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Activate your life

Jun 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

The City of Vernon wants you to activate your life. Activate Life is the new branding phrase that will be used to promote the city. The branding plan was endorsed by city council, Monday. Branding task force chairman Glenn Benichek said the committee looked at survey responses from both...

Concern over evictions

Jun 22, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Vernon city council is concerned about the closure of Green Valley Motel. The motel announced last week it was giving 60 days eviction notice to its tenants as it continues to seek a buyer for the property. The motel was listed for sale in April for $1,195,000. It's been unsuccessful...

Another park, another fire

Jun 22, 2015 / 2:20 pm

Another day, another fire in a Vernon park. This time, fire crews responded to a grass fire in Jubilee Park, a small green space downtown, near the Schubert Centre. Deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood said the call came in about 5:20 a.m. and the fire was human caused. “There were...

Fire destroys cars, garage

Jun 22, 2015 / 11:45 am

A detached garage, three vehicles and a small travel trailer were destroyed by fire Sunday night near Vernon. BX/Swan Lake Fire Chief Bill Wacey said the call came in at 9:45 p.m. and, when crews arrived, they found a two-car garage on Old Kamloops Road fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses...

Funtastic ready to rock

Jun 22, 2015 / 5:00 am

They are going to be getting naked in the North Okanagan this weekend – Bif Naked that is. The rocker will kick off the Funtastic Slo-pitch Tournament and Music Festival Friday. The 31st annual event runs June 26-29 this year and brings thousands of people to the region. So many teams...

Revved up for Father's Day

Jun 21, 2015 / 3:11 pm

It was all about hot rods and rallies for Father's Day in the North Okanagan this year. As has been a tradition for many years, the North Okanagan Vintage Car Club put on a show and shine at the Village Green Centre. Dozens of cars from throughout the region were on display under sunny...

Fire in Becker Park - again

Jun 21, 2015 / 2:45 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue were called to Becker Park near the recreation centre again Saturday morning. VFR Capt. Brent Bond said it was the third fire in the park in the last 10 days. “It's suspicious and RCMP are investigating,” said Bond. “Police collected material from the...

Sunshine Fest a hit

Jun 20, 2015 / 7:24 pm

The sun shone down on Vernon today, which was fitting for the 21st annual Sunshine Festival. The North Okanagan’s largest sidewalk sale and street festival was held on 30th Avenue, from 29th to 34th street. There were street vendors, bouncy castles and face painting to keep the kids busy...

A synergy of services

Jun 20, 2015 / 7:15 am

The Centre for Community Collaboration officially has opened its doors in Vernon, bringing eight programs from three agencies under one roof. Barbara Levesque, executive director for the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan, says having the social agencies under one roof will benefit...

Don't get sunk

Jun 19, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Boaters will not be the only ones on local lakes this summer. Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP spokesperson, said the RCMP marine patrol will be out on all the Okanagan and Shuswap lakes to check boaters for required safety equipment and operators licenses. “Boat operators are reminded they...

Police investigate assault

Jun 19, 2015 / 7:40 pm

A 24-year-old man was assaulted at a business in Vernon, Thursday night. Police were called to the 100 block of Highland Road, just before 11 p.m., and discovered the victim, who was then transported to hospital. According to RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk officers held the scene for a short...

Mayes' bill dropped

Jun 18, 2015 / 6:45 pm

A private members bill that would have extended parole ineligibility for anyone convicted of a heinous crime has been dropped, but a new bill with the same goal is on the horizon. Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP Colin Mayes wanted to see parole ineligibility for acts of sexual assault,...

Wildfire under control

Jun 18, 2015 / 12:04 pm

A brush fire near Lumby is 50 per cent contained and is expected to be in the mop-up stages later today. Lumby Fire Chief Tony Clayton said eight forestry personnel and four Lumby firefighters are working on the half-hectare blaze that was started by lightning Wednesday morning. “Crews...

Appeal in Van Diest killing

Jun 18, 2015 / 11:21 am

A trial date has been set to hear the appeal of a British Columbia man who was found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old woman four years ago. Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Foerster was convicted of first-degree murder in April last year and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for...

Festival ready to shine

Jun 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Even if it's raining, the sun will be shining in downtown Vernon, Saturday. The 21st annual Sunshine Festival will attract thousands of people to the city centre to take part in the day-long festivities. The annual street festival will fill 30th Avenue from 29th to 34th Street with...

Falling for the fun of it

Jun 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Look up, in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's ... a skydiver. Lots of skydivers, actually. Vernon-based Okanagan Skydive will host the Great Canadian Free Fall June 27 to July 1. Skydivers from all over the world will gather for the celebration. Justine Melville with...

Rental vacancy woes

Jun 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's not easy to find a place to live in Vernon. Vacancy rates are down and the cost of renting what is available is up – and that's making things tough for many. According to statistics released by CMHC, the vacancy rate for one-bedroom units has dropped from 3.7 per cent to...

Brush fire near Lumby

Jun 17, 2015 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE 8:05 P.M. Lumby's fire chief, Tony Clayton, estimated the fire is 30 per cent contained tonight and sits at approximately one half hectare in size. Clayton emphasized the area they are fighting it in is very steep, and there is a lot of blowdown timber that is causing problems. He...

Ski patrollers replaced

Jun 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Canadian Ski Patrol members will not be helping people in need on Silver Star Mountain this ski season. The CSP posted this on their Facebook page: “We are sorry to announce that Silver Star Mountain Resort will no longer have patrollers from the Canadian Ski Patrol. “We hope that...

Car bursts into flames

Jun 16, 2015 / 6:28 pm

Vernon Fire Rescue was called to a car fire on Bailey Road Tuesday that had the potential to light the hillside on fire. Although the fire was quickly doused once crews arrived, VFR Chief Darren Cecchini said the surrounding brush was a concern when crews first got the call. “Thank God...

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