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City supports amalgamation despite veto

Jan 28, 2014 / 9:00 am

Despite a clear veto from the District of Coldstream and Electoral Area’s B and C, the City of Vernon is keeping the recent amalgamation study on the table. Although the province has already stated that a study will not be conducted unless at least two of the parties agree, the city feels...

Foerster men move closer to trial

Jan 28, 2014 / 8:30 am

The father of the man accused of killing an Armstrong teenager still doesn’t know when he will stand trial, but the court process is beginning to move along. Stephen Foerster was absent Monday morning at his Vernon court appearance, but both the Crown counsel and his defence lawyer were in...

Driver blamed for runaway garbage truck

Jan 27, 2014 / 12:53 pm

The driver is being blamed for an out of control garbage truck that crashed into a Vernon home last week. At the time of the accident the driver told neighbours it was a mechanical failure. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says once a mechanical inspection was completed the driver was found at...

Police look for missing youth

Jan 27, 2014 / 11:30 am

Police in the North Okanagan are asking for the public's help in locating a 14-year-old boy that has been missing since early this month. Desmond Fisher walked out of a probation appointment on Jan. 2 and has not been seen since. He is: 5'4 weighs 143 pounds black...

Animal nest gets car smoking at ski hill

Jan 26, 2014 / 9:59 am

Silver Star fire crews put out a smouldering fire in a Kelowna couple’s car Saturday morning. Silver Star Fire Lieutenant Beau Lucas says the couple drove from Kelowna up the mountain that day, and the heat of the drive caused a suspected animal nest on the engine to ignite. Lucas says...

VJH emergency room now a pharmacy

Jan 24, 2014 / 10:15 am

Construction has begun to transform Vernon Jubilee’s old Emergency Department into a new and expanded Pharmacy Department. “Our hospital’s pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants play a vital role in providing quality patient care,” says Vernon-Monashee...

Memorial service set for Patrick Nicol

Jan 23, 2014 / 7:59 pm

Memorial services for City of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb 3, at the Trinity United Church in Vernon. Because of the expectation that a large number of residents will wish to pay their respects to Nicol and his family - and because the...

Cyclist struck by car has serious injuries

Jan 23, 2014 / 9:00 am

Highway 97 has just been reopened in Vernon after a cyclist was hit early Thursday morning. According to Vernon RCMP the cyclist was coming out of an alley between Earls and Sir Winston’s pub -- near the junction with Highway 6 -- when he collided with a northbound vehicle around 5:30...

Disaster averted in Vernon

Jan 21, 2014 / 6:17 pm

Several Vernon families are breathing a sigh of relief this evening after a runaway garbage truck narrowly missed destroying their homes before landing in a sandbox frequented by their young children in warmer temperatures. Witnesses say a garbage truck was parked up the block on a steep hill...

Okanagan Landing cougar sighting

Jan 20, 2014 / 12:06 pm

Another cougar was spotted near an elementary school in Vernon, this time in Okanagan Landing. Vernon RCMP were called to a cougar sighting in the 7200 block of Longacre Drive at 3:15 a.m. Monday morning. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says it is a concern because this area is blocks away from...

Vernon council remembers colleague

Jan 18, 2014 / 8:21 am

Mayor and Council for the City of Vernon remembered their colleague, Patrick Nicol, who passed away on Wednesday evening at age 64 after a long battle with cancer, at the final session of the City's budget presentations Friday morning. Nicol’s customary seat was empty, but marked...

Repeat offender back in custody

Jan 17, 2014 / 3:25 pm

RCMP officers in the Lumby/Cherryville area had hoped things would quiet down after they arrested 32-year-old Ryan Tyler Young last month following a spike in petty crime and vehicle thefts. Young was taken into custody and charged with numerous offenses by Vernon Crown Counsel. He was later...

Construction accident injures worker

Jan 17, 2014 / 1:07 pm

A construction worker became trapped after an accident at Predator Ridge on Thursday afternoon. The worker was part of a group building a new subdivision, and was operating a front-end loader when it tipped over. “The driver was shaken up,” says Doug Imrich with the Vernon Fire...

Vernon councillor passes

Jan 16, 2014 / 4:01 pm

The City of Vernon has lost a passionate community supporter. Patrick Nicol, first elected to City Council in 1985 and chair of the North Okanagan Regional District, has passed away. In a brief news release issued Thursday afternoon, the city stated: It is with great sadness that Mayor...

Tainted well water leads to fine for NORD

Jan 16, 2014 / 12:31 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been sentenced for its part in a tainted water case four years ago. The government agency was fined $18,540 after being found guilty in September of four charges under the BC Water and Water Protection acts. A provincial court judge in Vernon, B.C.,...

School bus crash

Jan 16, 2014 / 11:30 am

Update - 11:30 a.m. with info from Vernon Christian School This morning the school bus we contract to transport our students was involved in an accident, leaving the bus on it’s side. Our initial report from the transportation company confirmed the accident and reported that other than...

Coldstream vetoes amalgamation study

Jan 15, 2014 / 4:33 pm

The District of Coldstream, along with Areas B and C, stopped any possible amalgamation of the Greater Vernon Area at Monday night's council meeting. The smaller outlying communities around the City of Vernon all voted against a request by the Greater Vernon Governance Society to have a...

Tourism Vernon to target Alberta

Jan 15, 2014 / 2:07 pm

Tourism Vernon is focusing their marketing efforts east of the BC border, hoping to draw more Alberta residents to the North Okanagan this year. As part of their 2014 marketing plan, they have earmarked $70,000 to increase awareness in the key tourist markets of Calgary, Edmonton and the Lower...

Drug smuggler - 18 years is enough

Jan 15, 2014 / 11:10 am

A Saskatchewan court has ruled 18 years is enough for a British Columbia man convicted in a major international drug operation. Brock Palfrey of Vernon, was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in smuggling $200 million of cocaine and ecstasy into Canada, but the Crown asked...

Vernon council ponder 2014 budget

Jan 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Taxpayers in Vernon will find out by Friday afternoon just how much more they will have to shell out in municipal taxes in 2014. Vernon Council will spend the next three days going over the budget, line by line to determine how much each department will get to spend and where those funds will be...

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