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City uses up snow budget

Feb 23, 2015 / 2:29 pm

You wouldn't know by looking outside today, but the City of Vernon used up almost 70 per cent of its annual snow and ice control budget last month. The total cost for January alone came to about $415,000 or almost $275,000 more than the three-year average cost for that month. Most of that...

Car crashes, driver takes off

Feb 23, 2015 / 11:59 am

Vernon RCMP responded to a rollover crash on Silver Star Road in the wee hours of Saturday morning, but the driver was nowhere to be found. About 3:40 a.m., found a Toyota Corolla that had struck a power pole and flipped upside down in the ditch. The vehicle was still running when police...

Infant saved from pond

Feb 22, 2015 / 9:30 am

Vernon firefighters were called into action Saturday afternoon when a baby stroller rolled into a pond. It happened just after 2 p.m. at Polson Park, when the stroller’s brakes disengaged. Fire officials say a seven-month-old infant was in the stroller at the time and got quite...

Hwy open after crash

Feb 20, 2015 / 6:19 pm

UPDATE - 6:15 p.m The occupant of a vehicle that was involved in a serious crash, Friday afternoon, is expected to recover after being air lifted to Kelowna General Hospital. Gord Molendyk, the spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP, says two cars and a commercial vehicle were involved in the...

11 pulled from unsafe home

Feb 19, 2015 / 2:52 pm

A group of 11 in Enderby, including four children, are homeless after their residence was deemed unsafe. An order to evacuate has been posted on the residential portion of 509 Mill Ave. According to the City of Enderby, the decision was made based on conditions found following a joint fire...

No trip for Kristin Foord

Feb 19, 2015 / 1:49 pm

Vancouver photographer Natalia Anja has been chosen as the winner of 2015's Global Degree contest, beating out Vernon native Kristin Foord. Anja was chosen out of over 180 women who entered the contest to join Vancouver duo, Michael Graziano and Alex Hennessy, on a trip around the...

Enderby's regal beagle

Feb 18, 2015 / 7:10 pm

Steak at a Manhattan celebrity haunt, invitations to bark on TV talk shows and a chance to rub noses with Donald Trump. A pooch from small-town British Columbia is getting thrown more than a bone for winning best in show at the most prestigious championships for dogs in the United...

Thriller begins filming

Feb 18, 2015 / 4:04 pm

It doesn’t have the star power of the last few movies that have filmed in the North Okanagan, but valley film industry insiders are anything but Numb about the latest feature to shoot here. Numb started shooting Monday and will use locations in Vernon, Lumby and Enderby for the next 18...

Boost for Howard Society

Feb 17, 2015 / 8:00 pm

A real estate gift to the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan/Kootenay is its biggest ever. Mike and Beverly Davies of Arden Management Ltd. have donated a suite in the Creekside Professional Building, said board president Phyllis Simon. The gift will not only benefit the society, but...

Kal water source shut off

Feb 17, 2015 / 9:44 am

Greater Vernon Water customers may notice their water is softer. That's because GVW temporarily turned off its Kalamalka Lake water source on Monday, due to increased turbidity in the Lake. The Mission Hill treatment plant treats water from Kalamalka Lake and does not have filtration;...

Missing women found

Feb 17, 2015 / 6:40 am

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. Vernon RCMP report that missing women Natasha Archibald and Heidi Roos have both been located. Both women have been returned to Vernon Jubilee Hospital to continue their treatment, said RCMP spokesman Const. Richard MacQueen. Vernon RCMP are seeking the public's help...

Help for baby Stella

Feb 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Baby Stella was born on Dec. 21, and after spending her first Christmas with mom Megan and dad Tyler, she was back in hospital and given three months to live. On Jan. 2, Megan and Tyler Epp rushed their newborn to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after she developed serious breathing...

Would-be thief collared

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:48 am

A bumbling thief was collared by RCMP after unsuccessfully trying to steal a trailer from a parking lot at Silver Star Mountain Resort. About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a police service dog unit was called to the E parking lot at Silver Star, on a report of a possible theft in progress. The...

Meat bandits nabbed

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:25 am

A couple of crooks chose the wrong time and the wrong place to attempt to use a fraudulent or stolen credit card. Vernon RCMP Insp. Jim McNamara was in M&M Meats on Saturday when a 31-year-old Penticton resident was attempting to make a large purchase. McNamara noticed the individual...

Driver beaten with pipe

Feb 16, 2015 / 11:19 am

Vernon RCMP are on the lookout for two suspects after a driver was beaten after getting out of his truck. About 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, RCMP were called to a fight on 25th Avenue, in front of the Green Valley Motel. Three people involved. A 26-year-old Salmon Arm man stopped his pickup...

US ski coach pleads guilty

Feb 15, 2015 / 9:00 am

A former cross-country ski coach at a private school in Washington State pleaded guilty to three counts of porn related charges in Vernon Provincial Court last month. Jason Christopher Paur, 44, is accused of secretly filming female students while on a school sponsored field trip to Silver...

Police seek bike assailant

Feb 13, 2015 / 10:27 am

Vernon RCMP are asking for help finding a person of interest in an assault Thursday afternoon. RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says the assault happened just before 2 p.m. “An 83-year-old male was walking on the east sidewalk between Coldstream Avenue and 30th Avenue on 34th...

Abusive pastor sentenced

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:01 pm

An Armstrong father will spend 4 1/2 years behind bars after he beat his family in the name of God. The 42-year-old man, called L.I. to protect the identity of the victims, was convicted of seven counts against his 30-year-old wife and children in 2009 and 2010. These include six counts of...

Ex-cop faces further charges

Feb 12, 2015 / 4:24 pm

A former Vernon RCMP officer awaiting trial for nine child porn charges is in hot water again. Ryan Hampton, 37, was pulled over in Alberta last week after Strathmore RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver. “RCMP located the suspect vehicle on Highway 817 south of...

City's Good Citizen named

Feb 12, 2015 / 11:34 am

Bernie Strachan is Vernon's Good Citizen of the Year. Strachan was recognized with the honour at the Vernon Winter Carnival Breakout Luncheon on Wednesday. Nominated by Dr. Terri Mckay, Strachan served 40 years with the Vernon Swim Club, 15 years with Community Policing in addition to...

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