Probation for spanking child

May 10, 2016 / 5:57 pm
A British Columbia couple found guilty of assault with a weapon for spanking their teenaged daughter with a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope will not face jail time. The parents from Salmon Arm were given a conditional discharge Tuesday, meaning they will not have criminal records if...

O'Keefe: Don't cut funds

May 10, 2016 / 4:28 pm
The general manager of O'Keefe Ranch has asked Vernon city council to rethink a 2013 decision to slash funding for the historic site. Glen Taylor says the ranch, which is two weeks older than Canada, has come a long way over the last few years. “We're looking at ways of trying...

Small plane crashes

May 10, 2016 / 2:25 pm
UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. The Transportation Saftey Board has been called in to investigate the crash of a small plane on private property, just off Mabel Lake Road north of Lumby, reports RCMP. “A single-engine de Havilland Beaver float plane crashed on private property,” said Cpl....

Learning from Fort Mac

May 10, 2016 / 12:26 pm
Predator Ridge residents are being urged to attend a community FireSmart information and training session this coming weekend. The free event will include a demonstration on what homeowners can do to FireSmart their own homes and photo boards that display before and after images of clearing...

Teen killed in crash ID'd

May 10, 2016 / 11:53 am
A 19-year-old Blind Bay resident was the sole fatality in a car crash on Blind Bay Road in the early morning hours of May 6. Brody Lane Richard Southwell was riding in a car in the small community north of Salmon Arm at 2:30 a.m., when the vehicle struck a culvert and rolled several...

Slowing the speeders

May 10, 2016 / 10:31 am
An incident that sent two female cyclists to hospital last Friday has prompted Coldstream council to consider action to slow down speeding vehicles. Staff at the District of Coldstream have been asked to look at ways of slowing speeders on at least three major roads, including Kalamalka Lake,...

Shots fired a concern

May 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund admits he is somewhat concerned by three shots fired incidents in Vernon in less than a month. On Apr. 14, a family home on Pottery Road was hit by three bullets early in the morning, terrifying the family inside. No one was injured. On Apr. 21, police responded to a...

Bring back the fence

May 10, 2016 / 5:00 am
Speeding vehicles make it necessary to put at least some of the fencing back up at Sawicki Park on Middleton Way, according to members of city council. City of Vernon staff recently took down the fence, causing complaints from local parents about the dangers to their children from vehicles...

Parkade gets facelift

May 9, 2016 / 4:56 pm
Vernon's aging parkade on 31st Avenue is getting a $224,763 that council hopes will increase usage. A city staff member said about one-third of the parkade is used most days. The upgrades will enhance visual appeal and safety in the parkade and will include improved lighting using LED...

Preparing for the worst

May 9, 2016 / 4:46 pm
Vernon fire chief Keith Green is getting ready for a long, hot summer. City council has given Green the go ahead to deploy his crews to other fire halls, including Okanagan Landing and Predator Ridge, “to most effectively minimize risk and maximize service levels.” The two halls...

Rollover slows traffic

May 9, 2016 / 4:44 pm
Traffic was slowed along 32nd Street by Vernon Square Monday afternoon following an unusual accident. Witnesses at the scene said a southbound silver Suzuki Swift was cut off by a larger white SUV that was pulling out of the strip mall. The driver of the Suzuki attempted to avoid a collision...

Armed gas station robbery

May 9, 2016 / 4:41 pm
Vernon RCMP is investigating the armed robbery of a local convenience store. On May 8 at about 8:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of a robbery at Esso gas station and convenience store in the 2400 block of 34th Street. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the suspect pulled out a knife and...

Officers off to Fort Mac

May 9, 2016 / 3:41 pm
UPDATE: 4:25 P.M. The RCMP in B.C. will be sending approximately 150 police officers to assist in Fort McMurray, according to Staff Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, media relations spokesperson. “The police officers being redeployed to assist Fort McMurray will be primarily comprised of tactical...

Bear scare near Vernon

May 9, 2016 / 2:47 pm
A North Okanagan woman had a fright after a close encounter with a bear Monday morning. At around 10:30 a.m., police, firefighters and ambulance were called to the Tronson Road area after a report of a woman being attacked by a bear. However, the ambulance and fire crews were cancelled when...

Are you emergency ready?

May 9, 2016 / 1:52 pm
With fires raging in Northern B.C. and tens of thousands of people evacuated from Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, officials are recommending everyone have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go. But how many people are heeding that warning? After asking people on the streets of Vernon...

More talk on aquifer

May 9, 2016 / 10:38 am
A senior government official will be immersed in the tainted water problem in Spallumcheen during a visit this week. An assistant deputy minister from the Ministry of Environment is planning a private meeting Friday with members of the local action group, Save the Hulllcar Aquifer Team,...

Animal cruelty trial delay

May 9, 2016 / 9:24 am
UPDATE 10:36 A.M. The trial of a North Okanagan man facing several animal cruelty charges has been delayed yet again. The trial of Armstrong resident Gary Roberts was supposed to begin Monday, but court was told the Crown counsel assigned to the case had broken her leg, so the matter had to...

Garage sale with a purpose

May 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
It won't be any old garage sale. Venture Training clients have donated handmade, specialized garden items to the sale, highlighting their wood-working skills. The garage sale is planned for three days inside Polson Mall, from Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Truck...

Attainable housing forum

May 9, 2016 / 5:00 am
Efforts to find innovative and affordable ways to build housing in Vernon will be at the forefront during a one-day housing forum this month. The City of Vernon, Social Planning Council the Land Trust and Everton Ridge Homes are hosting the forum to provide information, ideas and networking...

Full house for fundraiser

May 8, 2016 / 2:42 pm
By Wayne Emde The sold-out crowd at the Canadian Mental Health Association fundraiser at Durali Villa in Vernon Saturday evening were treated to glasses of wine, trays of appetizers, live music and a wide array of silent auction items. Sharon Durant said the response for their second year of...

Cyclists in hit & run

May 8, 2016 / 2:36 pm
UPDATED 2:36 P.M. While the Vernon RCMP are focussing their resources on locating the driver of a truck involved in a double hit and run, ‎Cathy Hooper is taking to social media to catch the culprit. On Friday May 6, at 8:10 p.m., Hooper's sister and niece were riding their bikes...

Wrasslin' up donations

May 8, 2016 / 1:59 pm
WWE wrestling legend Mick Foley was the highlight of the night on Saturday as he brought the mayhem of professional wrestling to Vernon. Foley, who is hailed as one of the most hardcore wrestlers of all time and is a WWE Hall of Fame inductee, had a little help from Vernon's mayor to get the...

Drive-by shooting

May 8, 2016 / 11:06 am
UPDATE: 11 a.m. The Vernon RCMP has released more information regarding the overnight shooting in Vernon. According to RCMP, shots were fired on the 1500 block of 33rd Street at 12:24 a.m. “One male youth received a non-life threatening injury,” says Sgt. Mike...

125 years of service

May 8, 2016 / 6:42 am
By Wayne Emde The tolling of a restored bell marked 125 years of service, Saturday, at Vernon's firehall. “Nothing comes together without a community pitching in,” said Vernon Fire Chief Keith Green during the unveiling ceremonies. Green praised Doug Buchholz, a 25-year...

Pop-up park

May 8, 2016 / 5:00 am
It's the first of its kind in Vernon. A park has “popped up” in downtown Vernon, by the bus loop across from Cenotaph Park. Colourful, oversized Adirondack chairs sit on the grass for the public to have a rest or a chit-chat, while the more energetic can use drums and a...

Petition for cop equality

May 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
A petition started in Vernon calling for auxiliary RCMP constables to be given the same tax credit as other volunteer first responders will be presented to Parliament. City Coun. Bob Spiers won the support of North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold in his efforts to have all volunteer first...

Wildfires to challenge BC

May 6, 2016 / 5:40 pm
As wildfires plague northeastern B.C. and ravage northern Alberta, B.C.'s forests minister is blunt about what the logging industry can expect this year. “We know we face significant challenges over the summer,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource...

Elderly man struck

May 6, 2016 / 4:54 pm
An elderly man has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle near the corner of Gateby Place and Alexis Park Drive, according to Vernon Fire Rescue Services. The area is populated by seniors and the road has access to the popular Schubert Centre for senior citizens. Emergency...

Cyclists love Silver Star

May 6, 2016 / 3:24 pm
Mountain bikers from across Canada and the United States have chosen Silver Star’s mountain bike park as their second favourite in Western Canada for the third year in a row. The bike park was chosen in the annual MTBparks Riders Choice Awards for Western Canada. “The award is a...

No to assisted dying bill

May 6, 2016 / 3:07 pm
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold said he voted against an assisted dying bill because of input received from constituents and because the language in the bill is ambiguous. The bill is the federal government's answer to a Supreme Court of Canada decision compelling Parliament to produce...

Fatal crash in Blind Bay

May 6, 2016 / 2:00 pm
A tragic single vehicle accident in Blind Bay early this morning has left one young man dead and another in hospital. Salmon Arm police responded at 2:41 a.m. Friday to a report of crash in the 2600 block of Blind Bay Road. “A Honda Civic had been eastbound on Blind Bay Road, when it...

Fire on semi halts traffic

May 6, 2016 / 1:00 pm
A fire on the back of a tractor-trailer unit caused some trouble on Highway 97 by Historic O'Keefe Ranch just before noon on Friday. Armstrong Spallumcheen firefighters raced to the scene to put out the blaze which, according to an eye witness, had started on a backhoe sitting on a trailer...

Stables empty of homeless

May 6, 2016 / 9:56 am
The stables at Kin Race Track have been empty of horses for some time. Now the homeless people who camped there over the winter have been moved on. "It was all about public safety," said Clint Kanester, City of Vernon's manager of protective services. “There were far too many...

Picnics for Paddlewheel

May 6, 2016 / 5:00 am
A picnic shelter for Paddlewheel Park appears to be a go. The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has given a thumbs up to the project, recommending the Okanagan Landing and District Community Association be granted $24,670 towards the cost as long as it can raise the other funds. An additional...

Call for silent killer law

May 5, 2016 / 4:53 pm
B.C. fire prevention officers have been urged to push for a law making it mandatory for a carbon monxide alarm to be installed in every home. John Gignac, a former firefighter in Ontario, spoke Thursday at a firefighters seminar in Vernon. He made CO alarms his “mission” following...

What to do about water

May 5, 2016 / 4:32 pm
A major review of Greater Vernon's master water plan is almost at an end. Area politicians will get a chance to look at recommendations from a stakeholder advisory committee at the end of the month. “A majority agreed all feasible options were considered,” said Juliette...

Vernon eager to help

May 5, 2016 / 3:56 pm
As Sherry Cooper watched the devastation in Fort McMurray unfold, she knew she had to do something to help. She has no relatives in the northern Alberta city and no close ties to anyone in the area, but she could not sit idly by while so many people's lives were in turmoil. So, the Vernon...

Flaming car on Hwy

May 5, 2016 / 1:57 pm
UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. A police spokesperson said three people were sent to hospital with undetermined injuries following the crash. UPDATE: 1:20 p.m. One of the first witnesses at the scene called Castanet to report it was the blue car that turned onto Highway 97A from the McLeod subdivision...

Loggers rolling in to town

May 5, 2016 / 1:45 pm
More than $35 million worth of equipment will be on display at the annual Interior Logging Association convention at Kal Tire place this weekend. Hundreds of people within the industry are expected to attend the event that will also feature guest speakers, displays, information booths and other...

Hit by lightning

May 5, 2016 / 1:33 pm
UPDATE: 1:33 p.m. Vernon Fire Rescue deputy fire chief Jack Blair says the lightning struck a metal rectangular cap that sits overtop the chimney flue on the house. “It's roof flashing and is commonly used on roofs,” said Blair. "It's used as...
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