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Inquest into workplace death

Oct 20, 2014 / 8:08 am

A public inquest into the death of Bradley Michael Thomas Haslam is scheduled to begin today in Vernon. The 18-year-old Lumby man died in June of 2013, after a workplace incident at the Tolko planer mill in Lavington. T.E. Chico Newell will preside over the inquest as a jury will hear from...

$70 million for water projects

Oct 19, 2014 / 1:07 pm

The municipal election is not the only vote Vernon area residents will be casting on Nov. 15. The Regional District of the North Okanagan is asking the public to approve a $70 million loan for water infrastructure improvements. The loan would be paid off over 20 years, similar to a...

#redbagchallenge blood drive

Oct 18, 2014 / 10:00 am

Inspired by a young boy with cancer and the ALS ice bucket challenge, a Vernon couple are trying to create a social media furor around donating blood. Glenn and Lisa Gallie are encouraging everyone they know to donate blood on camera and to nominate their own friends and family to do the same....

Pumpkin festival kicks off

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:07 am

The Davison Orchards Family Pumpkin Festival is on this weekend and next, bringing families to Vernon for a full day of activities. The festival includes pumpkin picking, story time and face painting. It runs Oct. 18/19 and 24/25. Activities include U-Pick Pumpkins, where families can ride...

Visitors to Vernon up 26.9%

Oct 17, 2014 / 4:22 pm

The City of Vernon has seen a dramatic increase in tourists this summer. "We collect a 2 per cent hotel tax and that has increased 26.9 per cent this year so far (compared to the same time frame in 2013). In 2013 we were only up 7.8 per cent, so we're seeing really strong growth,”...

Motorhome goes up in flames

Oct 16, 2014 / 2:47 pm

A motor home in Lake Country burst into flames Wednesday night. The fire began around 9:30 p.m. on Nighthawk Road, but Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor does not believe it is suspicious. The owner of the motorhome was inside at the time, but was able to get out with her dog. However...

Election signs staying up

Oct 16, 2014 / 9:44 am

There is a bylaw in Vernon that states election signs cannot be placed on public property, but one quick look around the city will show you that no one is following that law. As it turns out, the bylaw itself is one of debate among city councillors who rely on the signage to get their own faces...

Students learn how to iWalk

Oct 15, 2014 / 2:17 pm

Photo: Contributed - Paul Cousins Mayor Rob Sawatsky drives his Walking School Bus along Fulton Road Wednesday morning. It seems fitting that, in the middle of National Carpool Month, the City of Vernon launched two new 'VernonMoves' campaigns at Ellison Elementary School this...

$75K for 77-yr.-old arena

Oct 15, 2014 / 12:47 pm

Vernon council has approved a recommendation to put $75,000 into the aging 77-year-old Civic Arena. The decision was made, despite plans for twinning the ice sheet at Kal Tire Place as a replacement for the old arena. The City still needs the building to remain in good operating condition until...

Bomb blown to "smithereens"

Oct 10, 2014 / 5:27 pm

Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed - RCMP Photo: Contributed A navy bomb disposal team was called and arrived at the site Friday in the Monashee Mountains near Lumby, B.C. "They confirmed without a doubt that it is a...

Truck down 200-foot cliff

Oct 10, 2014 / 3:09 pm

A semi-truck driver is lucky to be alive after his truck lost control Wednesday evening, and careened down a 150-foot cliff. The 67-year-old Penticton man was driving along Hwy. 97 approximately two-kilometres south of the Schweb's Bridge, north of the intersection with Westside Road when he...

Crime report

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:53 am

A landlord in Salmon Arm was assaulted Monday, Oct. 7th while checking on a property. The incident happened on 10th Avenue SW around 7 a.m. He arrived at the rental unit to find an unknown man with a key to the residence. When he attempted to retrieve the key, bear spray was deployed in...

Death in care home assault

Oct 10, 2014 / 7:10 am

Mounties and the coroners' service are investigating after a 93-year-old man with dementia died following an attack by another patient at a long-term care facility in BC's southern Interior. John Young was assaulted last Friday at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm after he wandered into the...

Shots fired, one injured

Oct 9, 2014 / 1:47 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan are at a property in Cherryville today after a report of shots fired. Police spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says police in Lumby were called to the property Wednesday evening. Molendyk says officers spoke to several people on scene at the time of the incident. One...

Rescued dog stolen

Oct 9, 2014 / 9:54 am

Photo: Contributed - SPCA UPDATE 10:00 a.m.. OCT 9, 2014 In a terrible twist to yesterday's rescue story (below), one of the small Carlin Pinschers was stolen from its pen overnight in Penticton. “I came in this morning and when I went to feed them I noticed this...

Manhunt ends in arrest

Oct 8, 2014 / 4:33 pm

RCMP in Vernon are still trying to piece together a string of events that led to the arrest of a man on a hillside above Fulton Secondary School Wednesday afternoon. Police spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the man was apparently involved in at least three separate incidents over a period of a...

Lumby Food Bank needs you

Oct 8, 2014 / 11:23 am

Residents of Lumby are being asked to support their local food bank tonight, by leaving donations on the curb. The Lumby Food Bank assists over 50 local families each month and it needs your help keeping the shelves full. Tonight, Wednesday Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m., RCMP, Lumby Fire Services and...

Coldstream, CUPE ratify deal

Oct 7, 2014 / 10:25 am

The District of Coldstream and members of CUPE Local 626 have ratified a new five-year collective agreement. The contract is retroactive to Jan 1, 2014 and runs through Dec 31, 2018. The new agreement will see incremental wage increases of 8.5% over the term of the five-year agreement....

Water disruptions planned

Oct 7, 2014 / 9:38 am

Some residents living within the Killiney Beach water system will be running dry on Wednesday. The water will be shut off for approximately 75 homes below Westside Road while the RDCO repairs a leak in a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) at Westside Road and Kildare Way. Work is scheduled to...

Boost in international students

Oct 7, 2014 / 5:03 am

Vernon’s school district is getting a financial boost from a spike in international students studying in the area this year. According to the district principal of the Vernon International Student Program, Judy Hershman, 2014 enrolment numbers are way up when compared with the September...

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