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No crime wave in Oyama

May 18, 2016 / 10:38 am
Despite posters warning of a rash of break-ins, there is no crime wave in Oyama, said one local ward councillor. Someone has been putting up signs around the Lake Country community warning people of numerous break ins, but Coun. Owen Dickie looked into the matter and said the claims of a crime...

Gang squad called in

May 18, 2016 / 10:19 am
The RCMP's gang squad has been called in to help the Vernon detachment following three shots-fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month. “Members of the CFSEU-BC 's Uniform Gang Enforcement Team are currently in Vernon to support the Vernon RCMP from an operational perspective...

Park the car, ride the bike

May 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon wants people to rethink how they get to work. Several events are planned for Bike to Work and School Week May 30 to June 5 to get Vernon residents thinking outside the box about their daily commute. The campaign begins May 25-26 with four secondary schools — Clarence...

Friendship centre cutbacks

May 18, 2016 / 5:00 am
Federal funding cuts could have a big impact on the North Okanagan First Nations Friendship Centre Society and the people they serve. Society executive director Patricia Wilson said the centre will see a reduction of $164,000 in funding, which will impact numerous programs. The centre has...

Don't let in flood

May 17, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Lumby's mayor doesn't want to see water covering the village's downtown, or elsewhere again. “We're quite concerned,” said Mayor Kevin Acton. Council has sent a letter to the North Okanagan Regional District asking staff to observe “best practices” to...

Second fire under review

May 17, 2016 / 2:04 pm
Following the second act of arson at a Vernon senior care facility, Interior Health is once again reviewing the incident to see if anything can be done to prevent it from happening again. In December 2015, a resident of Noric House started a fire in his room. Staff quickly put the fire out, but...

Fire scorches lumber yard

May 17, 2016 / 1:35 pm
UPDATED: 1:35 p.m. Fire crews appear to have the blaze at Mardan Lumber Sales under control, while continuing to douse a large smoldering sawdust pile. A charred piece of heavy machinery is on its side in the yard, and there are several pieces of burned lumber scattered nearby. Three fire...
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Pepper sprayed in home

May 17, 2016 / 12:42 pm
At least one person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital around noon Tuesday after being pepper sprayed at a residence in the 2000 block of 34th Street. A woman was carried out of the house to a waiting ambulance. RCMP officers on the scene wore masks before entering the premises. One...

Fighting the big ones

May 17, 2016 / 11:47 am
It's day 12 for firefighters from the North Okanagan involved in battling a massive blaze in the Peace River region, 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John. The Beaton Airport Road fire is an estimated 15,000 hectares in size and 45 per cent contained, according to the B.C. Wildfire...

Road safety in spotlight

May 17, 2016 / 10:22 am
A cycling group is trying to raise awareness of road safety following a shocking incident earlier this month when a mother and daughter out on their bikes were hit by a pickup, which then sped off into the night. Mae Hooper, 55, and her 17-year-old daughter were cycling on Buchanan Road in...

Stickle Rd. open house

May 16, 2016 / 4:20 pm
It's been called the Stickle pickle, but the Stickle solution may be at hand. Stickle Road is one of the most notorious intersections in Vernon. It meets with Highway 97 at the north end of town and has been the site of several accidents and numerous close calls. It has also been the...

Coroner IDs Vernon climber

May 16, 2016 / 3:50 pm
A Vernon man killed in a free climbing incident at Turtle Mountain on Sunday has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service. The body of Martin Hieltje Wolbers, 32, was found shortly after 4 p.m. on May 14 by passersby walking their dog along the Grey Canal trail. “Wolbers (was) lying...

Driver cops to hit and run

May 16, 2016 / 3:24 pm
A pickup truck driver who's alleged to have been involved in a May 6 hit-and-run accident involving a mother and daughter cycling on Buchanan Road in Coldstream has spoken with police. The unidentified man is expected to be charged in connection with the incident, said Sgt. Mike...

Manmade fires off Silver Star

May 16, 2016 / 2:22 pm
The BX-Swan Lake fire department dealt with two human caused fires over the weekend, including what appeared to be a makeshift campfire near BX Falls and an abandoned camper set alight. About mid-morning on Saturday, witnesses spotted the camper on fire just off of Silver Star Road, said deputy...

Sudden death in Vernon

May 16, 2016 / 11:59 am
UPDATE: 12 P.M. Vernon RCMP have released a few more details about an incident on the 4000 block of 29th Street. Sgt. Mike Moyer said at 5:07 a.m. Monday May 16, police were called to assist ambulance crews at a residence. "Police and coroner are investigating a sudden death,"...

Fire set at senior's facility

May 16, 2016 / 10:00 am
For the second time in six months, Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Noric House after a resident deliberately started a fire. Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said crews were called to the senior's care facility at 8:15 p.m. Sunday after a resident lit his mattress on fire. “It...

YAA Fest for Polson Park

May 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
The annual YAA Fest will be happening in Polson Park this week. The Youth Achievement and Appreciation Festival takes place Thursday, May 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The festival highlights services available to youth throughout the North Okanagan as local youth showcase their academic,...

Bollywood brings big bucks

May 15, 2016 / 5:51 pm
It was a big, noisy party that attracted a sold-out crowd to the Vernon Recreation Centre for the annual Bollywood Bang fundraiser. The event raised money for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Upper Room Mission. "We raised more than $48,000," said organizer Vernon City...

Helping to help others

May 15, 2016 / 4:39 pm
During a recent Rotarians at Work Day, 18 Kalamalka Rotary Club members, family and friends volunteered their Saturday morning at the North Okanagan Gleaners preparation and processing facility on Whitevale Road in Lavington. “The Rotarians at Work Day is something our club participates in...

Motorcycle, car collide

May 15, 2016 / 1:13 pm
One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle he was operating collided with a car. The accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. in front of the Fruit Union Plaza on 25th Avenue. Police at the scene said the westbound Honda four-door...

Kal Lake rescue

May 15, 2016 / 7:57 am
They were both taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Police responded to the incident around 3:45 p.m. “(The woman) had significant injuries from the propeller,” said Cpl. Spencer Hornoi. Hornoi said the male was treated for shock and exhaustion in hospital after treading water for...

Man falls to death

May 15, 2016 / 7:04 am
Vernon RCMP say the body of a local man in his early 30s was recovered from the Grey Canal trail, on Turtle Mountain, Saturday afternoon. Police were called to the scene at 4:20 p.m. after some hikers spotted the body of a male on the trail, said Cpl. Spencer Hornoi. First responders used CPR...

Author, OKIB dispute book

May 15, 2016 / 6:45 am
An author whose work has been condemned by the Okanagan Indian Band said she spent considerable time reviewing the children's story with a member of the band. In a statement, Dorothy Hawes confirmed a portion of the story of the young boy visiting his grandparents' in the Okanagan is...

Get well soon say cyclists

May 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local cycling group has expressed relief that two riders struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run last Friday did not suffer fatal injury. Members of the North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transport said they are deeply concerned about the incident. On May 6, two women on bicycles were knocked...

Brush fire under control

May 13, 2016 / 7:36 pm
A small brush fire near BX Falls in Greater Vernon was brought quickly under control by firefighters Friday evening. “A crew is still out there,” said deputy chief Steve Hidasi of the BX-Swan Lake fire department. “It's not huge...It appears to be under...

Top athlete nominations

May 13, 2016 / 7:27 pm
Only two weeks to the finish for those who want to nominate the very best in sports in the North Okanagan. The May 31 deadline for nominations is fast approaching for the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards. Nominations can be submitted to Ken...

Arsonist gets 90 days

May 13, 2016 / 3:43 pm
A man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the back door of AJ's Pets and Things on 31st Avenue last September has been given a 90-day intermittent jail sentence and a three-year probation order. Ryan Patrick Warnock, 34, pleaded guilty to an arson charge last month. The Sept. 6 incident...

Predators stalk centre

May 13, 2016 / 2:55 pm
Two new programs that will allow members of the public to get up close and personal with the region's predator birds including hawks, falcons and owls, will begin next month at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon. From June 13 to 18, the centre will be hosting a raptor encounter course...

Shootings linked to drugs

May 13, 2016 / 2:32 pm
Three shots fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month are believed to be targeted and linked to the drug trade, say the RCMP. “The Vernon RCMP are actively investigating four violent incidents, including three where the discharge of a firearm was involved in Vernon and surrounding...

Volunteer inducted to order

May 13, 2016 / 12:35 pm
A long-time volunteer with the St. John Ambulance organization in Vernon will be recognized in a formal ceremony at Government House in Victoria Saturday. Bill Musselwhite is among 20 British Columbians who will be promoted in or admitted to the Order of St. John. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon will...

Starlight, star bright?

May 13, 2016 / 12:02 pm
A colourful display of the northern lights seen in the Okanagan Valley just days ago is a prompting discussion about light pollution. “The unrelenting glare of urban light pollution, and the rarity of seeing a night sky plastered with stars and the wide ribbon of the Milky Way, has fueled...

Vernon's Woman of the Year

May 13, 2016 / 9:51 am
Vernon city councillor Juliette Cunningham has been named Woman of the Year 2016. Cunningham was honoured with the award Thursday night at a packed gala celebration and dinner. Cunningham was nominated by Lynne Reside, who called the city councillor a “tireless community...

Actively encouraging others

May 13, 2016 / 9:36 am
A group promoting walking and cycling in the region has been recognized by Green Communities Canada. The national go green organization has pointed to the North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) as one of 25 organizations across the country which has endorsed the Canadian...

Funds for Mission drop-in

May 13, 2016 / 5:58 am
The Upper Room Mission will be restarting its drop-in service for the homeless after receiving a Canada summer jobs grant. Summer students, returning to post-secondary school in the autumn, will be stepping in to run the program, said Rick Lavin, the Mission's executive director. He said...

Resounding 'yes' to pool

May 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
It may still be a long time coming, but there is strong support for a second pool in Greater Vernon. The idea of building a second pool floated past city council last Monday, generating discussion among city officials and citizens. During the council meeting, Coun. Scott Anderson said another...

Fatal crash accidental

May 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm
The B.C. Coroner's Service has released a report into the death of an elderly man who was knocked down last year by a car and died of pneumonia in Vernon Jubilee Hospital 13 days later. Andrew Joseph Raab, who was 86 at the time of his death, was badly injured after being struck by a vehicle...

Big bucks from big bike

May 12, 2016 / 3:29 pm
Since the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Big Bike made its debut more than two decades ago, it has pedalled up $100 million for the national organization. Once again the big bike – which weighs a ton and can seat 30 people – was in Vernon and thousands of dollars were...

Poppy salute for soldiers

May 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Five large poppy sculptures, painted a brilliant red, sit on the grounds of Vernon Secondary School. A Legion colour guard marked the start of a short but moving outdoor ceremony Thursday as students and dignitaries stood by the poppies, which now serve as visible reminder of the lives lost and...

Death ruled accidental

May 12, 2016 / 9:56 am
The death of a Vernon man in a single-vehicle accident near Parson on Oct. 30, 2015 has been ruled accidental by the coroner. Michael Christopher Swanson, 36, was the lone occupant of a cube van travelling on Highway 95 when his vehicle was involved in a rollover while moving furniture from...

Vicious attack in park

May 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
A vicious machete attack on a homeless man sleeping in Polson Park on May 2 has resulted in charges being laid against two men, Vernon RCMP have confirmed. Court documents show Jason Wayne Andrews, 39, and Dale Mathew Lea, 26, are both charged with aggravated assault and assault with a...
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