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1 million pounds of food

Dec 14, 2015 / 11:56 am
The North Okanagan Gleaners have just reached an impressive milestone: the donation of one-million pounds of food. Brad Egerton volunteers with the local Gleaners and he said the mission of the organization - that has chapters throughout Canada - is to feed the poor of the world. Farms,...

Flying high in Vernon

Dec 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
A report to city council says activity at Vernon Regional Airport has increased 37 per cent in the past five years and is expected to continue that upward trend. The report sets out four options for growth in a draft Vernon Regional Airport Master Plan, but the authors are cautious about any...

Dispensary owners meet

Dec 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
The operators of Vernon's five medical marijuana dispensaries will be meeting Monday to compare notes and discuss the current situation. The dispensaries and their customers were thrown a curve ball last month when Vernon RCMP stopped by each facility and informed the owners they were...

Compassionate friends

Dec 13, 2015 / 7:11 pm
They came to offer support, to find solace and to share in their grief united by the common bond of losing a child. Close to 100 people were expected to attend the fourth annual The Compassionate Friends Candlelight Memorial Service Sunday in Vernon. Kelli Rose organized the Vernon event in...

Small fire at Noric House

Dec 13, 2015 / 6:20 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Noric House Sunday evening after a small fire broke out in one of the rooms. Noric House is a seniors care residence and Cpt. Rob Cucheran said staff were able to put the fire out before crews arrived shortly before 5:30 p.m. Cucheran said one wing of the...

Pedestrian struck

Dec 13, 2015 / 8:43 am
UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. Vernon RCMP say the 45-year-old woman has been transported to Kelowna General Hospital to undergo surgery. A single vehicle struck her as she crossed 30th Avenue from 39a Street Saturday in Vernon. The police are still investigating the accident and are not ready to...

It's for the birds

Dec 13, 2015 / 6:36 am
Those fine, feathered friends who stay in the North Okanagan are about to be counted. The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club is holding a Vernon area bird count Dec. 20. Interested birders, new and experienced, are invited to take part. The annual Christmas bird count started across...

Lock out auto crime

Dec 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
You'd better watch out this Christmas season. In an effort to prevent theft, North Okanagan RCMP have repeatedly warned drivers not to leave shopping bags or other items in plain view in their vehicles. Now, RCMP volunteers are pitching in with the start of holiday 'Lock Out Auto...

Crash near golf course

Dec 11, 2015 / 4:25 pm
A collision clogged traffic at Kal Lake Road by the Vernon Golf Club Friday afternoon. Vernon Fire Rescue reports two pickups collided just after 2 p.m., sending one vehicle over an embankment and into the west ditch. Capt. Reinhard Mann says one of the drivers appeared to suffer from a...

Foundation near goal

Dec 11, 2015 / 3:35 pm
Overwhelming support from North Okanagan donors has allowed the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation to close in on its Light a Bulb campaign goal. The campaign, which began in mid-November, has already brought in $183,590. The foundation's aim is to raise $200,000 for new orthopedic surgical...

Need for weed march

Dec 11, 2015 / 2:17 pm
About 50 cannabis users and supporters of medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon marched on City Hall, Friday. Some had stories to tell, such as Elizabeth Bakker, whose 13-year-old daughter Tanneil has suffered from seizures for years. The teen was in a wheelchair and experiencing more than...

Bed for the holidays?

Dec 11, 2015 / 11:22 am
Vernon's Salvation Army won't just be handing out hampers this Christmas season, some families will be getting a brand new bed. “There are a number of families who are desperate for a bed, whether their mattress is worn out or because of bed bugs or something's happened,...

Arnold gets new role

Dec 11, 2015 / 9:33 am
North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has a new role to play in Ottawa. Arnold has been elected vice-chair of the Conservative's B.C.-Yukon caucus, which advocates western interests in Parliament. “Being elected to the role of vice chair ... by my fellow MPs is truly an honour, and I...

Training day at airport

Dec 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
Vernon Regional Airport held its annual tabletop training day on Thursday, Dec. 10, for City of Vernon staff including RCMP, Vernon Fire-Rescue Services, operations and communications, as well as BC Ambulance Services. “The exercise helps staff understand how to respond in the event of an...

Change the rates

Dec 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
Coldstream councillor Gyula Kiss wants everyone in Greater Vernon to pay the same amount for base rate water. “Nobody should be subsidizing anybody,” Kiss told the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee Thursday. “Everybody should be paying the same amount.” “We...

Business fills backpacks

Dec 10, 2015 / 4:45 pm
A Vernon business has pitched in to make Christmas a little brighter for the homeless and dispossessed in Vernon. Through fundraising, some community support, a sprinkling of friends and family and money of their own, the owners of the Downtown Internet Lounge on 30th Avenue have put together 50...

Pickleball pickle

Dec 10, 2015 / 3:30 pm
Pickleball and tennis enthusiasts crammed the meeting hall at the North Okanagan Regional District Thursday, to pitch for new facilities at Marshall Field, but the cost is being questioned. “We've spent $60,000 on court rentals,” Don Friesen, a club representative, told members...

Whooping cough at VSS

Dec 10, 2015 / 3:01 pm
Cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in a North Okanagan high school. While he would not say how many, Dr. Trevor Corneil, chief medical health officer with Interior Health, confirmed there was more than one case at Vernon Secondary School. Corneil said the exact number of cases would...

Christmas spirit stolen

Dec 10, 2015 / 2:23 pm
Not only did thieves steal her Christmas decorations, they stole her Christmas spirit. Deb Robertson said she felt violated when she looked in her yard on Nov. 30 and found several large Christmas decorations had been stolen. “To wake up and see my nice expensive decorations are gone...

Refugees likely in new year

Dec 10, 2015 / 1:00 pm
It is only a matter of time before Syrian refugees arrive in the Okanagan, and Vernon. Carol Wutzke with Vernon and District Immigration Services said there are numerous groups working in the North Okanagan to bring Syrian families to the region, but it will still be some time before refugees...

Pot shop march

Dec 10, 2015 / 12:23 pm
Those supporting medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon plan what is being called a “peaceful patient awareness walk” on city hall Friday at noon. Five dispensaries banded together this week, after visits from the police, holding rotating closures and taking cannabis products off...

Homeless website launched

Dec 10, 2015 / 11:45 am
They are seen sitting on sidewalks, going through dumpsters or in local parks, but who are they? What are their stories? How did they get there? A website is sharing personal stories of members of the homeless community so the community at large can see who they are and where they came...

Amphitheatre proposed

Dec 10, 2015 / 11:04 am
An outdoor amphitheatre with a view of Kalamalka Lake is being proposed for Okanagan College's Vernon campus. The Okanagan Summer Festival Society is behind the plan to host symphony orchestras and dance companies at the open-air location. While no firm projections have been made,...

Eco Depot opens next week

Dec 10, 2015 / 11:00 am
Cans of paint cluttering up the garage? Old batteries getting underfoot? Now, North Okanagan residents have a permanent facility to get rid of environmentally sensitive items. The Regional District of North Okanagan and Interior Recycling have opened the Eco Depot at Interior Freight and...

Putnam Creek to open

Dec 10, 2015 / 10:06 am
Rain in the valley means powder in the hills, and Silver Star Mountain Resort is opening up more terrain for skiers and boarders. Putnam Creek opens Saturday, allowing access to Silver Star’s expert area, featuring new, gladed terrain. Silver Star received 20 centimetres of the white...

Free yard waste

Dec 10, 2015 / 5:00 am
It's a green thumbs up for gardeners from the board of the North Okanagan Regional District. Starting in 2016, it will be free year-round to take all those grass cuttings and tree branches to both Vernon and Armstrong Spallumcheen recycling and disposal facilities. However, to offset the...

Borrowing bylaw OK'd

Dec 10, 2015 / 5:00 am
The public has spoken, and it took just minutes Wednesday for directors of the North Okanagan Regional District board to OK a bylaw allowing staff to borrow $13.25 million for the twinning of Kal Tire Place. In a unanimous vote, directors put up their hands three times to enforce the...

First chair looks back

Dec 9, 2015 / 8:00 pm
The first ever chairman of the North Okanagan Regional District called the board meeting to order Wednesday. “This is a much larger meeting than the first one,” John Baumbrough told directors, as they marked 50 years since the board was created. In 1965, Baumbrough was appointed...

School equipment trashed

Dec 9, 2015 / 4:47 pm
Vandals have dealt a blow to a high school forestry program. Cody Dolman posted on Facebook that someone had damaged a John Deere 650G bulldozer as well as burning a picnic table and chair. According to Dolman's post, this is the second time the Charles Bloom Secondary School forestry...

Kettle campaign short

Dec 9, 2015 / 3:20 pm
The Salvation Army in Vernon says its Kettle and direct mail campaigns have brought in $186,419.07 so far this Christmas season, but the aim is to bring in a lot more cash to fund the food bank. The Vernon chapter needs $500,000 to balance next year's budget, according to Jean-Curtis Plante,...

Stop light dog leashes

Dec 9, 2015 / 10:38 am
The Village of Chase is hoping its residents adopt a colourful 'stop light' system for their dogs. It is selling fluorescent dog leashes in green, yellow, red and orange. “Green means 'go' so that's good” in terms of approaching a dog, said Tammy Pretty, the...

Finlay on Canada West

Dec 9, 2015 / 9:48 am
Vernon Vipers Forward Liam Finlay has been named to Canada West for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge. The tournament will be held in Whitby and Cobourg, Ont. From Dec. 13-19. Canada West will compete in Group B along with the Czech Republic and United States. Group A will feature Canada...

Enderby doctor wait

Dec 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
Fingers crossed, the City of Enderby may have word of a new doctor in the New Year, according to Coun. Brian Schreiner. Schreiner joined Interior Health officials last month for interviews with five prospective candidates, all from the foreign doctor program. Two were short-listed, but...

Dispensary seeks support

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:25 pm
Employees of a medical marijuana dispensary in Vernon have launched an online petition in an attempt to garner more public support. This follows a warning from an RCMP officer Nov. 24 that MMJ Total Health Care on 31 Street was operating outside of the law. It was one of five dispensaries in...

Smooth travelling

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:16 pm
Nearly 75 kilometres of roads have been repaved in the Lumby area, making local area roads smoother for residents and the travelling public. Resurfacing is now complete on the following sections: 17 kilometres of Highway 6 between Ricardo Road and Lumby; 26 kilometres of Highway 6...

Slow start to Counterattack

Dec 8, 2015 / 4:00 pm
There were 157 places where drivers were stopped across B.C. during a Counterattack blitz Friday, Dec. 4. The RCMP's collective efforts, with ICBC and Operation Red Nose, resulted in more than 24,000 vehicles being checked and 116 impaired drivers removed from our roads. "I have no...

Clinic closure talks

Dec 8, 2015 / 2:30 pm
Although there may be little they can do to stop the closure of a doctors' clinic in Vernon, there will be talks about it over the coming days. It is one of the items on the table at a general meeting of the Partners in Action Committee Wednesday, according to Annette Sharkey of the Social...

Anger over downed trees

Dec 8, 2015 / 11:49 am
There is outrage over the downing of mature hemlock and fir trees from a B.C. park in the Shuswap. The Shuswap Trail Alliance reports that someone in a truck drove onto pedestrian trails in the Eagle River Nature Reserve and illegally cut down the trees, presumably as firewood. "It's...

Missing senior's body found

Dec 8, 2015 / 10:04 am
The RCMP say the body of a missing woman was found by the Salmon Arm pier at Shuswap Lake late Monday night. Staff Sgt. Scott West confirms the dead woman is Mildred Ekren who had gone missing from her residence in the area of 5th Street and 10th Avenue the morning of Dec. 7. Salmon Arm RCMP...

Ticked off clients

Dec 8, 2015 / 5:00 am
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary says clients are angry over a stoppage in sales. All five medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon announced Monday that marijuana products had been removed from their shelves and retail sales had stopped, following police warnings they are operating...
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