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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,...

Power restored

Apr 23, 2014 / 11:16 am

Update -- 11:15 a.m. Power has now been restored to areas in and around Vernon, according to BC Hydro. Over 1,400 residents were left in the dark at some point in time over the past 12 hours when the power went out late Tuesday night. Hundreds of North Okanagan residents are in the dark...

A day with the K9 dogs

Apr 22, 2014 / 8:01 pm

In support of the Okanagan Humane Society and HugABull, the Vernon K9 unit offered up a day with the dogs last fall during an auction. On Tuesday in Vernon, the winner redeemed her prize. “So the winning bidder gets to come out with us and see what we as police dog handlers do for...

Pellet gun scare

Apr 22, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Walking in downtown Vernon while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon did not bode well for one man this past weekend. Police were called after witnesses saw a man carrying a gun near the Shoppers Drug Mart Sunday.. “At about 3:40 p.m. our officers from the Vernon Detachment were...

Curfew check nets drug bust

Apr 22, 2014 / 4:00 pm

A late evening curfew check of an offender on probation turned up a lot more than expected. “This one comes under perhaps the not so bright file,” said RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. On April 22 just before 1 a.m. one of our officers conducted a curfew check on a man bound by a...

Pleasant Valley Rd hit & run

Apr 22, 2014 / 3:00 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are asking for your help after a cyclist hit and run took place on on Pleasant Valley Rd this past weekend. RCMP say that on April 20 at about 9 p.m. a 26-year-old man reported getting hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in the 6300 block of Pleasant Valley Road. RCMP...

Funding for water projects

Apr 18, 2014 / 2:02 pm

Water related projects have been given a boost thanks to funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board, OBWB. The Regional District of North Okanagan, RDNO, has received $45,700 in funding for four projects that will help improve water quality and promote water conservation in the North Okanagan....

Vernon parking fees drop

Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

In a reversal of the norm, parking in downtown Vernon just got cheaper, if you don't mind walking a bit further that is. Two weeks ago, Councillor Brian Quiring told council that he felt fees should be dropped across the board regardless of the loss of revenue, saying the higher fees cause...

Thieves target local businesses

Apr 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

RCMP are warning local merchants to be aware of a group of people who appear to be targeting local businesses with stolen credit cards. According to RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk, a group of men made purchases, Tuesday afternoon, at a Vernon Save on Foods. “Two men were able to...

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