Action star Snipes in Vernon

Aug 4, 2016 / 2:23 pm
Action star Wesley Snipes is starring in a movie being made in the Okanagan. Best known for the Blade vampire trilogy, Snipes plays The Hunter in a sci-fi thriller called 'The Recall' currently being shot in Vernon. The movie is being directed by Mauro Borrelli and produced by...

Believing in Bridgette

Aug 4, 2016 / 1:20 pm
She is less than two years old, but already Bridgette Anne Dziuba has gone through more than most people endure in a lifetime. Bridgette was born on Nov. 10, 2014 to the joy of her family, however, the smiles quickly turned to fear when the Vernon infant was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital in...

Miss Teen an overcomer

Aug 4, 2016 / 12:36 pm
When she was a child, doctors told Samantha Sewell she would never be able to speak. Sewell took that as a challenge, not a limitation and now the Vernon Secondary School 2016 graduate has spoken at numerous public events with bigger ones on the horizon. Sewell began public speaking 18 months...

Hey! The hay truck's on fire

Aug 4, 2016 / 9:46 am
BC Wildfire crews were called to the Mara Lake area after a hay truck caught fire. The vehicle fire broke out Wednesday afternoon and forestry firefighters were called to extinguish the small blaze. Fire information officer Rachel Witt said four firefighters were sent to the fire on Riverside...

Seeing red in construction

Aug 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
Property developers who earlier this year accused city hall of hampering construction projects with red tape, hope to hold a "forum" with city council and city staff in the autumn, according to Phil Dyck, a director with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. In February, members of...

Jail after fleeing from cops

Aug 3, 2016 / 4:18 pm
A Vernon woman spotted by RCMP officers while she was driving a stolen car last December, then causing a crash and fleeing on foot, has been given more jail time. Alyssa Courtney Brown, 25, pleaded guilty to several charges Wednesday in a Vernon courtroom, including; possession of stolen...

Hand over the what?

Aug 3, 2016 / 1:45 pm
An armed man failed to get the loot during a store robbery in Vernon on Tuesday, and police believe a language barrier was the reason. Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Lakeview Market on 32nd Avenue at 5:40 p.m. “RCMP investigators learned that a lone male entered...

Refugees arrive next week

Aug 3, 2016 / 11:58 am
It's taken months of hard work, but an Iraqi refugee family will be arriving in the Okanagan next week. Ron Brinnen, with the Armstrong Spallumcheen Refugee Project, said the family of five will be landing at Kelowna International Airport Tuesday night. The man, wife and three children...

Pedestrian sent flying

Aug 3, 2016 / 10:44 am
A pedestrian was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with undetermined injuries after being struck by a car Wednesday morning. The incident happened just before 10 a.m. a half-block north of 25th Avenue on 32nd Street. Police said an SUV was making a right-hand turn out of the Fruit Union Plaza...

Suspicious car fire

Aug 3, 2016 / 9:53 am
Vernon Fire Rescue officials and the RCMP are investigating a suspicious car fire that caused extensive damage to the interior of the vehicle, said deputy chief Jack Blair. Firefighters were called to the blaze on the 3800 block of 28A Street at 4:50 a.m Wednesday. "The fire appeared to...

Fire caused by lightning

Aug 3, 2016 / 9:15 am
A dramatic wildfire that lit up a hill above Adventure Bay in Vernon and led to the evacuation of about 60 people on Saturday night was caused by lightning, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The fire could be seen for miles. Two provincial officials investigated the scene of the interface...

Frustrated by fires

Aug 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
A senior firefighting official in the Vernon area is expressing frustration with the number of purposely set fires in the area. “When fires are purposely set, you feel somewhat frustrated,” admitted Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon Fire Rescue deputy chief. Skolrood said the department has...

Downtown demolition

Aug 2, 2016 / 3:06 pm
If you thought there was a lot of construction going on in Vernon, get ready for a little demolition that will create more parking in the downtown. Some downtown buildings are set to be knocked down, although it is not clear that will happen this month, as planned. The former New Dehli...

Investigators at fire scene

Aug 2, 2016 / 2:07 pm
Wildfire investigators remain on the scene of an interface fire that hit an area above Adventure Bay Saturday night. While the fire remained about 1.5 kilometres away from the nearest structure, about 60 residents were evacuated as a precaution. Forestry officials believe the fire was human...

Bike trail gets funding

Aug 2, 2016 / 12:38 pm
Good news for a users of a small cycling trail in the North Okanagan The North Okanagan Regional District has received nearly $16,000 to go towards the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail. The grant was made available through the BikeBC program. In all, $6.5 million was awarded to 25 cycling projects...

Gas station robbed with gun

Aug 2, 2016 / 8:12 am
The Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect who allegedly robbed a Petro Canada last week using a gun. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on July 26, a man entered the Petro Canada on 25th Avenue in Vernon and produced what appeared to be a handgun....

Wine battle brewing

Aug 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Independent liquor store owners in Vernon are going to fight the big guys. Fearful that grocery store chains are planning to buy local licenses to sell wine, the owners hope to convince city council not to grant them. “It could have a huge impact,” said Claus Larsen, general...

Missing man located

Aug 1, 2016 / 11:03 pm
UPDATE: Aug. 1, 11 p.m. Vernon RCMP report Weber has been located and is safe. ORIGINAL: July 30 Police are looking for a missing Vernon man. Dustin Weber was last seen Friday near Vernon Jubilee hospital wearing a black hoody and grey pants, say Vernon RCMP. He's described as...

Big boost for school

Aug 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Cedar Bridge School in Lumby has been given a boost by an anonymous donor. The donor has offered to match donations, received between Aug. 1 through the month of September, to the school’s capital campaign up to a maximum of $50,000. "We are very excited about this generous offer...

Possibly human caused

Jul 31, 2016 / 7:35 am
UPDATE 4:55 P.M. A small crew of firefighters will remain at the fire scene overnight, watching for any hot spots that might flare up. Vernon Fire Rescue Chief Keith Green said there have been hot spots flaring up throughout the day, but the situation is well under control and crews are...

Legion fire set on stairs

Jul 29, 2016 / 3:46 pm
UPDATE: 3:44 P.M. A fire at the old Legion building on 31st Avenue in the downtown was purposely started on a staircase at the back of the building. Chief fire investigator Lawrie Skolrood inspected the scene Friday, some hours after Vernon Fire Rescue crews battled the blaze in the...

It's BRBN bourbon

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:46 pm
Okanagan Spirits has released the first batch of its much-anticipated 'BRBN', a bourbon-style corn whisky. The grain-corn comes from plantings in the Coldstream Valley. “We came up with the name BRBN, a phonetic play on the regionally protected name bourbon, just over five years...

Another fire in BX

Jul 29, 2016 / 11:57 am
BX/Swan Lake fire crews fought a hedge fire right across the street from the fire department on Silver Star Road early Friday morning. “It looked impressive in the middle of the night,” said fire chief Bill Wacey, describing the 60-foot hedge going up in flames just after 1...

48th Avenue crash

Jul 29, 2016 / 11:14 am
A crash at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 27th Street tied up traffic for at least an hour Friday morning. Traffic on 27th was down to one-lane in both directions and left turn lanes from 48th were blocked as police and a Vernon Fire Rescue crew attended the scene. A dark Dodge minivan...

Rolling thunder for Johnny

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Chantel Mayne is encouraging friends, family and anyone with a love of motorcycles to come out for a ride to help her father who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The Ride For Johnny will be held Aug. 14 starting at 10 a.m. at Thunder Alley Hawg Pen, #2, 2203-18th Ave. It is being organized...

Pondering pig precedent

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund is worried a decision last year to allow a pet pig to live within the city limits may come back to bite council. A woman has begun an attempt to convince council to allow her 30-lb. pet pig, Layla, to stay at her Vernon home as well. And there have been other requests,...

It's all downhill at the Star

Jul 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
A new trail will challenge riders at the B.C. Cup downhill race next weekend at Silver Star. Cameron Sorensen, bike park director, said the new course will be fast and exciting. “It will be more open and fast; similar to the world cup styles,” said Sorensen. “Every time...

Chopper looks for suspect

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:53 pm
A police helicopter took a look for a break and enter suspect from above Thursday, but the bad guy got away. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Vernon RCMP were called following a break and enter Thursday afternoon near Kal Lake Provincial Park in Coldstream. “Air Services happened to be in area...

Port delay stalls business

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:53 pm
A small businessman in Vernon has finally had some good news after losing customers and having to layoff staff. Henk Blok of Gemini Gas Springs Inc. has been waiting since June 22 for the Canada Border Services Agency to release a shipment of raw material from overseas. The shipment has been...

Culture team takes action

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:55 am
An action team put together to look at a possible multi-purpose cultural facility for the Greater Vernon area holds its first meeting Thursday. The team will look at the cost and the structure of a building that could house both the Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery and the Greater Vernon Museum...

No reason to panic

Jul 28, 2016 / 10:50 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund says there is no reason for people to panic following a spate of shots fired incidents in the Greater Vernon area over the past number of months. The latest shots fired took place at a house on Palfrey Drive West in Coldstream early Saturday morning. “It's...

Gunfight trial to be set

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Three men, alleged to have been involved in a confrontation and shooting at the notorious Green Valley Motel and Polson Park two years ago, have been committed to stand trial. A lengthy preliminary hearing into the case against two of suspects, Adrian Dziedzic and Robin Rochemont, ended in...

Save the Speedway

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
There's been an explosion in membership to a local Facebook group that wants the engines restarted on a race track near Vernon. The number of people joining the 'Save the Motoplex Speedway' Facebook group rocketed in just hours on Wednesday, after word that no events were planned...

MP ready to help Splatsin

Jul 27, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Mel Arnold is ready and willing to step in and help resolve a land dispute in the Splatsin First Nation. The North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP said he has not spoken with representatives of the band yet, but he “will be reaching out to see if I can offer any assistance.” At...

World-class slalom ride

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:45 pm
Bas Van Steenbergen is one of the world's best bike-handlers. Kelowna-based, Van Steenbergen is a Red Bull Rampage alumnus and an advocate of using slalom riding to sharpen his ability to change direction. Now the world-renowned mountain bike rider has created a challenging downhill track...

Truck thief gets away

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:37 pm
Vernon RCMP were called to the Hartnell Road area of the BX for a report of a suspicious truck and trailer Monday evening, but ended up on another case. While they were checking out the truck and trailer, a stolen truck drove right past an investigating officer. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said that...

Project a life changer

Jul 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Having a place to call home would mean the world to Ryan Dubois. The young man and his girlfriend are expecting their first child later this year and like many people they are struggling to find suitable accommodation in Vernon. But a project by the Vernon First Nations Friendship Society...

Coldstream power on

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:22 am
UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. A bird landing on a line in the Kidston area sparked a widespread power outage in Coldstream Wednesday morning, according to B.C. Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman. Power was restored shortly before 11 a.m., Sharman said. A widespread power outage is affecting much of...

Enderby fire probe

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:01 am
An investigation is underway into the cause of a forest fire in the Enderby area on Tuesday, according to Max Birkner, fire information officer with the Kamloops fire centre. B.C. Wildfire Service crews and a helicopter assisted the Enderby fire department in putting out the one-hectare blaze in...

Forest fire in Enderby

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm
UPDATE 6:50 P.M. The fire is fully contained and crews are in the mop up stage. UPDATE 4:13 P.M. Hugh Murdoch with the B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire is one hectare in size and not expected to grow. “We are pretty confident it will not get any bigger,” said...
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