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Dog stabbed seven times

Apr 17, 2016 / 1:42 pm
Photo: Contributed Photo: Facebook - Dylan Backman North Okanagan residents are outraged after someone stabbed a dog seven times. Dylan Backman posted pictures of Ollie to Facebook showing numerous wounds on his chest and shoulder. “My dog Ollie got free of his dog run...

Top notch Vernon track

Apr 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon's new running track beside the Okanagan College campus in Coldstream has been given the thumbs up by Canadian Running magazine. “It’s home to one of the province’s, if not one of the nation’s, most picturesque track and field facilities,” says the report...

Painting the town

Apr 16, 2016 / 5:53 am
The City of Vernon has reissued its line painting tender, after complaints the yellow and white lines on many city streets had all but disappeared. Staff point an accusing finger at an organic compound paint that has been used the last three years. Before that, oil-based paint was used for...

Woman in armed robbery

Apr 15, 2016 / 2:51 pm
RCMP in the North Okanagan are looking for a woman in her twenties involved in an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Smith Drive in Armstrong early Friday morning. “At about 3:32 a.m. on the 15th, a lone female entered the 7-Eleven in Armstrong and produced what appeared to be a hand...

VJHF reels them out

Apr 15, 2016 / 1:40 pm
While the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation has spent a lot of money on high tech medical equipment over the years, it has gone a little more high tech itself. A series of 100 online videos have been produced, to promote the foundation and say thanks to donors across the North...

Another local lotto win

Apr 15, 2016 / 11:30 am
The streak of recent lotto winners in the Okanagan continues, with Mara resident Teresa Johnson taking home $500,000 off a ticket she bought in Enderby. “It was quite surreal when I found out,” said Johnson. “I started yelling and almost dropped to my knees!” Johnson...

Road project gets go ahead

Apr 15, 2016 / 11:05 am
Vernon city council has given the go ahead to a major downtown road project that has caused friction with a business now in its busy season. Work on 32nd Avenue between 27th and 29th streets will begin next Monday, following a week of delay as city staff worked on how to accommodate Briteland, a...
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Frustration over water

Apr 15, 2016 / 9:00 am
Spallumcheen residents living on a tainted water source packed Hullcar Hall Thursday night to hear from six provincial ministry officials on what was being done to fix the problem. “I got the sense that the ministry representatives had come to tell us what we need rather than ask us what...

Still no word on slide report

Apr 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
There is still no definitive word on when a report on a 2012 slide in Cherryville will be released. Cherryville director Hank Cameron said a freedom of information request was put in, and local officials were told in January the geotechnical and compliance and enforcement reports were almost...

Crash and roll

Apr 14, 2016 / 8:17 pm
A dramatic two-vehicle crash in Vernon's downtown Thursday evening saw a black truck roll across an intersection, coming to a halt on its side on 34th Street. The crash happened at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and 34th Street around 7:40 p.m., according to a witness who saw the...

Vernon senior wins big

Apr 14, 2016 / 4:22 pm
A Vernon senior has come forward as the winner of a $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot on the April 9 draw. Robert Jaeger admitted he got only about two hours sleep the night before claiming his big prize. “Everyone has been so happy and excited for me,” said Jaeger. “I have...

Ed minister wades in

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:54 pm
UPDATE: 3:46 P.M. Education Minister Mike Bernier has issued a short statement over public outrage in the North Okanagan Shuswap school district. Calls for the resignation of the entire school board followed revelations that $10.5 million in operating surpluses had been used to support...

BMW crunches into truck

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:39 pm
One person was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with minor injuries following a two-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon. The accident happened at around 2:45 p.m. when a black BMW car rear-ended a full-size pick-up truck on 27th Street near the intersection with Highway 6. While there was...

Screams after gunfire

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:17 pm
UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. A man whose home on Pottery Road in Vernon was hit by bullet fire around 1:30 a.m. Thursday said it was a terrifying experience for his whole family. The couple and their three children were inside the home sleeping when the incident occurred. At least three bullets...

'Oh God help us'

Apr 14, 2016 / 10:57 am
One minute Patricia Clark was teaching three students English, the next she was fleeing for her life. Clark is an ESL teacher and was in a home on Valleyview Place in Vernon when flames erupted Wednesday afternoon. Clark heard people yelling and when she opened the backdoor of the large home,...

Smash up in downtown

Apr 14, 2016 / 9:24 am
Two SUVs collided at 32nd Street (Highway 97) and 30th Avenue in downtown Vernon just before 9 a.m. Thursday, sending one man to hospital. The man was seen being taken away by stretcher while fire crews cleaned up liquids leaking from one of the vehicles that was blocking one southbound lane of...

Tainted water making waves

Apr 14, 2016 / 9:00 am
Provincial officials return to Spallumcheen tonight for another meeting on tainted water from the Hullcar aquifer. “The inter-ministry committee comprised of representatives from the ministries of Environment, Health, Agriculture and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations”...

Why did my father die?

Apr 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
Irena Niebuhr's father died in Vernon Jubilee Hospital – and she doesn't think it had to happen. Her father had stage-four cancer, but she claims it was negligence that prematurely ended his life. Her father died in January after he developed an infection and was taken to VJH,...

Home fully engulfed

Apr 13, 2016 / 7:23 pm
UPDATE 7:23 P.M. No one was injured in a massive fire in Vernon that gutted a large single-family home. Flames were seen shooting 10 to 15 metres into the sky as firefighters scrambled to control the blaze on the 4700 block of Valleyview Place. Fire Cpt. Chris Robinson said the cause is...

Control your dogs

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 pm
What was supposed to be a sunny outing on a popular Vernon trail turned into a day of fear and anger for one dog owner. Sharon Schofield was walking her 12-year-old husky, Kramer, when her senior dog was attacked by two off-lead dogs. “Kramer was on a leash being walked on the Grey...

Tributes to Melissa

Apr 13, 2016 / 4:24 pm
Tributes to a Vernon fundraiser and brain cancer victim have been paid on social media following the death of Melissa Gobbett, 33. Gobbett gained attention when she and her friend Lindsay James created the Heroes Shave It Off campaign last year, raising $10,000 for brain cancer research. The...

Pogo car bounces to Vernon

Apr 13, 2016 / 3:31 pm
The driver is looking at a hefty bill, an employee got to go skiing and staff at Edmonton-based Pogo had a good chuckle after one of their vehicles turned up in Vernon. Pogo Car Share is a car-sharing service that gives members 24/7 access to a pool of vehicles located within a defined, central...

Rec Centre's new look

Apr 13, 2016 / 2:39 pm
The front entrance to the Vernon Recreation Centre reopens on April 18, allowing easier access to the main front parking lot. Phase one of the project, which is still underway, includes a new bridge, extensive work on the main entrance and lobby, and installation of a healthy food kiosk. The...

Youngster rescued in pool

Apr 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm
A four-year-old girl was rescued in Vernon's public swimming pool Monday afternoon after having a seizure. A swim instructor saw the youngster was unresponsive and called for assistance. Aquatic staff began first aid treatment and the girl quickly regained consciousness. She was...

Waiting for decision

Apr 13, 2016 / 1:27 pm
The owner of Briteland is waiting for Vernon city council to decide whether or not to go ahead with a big road construction project on 32 Avenue, from 27th to 29th street. A special council meeting is set for Friday morning after council refused to OK the project which was supposed to have...

Special advisor called in

Apr 13, 2016 / 10:20 am
With public trust eroded, a special adviser from the Ministry of Education is to be asked to review and provide recommendations to the North Okanagan Shuswap school board on its current governance issues. As well, board chair Bobbi Johnson has made a public apology over the use of operating...

On top of roads

Apr 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
Coldstream council has approved its biggest road maintenance budget ever. The $1.26 million will be used to “keep roads maintained and not leave them to failure,” said Mayor Jim Garlick. “We want to catch them before they have to be completely rebuilt.” Garlick said...

Help for the unemployed

Apr 12, 2016 / 9:00 pm
Job seekers in the North Okanagan and Shuswap are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job...

Looking for suspects

Apr 12, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Pavin Sidhu is hoping surveillance video of a pair of suspected thieves will nab whoever broke into his family's business. At around 4 a.m. April 11, Sidhu said someone smashed through the front door of the Kal's Naan Shop, 3603 32 St., and stole a Vaio laptop and “our whole cash...

Massage your worries away

Apr 12, 2016 / 3:20 pm
The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon is looking for a few special people. The college operates a cancer care outreach program and is looking for anyone currently in cancer treatment, or who has been through treatment in the last two years and is interested in free massage...

Tiny home designs

Apr 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm
Designs from Regina to Vancouver were submitted in a tiny home contest run by Vernon's First Nations Friendship Centre. The winner was announced Tuesday. The contest was aimed at finding a new source of housing for at-risk youths and raising the urgency of providing homes for people facing...

Sharpshooters on target

Apr 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm
A group of military cadets had their sights set on national glory over the weekend. Cadets from as far apart as Victoria and Ft. St. John gathered at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre after competing in local and area competitions. Thirteen teams of five cadet marksmen and their coaches from...

City councillor commended

Apr 12, 2016 / 11:26 am
Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson was wearing another hat when he recently received a Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) commendation. Anderson, a captain in the Canadian Armed Forces reserves, was commended for his efforts to reunite two local families with their teenage daughters in...

Driver killed near Enderby

Apr 12, 2016 / 9:25 am
UPDATE: 12:00 P.M. North Okanagan RCMP have released a few more details about a two vehicle accident near Enderby Monday evening that left a male driver dead. RCMP say the collision between a car and a tractor trailer unit took place on Hwy 97A near Enderby, around 5:20 p.m. A northbound...

Get set for fireworks

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
It appears there will be a fireworks celebration in Vernon on Canada Day this July 1st but where it willl take place is a mystery – sort of. Coun. Scott Anderson revealed to city council Monday the sparklers may not rise over Polson Park or the DND grounds but could be set off from the...

Council sets tax rate

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
It will cost the average Vernon homeowner an extra $41.15 in city taxes this year. Council opted to have no changes to the allocation levy in 2016 although some councillors pressed for more help for business. Figures show that on a home costing $341,113, taxpayers will pay $1,252.43 to cover...

Time to honour top athletes

Apr 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership of the Year awards.
 The awards have been handed out since 1994 and past athlete winners include hockey players Brent Gilchrist and Curtis Lazar, speed-skater Connie Kapac and, in 2015,...

Brakes put on road project

Apr 11, 2016 / 4:31 pm
Vernon city council has delayed a street construction project in the downtown following a complaint it could hurt a local business. A special meeting will be held Friday when councillors will discuss whether to hold off on the project until the peak summer months. The 32 Avenue project, from...

Lead foot now walking

Apr 11, 2016 / 4:23 pm
A motorist with a lead foot has a lighter wallet after some high-speed hi-jinx in the Shuswap. On April 10, Salmon Arm RCMP stopped a vehicle on 20th Avenue NE in Salmon Arm for doing almost triple the speed limit. “The officer observed that the vehicle was obviously exceeding the speed...

Back in the saddle again

Apr 11, 2016 / 3:48 pm
For dozens of people in the region, the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association offers a chance to escape their daily routine by saddling up and going for a ride. Since it began in 1984, NOTRA has put thousands of people with special needs on horseback. People like Lauren Paulsen who...
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