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Woman dies after collision

May 6, 2014 / 10:24 am

A Salmon Arm woman has died after two cars collided Monday afternoon on Hwy. 1. At 2:02 p.m. police responded to an accident at the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 97B just east of Salmon Arm. “Investigation to date has revealed a 2013 Ford Fusion was westbound on Hwy. 1 intending to...

Fire hall breaks new ground

May 5, 2014 / 7:15 pm

The City of Vernon, Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) and Predator Ridge Golf Resort kicked off construction of the new Predator Ridge Fire Hall which is expected to be completed this year. Back in January of 2011, the City of Vernon approved $60,000 for the design of a two-bay fire station to...

Mabel Lk. on hold for Telus

May 5, 2014 / 1:42 pm

Update -- 2:30p.m. Telus now says they have begun work on the telephone lines and hope to have service returned sometime on Tuesday, May 6. The road leading from Enderby to Mabel Lake has been partially reopened, following a massive landslide last Friday morning that shut out the small...

Dumpster fires back to back

May 4, 2014 / 2:59 pm

Photo: Contributed - Vernon Fire Services Vernon Fire Services were busy Saturday night dealing with back to back dumpster fires. Capt. Darren Cecchini says they were first called to a large dumpster fire at a construction site on Kalamalka Road at 11:30 p.m. “It...

Vernon house fire

May 3, 2014 / 3:08 pm

A small one-story home is heavily damaged after a fire Saturday morning in Vernon. Photo: Twitter Vernon Fire Rescue was called to scene of a home fire in the 2800 block of 35th Street around 10:30 a.m. “It appears the fire may have started in the bedroom of a small one story...

Mudslide near Mabel Lake

May 2, 2014 / 12:05 pm

12:05 p.m. update: Officials are monitoring a debris flow on the Shuswap River, near Enderby. They say the bulk of the debris, form a washout upstream, could hit the Baxter Bridge around 12:30 p.m., they are concerned for the structure. A washout has already closed the Enderby Mabel Lake Rd....

Flood dangers begin

May 2, 2014 / 11:39 am

Photo: Google Maps Recent floods are taking place or are expected to take place in the following areas. It’s only May, but portions of the North Okanagan and the Shuswap have already experienced flooding and the conditions are only expected to get worse. Rain is in the...

Muscles flexed over mussels

May 1, 2014 / 6:11 am

Vernon City Council is fed up with the lack of federal and provincial government concern over zebra and quagga mussels invading Okanagan lakes. At their meeting on Monday fears were shared over a possible mussel invasion and frustration over their unanswered calls for help. “It really...

Annexation splits council

Apr 30, 2014 / 2:13 pm

Whether 10 properties along Silver Star and Pleasant Valley roads should leave the Regional District and join the City of Vernon was up for debate at Vernon City Council this week. Council voted 4-2 Monday to support the annexation applications noting that six of the property owners are in...

Daffodil Ball sets record

Apr 29, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Ball raised over $465,000 in the Okanagan this past weekend. That is a record setting amount for the charity gala, which funds life-saving research, leads cancer prevention initiatives and delivers compassionate support to people affected by...

Fire closes discount store

Apr 29, 2014 / 2:30 pm

A small fire broke out Monday at the MTF Price Matters discount store in Vernon, after staff members noticed flames coming from a pallet of potato chips. Employees ushered customers out of the store around 11:15 a.m. and the Vernon Fire Department quickly doused the flames. “(The fire)...

Discovery of antique dolls

Apr 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

Some collector-looking dolls are trying to find their way back home after RCMP discovered them inside a stolen vehicle. Back in February, RCMP were called to investigate a report of a single vehicle accident near Highridge Road in Vernon. The officers determined the license plate on the truck...

Medical emergency

Apr 28, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Emergency personnel converged on the northern shores of Wood Lake this evening after a young man was found unresponsive. Witnesses say he was found face down in the water around 7:30 p.m. and paramedics were attempting to perform CPR. A medivac helicopter was also called out to the scene,...

Backpacks full of drugs

Apr 28, 2014 / 12:35 pm

The same bush party that sent a young man with a stab wound to hospital had police arresting another person for drugs. When RCMP officers were made aware of the party on social media a road check was set up on Hwy. 6, at the bottom of the hill leading up to the party. Officers were looking for...

Teen stabbed at bush party

Apr 28, 2014 / 12:27 pm

According to police a bush party for teens in the North Okanagan overnight on Saturday quickly got out of control and a person ended up getting stabbed. At about 3:30 a.m. 911 received a call that a young man had been stabbed at the party in the Noble Canyon area. “The victim was driven...

Evacuation order continues

Apr 26, 2014 / 1:20 pm

Weather is complicating the risk assessment process in the Shuswap as officials try to update an evacuation order for McIntyre Creek. A mudslide over Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Road on Wednesday led to seven properties being evacuated. Cathy Semchuk with the Shuswap Emergency Management program...

Restaurateur runs for mayor

Apr 26, 2014 / 8:07 am

The first person to officially announce their candidacy for the mayorship of Vernon at next fall’s municipal election is a familiar face with previous experience as a city councilor. Klaus Tribes says he is 74-years-young and looking forward to the challenge. He spent 18 years as a city...

Rescued from snow storm

Apr 23, 2014 / 5:09 pm

UPDATE 12:30 P.M. Steve Darby says they are now able to safely get down the road after the snow clearing crew got to their home just after 11 a.m. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has replied to the situation with the following points. The safety of our highways is our top...

Snow plow issue ongoing

Apr 23, 2014 / 4:31 pm

After our initial story Wednesday morning of a family trapped by snow on Silver Star Mountain, more mountain users have come forward claiming this is not an isolated issue. As it turns out, many are feeling neglected and trapped by the lack of snow removal and road maintenance on Silver Star...

Friday night market a go

Apr 23, 2014 / 4:09 pm

A Friday night market in downtown Vernon has been approved after a slight hiccup last week had market organizers waiting for an answer. Last week Vernon City Council had asked the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) to ensure that the majority of business owners in the area approved of the market,...

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