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Gaming dollars come home

May 14, 2015 / 11:13 am

The province has given three local groups $55,000 in community gaming grants. The Powerhouse Theatrical Society will receive $27,500. The Okanagan Military Tattoo Society, which is planning its third event July 24-26, will get $20,000, and the Endurance Riders Association of B.C. will receive...

Support for Canada Day

May 12, 2015 / 6:30 pm

The city will provide support for Vernon's annual Canada Day celebrations. “We are planning a family celebration in Polson Park with first-class entertainment, food vendors, games, cake and hopefully the Sun Valley Cruisers classic car show and shine in the oval,” said Ken...

City fights Stickle Rd. plan

May 12, 2015 / 4:23 pm

Vernon council isn’t going down easily in its opposition to a Ministry of Transportation plan for the intersection of Stickle Road and Highway 97. Coun. Scott Anderson, who has been an outspoken critic of the plan and the ministry’s handling of public input, questions why the...

No more short-cuts

May 12, 2015 / 12:52 pm

CP Rail, the City of Enderby and RCMP are urging local residents to stop the dangerous practice of driving across a railway right of way to access Highway 97 at Bass Avenue. Bass joins the frontage street Brickyard Road, but does not intersect the highway. Since the closure of the rail line and...

Ida extension delayed

May 12, 2015 / 12:29 pm

The expected completion date connecting two segments of Mount Ida Drive on Middleton Mountain has been delayed. The projected completion has been updated to mid-June. In April, work began to connect the two ends of the street, thus providing another link between Coldstream and Vernon. The...

Helping hand for heritage

May 12, 2015 / 12:07 pm

Vernon’s heritage inventory has grown again. Two homeowners will receive grants to keep their classics in good repair. A heritage restoration grant of $5,000 has been awarded to Rebecca Barton to assist with replacement of five windows and repainting of the exterior of the heritage...

Lumby top cop retires

May 12, 2015 / 11:40 am

Lumby’s ranking officer is hanging up the holster after 37 years as a Mountie. Cpl. Henry Proce has been detachment commander in the Village for eight years and will work his last shift on May 22. “It’s been a pleasure to work in this community and to end my career on such...

Homeless numbers falling

May 12, 2015 / 11:20 am

The number of homeless camps in Vernon has dropped significantly in the past six years, but there is still evidence of a number of people living in makeshift encampments. The Partners in Action Committee conducts an annual walk-about to check the extent of the situation, and found evidence of...

Face to face justice

May 12, 2015 / 5:37 am

Vernon council has approved a funding request from the Restorative Justice Society-North Okanagan for an additional three years for nearly $45,000 per year. Restorative Justice has been available to youth in the Vernon area for the past five years with referrals through schools and police. A...

Dual home invasions

May 11, 2015 / 12:10 pm

Police in Vernon are investigating two home invasions. Friday morning, about 7:30 a.m., RCMP received reports of two separate incidents of home invasion on opposite sides of the city. Details are few at this point, said North Okanagan RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, but both cases are under...

Hemp treats for pets

May 8, 2015 / 8:00 am

Lumby-based True Leaf Medicine International has reached an agreement to produce hemp-based supplements and treats for pets. The company announced this week it has teamed up with Wodema Industries to produce the company's proprietary products. Wodema will provide True Leaf with...

Bringing back the caribou

May 6, 2015 / 8:52 pm

A Splatsin First Nation project to help recover endangered South Monashee caribou populations will receive funding through the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. The research project will improve local understanding of caribou populations and provide information that is critical to...

Cdn Tire buys Target lease

May 6, 2015 / 8:58 am

Vernon's empty Target store at the Village Green mall could become a Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire Corp. says it has a deal to buy 12 real estate leases through the court-supervised windup of Target Canada. Canadian Tire says it will pay $17.7 million for the leases once the deal is...

No smoking this medicine

May 6, 2015 / 6:32 am

A new online Cannabis dispensary based in Vernon is telling medical marijuana smokers to butt out. “When you’re using cannabis for medical purposes, smoking it isn’t even close to the most effective way to ingest the natural medicines found in the plant,” said Brad...

Haircuts for Nepal

May 6, 2015 / 6:30 am

A private Vernon college took part in a nationwide effort by the company to raise funds to help Nepal earthquake relief on Tuesday. MC College has campuses in Vernon, Kelowna and other locations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The company is donating 50 per cent of its profits from...

Violence just the beginning

May 6, 2015 / 5:43 am

A Vernon man who just returned to the Okanagan after three years in Puerto Vallarta says Mexican authorities are not telling the whole truth about violent drug cartel clashes in Mexico. The source worked in the tourism industry in the popular Mexican sunspot, and wished to remain anonymous for...

Lucky miss in crash

May 5, 2015 / 2:20 pm

Vernon RCMP responded to a single-vehicle crash at Highway 97 and College Way, Monday afternoon. The northbound vehicle crossed three lanes of highway traffic, narrowly missing two oncoming semi-trucks, before hitting the ditch on the east side of the road, where it rolled onto its roof. The...

Driver dies behind wheel

May 4, 2015 / 11:21 am

A medical condition may be to blame for causing a Vernon man to crash into two parked cars and a power pole on Friday. Police responded to the accident about 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of 42nd Avenue, where they discovered a Ford Focus against a pole. The 57-year-old driver was transported to...

Dirtbiker lost in park

May 4, 2015 / 11:18 am

Search and rescue was called out Saturday night to the Cougar Canyon area of Kalamalka Provincial Park, just before 9 p.m. A Coldstream resident became lost while he was out riding his dirtbike. He called his mother to say he didn’t know where he was and that his cellphone was almost...

Major crash closes Hwy 97

May 4, 2015 / 11:06 am

UPDATE: Monday Police have issued the driver of a red Mazda CX-9 a violation ticket for failing to yield, following a serious crash on Highway 97, Sunday. The driver, an 88-year-old man from Lantzville, suffered fractured ribs. His wife, who was in the passenger's seat, was also...

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