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Race track off to court

Jun 10, 2016 / 1:49 pm
And they're off....to court. The battle over a prime piece of Vernon real estate is in the hands of lawyers, confirmed Ed Woolley, of the Okanagan Equestrian Society. Just months ago, the society and the City of Vernon had been trying to work out their differences. “Proposals...

Blackway in theatres

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:52 pm
A Hollywood movie shot in the North Okanagan is getting a shot at theatre audiences. 'Blackway', starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, opens at the Vernon Towne Cinema at 7 p.m. tonight. The thriller was produced by Enderby Entertainment, which held its premiere at...

Gunfire leads to house fire

Jun 10, 2016 / 12:11 pm
The accidental discharge of a firearm that lit up gunpowder is being blamed for the destruction of a house in Lumby on Thursday. “The investigation confirmed the explanation of the owner of the house. It was an accidental discharge of a rifle that caused gunpowder to ignite,” said...

What to do about the Civic?

Jun 10, 2016 / 11:30 am
What do do about the aging Civic arena once it is decommissioned is near the top of Vernon city council's list of priorities over the next two years. Council held a special committee-of-the-whole meeting at the Lakers' clubhouse Thursday. “It was a good review of where we are...

Walking the line

Jun 10, 2016 / 10:05 am
Sixteen members of Vernon Search and Rescue were called out around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night to search for an elderly man who had gone missing from the downtown. “We flooded the downtown core,” said search coordinator Pete Wise. The missing man is believed to have been suffering...

Teen's killer appeals

Jun 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
The man found guilty of killing a teenage girl in Armstrong almost five years ago is slated to be back in court Friday to appeal his first-degree murder conviction. The Court of Appeal hearing list shows 30-year-old Matthew Foerster will appear in a Vancouver courtroom by video conference from a...

Construction nightmare

Jun 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Nerves are frayed and tempers are flaring at a construction site in downtown Vernon. Residents at Willow Manor are at their wits end as large trucks rumble down 35th Street throughout the night as they dump dirt in a vacant lot several blocks from the actual construction site. To get to the...
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New hall ready to go

Jun 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
For almost 40 years the BX/Swan Lake fire hall served the needs of the community. Recently completed renovations to the hall will allow fire crews to continue that work for many decades to come. The hall was originally built in 1977 and while the population grew, more equipment and personnel...

Where will game be played?

Jun 9, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Officials are asking people to take a brief break from the Lumby Days festivities Saturday for a Hockeyville announcement. Lumby won the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title earlier this year. Along with bragging rights, the town 25 minutes from Vernon on Highway 6 also won $100,000 to renovate the...

Parks and more parks

Jun 9, 2016 / 5:02 pm
Work is being done on local parks and there's a request for another one to be established. About $55,000 has gone into maintenance this year at Camp Hurlburt on Okanagan Lake, said Keith Pinkoski, parks planner with the North Okanagan Regional District. The money has been spent removing...

House fire in Lumby

Jun 9, 2016 / 4:47 pm
UPDATE 4:45 p.m. A home in Lumby was heavily damaged by fire Thursday afternoon. Lumby Fire Rescue Chief Tony Clayton said crews were called to the Derry Lane home at around 2 p.m. When they arrived, they found the two-storey house fully involved. Clayton said people were in the house...

Fireworks on Canada Day

Jun 9, 2016 / 4:13 pm
Canada Day will be celebrated with a bang this year. The North Okanagan Canada Day Society announced Craftsman Collision has stepped up as the main sponsor to light up the night sky. “This year’s Craftsman Collision Canada Day Fireworks will be an amazing spectacle on Kal...

Lumby asked to wade in

Jun 9, 2016 / 11:50 am
The Village of Lumby is being invited to get involved in managing flooding from Duteau Creek dams. The village council sent a letter to the North Okanagan Regional District in May asking staff to observe “best practices” to ensure water from reservoirs on the Aberdeen Plateau did not...

Let the sun shine

Jun 9, 2016 / 10:29 am
Downtown Vernon is getting ready for its biggest event of the year. The 22nd annual Sunshine Festival takes place on Saturday, June 18 starting at 9 a.m. and it will fill 30th Avenue with vendors offering sidewalk shopping and dining, an entertainment line-up on two stages and a variety of...

Famed lookout is shabby

Jun 9, 2016 / 10:26 am
A letter of complaint is being fired off to the Minister of Transportation over the poor state of the Kalamalka Lake lookout, a rest area off Highway 97, south of Vernon. “I think it is listed as one of the best viewpoints in the world by National Geographic, but it's not showing it...

User groups want a lounge

Jun 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
The referendum passed with flying colours and now it seems the design of a second ice sheet at Kal Tire Place is also getting a community-wide thumbs up. City and parks officials wrapped up 15 meetings with user groups and the public and Doug Ross, director of recreation services, said the...

New look at RCMP space

Jun 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
City council will take yet another look at the overcrowded Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP premises in the downtown and the possibility of a new building. “That was talked about last council and now we'll be talking about it in the coming months,” confirmed Mayor Akbal Mund. City...

Slashing victim still in coma

Jun 8, 2016 / 3:22 pm
The victim of an attack Monday night in Vernon remains in hospital in a coma. Police said the unidentified man who was slashed several times is in stable condition, but has yet to regain consciousness and is thus unable to provide any information. Police do not have any suspects in the...

Business is booming

Jun 8, 2016 / 10:41 am
North Okanagan politicians were upbeat about business opportunities and expanded services for residents during speeches to the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. In the most expansive presentation, North Okanagan Regional District board chairman Rick Fairbairn said regional planning...

No more spraying

Jun 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local resident is complaining about a weed killer being used on City of Vernon property. “While attending the Bike to Work wrap-up barbecue on Friday, I was dismayed to discover that the City of Vernon continues with its cosmetic pesticide spraying program,” said Kerry...

Midterm report from mayors

Jun 7, 2016 / 7:52 pm
The mayors of Vernon and Coldstream and the chairperson of the North Okanagan Regional District board appear before members of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning. The annual breakfast allows the three leaders to provide update on issues and priorities that their councils...

Party time in Lumby

Jun 7, 2016 / 2:35 pm
Residents of Lumby are inviting everyone to head out this weekend for Lumby Days. The theme for the 61st annual event is Celebrate Our History. Lumby Days kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday, June 10 when the popular Midway opens. There will also be a food row, beverage garden and live entertainment...

Searching for Caitlin

Jun 7, 2016 / 12:06 pm
Members of the Splatsin First Nation embarked Tuesday on a day-long search for Caitlin Potts, a young First Nations woman who went missing from the Enderby area in February. “Somebody has seen something and somebody can help,” said Charlene Belleau, organizer and chief of the...

Wounded man on street

Jun 7, 2016 / 6:22 am
A man found on the street with multiple lacerations Monday night was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment. Vernon RCMP responded to the corner of 25th Avenue and 41st Street just after 10 p.m. There, they found a man with multiple injuries. The man was taken to VJH by B.C....

Property tax too high

Jun 6, 2016 / 4:06 pm
Fingers are crossed at the BX Press Cidery near Vernon. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has passed a policy calling on the province to provide incentives for land-based wineries and cideries. They both face higher property taxes for producing an alcoholic beverage on agricultural...

Tattoo goes international

Jun 6, 2016 / 3:37 pm
The third annual Okanagan Military Tattoo will take on an international look when the Republic of Korea Army Traditional Band performs this year. The Tattoo is being held July 23-24 at Kal Tire Place. It will be the first time an international band will perform at the event. “Now we are...

Murder prelim underway

Jun 6, 2016 / 3:31 pm
Two men charged in connection with the death of a man in Polson Park last August are back in a Vernon courtroom. The body of Jason Hardy, 42, was found in bushes behind the lawn bowling club on Aug. 26. Brandon Wellington, 19, and Tal Kalum La Riviere, 29, are in provincial court for a...

Pot on stove catches fire

Jun 6, 2016 / 12:28 pm
A pot left on a stove had Coldstream fire crews scrambling, Sunday. Fire chief Dave Sturgeon said crews were called to the 500 block of Middleton Way just after 4 p.m., when a homeowner returned home and found the building full of smoke. “A pot on the stove was flaming over,” said...

Abandoned fire doused

Jun 6, 2016 / 12:04 pm
Coldstream firefighters were dismayed to find an abandoned campfire on the weekend. Fire chief Dave Sturgeon said crews found the campfire near the King Eddy Forest Service Road Saturday evening. “It was about six kilometres up, and there were flames going,” said Sturgeon....

IPE looking for new GM

Jun 6, 2016 / 11:31 am
After more than eight years with the Interior Provincial Exhibition Association, General Manager Bryan Burns is stepping down. Burns is leaving to pursue new opportunities and challenges, said president Ted Fitchett. “Bryan has done an outstanding job at the IPE and we accept his...

Revving up for cruise-in

Jun 6, 2016 / 11:17 am
The Sun Valley Cruise-In has revved up so much attention it's being expanded through an entire weekend. The event kicks off on July 15 in downtown Vernon when hotrods of all manner take over 30th Avenue from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Andy Freeland said this portion of the car show is free and will...

Watchful eye on water

Jun 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
There has been no snow in the hills around Vernon since the beginning of May, but officials are not talking drought yet. “As of May 1, there was no snow at any of our snow courses. This is not uncommon,” said Renee Clark, water quality manager with Greater Vernon Water. “At our...

Presence felt in Spall

Jun 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
Members of Save the Hullcar Aquifer are hoping to fill Spallumcheen council chambers Monday night as efforts for safer drinking water continue. As well, a letter-writing campaign complaining of building permits being issued to a local dairy farm are expected to be tabled at the council meeting,...

Brush fire in BX area

Jun 5, 2016 / 8:17 pm
BX/Swan Lake firefighters were called to a brush fire on Wallace Road, Sunday. The call came it at 6 p.m., and when fire crews arrived, they found a fire in the heavily wooded area measuring about 20 square feet in size. Capt. Braydon Jones said the fire was most likely human caused and is...

Big raffle for tiny home

Jun 5, 2016 / 6:15 pm
The Vernon First Nations Friendship Centre is hoping tiny houses can make a big difference in the lives of at-risk youths. The FNFC has launched a raffle fundraiser to generate funds to build tiny houses for youth at risk of being homeless. The tiny house will be build at Allan Brooks Nature...

Beary close encounter

Jun 5, 2016 / 5:33 pm
When Vernon photographer Wayne Emde headed into his back yard Sunday afternoon, he was surprised to discover a young black bear feasting at his cherry tree. "I went into the house to get my camera and when I came out, he had climbed the tree. Traffic along Kickwillie Loop Road came to a...

Plenty of fun at Fun Days

Jun 5, 2016 / 3:56 pm
Hundreds of people made the most of a sunny Sunday by heading to Oyama Fun Days. The annual event featured a range of activities, vendors, games, bouncy castles and live entertainment. One vendor said the crowds were very large this year and the mercury climbed into the mid-30s. New for...

Celebrate the environment

Jun 5, 2016 / 12:57 pm
The City of Vernon is inviting everyone to celebrate Environment Week, June 5 -11. The city has partnered with the Regional District of North Okanagan and local stewardship groups to provide a variety of fun and educational events and activities for youth, family and the community. Monday,...

Aboriginal culture fest

Jun 5, 2016 / 5:44 am
A celebration of First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture takes place at Allan Brooks Nature Centre on June 11. Traditional song and dance will be delivered by performers in regalia, along with ceremonial events and demonstrations. Other attractions include local artists' work on sale,...

Environmentalists lauded

Jun 4, 2016 / 10:00 am
Six groups and individuals have been praised for their environmental leadership in the North Okanagan. At a short ceremony at the regional district headquarters on Thursday, board chair Rick Fairbairn handed out the awards. They included: Youth Environmental Leadership awards The...
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