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Arsonist destroys playhouse

Aug 11, 2014 / 2:03 pm

A child’s playhouse was destroyed in a suspicious early morning fire. The fire was called in just before 2 a.m. Monday morning in the 800 block of Mt. Bulman Place when an astute neighbour noticed a smell of smoke. Barbara Keith says she woke up about 1:45 to go to the bathroom,...

Programs for the disabled

Aug 9, 2014 / 2:34 pm

The City of Vernon is expanding discount programs for children and youth with disabilities. Over the past year, Recreation Services staff have been working with Bren Currie, the team leader for Children and Youth with Special Needs, and Annette Sharkey from the Social Planning Council. Their...

Chief response to mine spill

Aug 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The chief and council of the Okanagan Indian Band are sharing their deep concerns, anger and fear about the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach, and how it affects us right here at home. “This is very sad news,” said Chief Byron Louis, “Our hearts go out to the affected...

Man lost under river, named

Aug 5, 2014 / 5:20 pm

UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2014 The body of a missing Lumby man recovered from the Shuswap River has now been identified. Kenneth Fisher, 69, slipped beneath the roaring waters of the Shuswap River after his car went over the edge on June 14, 2014. Due to the dangerous river conditions, rescue crews...

Military Tattoo in pictures

Aug 5, 2014 / 2:02 pm

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Nakusp woman dies in crash

Aug 5, 2014 / 10:59 am

A 52-year-old Nakusp woman has lost her life in a tragic one vehicle rollover Sunday morning. North Okanagan RCMP says speed is likely the culprit that sent her car into a roll at 9 a.m., 41-kilometres east of Lumby, near Angel Falls. The driver died at the scene. Her passenger, a 15-year-old...

Vehicle fire

Aug 4, 2014 / 8:34 am

Vernon fire and rescue were called to a report of a vehicle on fire just after 4 a.m. Monday morning. When crews arrived they found an extended cab pick-up truck fully engulfed in flames. The fire department contained the blaze to the truck, stopping it from spreading along the ground. The...

Bridge jumper identified

Aug 4, 2014 / 8:00 am

8 a.m. Aug. 4: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a bridge-jumping incident near Revelstoke on July 30. He was Kody Skye Greveling, aged 28, from Coldstream. Greveling was with a group of friends at the Laforme Creek Bridge about 20 km north of...

House fire in Armstrong

Aug 1, 2014 / 9:16 pm

A house in Armstrong was engulfed in flames Friday night. The blaze destroyed the house on Otter Lake Cross Road and a garage in the back of the property. The house next door was partly damaged, but was otherwise saved from the flames. Everyone escaped unharmed, BC Ambulance, RCMP and the...

Unconscious jumper hits house

Jul 31, 2014 / 2:59 pm

A parachutist who slammed into a house believes he passed out on his way down because his leg straps were too tight, but his friend says he may have had vertigo and his wife says he avoids some rides at the local fair. "He won't go on any spinny rides," said Soren Toft's wife...

Crash sends 4 to hospital

Jul 31, 2014 / 2:03 pm

1:50 p.m. update: One of the crash victims, from the collision that closed Hwy. 97 near Vernon this morning, has been released from hospital. The 54-year-old driver of the truck, his 51-year-old wife and their 14-year-old daughter are all from Calgary. The adults remain in hospital, the daughter...

Fire lights up the sky

Jul 31, 2014 / 9:49 am

Nearly 200 bales of hay and several vehicles went up in smoke in an early morning fire in Vernon on Thursday. The fire, near Pottery Road, was called in shortly before 5 a.m. A couple of cars, a motorcycle, some utility trailers and a travel trailer were lost in the blaze. "There was...

Highway 97 reopened

Jul 29, 2014 / 8:38 pm

Update -- 8:30 p.m. Highway 97 has been reopened in both directions following Tuesday's crash. Highway 97 north of Vernon is closed in both directions following a crash. Witnesses say a semi truck rolled over on its side after failing to negotiate a curve in the road. It happened...

Pilot out of hospital

Jul 29, 2014 / 1:20 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed UPDATE 1:20 P.M. The man who crashed his Cessna 180 float plane northwest of Vernon Monday night has been released from hospital. Transportation Safety Board spokesman, Bill Yearwood, says he spoke to the...

Parachutist hits house

Jul 28, 2014 / 6:47 pm

An unidentified man was taken to hospital Monday afternoon after a parachute jump went wrong. The man was apparently scheduled to land at the Vernon airport. However he missed his mark and hit a house. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the man apparently hit the side of a house somewhere...

Man arrested for sex assault

Jul 28, 2014 / 11:59 am

Charges have now been laid after a lengthy sexual assault investigation in Armstrong. Forty-five year old Joseph Vance Caron of Armstrong has been charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and attempt to choke while committing a sexual offence. The sex assault took...

Speeding cars impounded

Jul 28, 2014 / 11:57 am

It was a need for speed kind of weekend in the North Okanagan, as the RCMP impounded six vehicles on Highway 97 near Vernon. Each of the cars pulled off the road were clocked at speeds ranging between 48-83 km over the posted speed limit. Five of the vehicles were licensed to BC drivers, says...

Booze on Vernon sidewalk patios

Jul 26, 2014 / 2:53 pm

Sidewalk patios in Vernon can now serve alcohol. The City of Vernon has updated its bylaws to allow liquor service on sidewalk patios following a request from the soon-to-be-opened Naked Pig BBQ and Smokehouse. In April, the restaurant owned by Marten Brewing Company Ltd., requested that...

Crime and the news

Jul 25, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Andrew S. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. Photo: Contributed - Greg L. Photo: Contributed - Greg L. Photo: Contributed - Frank K. As the Vernon arsonist or arsonists continue to...

MV Okanagan gets hung up

Jul 25, 2014 / 3:00 pm

An unmanned tugboat is causing problems on the northern edge of Okanagan Lake. Residents say the MV Okanagan had already broken free of its mooring before it wound up stuck in the mud, out front of several homes. The boat is believed to have ran aground following Wednesday night’s...

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