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College honours past Dean

May 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Okanagan College is honouring a retired Dean with the Distinguished Service Award. Acclaimed author and retired Okanagan College Regional Dean John Lent will receive the Distinguished Service award next month during the college’s Vernon Convocation ceremony. Lent is the fourth person in...

Vice-principal caught cheating

May 16, 2014 / 11:00 am

A Vernon vice-principal has had his teaching certificate suspended for one month after admitting to altering students grades. Tony Martin Dolinar, a man with over 20 years of teaching experience, was employed at Vernon Secondary School when he electronically changed a student’s grades in...

Crash victim identified

May 14, 2014 / 8:00 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified a man killed in a single vehicle crash near Lumby Sunday. Denji Andries Kuraoka, 25, of Lumby was the driver of a pickup truck which rolled on Whitevale Road, a gravel road near Lumby. The crash occurred about 2:20 a.m. The coroners office confirmed...

Landslide endangers lake users

May 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

The massive debris slide that brought huge trees and debris down Cooke Creek the morning of May 2 is now causing a new problem. The landslide debris which left hundreds trapped for days has made its way through the Shuswap River water course and into Mara Lake. The Columbia Shuswap Regional...

Enderby crash victim named

May 13, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified the man who died in a two vehicle crash on Enderby Grindrod Road near Enderby Sunday morning. The victim is 64-year-old Herman Gerrits of Enderby. Gerrits was riding his motorcycle northbound when he was involved in a head-on collision with a southbound...

Evacuation continues

May 13, 2014 / 2:38 pm

UPDATE MAY 13, 2:30 P.M.: The evacuation order issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District on April 23 for properties adjacent to McIntyre Creek has been partially rescinded. The resident at 6098 Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road are now permitted to return to their property. These residents...

A plea for her mother's ashes

May 13, 2014 / 12:30 pm

A woman victimized by a break and enter is appealing to the public for the return of her mother's ashes. On Monday at approximately 5:00 p.m. Vernon RCMP responded to a report of a residential break & enter in the 1400 block of Copper Mountain Court. “The break and enter to the...

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...

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