4 RCMP responded to reports that five community and group mailboxes had been broken into in the Lavington and Lumby area. “A short time later a male and...

Rollover vehicle abandoned

May 7, 2014 / 1:58 pm

A single vehicle crashed and rolled over on Alexis Park Drive at around 1 a.m. Wednesday. A witness says they were at the location earlier, but the accident had not happened yet. When they drove by again, 25 minutes later, the vehicle was upside down. "No one from the surrounding houses...

Mabel Lake welcomed RCMP

May 7, 2014 / 1:24 pm

North Okanagan RCMP jumped into action last Friday when a landslide washed out Mabel Lake Road. RCMP say there were immediate concerns for the safety of people trapped behind the washout and a decision was made to set up a temporary office behind the landslide. “Two officers were...

Flood season: Be prepared

May 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

With increasingly warmer temperatures on the way, in addition to more rain in the forecast, the North Okanagan Emergency Management team is urging residents to be prepared. “If you live near any body of water, whether it be a creek, stream, river or lake it doesn’t matter. If you...

Lumby on flood watch

May 6, 2014 / 2:14 pm

Spring floods have ravaged the North Okanagan town of Lumby for the past three years, and Mayor Kevin Acton is once again anticipating the water levels to rise. “The fields coming into town are flooding and the creek is coming up for sure,” he says, adding they have already been...

Woman dies after collision

May 6, 2014 / 10:24 am

A Salmon Arm woman has died after two cars collided Monday afternoon on Hwy. 1. At 2:02 p.m. police responded to an accident at the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 97B just east of Salmon Arm. “Investigation to date has revealed a 2013 Ford Fusion was westbound on Hwy. 1 intending to...

Fire hall breaks new ground

May 5, 2014 / 7:15 pm

The City of Vernon, Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) and Predator Ridge Golf Resort kicked off construction of the new Predator Ridge Fire Hall which is expected to be completed this year. Back in January of 2011, the City of Vernon approved $60,000 for the design of a two-bay fire station to...

Mabel Lk. on hold for Telus

May 5, 2014 / 1:42 pm

Update -- 2:30p.m. Telus now says they have begun work on the telephone lines and hope to have service returned sometime on Tuesday, May 6. The road leading from Enderby to Mabel Lake has been partially reopened, following a massive landslide last Friday morning that shut out the small...

Dumpster fires back to back

May 4, 2014 / 2:59 pm

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Services Vernon Fire Services were busy Saturday night dealing with back to back dumpster fires. Capt. Darren Cecchini says they were first called to a large dumpster fire at a construction site on Kalamalka Road at 11:30 p.m. “It...

Vernon house fire

May 3, 2014 / 3:08 pm

A small one-story home is heavily damaged after a fire Saturday morning in Vernon. Photo: Twitter Vernon Fire Rescue was called to scene of a home fire in the 2800 block of 35th Street around 10:30 a.m. “It appears the fire may have started in the bedroom of a small one story...

Mudslide near Mabel Lake

May 2, 2014 / 12:05 pm

12:05 p.m. update: Officials are monitoring a debris flow on the Shuswap River, near Enderby. They say the bulk of the debris, form a washout upstream, could hit the Baxter Bridge around 12:30 p.m., they are concerned for the structure. A washout has already closed the Enderby Mabel Lake Rd....

Flood dangers begin

May 2, 2014 / 11:39 am

Photo: Google Maps Recent floods are taking place or are expected to take place in the following areas. It’s only May, but portions of the North Okanagan and the Shuswap have already experienced flooding and the conditions are only expected to get worse. Rain is in the...

Muscles flexed over mussels

May 1, 2014 / 6:11 am

Vernon City Council is fed up with the lack of federal and provincial government concern over zebra and quagga mussels invading Okanagan lakes. At their meeting on Monday fears were shared over a possible mussel invasion and frustration over their unanswered calls for help. “It really...

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