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Land deal not confirmed

Oct 7, 2015 / 5:00 am
Interior Health may have jumped the starting pistol with an announcement Tuesday of a residential care home to be built in Vernon's downtown. A city-owned lot at 3006 29 Avenue has been earmarked for the multi-storey building with construction expected to begin this year. It is currently...

College gets a big gift

Oct 6, 2015 / 8:32 pm
Okanagan College received its largest single donation in its 50 years of operation, Tuesday. The Swanberg family donated a British Aerospace Model Jetstream 31, valued at almost $700,000. “This gift will enrich the training experience for our students for years to come,” Okanagan...

Two years for arson

Oct 6, 2015 / 4:49 pm
A Vernon man was sentenced to 24 months in jail followed by two years probation for setting a townhouse unit on fire last year. Brandon Boyce, 20, turned himself in to police shortly after throwing a lit cigarette on a mattress, which started a blaze while his roommate slept in the next...

New care beds for Vernon

Oct 6, 2015 / 3:02 pm
Interior Health has announced a residential care home is going up in Vernon, complete with 85 publicly funded residential-care beds. Construction is expected to begin this year, with occupancy by mid-2017, according to an IH release. “This is great news for North Okanagan...

Guilty of dangerous driving

Oct 6, 2015 / 11:51 am
Ian Douglas Burns, 28, has been convicted of dangerous driving causing bodily harm following an incident on June 26, 2013 in which the truck he was driving struck Stephan Hidasi. In his ruling, Justice Mark Takahashi said there were inconsistencies in Burns testimony and at times it was in...

Hot dog to elect top dog

Oct 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
The advance federal election poll won't be the only voting going on in Vernon this long Thanksgiving Day weekend. An unofficial hot dog poll of local candidates vying for Member of Parliament in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding is being conducted by Venture Training, a group supporting...

Where's the seatbelt?

Oct 5, 2015 / 2:44 pm
Police are scratching their heads over the number of people not wearing seatbelts in Lumby. A traffic services officer spotted 78 violators just last Friday, according to RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. Few tickets were issued, however. The officer started noticing the...

Murder victim's movements

Oct 5, 2015 / 12:06 pm
Vernon RCMP continue to piece together the last known movements of a man found murdered in Polson Park Aug 26. An appeal for more witnesses last week has resulted in some calls to the North Okanagan detachment, but a police spokesperson was unable to say if it had led to more witnesses coming...

Vernon run raises $34,000

Oct 5, 2015 / 11:32 am
The 24th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure took place Sunday in Vernon with 450 participants raising $34,369. "We were truly 'all in this together' as more than 100,000 Canadians united across the country for the CIBC Run for the Cure," says Lynne...

Shots fired in Coldstream

Oct 5, 2015 / 11:22 am
North Okanagan RCMP are concerned for public safety as they investigate the second shots-fired incident in just over a week. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said a number of bullets were fired about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 6400 block of Highway 6 in Coldstream. No one was injured. "Police...

Heritage Fair coming back

Oct 4, 2015 / 6:14 pm
The Vernon Heritage Fair is making a comeback. From 2008-12, the fair was organized by the Vernon museum, but the museum had to drop the fair from its busy agenda. For the next two years the fair was run independently by local schools, but now the North Okanagan Optimist Club has taken over...

Community rallies to plan

Oct 4, 2015 / 2:55 pm
The call to help went out and the people responded. Ron Brinnen said the response from Armstrong-Spallumcheen residents to bring a Syrian refugee family to the North Okanagan was “amazing.” The idea to bring a family to Armstrong was hatched by Brinnen and Armstrong mayor Chris...

Kidney walk raises cash

Oct 4, 2015 / 1:28 pm
More than 100 people took to Vernon's Polson Park Sunday for the annual BC Kidney Walk. The goal of the walk was to raise money for kidney disease, generate awareness of kidney disease and to sign up organ donors. Penticton-South Okanagan came in seventh on the province, raising 14,702....

United for a cure

Oct 4, 2015 / 10:55 am
Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh Photo: Darren Handschuh It was 17 years ago when Elspeth Manning received a phone call that...

Jumping for snow

Oct 2, 2015 / 4:25 pm
Possible snow in the forecast has them jumping for joy at Silver Star ski resort near Vernon. Environment Canada is predicting a few showers overnight Friday, with the snow level lowering to 1,500 metres before morning, with winds from the north. "The temperature dropped about four...

School numbers climbing

Oct 2, 2015 / 12:35 pm
School enrolment is up substantially in the Vernon area, according to preliminary numbers supplied by the Ministry of Education. "We have 100 more students since this time last year," says Kelly Smith, board chair of School District 22. It is exciting for the board, which budgeted...

Murder witnesses sought

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm
Police in Vernon are searching for additional witnesses in the killing of a man in Polson Park in August. Three people are facing murder charges. "Anyone who was in the Polson Park area of Vernon, from the evening of Aug. 25 to the early morning of Aug. 26 and hasn't already spoken...

Breakfast, it's in the bag

Oct 1, 2015 / 10:31 am
UPDATE: 2 p.m. Linda Yule, executive director of the United Way - North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap, says Thursday's drive-thru breakfast in Vernon raised a total of $9,015. ORIGINAL A contingent of RCMP officers and the mayors of Vernon and Lumby were on hand Thursday morning for the...

Eye on air quality

Oct 1, 2015 / 5:00 am
The mayor of Coldstream wants more air quality monitoring stations set up in the North Okanagan. Jim Garlick's call comes as a controversial pellet plant begins operation in Lavington, close to an elementary school. "We only have one monitoring station, and we have asked the...

Car-crash dog comes home

Sep 30, 2015 / 8:33 pm
Diego the dog was exhausted and dehydrated, but happy to see his owner Wednesday afternoon after 10 days on his own in an area populated by coyotes, south of Vernon. "He almost did a backflip," said owner Tonya Olson, as she described her reunion with the five-year-old Chihuahua....

Road rage leads to charges

Sep 30, 2015 / 3:16 pm
A 38-year-old Kelowna man is facing possible charges over a bizarre road incident in Vernon last week. North Okanagan RCMP arrested a suspect last Wednesday morning after receiving a number of reports about an erratic driver in a white pickup heading northbound on Highway 97, from Lake Country...

Under 40, doing fine

Sep 30, 2015 / 5:00 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has announced the first five recipients in the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 – Vernon. The five are all in their 30s and were selected at random from among the top 20. They are: Elise Allan – lawyer/partner at Nixon Wenger LLP. Justin Jackson...

Well, that took a long time

Sep 29, 2015 / 8:06 pm
It took 50 years, but the federal government has finally brought a North Okanagan artesian well under control. It all began in 1965 when the federal government was conducting a geological survey of Canada and they wanted to know what was under the ground in the Okanagan. In one particular...

Hemp products help dogs

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:11 pm
Dogs are eating up a new product from a North Okanagan company – literally. True Leaf of Vernon, is marketing a line of hemp-based doggie chews that, the company says, offers a variety of benefits to the family dog. Called True Love, True Spirit and True Calm chews, the company says the...

Pole move cracks gas line

Sep 29, 2015 / 4:10 pm
A miscommunication between utility providers caused a natural gas leak in Coldstream, Tuesday. Coldstream resident Jeremy Brown received a phone call from his neighbour Tuesday morning, telling him BC Hydro had been moving a power pole near the end of his driveway, and struck a FortisBC natural...

String of strange thefts

Sep 29, 2015 / 3:25 pm
Vernon RCMP have been kept busy with a rash of thefts over the past several days, with some rather strange items being stolen. One of the more unusual thefts – two 14-foot corrugated culverts that were stolen from near the intersection of Okanagan Landing and Cummins roads between Sept. 18...

ATM thief steals 50 grand

Sep 29, 2015 / 11:35 am
North Okanagan RCMP say a thief stole more than $50,000 from the ATM at Interior Savings Credit Union's Vernon branch. Police say an unknown male broke into the drive-through ATM building just after 10 p.m. last Thursday at the 32nd Street financial institution and fled with the money. A...

Holding out hope for Diego

Sep 29, 2015 / 9:50 am
It has been a week since Diego went missing, but Tonya Olson isn't giving up hope. The five-year-old Chihuahua ran off last Monday, following a car crash on Highway 97 near Bailey Road. “I miss Diego tons, and I want nothing more than for him to have a safe return home,” said...

Not happy with recycling

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:00 am
Scott Anderson is going to ask the City of Vernon to urge the regional district to review the new recycling system. The Vernon city councillor will bring the matter up at the next council meeting, but said Monday he is not a fan of the blue boxes. Anderson said “no one” likes the...

Survey asks about market

Sep 28, 2015 / 6:30 pm
The future of Vernon's downtown market is in the hands of downtown merchants. Throughout the summer, every Friday afternoon-evening, a section of 30th Avenue was closed off for the Avenue Market. Similar to a farmer's market, the weekly event featured a wide range of items and many of...

Small shrimp, big ruckus

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:14 pm
Their prey may be small, but the racket they make is big. Vernon city council heard complaints Monday about shrimping operations on Okanagan Lake. Coun. Juliette Cunningham said there are two shrimp boats working near Paddlewheel Park, one works during the day, the other at...

Opposition to parks plan

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:08 pm
Vernon city councillors Bob Spiers and Scott Anderson did not endorse the city's master park plan, Monday – but they did so for different reasons. Spiers didn't like the one per cent annual tax over 10 years worked into the plan. “There is language in there that concerns...

River water switched to well

Sep 28, 2015 / 10:08 am
The City of Enderby is taking its primary water source offline today. Enderby drinking water customers will be served entirely by the city's secondary well for several days. Based on average daily flows at this time of year, the secondary source can supply typical use. However, water...

Top awards for JCI Vernon

Sep 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
JCI Vernon was recognized with three top awards and numerous honorable mentions at the JCI Canada National Convention in Calgary earlier this month. A delegation of 16 members of JCI Vernon attended the event. The awards were: Best Local Personal Skill Development Program: For their...

Senior Games in 2017

Sep 27, 2015 / 8:00 pm
The City of Vernon and community partners - including Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Coldstream and electoral areas - have been selected as the hosts for the 2017 55+ BC Games. The communities submitted a joint bid proposal in June for the games, which will take place Sept. 12-16, 2017. “It...

Rivers day all about water

Sep 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Water was the focus if B.C. Rivers Day activities at Polson Park Sunday. Janice Buick, with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, organized the event that drew several hundred people to the Vernon park where they participated in games, activities, live music and learned how care for area water...

Saving a Syrian family

Sep 27, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Ron Brinnen and Chris Pieper want to do something many people say the federal government is failing to do: they want to help Syrian refugees. More specifically, they want to bring a Syrian family of four children and two adults to live in Armstrong. Brinnen said the community initiative to...

Searching the lake for Curtis

Sep 27, 2015 / 12:52 pm
The renowned underwater search team of Gene and Sandy Ralston are in the Okanagan Sunday – searching Kalamalka Lake for a missing Alberta man. Curtis Wilson was last seen on June 28 in Vernon. Wilson's vehicle was found abandoned near the south end of Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake....

Shots fired in parking lot

Sep 25, 2015 / 1:17 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating an incident of gunfire on East Hill. In a statement released Friday, police said they were called to a townhouse complex on the 1600 block of 43 Avenue at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. There had been a confrontation in the parking lot of the complex that resulted in shots...

Mail theft alert

Sep 25, 2015 / 6:56 am
Lumby RCMP are alerting residents in Lumby and Cherryville to a number of recent mail thefts in the area. Residents are urged to be diligent about picking up their mail regularly from community mailboxes due to a spike in thefts this week. North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn...
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