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Closer to saving refugees

Oct 22, 2015 / 5:00 am
An Armstrong man is hoping the change of guard in Ottawa may make it less daunting to bring a Syrian refugee family to Armstrong. Justin Trudeau's Liberals were given a majority mandate in Monday's federal election and the party has stated it is more open to bringing refugees into Canada...

Vernon homeless census

Oct 21, 2015 / 7:20 pm
Six homeless camps were found in public spaces around Vernon in the latest census taken by community outreach workers known as the COOL team, according to Annette Sharkey, executive director of the Social Planning Council. While Sharkey calls that “a bit of a spike” compared to other...

Referendum a go

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:20 pm
Greater Vernon residents will be asked this autumn to vote on whether $13.2 million should be borrowed to build a new ice rink. “The referendum is set for Nov. 28,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer for the North Okanagan Regional District. Sewell's announcement...

Armstrong party time

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:16 pm
The City of Armstrong wants to party all year long – in 2017. A public meeting is set for City Hall Thursday, at 5 p.m., to discuss how the community should celebrate 150 years since Canada's inception. “This is the initial planning process of the Canada 150 committee,”...

Charges in Enderby shooting

Oct 21, 2015 / 1:58 pm
A 58-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting on the outskirts of Enderby Monday. A spokesperson for Salmon Arm Crown counsel said Norman Dybdal is also facing charges of use of a firearm while committing an offense and aggravated assault. Crown did...

All quiet on rustling front

Oct 21, 2015 / 11:57 am
All appears quiet on the cattle rustling front. Ted Osborn, with the Coldstream Ranch, says as far as he knows, there have been no more cases of cattle being shot. During the past few weeks, two cows were shot and killed, with one being butchered where it was killed. The other cow was simply...

District reaches wage deal

Oct 21, 2015 / 10:09 am
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has OK'd a new collective agreement with its staff, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Local 1908), that includes two per cent wage increases annually. The lengthy six-year deal will run until 2020. It includes clearer language around...

Jailbirds wanted

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund is going to jail on Thursday. The stunt is an effort to raise money for Cops for Kids, a charity assisting children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis across southeastern B.C. “At this point he is being charged with failure to remain seated on a school...

Metering ahead

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:00 am
The North Okanagan Regional District is beginning a multi-year program to install or replace domestic, industrial and commercial water metering systems. District staff say the updated technology will reduce the need for workers to enter properties to get meter readings, reduce costs and give...

Arnold ready to get to work

Oct 20, 2015 / 2:52 pm
The first thing Mel Arnold wants to do as MP elect for the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding is to thank the many people who made his win possible. The Conservative enjoyed a significant lead over second-place Liberal hopeful Cindy Derkaz. Arnold finished election day with 39 per cent of the vote...

Costly copper stolen

Oct 20, 2015 / 2:44 pm
A break-in at a scrap metal yard on Trinity Valley Road in Lumby has netted thieves $6,000 in copper pipe, according to the owner. Two metal cutting torches and two industrial metal saws were also taken in the overnight theft Oct. 13, Lumby police report. North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Cst....

Pedestrian hits car

Oct 20, 2015 / 2:40 pm
The car may have hit the pedestrian, but police say it is not the driver's fault. In Salmon Arm Monday, police responded to a person being struck by a vehicle in a school zone. Staff Sgt. Scott West said a vehicle was travelling south on 30th Street Southwest when it struck a pedestrian...

No charges for lockdown

Oct 20, 2015 / 12:49 pm
UPDATE OCT. 20 Vernon RCMP say no charges will be laid following the short lockdown at W.L. Seaton Secondary on Monday. ORIGINAL Students at a Vernon high school were under a brief lockdown, Monday. School Supt. Joe Rogers said W.L. Seaton Secondary was under lockdown for 10 minutes...

Police seize burned truck

Oct 20, 2015 / 11:35 am
UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Vernon RCMP have seized a burned-out pickup for examination following the latest, unexplained vehicle fire in the area. Dramatic pictures from Vernon Fire Rescue show the Chevy Silverado ablaze at Rising View Way and Okanagan Hills Boulevard in The Rise neighbourhood,...

Shooting near Enderby

Oct 20, 2015 / 11:01 am
A 55-year-old man has suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot on a rural property near Enderby in what police are calling a “targeted” incident. North Okanagan RCMP were called to the property, situated on the outskirts of town, about 5:15 p.m. Monday. Officers found a...

Village gets tough on idling

Oct 20, 2015 / 9:48 am
Lumby council is hoping the village will go a little more green. Council is considering an amendment to its anti-idling bylaw that would prohibit any vehicle in the community from idling for more than three minutes, said Mayor Kevin Acton. “We would like to be an environmentally...

Charges stayed in fatal crash

Oct 19, 2015 / 6:59 pm
Charges have been stayed against a 23-year-old British Columbia man accused of dangerous driving causing death. Brandon McGregor of Spallumcheen was charged after his pickup truck crossed the centre line on Highway 97 south of Vernon in March 2013 and hit a car. The collision killed...

Crash clogs Dump Hill

Oct 19, 2015 / 3:51 pm
UPDATE: 11:56 a.m. RCMP say four people injured in a collision that closed Highway 97, by the Birnie road turnoff, around 11:30 am Monday are all from the Greater Vernon area. A southbound car on the highway struck a pickup truck that was making a lefthand turn from the landfill site, say...

Plane crash victims ID'd

Oct 19, 2015 / 2:46 pm
The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed a father and son from Vernon were killed after their small aircraft crashed near Fort St. John on Friday. They are pilot Leonard Bradley Chapman, 56, and Florian Michael Chapman, 26. The Cessna 207 airplane crashed on takeoff from an unpaved airstrip at...

Checking the infrastructure

Oct 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
Inspections are to be carried out on Vernon's aging bridges and culverts. Crews will be checking the condition of the infrastructure throughout the city from Oct. 26 to 30. There are no substantial worries, according to spokesperson Tanya Laing Gahr. “However, understanding the...

Ghostly tour of downtown

Oct 18, 2015 / 8:12 pm
When Gabriel Newman first got the idea of leading a ghost tour through downtown Vernon, he was told there were no ghosts in downtown Vernon. However, the deeper he dug, the more he dug up. Ghost tales abound in the city and once again Newman will be leading the annual Ghost Tours of Vernon,...

Painting for a good cause

Oct 18, 2015 / 5:19 pm
It's a busy time for the Vernon Women's Transition House Society, but thankfully they have had a lot of help. Not only is the society opening the Child Advocacy Centre Tuesday, they are moving their administration offices and counselling services into a new building. The society is...

Polls show NDP in lead

Oct 18, 2015 / 3:52 pm
If local polls are any indication, the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding long held by the Conservatives may go orange this time around. According to polls conducted by Environics and Oracle Poll, the NDP have a solid lead over the trailing Tories heading into tomorrow's vote. When the results...

Big Roy passes away

Oct 18, 2015 / 3:16 pm
A local leader in business has passed away. Sidney 'Roy' Herrling died on Wednesday at age 83. Herrling was the founder of Roy's Tire Service in Vernon, a business he started in the early 1970s. Affectionately known as Big Roy, Herrling operated the independent tire store for...

Car fire not suspicious

Oct 18, 2015 / 1:35 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to a car fire early Sunday morning. At 4:53 a.m., crews were summoned to the 6300 block of Okanagan Landing Road where they found a car in flames. VFR Cpt. Brent Bond said the fire was quickly put out, and there were no injuries. Bond said the fire is not...

Fire engulfs motorhome

Oct 18, 2015 / 11:18 am
A motorhome was completely destroyed by an aggressive and quick-moving blaze yesterday afternoon in Lumby. The Lumby Fire Department was called to the scene on Dyfferin Road behind the industrial park just before 4 p.m. Fire chief Tony Clayton says the motorhome was entirely engulfed when...

Fatal plane crash, local ties

Oct 18, 2015 / 9:38 am
A fatal plane crash near Fort St. John has an Okanagan connection. Two people were killed in the crash on Friday of a Cessna 207 registered to Chapman Corporate Air Services Ltd. of Calgary. While it is not yet confirmed who was on board the aircraft when it crashed on a grass strip at the...

Meeker drops the puck

Oct 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
Former Toronto Maple Leaf and ex-broadcaster Howie Meeker was back on the ice this weekend, dropping the puck in a short ceremony ahead of the Vernon Vipers game Friday. Meeker was joined by John Topping, one of the new inductees into the Okanagan sports hall of fame. The 92-year-old suffers...

Advocacy centre to open

Oct 17, 2015 / 5:22 pm
It's been a long time coming, but the much-needed Child and Youth Advocacy Centre will officially open next week. Brooke McLardy, Vernon Women's Transition House Society acting executive director, said the seeds for the centre were planted five years ago and thanks to the strong support...

Sports heroes lauded

Oct 17, 2015 / 9:30 am
Two top athletes and a sports builder will be inducted into the North Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Saturday. Josh Dueck, is an alpine skier who won silver at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics in the men's slalom sit-ski event. At the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, Dueck claimed gold and...

Recognized for success

Oct 17, 2015 / 6:00 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has announced the final five recipients to be recognized in KPMG's Top 20 under 40 - Vernon. The recipients were selected at random among the top 20 and include three business owners, a golf professional, and a lawyer. The five being recognized this...

More cops on the beat

Oct 16, 2015 / 3:41 pm
The North Okanagan's highest-ranking RCMP officer will be asking Vernon city council for a bigger budget to hire more police in 2016. “They're fully tasked, they're very busy,” said Supt. Jim McNamara, in an interview with Castanet. “I am working with the mayor...

Saving Swan Lake's water

Oct 16, 2015 / 12:59 pm
It's hoped that every drop of water from Swan Lake will be used wisely in future. The communities of Spallumcheen and Armstrong, Okanagan Indian Band and North Okanagan Regional District areas, B and C are partnering to develop a master water recovery plan for Swan Lake's commercial...

Heed the homeless

Oct 16, 2015 / 8:44 am
One of the most isolated groups in the community was recognized in Vernon, Thursday – the homeless. Songs, stories and prayers were shared in Polson Park as homeless men and women mingled with representatives of groups who try to help them, such as the Upper Room Mission, the John Howard...

Campaign scramble

Oct 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
As candidates in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding make their last public appearances ahead of Monday's federal election, efforts to get the vote out have gone into high gear. Liberal Cindy Derkaz held an open house at her campaign office in Vernon Thursday, and will again at the Salmon Arm...

Banking on good deeds

Oct 15, 2015 / 7:48 pm
The timing could not have been better. Interior Savings Credit Union was holding its second-annual Day of Difference Thursday and this year the Vernon staff decided to head to the Upper Room Mission to lend a hand. The extra help was most welcome, as the mission was holding a memorial banquet...

Market fears freeze-out

Oct 15, 2015 / 12:22 pm
While officials seek approval for a referendum on a second ice sheet at Kal Tire Place, one local group is afraid the expansion may leave it out in the cold. For the past 15 years, the Vernon Farmer's Market has set up twice a week in the arena parking lot. But, plans to build the second...

Fire deemed suspicious

Oct 15, 2015 / 10:42 am
UPDATE: Thursday 10 a.m. A three-vehicle fire in Vernon's Bella Vista area is being called suspicious. Fire Chief Keith Green said the blaze, which started just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, on the 3000 block of Davison Road, was “in an obscure location.” The three vehicles were...

New top cop

Oct 15, 2015 / 10:29 am
The acting head of Vernon's RCMP detachment now has the job officially. Supt. Jim McNamara was promoted to the position Wednesday after consultation with North Okanagan communities. McNamara has 30 years of experience in policing, primarily in operational and front-line...

The centre that Bill built

Oct 15, 2015 / 5:00 am
The founding father of the Okanagan Science Centre was in Vernon Wednesday to help celebrate the centre's 25th anniversary. It was in 1990 when Bill Sim opened the science centre in the basement of the old downtown Tolko building. However, he had an unofficial science centre in the basement...
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