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CUPE ratifies deal with city

Sep 25, 2014 / 3:37 pm

There will be five years of labour peace between the City of Vernon and its CUPE workers. A new five year deal, reached last Friday, was ratified yesterday by members of CUPE local 626. Workers voted 88 per cent in favour of the new five-year contract. Vernon City Council ratified the...

Free yard waste drop off

Sep 25, 2014 / 1:19 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) reminds residents that the fall free yard and garden waste drop-off period at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDFs) runs from Oct. 15 to Nov 30. Trimmings, prunings, leaves, grass, mulch, and other organic material less than 20 cm in...

US goes after ski coach

Sep 25, 2014 / 10:31 am

An American cross-country ski coach accused of voyeurism and making child porn after allegedly placing a hidden camera at a British Columbia ski resort has been indicted in the U.S. A federal grand jury in Seattle indicted Jason Paur on five child porn-related offences on Wednesday. He was...

No amalgamation on ballot

Sep 24, 2014 / 6:00 am

After months of debate, a Greater Vernon amalgamation study appears to be off the table entirely. Monday afternoon, Vernon council voted 4-2 to rescind a decision made in January, to ask voters on the ballot in November whether they believe the city should pursue creating a committee to study...

Coldstream's online look

Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

The District of Coldstream announced this week the launch of their new website According to Chief Administrative Officer Trevor Seibel the website project was initiated late last year in an effort to improve overall communications by making the website the key source of...

Vernon SPCA needs donations

Sep 23, 2014 / 7:39 pm

Donations are down at the Vernon & District SPCA Branch, and the staff are hoping you can help. “Being a non-profit organization, we really depend on the public’s generosity,” says branch manager Chelsea Taylor. “Every little bit helps the animals in need in our...

The benefits of being on council

Sep 23, 2014 / 2:47 pm

The next Vernon City Council will not be getting a pay raise, but they will get benefits for the first time. This month, Vernon City Council voted to approve several recommendations from the Council Remuneration Committee that will take effect after the Nov. 15 election. Those include benefit...

Scams plague Okanagan

Sep 23, 2014 / 2:14 pm

With door-to-door scams, telephone scams, email scams and technology scams, it seems every corner you turn someone is trying to scam you and unfortunately many of them are succeeding. According to the North Okanagan RCMP they receive over a dozen calls a week related to people being scammed....

Vernon budget wins award

Sep 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm

If you didn’t know cities could receive awards for building a budget, well they can, and the City of Vernon just did. Vernon was recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for their 2014 budget. The 2014 budget received the...

Tentative deal reached with CUPE

Sep 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The City of Vernon and its CUPE workers have reached agreement on a new tentative contract. The deal was reached Friday and ratified by City Council Monday. Terms of the contract were not revealed, however, in a news release issued Monday, financial terms were characterized as...

Pepper spray attack

Sep 22, 2014 / 2:40 pm

No victims have come forward after an apparent pepper spraying incident early Sunday evening, that landed four in custody. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says they responded to the call Sept 21 at 5:05 p.m., it was reported that three men and two women were pepper spraying people in the 3600 block...

Did you drop your cash?

Sep 22, 2014 / 2:10 pm

If you lost a large sum of cash Saturday in Armstrong, the police have it and they are looking for you. According to North Okanagan RCMP a Good Samaritan found the bag of cash on the floor of the Armstrong Liquor Store at 11 a.m. and turned it over to the clerk. Security footage revealed that...

Witnesses sought in bar assault

Sep 22, 2014 / 12:45 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are asking for the public’s help in solving a violent assault that took place early Sunday morning in Vernon. According to police, they were called to Monashee’s Bar and Grill around 1:30 a.m. after a man had been severely beaten. Police arrived to find the...

House fire in Armstrong

Sep 21, 2014 / 8:33 pm

8:30 P.M. UPDATE What was initially reported as wildfire is actually a fully involved structure fire. Armstrong Fire Department confirmed that the structure fire, which is "deep in the interface zone" had spread to surrounding trees. The BX Swan Lake firehall has come to...

Park ambassador suggestions

Sep 20, 2014 / 1:56 pm

A group of Vernon volunteers are finishing up their summer, monitoring parks and trails in the North Okanagan and providing their feedback. Over 2,500 residents participated in 'The Parks Master Plan' aimed at engaging Vernon residents to build a vision for the local parks. The City...

Teen's killer files appeal

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:45 pm

- With files from CTV Vancouver Matthew Foerster has filed an appeal of his first-degree murder conviction for killing 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest. Foerster was found guilty and began serving a life sentence in April. Taylor's mother, Marie Van Diest, told CTV Friday that the appeal...

Truck stealing spree

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Ford F-series trucks were the target of an apparent joy-ride in Falkland Thursday. According to North Okanagan RCMP, four trucks were targeted in the spree, three were stolen and one was broken into. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says it appears someone or a group of people were going on a...

Drunk driving #s spike

Sep 19, 2014 / 10:10 am

Police in the North Okanagan have seen what they are calling “a considerable spike” in the number of drunk drivers being caught between Lavington and Cherryville. Last weekend they detained six people for impaired driving along Highway 6, with each person given an immediate roadside...

Hells Angel didn't see guns

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:35 pm

An admitted member of the Hells Angels Kelowna chapter told a judge Wednesday that he did not know of, or see, any of the numerous weapons found during a vehicle stop in Salmon Arm in 2010. Furthermore, 47-year-old Joseph Bruce Skreptak said he and three other men (Cory Montemurro, Carl Ennis,...

Missing man found dead

Sep 17, 2014 / 4:09 pm

The body of a man, missing since Monday night, has been found near the pier at Kal Beach in Vernon. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, confirms the body was discovered in about 10 feet of water near the pier by Vernon Search and Rescue about 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He confirmed the body is...

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