Crews watch for illegal fires

May 31, 2016 / 2:47 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue were called to an illegal burn Tuesday, but in this case only a warning was issued. Deputy Fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said VFR has been called to a few burning complaints over the past week with bylaw handing out fines in some cases. In the latest incident, Skolrood said...

VJHF aces golf tourney

May 31, 2016 / 2:45 pm
The big winner at last weekend's Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament was the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. A total of $178,300 was raised for the purchase of surgical tools for the operating rooms at VJH. Since the tournament began back in 2010, it has raised $1,178,400 for the...

More childcare for Enderby

May 31, 2016 / 1:29 pm
Thirty-three new licensed childcare spaces are being funded for families in Enderby. A provincial grant of $424,000 is going to the Enderby Preschool Society for the new spaces. They include 25 for children ages three-to-five, as well as eight other spaces for multi-age children at the Enderby...

Be safe on the water

May 31, 2016 / 11:22 am
It's boating season and the police want to make sure everyone is safe on the water. Starting July 4, RCMP volunteers will be working with the North Okanagan RCMP Marine Unit to conduct the voluntary vessel safety pre-check at the Paddlewheel Park boat launch. Pre-launch inspections check...

Helping the victims

May 31, 2016 / 11:00 am
Domestic assaults are a large portion of the cases dealt with by the victims assistance program, run out of the North Okanagan RCMP detachment. According to January-March quarterly figures, the program dealt with 163 new files during that time period with 111 female clients and 52 male. Of...

One-time school funds?

May 31, 2016 / 10:40 am
Some provincial funding relief for the Vernon school district has been welcomed by Secretary Treasurer Sterling Olson, but he has some questions too. The provincial government is redirecting $382,586 in administrative savings back to School District 22. The funding is part of a $25-million...

Huckleberry Trudeau

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Hopefully, Justin Trudeau likes to tipple. Trudeau has said thanks to Vernon-based Okanagan Spirits for a bottle of huckleberry liqueur sent to the prime minister a few months after the Liberals swept to power in Ottawa. The berries are picked wild in the mountains, said company president...

Changing life changes lives

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
At 19 years old, Caleb deBoersap had an epiphany – a realization that there had to be more to life than personal pursuits. DeBoersap was a typical North American teen collecting material objects in the pursuit of happiness, but the more he chased what he thought was happiness, the more...

Highway work in Vernon

May 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Work crews will be out on the Hospital Hill portion of Highway 97 from June 1-15 to fix the storm drains. Drivers are advised there will be single lane north and southbound traffic between 21st to 25th avenues during the work, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Drivers are reminded to obey all signs...

Vernon man missing

May 30, 2016 / 6:30 pm
UPDATE: 12:01 p.m. Tuesday RCMP say a man reported missing has been located. Police in Vernon are asking for your help in locating a missing man. Michael Bridgewater, 22, has been missing since Friday. He was last seen about 3 p.m. near the 7-11 on 32nd Street in...

Staycation in Vernon

May 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm
Mayor Akbal Mund says plenty of people like to take a 'staycation' in Vernon. The city's tourism numbers have climbed over the past five consecutive years, according to figures from Vernon Tourism, but they have also been helped by people who live in the North Okanagan and like to...

Chaotic chaos

May 30, 2016 / 4:43 pm
Creative Chaos will be a little more chaotic this year due to ongoing renovations at the Vernon Recreation Centre. The popular event involves hundreds of artisans displaying their wares, June 3-5. Phase 2 of a renovation project at the recreation centre involves the back hallway and west...

Rescuers save the day

May 30, 2016 / 4:07 pm
If it wasn't for the fast actions of several passersby, a man could have been seriously injured when the oxygen bottle he was using caught fire. The unidentified man was operating a scooter at the intersection of 31st Street and 43rd Avenue on Monday afternoon when his lit cigarette caught...

Park it and pedal it instead

May 30, 2016 / 12:32 pm
The heavens have cleared, the sun is shining and people are encouraged to park the car and take pedal power to work instead. Bike to Work and School Week kicked off Monday with city officials going for a ride with close to 150 Ellison Elementary students. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund led the...

Capital projects complete

May 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Regional District of North Okanagan has made some solid improvements to waste management. The RDNO has completed three major solid waste management capital projects in the Vernon area, including the capping of the Pottery Road Landfill, the installation of a landfill gas management system at...

MP tables petition

May 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. A petition, calling for the establishment of a tax credit for auxiliary police officers, has been tabled in the House of Commons. North Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold presented the petition to MPs on Monday. The petition was the brainchild of Vernon city councillor Bob...

Attempted downtown arson

May 29, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Vernon RCMP are investigating after someone threw a molotov cocktail at a local business. Vernon Fire Rescue Capt. Trevor Keenan said a bottle with a wick in it was thrown at Libra Love Boutique on Coldstream Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Keenan said there was only a small fire and no damage to...

Competition is hot stuff

May 29, 2016 / 12:22 pm
It's how they train on a regular basis, but the Pacific Regional Firefit competition gives dozens of firefighters a chance to show their skills and have some fun doing it. Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant chief with the Coldstream fire department, said the competition simulates actual...

Chamber goes to bat

May 29, 2016 / 8:24 am
The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is hoping progress can be made with the province on helping small wineries and cideries in the region. Vernon reps will be attending the B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in Kelowna, where the issue is expected to be front and centre. The...

NHLers join the fun

May 29, 2016 / 5:58 am
Up to 15 current and former NHL players are expected to take part in this year's Fitness for Families Hockey Challenge in Vernon June 10 and 11. Put on by the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society, the fun family event pairs kids and adults with professional players in a series of...

Longtime councillor dies

May 28, 2016 / 4:48 pm
A longtime Armstrong city councillor has died. Melinda Stickney, the city's chief administrative officer, said the following in a statement released Saturday afternoon. "On behalf of the City of Armstrong, it is with deep sadness that I write to advise you that long time Councillor...

D grade for conditions

May 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Many schools within the Vernon School District don't make the grade, according to a lengthy report presented to trustees this week. “It is also noted that with the exception of Vernon Secondary School and Coldstream Elementary which are newer facilities in excellent shape, Vernon...

Four-day school week?

May 27, 2016 / 8:14 pm
Vernon School District's $90.5 million 2016-17 budget has been approved by trustees. It is the largest budget in the past decade, said board chairperson Kelly Smith - due to an increased number of students. With the budget approved, the board is considering future options to save money,...

2 charged with kidnapping

May 27, 2016 / 4:04 pm
Two people have been charged with kidnapping in connection with an incident in Cherryville two days ago, although no information about what happened has been released by the RCMP or Crown counsel. Thirty-five-year-old Angela Kathleen Fisher was detained Friday after appearing in Vernon...

Let's talk about arena

May 27, 2016 / 10:55 am
Greater Vernon residents are being invited to talk about what's needed for the new arena slated for construction beside Kal Tire Place. City of Vernon staff and MQN Architects, designers of the arena, are inviting the public to consultation sessions to provide input on the Kal Tire Place...

Round Lake gets extension

May 27, 2016 / 7:54 am
The Round Lake Treatment Centre, north of Vernon, has been given a 35-year lease extension. The announcement from the Okanagan Indian Band follows Wednesday's referendum on the issue. Only two years had remained on the current lease, and the centre needed an extension in order to secure...

Burning to take part

May 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
Firefighting prowess will be on show this weekend at the Pacific Regional Firefit competition taking place in Vernon on Saturday and Sunday. “It's a real range of talent,” said Fiona Morgenthaler-Code, assistant chief with the Coldstream fire department. “We have...

$9.5 mil plan for Stickle

May 26, 2016 / 7:31 pm
The Ministry of Transportation has come up with a $9.5 million solution to a dangerous intersection in Vernon, and it doesn't involve a traffic light. Residents packed an open house at the Prestige Inn Thursday afternoon to see the third solution for Stickle Road at the north end of the...

Guilty plea in robbery spree

May 26, 2016 / 2:50 pm
A Vernon man arrested following a string of robberies in the city in one day last January has pleaded guilty in provincial court. Jeremiah Miller, 42, was arrested Jan. 28, following robberies at the 7-Eleven store on 39th Avenue, the Mac's convenience store on 27th Avenue and the Village...

Market brings night life

May 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm
It's a once-a-month event. This Friday, the first curbside night market takes place in downtown Vernon on 30th Avenue, between 6-9 p.m. The market will be held just once a month in May, June, July and August and will feature a live band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The block will be filled...

Ride of the century

May 26, 2016 / 1:13 pm
The ride of the century will be taking place this weekend – again. The 18th annual Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride happens Sunday, May 29. The popular and adventurous cycling event attracts cyclists from all over the Okanagan and Kootenays as well as far away as Calgary and Vancouver. It...

To grant or not to grant

May 26, 2016 / 1:03 pm
Vernon council has approved a one-time $4,000 grant to the Okanagan Military Tattoo Society. The Military Tattoo, a musical extravaganza of pipers, drummers, military bands and marching will be performing at Kal Tire Place on July 23 and 24. The funds were requested in order to help meet the...

PayByPhone parking

May 26, 2016 / 12:26 pm
The Downtown Vernon Association has welcomed a council decision that will allow drivers to use their cell phones to pay for street parking. The City has agreed to swallow 10 pennies of the 35 cent transaction fee, the rest of which will be paid for by drivers. “We were concerned that to...

Serious injuries in accident

May 26, 2016 / 11:33 am
A single-vehicle accident on Commonage Road sent a 35-year-old Vernon man to hospital with serious injuries early Thursday morning. Vernon Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Jack Blair said the accident happened at 1:30 a.m. and involved a small pick-up truck. “We had one person with...

Donor challenge issued

May 26, 2016 / 9:24 am
A woman who's life was saved 10 years ago through organ donation is challenging residents of Greater Vernon to sign on to save a life. “I received a liver from a 76-year-old donor,” Amanda Poch told Vernon council. “That is an amazing legacy to leave...

Carnival names board

May 26, 2016 / 5:00 am
Work for next year's Winter Carnival starts now said Deb White, president of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society. White was re-elected president of the society at Tuesday night's annual general meeting. Fifteen directors were named to the board, including eight new...

Transit links for Coldstream

May 25, 2016 / 4:33 pm
Coldstream council has given approval in principle to a transit plan that could improve the bus links within the district, but it will take time. The three-year expansion initiative would add 2,000 transit hours, for the implementation of the Middleton Mountain local transit network in March...

More money for Mission

May 25, 2016 / 4:17 pm
There is relief at the Upper Room Mission as operating hours are restored to serve those in need through some federal funding. And the money comes at a crucial time. A grant from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has allowed the URM to once again open its doors longer during...

Holly Wood at O'Keefe

May 25, 2016 / 4:00 pm
A new ranch hand is joining Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Holly J. Wood has joined the ranch as marketing and event specialist. Wood brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the tourism industry in both Alberta and B.C. Wood has an extensive background in international travel...

Funtastic filling up

May 25, 2016 / 2:36 pm
If you haven't got your team signed up for the Funtastic slo-pitch tournament this year, then you had better be quick. There are only a few spaces left. “Right now we're at almost over 200 teams,” said Tony Pallas, executive director of the Funtastic Sports Society. He said...
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