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Drug lab caused explosion

Aug 31, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Vernon RCMP have confirmed an explosion in a Vernon apartment earlier this month resulted from a marijuana oil extraction lab. “This is just another example of the danger that exists when people attempt to extract the oils in an operation such as this," police spokesperson Gord...

Park death a homicide

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:34 am

The death of a man in Vernon's Polson Park last week has been ruled a homicide. The remains of Jason Thomas Hardy, 42, were found in bushes behind the lawn bowling club near the park bandshell. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said police are treating this as a criminal investigation and...

City under audit scope

Aug 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Are Vernon residents getting good value for their tax dollars? The inner workings of City Hall will be revealed Monday as B.C.'s auditor general for local government releases a performance audit report on the City of Vernon. The focus of the report: "Achieving Value for Money in...

Get ready for the IPE

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:43 pm

There's a hint of fall in the air and the return to school is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: it's time for the IPE. The Interior Provincial Exhibition – also known as the Armstrong fair – kicks off Wednesday. It will be the 116th year for the popular...

Injured ATV rider airlifted

Aug 30, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A B.C. Ambulance Service helicopter had to be called in after an ATV rider was injured near Becker Lake, Sunday. Apparently, the rider was hurt and trapped under the ATV. Someone else freed him, John Angard told Castanet. “The pilot did an excellent job landing in a very tough spot...

Public breaks in new track

Aug 30, 2015 / 4:24 pm

The Greater Vernon Athletics Park is now open for public use. A soft opening for the $7.5-million athletic facility was held Friday and people have been taking advantage of the new track and field ever since. While it was a somewhat blustery day Sunday, that didn't stop area seniors Mike...

Province buys old motel

Aug 28, 2015 / 12:52 pm

An old Vernon motel will soon be transformed into an affordable housing complex. The provincial government, through BC Housing, recently purchased the Journey Inn Motel on 28th Avenue, behind Fruit Union Plaza. Once renovations are complete, it will provide 38 units of housing for people at...

Tourists still coming to town

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

While the smoky skies may not make for the best vacation conditions, tourists are still coming to Vernon. For the past few days, the Okanagan has been huddled under a blanket of smoke from massive fires in Washington State. However, it would appear the gloomy skies are not enough to keep...

Mayor OK with rainbows

Aug 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Kelowna introduced rainbow crosswalks – to some controversy – earlier this month, Penticton is talking about it now, but so far no one has approached Vernon city council about the idea. Rainbow sidewalks are a visible show of inclusivity of LGBTQ individuals in the...

Two suspicious fires set

Aug 27, 2015 / 12:15 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to two small fires within 30 minutes, Thursday morning. Both fires were within blocks of each other and deputy fire chief Jack Blair said both were suspicious. Police are investigating. The first fire was set at 5:53 a.m. on the 3200 block of 30th Street, where...

Cause of death unknown

Aug 27, 2015 / 10:19 am

No cause of death has been determined in the discovery of a body in Polson Park, Wednesday. Vernon RCMP police spokesperson Gord Molendyk said the man, in his 40s, was found dead in the downtown park shortly before 10 a.m. “The man’s identity is not being released at this time...

Benches turned into art

Aug 26, 2015 / 8:30 pm

Local artists have added some flair to downtown benches. While they normally go unnoticed, several benches in downtown Vernon are getting a lot of attention after they were turned into works of art. Dauna Kennedy Grant, Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director, said the benches were one...

Fire at golf club

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:11 pm

UPDATE 5:11 P.M. Officials have determined what caused a fire in the kitchen of the Vernon Golf and Country Club. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the cause was electrical. “It was a pinched power cord for one of the small appliances,” he said. “It arced on a metal...

Body in Polson Park

Aug 26, 2015 / 10:49 am

Vernon RCMP have cordoned off a section of Polson Park after the discovery of a body Wednesday morning. Police are releasing few details on the incident, but several officers are at the downtown park talking to people in the area. The body was covered with a pink and white blanket near some...

Close encounter with bear

Aug 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

A woman walking her dog near BX Creek in Vernon had a close encounter with a black bear this week. Vernon conservation officer Tanner Beck said the woman was walking her dog on her property near the creek when they ran into the bear. “The bear was acting aggressively toward her...

New track to open Friday

Aug 25, 2015 / 3:45 pm

It's been more than two years in the making, but people will soon have a chance to check out the North Okanagan's newest sporting facility. A 'soft opening' of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park will be held on Friday. Regional district staff and volunteers will be at the park...

Alberta NDP lends a hand

Aug 24, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Jacqui Gingras is hoping the orange wave that rolled through Alberta in the provincial election earlier this year will wash over the rest of Canada in October. The North Okanagan-Shuswap NDP candidate teamed up with Alberta NDP MLA Lori Sigurdson, who is the Minister of Innovation and Advanced...

Fire started in BX area

Aug 24, 2015 / 5:10 pm

It appears someone is setting fires in the woods around BX Creek. BX/Swan Lake firefighters were called to the 5700 block of Silver Star Road Monday after a report of a fire. Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Hidasi said the fire was human caused and police are investigating. “It was in a...

Province funds arts, culture

Aug 24, 2015 / 11:03 am

Thirteen arts, culture and sports groups in Vernon and two in Lumby are receiving a total of $421,100 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program. Lumby and District Figure Skating Club: $7,500; Lumby and District Minor Amateur Hockey Association: $15,400; Greater Vernon...

Gypsy to play with Kings

Aug 23, 2015 / 10:00 am

Okanagan musician Lance Carr will open for the Grammy Award-winning Gipsy Kings at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton on Tuesday. Carr is known for a new style of music known as gypsy funk – a fusion of modern beats and grooves (played on guitar like a drum) with traditional Spanish...

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