Break in arson cases

Jun 3, 2016 / 2:29 pm
UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. A Vernon man has been charged in connection with a string of arson cases dating back to 2014, RCMP report. “In 2014, the community of Vernon experienced a rash of arsons, where targets ranged from dumpsters, vehicles to boats and building structures. These fire...

Big crowd at Chaos

Jun 3, 2016 / 1:45 pm
The parking lots told the story Friday morning as Creative Chaos opened at the Vernon Recreation Centre. Parking spaces were crammed as drivers searched for that one elusive opening. Despite renovation work that has closed off the west entrance, people found their way around and packed the...

Back to work at Castanet

Jun 3, 2016 / 9:28 am
UPDATE: 10:09 a.m. Castanet staff have returned to the Vernon offices while FortisBC continues to search the building for a possible leak. A FortisBC official has shut off the gas. A gas leak has evacuated the Castanet offices in Vernon. Staff showed up at the building on the 2900...

Enderby goes Hollywood

Jun 3, 2016 / 6:19 am
By Kim Foreman-Rhindress Enderby's Starlight Drive-In has been showing movies for years, but Thursday night was a first for the North Okanagan landmark. It was the scene for the world premiere of the locally filmed and much anticipated movie Blackway. The Starlight boasts the largest...

Split vote on amphitheatre

Jun 3, 2016 / 5:59 am
Castanet readers are split over the demise of a proposed amphitheatre. A poll by Castanet asking whether it was the right decision to nix the amphitheatre at Okanagan College's Vernon campus received a mixed response. The numbers showed an almost even split between those who supported...

Sustainability awards

Jun 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
The City of Vernon has announced the winners of the 2016 Sustainability Awards for outstanding achievements in sustainable business, community sustainability and youth initiatives. A long-time Vernon non profit group and one of its workers have been given a joint award for sustainability in...

Sporting good time

Jun 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
Jumpstart wants children to have a sporting chance in life by helping them get involved with organized activities. One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in sports and recreational activities because of financial barriers. Jumpstart is a national charitable program...

Who owns the ATV?

Jun 2, 2016 / 4:09 pm
Lumby RCMP are looking for the owner of an ATV who left it at a residence near Lavington late last year and never returned for it. At the time, "an unidentified male accompanied by his young children attended a residence on Bluenose Road near Lavington riding an ATV and requesting...

Writing lines as art

Jun 2, 2016 / 2:26 pm
An art project funded by the Province and hosted by the Social Planning Council, the city and Downtown Vernon Association has been installed in the downtown core. The “Respect Lives Here” project is a series of alphabet boards that ask the question “Who am I?” The...

The last spike

Jun 2, 2016 / 1:51 pm
CN Rail has been working on removing the last of those large and dangerous spikes that littered portions of the 50 kilometres of former track between Kelowna and Coldstream. A machine equipped with a huge electromagnet was videotaped Thursday morning as it picked up the spikes and nails in...

Surfing death investigated

Jun 2, 2016 / 12:40 pm
RCMP are continuing their investigation into a fatal accident in Vernon Wednesday and there is no word if any charges will be filed in the incident. At 12:30 a.m. June 1, police were called to the 9500 block of Tronson Road. Upon arrival, they found a 27-year-old man dead at the scene who...

Timmys sends kids to camp

Jun 2, 2016 / 12:23 pm
Tim Horton's eateries from Vernon to Enderby served up more than coffee and doughnuts Wednesday. The popular chain's annual Camp Day generated just under $25,000 to send children to summer camp. Dan Curry, who operates eight locations in the North Okanagan, said the money will enable...

A touch of glamour

Jun 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Some of that Hollywood glamour touches Enderby Thursday night with the premiere of Blackway, a movie shot in the North Okanagan. “Just at the opening of the film, if executed correctly, will be one of the biggest spectacles ever seen here,” said L.A.-based producer Rick Dugdale, who...

Man dies surfing on roof

Jun 1, 2016 / 4:39 pm
UPDATE 4:30 P.M. Vernon RCMP have confirmed a man lost his life while riding atop a car that went off the road and rolled over. The single-vehicle accident occurred at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the accident occurred at the end of Tronson Road, just north of the...

Ice twinning open houses

Jun 1, 2016 / 4:35 pm
Everything there is to know about the twinning of Kal Tire Place can be found at a series of open houses. Officials with the city parks department and MQN Architects will be on hand to listen to suggestions and provide information. The next open house will be held Thursday, June 2 at the...

Amphitheatre curtain closes

Jun 1, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster appears to have single-handedly stopped a proposed amphitheatre project from proceeding at Okanagan College's Vernon campus. "MLA Foster nixes amphitheatre proposal at Okanagan College," stated a headline on a Liberal caucus press...

Doing it for dad again

Jun 1, 2016 / 12:28 pm
The 17th annual Do It For Dad Run/Walk to fight prostate cancer in the North Okanagan is once again planned for Father's Day. “One in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime,” said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “This affects many...

Action for missing woman

Jun 1, 2016 / 11:16 am
The case of a missing Aboriginal woman from Enderby is prompting action from the Splatsin and other First Nations. Caitlyn Brandy Potts, 27, has not been heard from since Feb. 22. Despite appeals from the police and Pott's mother, Priscilla, there has been no sign of the young...

Foster to run again

Jun 1, 2016 / 5:00 am
Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster will defend his seat in next year's provincial election. “I can confirm that he is our 2017 candidate for Vernon-Monashee,” said Jillian Stead, spokesperson for the B.C. Liberal Party. “The party is working to set a nomination date for the...

Man witnessed assault

May 31, 2016 / 4:26 pm
Vernon RCMP are looking for a witness to an alleged assault on a bystander in Polson Park earlier this month and have released a photograph of that person. Police officers responded to a report of an assault in the park on May 11 around 7:40 p.m. A man told police he was punched in the face...

MP decries dying bill

May 31, 2016 / 4:02 pm
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold is disappointed with the government's controversial bill to allow assisted dying. The legislation was passed in the House of Commons Tuesday, by a vote of 186-137. It now heads to the Senate. Arnold was one of those who voted against it. “I...

Crews watch for illegal fires

May 31, 2016 / 2:47 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to an illegal burn Tuesday, but in this case only a warning was issued. Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said VFR has been called to a few burning complaints over the past week with bylaw handing out fines in some cases. In the latest incident, Skolrood said...

VJHF aces golf tourney

May 31, 2016 / 2:45 pm
The big winner at last weekend's Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament was the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. A total of $178,300 was raised for the purchase of surgical tools for the operating rooms at VJH. Since the tournament began back in 2010, it has raised $1,178,400 for the...

More childcare for Enderby

May 31, 2016 / 1:29 pm
Thirty-three new licensed childcare spaces are being funded for families in Enderby. A provincial grant of $424,000 is going to the Enderby Preschool Society for the new spaces. They include 25 for children ages three-to-five, as well as eight other spaces for multi-age children at the Enderby...

Be safe on the water

May 31, 2016 / 11:22 am
It's boating season and the police want to make sure everyone is safe on the water. Starting July 4, RCMP volunteers will be working with the North Okanagan RCMP Marine Unit to conduct the voluntary vessel safety pre-check at the Paddlewheel Park boat launch. Pre-launch inspections check...

Helping the victims

May 31, 2016 / 11:00 am
Domestic assaults are a large portion of the cases dealt with by the victims assistance program, run out of the North Okanagan RCMP detachment. According to January-March quarterly figures, the program dealt with 163 new files during that time period with 111 female clients and 52 male. Of...

One-time school funds?

May 31, 2016 / 10:40 am
Some provincial funding relief for the Vernon school district has been welcomed by Secretary Treasurer Sterling Olson, but he has some questions too. The provincial government is redirecting $382,586 in administrative savings back to School District 22. The funding is part of a $25-million...

Huckleberry Trudeau

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Hopefully, Justin Trudeau likes to tipple. Trudeau has said thanks to Vernon-based Okanagan Spirits for a bottle of huckleberry liqueur sent to the prime minister a few months after the Liberals swept to power in Ottawa. The berries are picked wild in the mountains, said company president...

Changing life changes lives

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
At 19 years old, Caleb deBoersap had an epiphany – a realization that there had to be more to life than personal pursuits. DeBoersap was a typical North American teen collecting material objects in the pursuit of happiness, but the more he chased what he thought was happiness, the more...

Highway work in Vernon

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Work crews will be out on the Hospital Hill portion of Highway 97 from June 1-15 to fix the storm drains. Drivers are advised there will be single lane north and southbound traffic between 21st to 25th avenues during the work, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Drivers are reminded to obey all signs...

Vernon man missing

May 30, 2016 / 6:30 pm
UPDATE: 12:01 p.m. Tuesday RCMP say a man reported missing has been located. Police in Vernon are asking for your help in locating a missing man. Michael Bridgewater, 22, has been missing since Friday. He was last seen about 3 p.m. near the 7-11 on 32nd Street in...

Staycation in Vernon

May 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm
Mayor Akbal Mund says plenty of people like to take a 'staycation' in Vernon. The city's tourism numbers have climbed over the past five consecutive years, according to figures from Vernon Tourism, but they have also been helped by people who live in the North Okanagan and like to...

Chaotic chaos

May 30, 2016 / 4:43 pm
Creative Chaos will be a little more chaotic this year due to ongoing renovations at the Vernon Recreation Centre. The popular event involves hundreds of artisans displaying their wares, June 3-5. Phase 2 of a renovation project at the recreation centre involves the back hallway and west...

Rescuers save the day

May 30, 2016 / 4:07 pm
If it wasn't for the fast actions of several passersby, a man could have been seriously injured when the oxygen bottle he was using caught fire. The unidentified man was operating a scooter at the intersection of 31st Street and 43rd Avenue on Monday afternoon when his lit cigarette caught...

Park it and pedal it instead

May 30, 2016 / 12:32 pm
The heavens have cleared, the sun is shining and people are encouraged to park the car and take pedal power to work instead. Bike to Work and School Week kicked off Monday with city officials going for a ride with close to 150 Ellison Elementary students. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund led the...

Capital projects complete

May 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Regional District of North Okanagan has made some solid improvements to waste management. The RDNO has completed three major solid waste management capital projects in the Vernon area, including the capping of the Pottery Road Landfill, the installation of a landfill gas management system at...

MP tables petition

May 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. A petition, calling for the establishment of a tax credit for auxiliary police officers, has been tabled in the House of Commons. North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold presented the petition to MPs on Monday. The petition was the brainchild of Vernon city councillor Bob...

Attempted downtown arson

May 29, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating after someone threw a molotov cocktail at a local business. Vernon Fire Rescue Capt. Trevor Keenan said a bottle with a wick in it was thrown at Libra Love Boutique on Coldstream Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Keenan said there was only a small fire and no damage to...

Competition is hot stuff

May 29, 2016 / 12:22 pm
It's how they train on a regular basis, but the Pacific Regional Firefit competition gives dozens of firefighters a chance to show their skills and have some fun doing it. Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant chief with the Coldstream fire department, said the competition simulates actual...

Chamber goes to bat

May 29, 2016 / 8:24 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is hoping progress can be made with the province on helping small wineries and cideries in the region. Vernon reps will be attending the B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in Kelowna, where the issue is expected to be front and centre. The...
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