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Avalanche victim named

Mar 17, 2016 / 1:51 pm
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following an avalanche near Celista last weekend. Bryan David Morry, 37, of Celista, was snowmobiling with friends on Crowfoot Mountain, north of Shuswap Lake, March 13. The group stopped for a lunch break when Morry was...

Shoulder tappers for schools

Mar 17, 2016 / 9:56 am
B.C.'s education ministry is distributing $550,000 to help students explore their options for high-tech and trades training through the new Shoulder Tappers program. Vernon School District 22 and North Okanagan Shuswap School District 83 will each receive $25,000 for the program. The...

Rail trail open house tonight

Mar 17, 2016 / 5:00 am
North Okanagan residents will have a chance to add their two cents to the Okanagan Rail Trail plan during an open house tonight in Coldstream. The meeting will focus on the planning and design process for repurposing the old CN Rail line between Coldstream and Kelowna. An inter-jurisdictional...

Museum is crammed

Mar 16, 2016 / 7:59 pm
The Greater Vernon Public Art Gallery has been vocal about its need for a modern facility to house art. Experts have told staff it is just not viable to fix the existing facility to the standards a gallery requires. Two blocks away, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is crammed with...

Murder suspect under alias

Mar 16, 2016 / 4:16 pm
A man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for his connection to the 2011 homicide of an Edmonton man was arrested in Chase on Monday. Gordon Shaw, 61, was charged with second-degree murder in August 2011 for the May 2011 death of Robert Anderson, 70. Shaw failed to attend court on Sept. 9, 2014,...

Shuswap spill exaggerated?

Mar 16, 2016 / 3:08 pm
A spill of chemicals into Shuswap Lake originated at an area plywood plant, but officials have assured the leak has been taken care of and no more water is being discharged into the lake. The company also claims the size of the spill has been exaggerated. In a prepared statement, Canoe Forest...

Missing youth found

Mar 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm
A missing North Okanagan youth has been located. Police are releasing few details other than to say Suzie Clark, 17, has been found. Clark was last seen March 9 and reported missing March 12 from her Vernon home. There is still no word on the location of Terrence Strynadka who was last...

Riding the trails - by bike

Mar 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm
They don't just ride them, cyclists in the North Okanagan spent 3,500 hours building mountain bike trails last year too. The North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) celebrated last year's achievements at its annual general meeting Tuesday evening. “Whether it is Kalamalka Lake...

Mayor waits for spill info

Mar 16, 2016 / 11:51 am
The mayor of Salmon Arm is waiting for information on the severity of a spill in Shuswap Lake near her community. Nancy Cooper said she is expecting more information about the spill sometime Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon, two kilometres from the town's water...

Lumby aims to make top 2

Mar 16, 2016 / 11:07 am
The first round of voting is over, now all Lumby residents can do is wait. The North Okanagan community held a voting blitz on the weekend in its bid to be named the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 winner. The top two finalists will be announced during the first intermission of Saturday's...

Cheap land questioned

Mar 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
With Okanagan house prices high, Coldstream council has been wondering about the value of farm land. Information from BC Assessment, on which property taxes is based, shows farm land is pretty cheap. “Land rates range from $50 per acre to $2,400 per acre in the District of...

Armoury on parade

Mar 16, 2016 / 5:00 am
The brick building has been overlooking Vernon for more than 100 years, but the future of the Murphy Armoury is under review. “The Department of Nation Defence is currently examining the Canadian Armed Forces’ future requirements for the Murphy Armoury,” said Evan Koronewski,...

Contaminated water spill

Mar 15, 2016 / 7:01 pm
Salmon Arm has been forced to use an alternate source of water after several thousand litres of run-off water containing some glue and fuel products washed into Shuswap Lake. The Ministry of Environment and Interior Health are currently following up on reports of the spill into the lake,...

Spotlight on food

Mar 15, 2016 / 5:03 pm
It may not seem like much on a daily basis, but on average a Canadian family wastes a whopping 275 kilograms of food every year. A new display at the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon is driving that message home, with an interactive display showing just how much food that really is. A...

Okanagan Lake access

Mar 15, 2016 / 4:59 pm
A proposal to update a plan on public access to Okanagan Lake has Vernon city councillor Catherine Lord shaking her head. During a council meeting Monday, Lord pointed to a 2005 environmental consultants' report that identified 43 public access road rights of way. It outlined proposed...

No to amphitheatre

Mar 15, 2016 / 1:17 pm
About 100 opponents of a proposed outdoor amphitheatre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus met Monday evening to discuss their concerns. “In a million years, we never imagined that we would have to defend against the destruction of the gully in front of the college,” said Joan...

Downtown markets back

Mar 15, 2016 / 12:25 pm
Vernon city council has approved the return of downtown markets this summer, although under a different set of circumstances. Council gave the nod Monday to a proposal to hold Saturday markets at Cenotaph Park. The first one will be held May 21, said a spokesperson at the Downtown Vernon...

Finger pointed at industry

Mar 15, 2016 / 10:12 am
Residents in Lavington worried about air quality due to the Pinnacle pellet plant complain that noise and light pollution are problems, too. “This is noise that is being generated by Tolko and Pinnacle,” said Stephanie Hoffman, spokesperson for Lavington LIFE, in a presentation to...

RCMP seek missing man

Mar 15, 2016 / 9:39 am
RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance finding a missing man who requires medical treatment. According to police, Leon Hoostie left a medical facility without completing his necessary medical treatment on Monday, March 14. He is described as; Aboriginal 32 years old with...

Cutting through red tape

Mar 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
Members of Vernon city council will meet with developers who believe red tape at city hall is hampering construction projects. “We've always had no problem meeting with people in the community, and if developers want to have a voice that's fine,” said Mayor Akbal...

Welcome to Vernon

Mar 15, 2016 / 5:00 am
New gateway signs welcoming visitors to Vernon may be up for the summer tourist season, hopes Mayor Akbal Mund. Vernon city council has approved the new signs, designed by Tambellini Design Studios, after twice sending them back for modifications. The wood and concrete signs say,...

Extension doesn't fly

Mar 14, 2016 / 4:24 pm
A proposal to extend the runway at Vernon Regional Airport has been permanently grounded. In a 5-2 decision Monday, council voted in favour of a staff recommendation not to extend the runway, which had a price tag of at least $4.3 million. The recommendation does allow for capacity improvements...

Remembering lives lost

Mar 14, 2016 / 3:25 pm
Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of life for Carlee de Boer and Paige Whitelaw. Whitelaw, from Ladysmith, and de Boer, from Grindrod, died in a car crash March 6 in Vernon when the driver of the truck they were travelling in lost control and hit the ditch, rolling the vehicle. The...

$20,000 bobcat stolen

Mar 14, 2016 / 2:50 pm
Sometime between the evening of March 11 and the morning of March 13, a 2006 Bobcat S220 valued at approximately $20,000 was stolen from a business parking lot in the 4500 block of 27th Street in Vernon, police report. Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said the machine is orange and white...

No sign of missing people

Mar 14, 2016 / 12:55 pm
There is still no word on the location of three missing people from the North Okanagan, police. Terrence Strynadka was last seen Feb. 15 near Swan Lake, north of Vernon; Caitlyn Brandy Potts, 27, has not heard from her since Feb. 22, when she told friends she was moving from Enderby to Calgary...

Vote, vote, vote for Lumby

Mar 14, 2016 / 12:21 pm
Vote now and vote often. There is still time to vote for Lumby in the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 contest and Angie Clowry is encouraging people to vote, vote, vote. Clowry is leading the charge to bring the Hockeyville title to Lumby. People can vote as often as they want at...

Unfazed by big task

Mar 14, 2016 / 12:04 pm
The president of the 2017 Vernon & Area 55+ BC Games may be a “team of one” right now, but he is taking the task in his stride. It was announced last week Wee Yee would be the lead organizer of the games which take place Sept. 12-16 next year. Former executive director of the...

Alleged truck thief nabbed

Mar 14, 2016 / 11:56 am
A Kelowna man is facing a variety of charges after allegedly stealing a truck from Vernon Toyota. Kyle Lawrence, 23, is facing charges of theft over $5,000, theft under $5,000 and driving while prohibited. On March 9 at 6:45 a.m., Vernon RCMP received a report that a white Tacoma truck had...

Wait for tests in fatal MVA

Mar 14, 2016 / 11:09 am
Vernon RCMP are waiting for results of toxicology tests conducted on the driver involved in a March 6 crash that killed two young women before charges are considered. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said it will likely take a few weeks before test results are known. The name of the driver, a...

Rural plan under review

Mar 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
The official community plan for Electoral Area F is under review. The current plan was adopted in 2005. Staff at the North Okanagan Regional District say an update is necessary due to changes in provincial legislation, the adoption of the districts' regional growth strategy and the...

Education financial crunch

Mar 14, 2016 / 5:00 am
School district officials in the North Okanagan Shuswap remain tight-lipped over how to cover a massive financial shortfall expected in the 2016-17 budget. Superintendent Glenn Borthistle was the front man during three town hall meetings within the district, where he explained to parents and...

Get online and vote Lumby

Mar 13, 2016 / 11:17 am
It's time go online and vote. Lumby is encouraging everyone to cast their vote to make the North Okanagan community Kraft Hockeyville 2016. Angie Clowry is leading the charge to win the annual contest and she said votes are all that matter at this point of the competition. “This...

Vernon airport plan again

Mar 13, 2016 / 5:00 am
A draft regional airport master plan is once again before Vernon city council, Monday, with staff recommending no extension of the current runway for the third time in a row. Some councillors had rebuffed earlier recommendations to rule out the expensive runway upgrade, instead ordering staff to...

No place like home

Mar 12, 2016 / 5:29 am
Some Okanagan residents are having trouble finding a home. Nest boxes are needed for tiny bluebirds, returning to the region to lay their eggs. “It's important to build them to give the bluebirds added help, to have homes, because their natural places are disappearing,” said...

Vernon's best in business

Mar 11, 2016 / 11:00 pm
Nolan's Pharmasave in downtown Vernon has taken two top awards, including business of the year, at the 2016 Business Excellence Awards. A record crowd of 350 attended the celebration of the Greater Vernon business community Friday evening at Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference...

Critics turn up pressure

Mar 11, 2016 / 11:49 am
NDP critics who've taken up the cause of Spallumcheen residents who can't drink water from their own taps plan to visit the community. Environment critic George Heyman and agriculture critic Lana Popham are expected to view the Steele Springs site on March 29 as well as the pumphouse...

Carnival goes patriotic

Mar 11, 2016 / 10:32 am
Canada's 150th birthday next year will be at the forefront of Vernon Winter Carnival celebrations. "With over 90 theme suggestions from the community, the board of directors had quite a task,” said Deb White, president of Vernon Winter Carnival. “The suggestions were...

Music vs. neighbours

Mar 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
Groups for and against a proposed outdoor amphitheatre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus are holding meetings this month to garner public support. Concerned Neighbours of Okanagan College, who oppose the project, will be gathering in the college's cafeteria on Monday, Mar. 14 at 7...

Can we live together?

Mar 11, 2016 / 5:00 am
A group promoting cooperative housing in the Vernon area is hoping to interest others in the concept. The Vernon Village Cohousing Community group is promoting a concept of private home ownership in a multigenerational setting, where residents have close relationships with neighbours. Barb...

Crash victim ID'd

Mar 10, 2016 / 5:38 pm
The victim of a fatal car crash in Salmon Arm on March 5 has been identified by the BC Coroners Service. Jonah Kosowan, 24, was the lone occupant of his car when he collided with a half-ton pickup truck on the Salmon River Bridge on Highway 1. The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. and was...
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