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Coldstream fire

Feb 4, 2014 / 10:13 am

UPDATE 10:00 A.M. FEB 4 Coldstream Fire Chief Shane Code confirms that the fire was caused by a backyard campfire that wasn't entirely put out. Code says investigators finalized their work this morning. Fire Investigator in this case Lawrie Skolrood spoke with Castanet on Monday...

Pressure washing van burns to ground

Feb 4, 2014 / 8:15 am

A cube van burst into flames Sunday afternoon in Vernon, destroying the entire vehicle. The van was used as part of a pressure washing business and was working at the Regional Compost Facility on Commonage Road. The driver was outside the vehicle at the time, washing one of the loaders and...

Good Samaritans chase purse snatcher

Feb 3, 2014 / 1:21 pm

Last Thursday evening two Vernon residents went above and beyond the call of duty to track down and stop a purse snatcher. RCMP say that on Jan 29 at about 5:20 p.m. a Vernon woman was dropping her children off at the Boys and Girls Club when she witnessed a man in the passenger side door of her...

Man nearly freezes to death in park

Feb 3, 2014 / 1:15 pm

A man was found extremely intoxicated and slowly freezing to death Friday evening in Polson Park. On Jan 31 at around 11:20 p.m. RCMP were on foot patrol in the park when they found the 35-year-old man. “The man had on inadequate winter clothing for the -16 degree weather at the...

Suspended driver behind the wheel

Feb 3, 2014 / 1:10 pm

Not wearing a seatbelt cost one man a lot more than a ticket when he was discovered driving while prohibited. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says on Thursday evening Jan 30 at 6:35 p.m. an officer from the North Okanagan Traffic Services noticed a blue 1988 GMC 2500 pickup heading eastbound on...

Police search for B & E suspect

Feb 3, 2014 / 11:25 am

Police in Salmon Arm are looking for a man who is believed to have tried breaking into a home on 22nd street late last week. A resident called police on Friday at 5:30 p.m. after hearing someone trying to break into the rear door of their home. The suspect ran away, and is described as an...

Kindale expands in Salmon Arm

Feb 1, 2014 / 11:40 am

The Kindale Developmental Association is vital in the North Okanagan for the work it does supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. In the past residents in Salmon Arm/ Shuswap/Revelstoke received assistance from their home base in Armstrong. The recently...

122-year-old home to sell for $1

Jan 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Nestled beside two large trees at the corner of a busy intersection in Vernon stands a 122-year-old home that is garnering a lot of attention. The property was built in 1892, transformed into a boy's school in 1904. In 1912 the All Saints Anglican Church purchased the home, but today the...

Sculpture unveiled for arts awards

Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

A new design has been unveiled for the Okanagan Arts Awards sculpture. The winning entry was crafted by Vernon artist Julie Oaks (owner of Headbones Gallery in Vernon), who designed a three-dimensional stainless steel sculpture – titled ‘Okanelemental' – with the help of...

Patrick Nicol remembered by city staff

Jan 28, 2014 / 3:32 pm

Vernon City Councillor Patrick Nicol was remembered at the council meeting on Monday. Nicol passed away Jan. 15. In honour of Nicol, the City of Vernon paid tribute to him by having his name placed on the the seat typically reserved for the mayor. “Patrick, as most of you know, served...

City supports amalgamation despite veto

Jan 28, 2014 / 9:00 am

Despite a clear veto from the District of Coldstream and Electoral Area’s B and C, the City of Vernon is keeping the recent amalgamation study on the table. Although the province has already stated that a study will not be conducted unless at least two of the parties agree, the city feels...

Foerster men move closer to trial

Jan 28, 2014 / 8:30 am

The father of the man accused of killing an Armstrong teenager still doesn’t know when he will stand trial, but the court process is beginning to move along. Stephen Foerster was absent Monday morning at his Vernon court appearance, but both the Crown counsel and his defence lawyer were in...

Driver blamed for runaway garbage truck

Jan 27, 2014 / 12:53 pm

The driver is being blamed for an out of control garbage truck that crashed into a Vernon home last week. At the time of the accident the driver told neighbours it was a mechanical failure. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says once a mechanical inspection was completed the driver was found at...

Police look for missing youth

Jan 27, 2014 / 11:30 am

Police in the North Okanagan are asking for the public's help in locating a 14-year-old boy that has been missing since early this month. Desmond Fisher walked out of a probation appointment on Jan. 2 and has not been seen since. He is: 5'4 weighs 143 pounds black...

Animal nest gets car smoking at ski hill

Jan 26, 2014 / 9:59 am

Silver Star fire crews put out a smouldering fire in a Kelowna couple’s car Saturday morning. Silver Star Fire Lieutenant Beau Lucas says the couple drove from Kelowna up the mountain that day, and the heat of the drive caused a suspected animal nest on the engine to ignite. Lucas says...

VJH emergency room now a pharmacy

Jan 24, 2014 / 10:15 am

Construction has begun to transform Vernon Jubilee’s old Emergency Department into a new and expanded Pharmacy Department. “Our hospital’s pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants play a vital role in providing quality patient care,” says Vernon-Monashee...

Memorial service set for Patrick Nicol

Jan 23, 2014 / 7:59 pm

Memorial services for City of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb 3, at the Trinity United Church in Vernon. Because of the expectation that a large number of residents will wish to pay their respects to Nicol and his family - and because the...

Cyclist struck by car has serious injuries

Jan 23, 2014 / 9:00 am

Highway 97 has just been reopened in Vernon after a cyclist was hit early Thursday morning. According to Vernon RCMP the cyclist was coming out of an alley between Earls and Sir Winston’s pub -- near the junction with Highway 6 -- when he collided with a northbound vehicle around 5:30...

Disaster averted in Vernon

Jan 21, 2014 / 6:17 pm

Several Vernon families are breathing a sigh of relief this evening after a runaway garbage truck narrowly missed destroying their homes before landing in a sandbox frequented by their young children in warmer temperatures. Witnesses say a garbage truck was parked up the block on a steep hill...

Okanagan Landing cougar sighting

Jan 20, 2014 / 12:06 pm

Another cougar was spotted near an elementary school in Vernon, this time in Okanagan Landing. Vernon RCMP were called to a cougar sighting in the 7200 block of Longacre Drive at 3:15 a.m. Monday morning. RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says it is a concern because this area is blocks away from...

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